Children’s Book: The Night the Penguins Came

My children wrote their first children’s picture book. Such an exciting moment in our lives. It is beautifully illustrated by Sarah May from Sarah May Design. It is available from many bookstores.

To view a copy of this book press here



Henry and Charlotte live a quiet life on the farm, until the night the penguins hatch. 101 penguins arrive and the entertainment begins. The children watch their every move running from room to room eating all the pizzas, dancing on the toothbrushes, and taking over the train room. The penguins have boundless energy. Exciting and playful times continue until the penguins fall asleep. The children want them to stay forever. What will Mummy, Daddy and Grandma do? This delightful children’s picture book is filled with adorable illustrations, madcap adventures and celebrates play, friendship and penguins. A must-have story for young children of all ages. #kindergarten #penguins #primary #preschool #values #friendship #funny #family

Illustrator: Sarah Graphic Design – find Sarah on facebook.

VALENTINE’S DAY LOVE POETRY – “i carry your heart” by e.e.cummings


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VALENTINE’S DAY LOVE POETRY – “i carry your heart” by e.e.cummings

‘i carry your heart’ by E.E. Cummings

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)

i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

#valentine’s day #love #poetry #eecummings


Gingerbread Houses – Christmas ideas

Gingerbread House ideas – These are made with gingerbread dough. Gingerbread Dough Recipe: In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and baking soda together until the mixture is smooth. Blend in the flour and water to make a stiff dough. Chill at least 30 minutes or until firm. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius or 375 degrees Fahrenheit. You will need Gingerbread House templates.

Here is an internet link to templates:

1/2 cup butter softened 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup light molasses or dark corn syrup 1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground ginger 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 teaspoon baking soda 2 cups plain flour

lots of different sweets, lollies, gum drops, liquorice, peppermint, marshmallows, candy canes, biscuits, cookies and put together with royal icing (2 egg whites lightly beaten mixed with 3 cups of pure icing sugar).

Making a gingerbread cubby house: a bunch of boxes, coloured paper, paints, cardboard, toilet rolls, cellophane, long wrapping rolls, spare cardboard and paper plates.