Meet Abbey!

Hi everyone!

I am so excited because just a few days ago, I got a new puppy! Here name is Abbey and she is a Labrgotto (a Labrador crossed with a Lagotto Romagnolo). She is the cutest puppy ever and she is so playful. Anyone who sees Abbey falls in love with her almost instantly! She is so beautiful and has a dark brown coat, but in the sun it looks almost red. She has pale green eyes that are so lovely. Abbey is a little bit scruffy, even after you brush her. She loves attention and just goes crazy if there are heaps of people. She is very energetic and just doesn’t stop bounding and running and jumping. Nevertheless, she is a little bit naughty and does bite sometimes. She tries to “kill” all of her toys, especially the ones that squeak, but obviously, she will never succeed. Abbey is a little ball of energy and wolfs down her food in about thirty seconds, maximum. She also does one other thing that is very cute and super funny: if you hold up one of her toys a short distance away from her, she will creep up to it and as she gets closer, she will pounce on it. It is hilarious!

I just love Abbey so, so much and I am so lucky to have her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abbey

 

 

 

 

 

Labrador

 

 

 

 

Lagotto Romagnolo

 

Labrador- http://www.wellanimalinstitute.com/uncategorized/what-to-feed-your-dog-labrador-retriever.html

Lagotto Romagnolo- http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/lagottoromagnolo.htm

What Am I? – Answers

Hi everyone,

Here are the answers to the ‘What Am I?’s-

1. A Shadow!

2. Nothing!

3. A flame!

4. A Banana!

5. A Staple!

6. A Hearse!

7. The Letter ‘M’!

8. Glass (a greenhouse with plants inside)!

Well done to all those who got it right. And great work for everyone who gave it a go!

Stay tuned for more fun quizzes!

Answer picture- http://www.colourbox.com/vector/question-marks-and-word-answer-under-magnifier-glass-vector-1915346

What Am I?

Hi everyone,

Here are some really interesting and rather tricky riddles I found.

1. Only one color, but not one size,
Stuck at the bottom, yet easily flies.
Present in sun, but not in rain,
Doing no harm, and feeling no pain.
What is it?

2. What is more powerful than God, rich people don’t need it, poor people have it and if you eat it you’ll die?

3. No legs have I to dance,
No lungs have I to breathe,
No life have I to live or die
And yet I do all three.
What am I?

4. A time when they’re green, a time when they’re brown,
But both of these times, cause me to frown.
But just in between, for a very short while,
They’re perfect and yellow, and cause me to smile!
What am I talking about here?

5. With pointed fangs it sits in wait,
With piercing force its doles out fate,
Over bloodless victims proclaiming its might,
Eternally joining in a single bite.
What am I?

6. I’m sometimes white,
Although sometimes I’m black.
I take you there,
But never bring you back. What am I?
7. What is once in a minute, twice in a moment and never in a thousand years?
8. The blue house has blue bricks, the yellow house has yellow bricks, the purple house has purple bricks and the red house has red bricks. What does the green house have?

What do you think answers are? Next week I will post the answers and you can see if you got them right!

Lemon Meringue Kisses!

Hi everyone,

I found this delicious recipe for one of my favourite treats! Enjoy!

Lemon Meringue Kisses

Makes 20

Ingredients

  • 1 eggwhite
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons lemon butter
  • icing sugar mixture, to serve

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 150°C/130°C fan-forced. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat eggwhites until stiff peaks form. Add caster sugar. Beat for 8 minutes or until sugar has dissolved.
  3. Place mixture into a piping bag fitted with a 5mm fluted or plain nozzle. Pipe 2cm wide swirls of mixture onto prepared trays, allowing 2cm between each for spreading. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until meringues are firm. Turn off oven. Allow to cool in oven with door slightly ajar.
  4. Sandwich 2 meringues together with 1/2 teaspoon lemon butter. Repeat with remaining meringues and lemon butter. Serve dusted with icing sugar.

Why don’t you try them? Have fun!

The Da Vinci Decathlon

Hi everyone,

This morning, me along with seven other year 6 girls ventured off to Knox Grammar School for the Da Vinci Decathlon. The Da Vinci Decathlon is held once a year at Knox. Over fifty schools join together to compete in subjects such as science, mathematics, English, engineering, art and poetry and much more. I was lucky enough to join my friends in competing in this event and work as hard as we could. Both grades years 5 and 6 joined into this event, but unfortunately we were not allowed to help each other.

The day was jam-packed with difficult challenges and mind bending questions. The subjects I helped in were science, English, mathematics and code breaking. Puzzling and bewildering tasks and questions were thrown at us from every direction but my whole team got it together, worked as a team and did their best.

Roseville College was lucky enough to have a year 5 team that came third overall. They came first in a variety of subjects and it sounds like did pretty well. (And I think they did better than the year 6 team!) I would like to congratulate all of them on their fabulous achievement and on how hard they worked.

I am extremely proud of my team and their achievement and I am looking forward to more challenges in the future.

From a different perspective

Hey everyone,

For school, we all had to write a “Fractured Fairytale”. All we had to do was choose our favourite fairytale and rewrite from a different character’s perspective. For mine, I did Jack and the beanstalk written in the Giant’s perspective and I’ve decide to post it on my blog. Here it is, Enjoy!

The Little Weed and the Trespassing Englishman

By Johnny the Giant

One day, I was just minding my own business, trying to write a new rap song. My career had taken a downturn and I needed a hit song to shoot back up the charts. I couldn’t concentrate–all I could hear were shouts coming from down below. “How could you be so stupid, Jack!” and “That cow was all we had!” was all I could hear. Then, the best idea popped into my head:

Lights, camera, action, scenes, 

Why did you buy those magic beans?

Mee, Mi, Mo, Mow, 

Mum’s so mad, she’s having a cow! 

“Yes, that’s it!” I exclaimed to my magic, pet goose, G-Honk. “One more song and I’ll have a full album. Enough to get me to the top again. All that noise was not so bad after all.” G-Honk laid a golden egg in approval.

Out of nowhere, my wife sprung into our study. “Johnny! Something strange has just happened. I was gardening and a bright green weed emerged from the grass. It’s like it grew overnight! What shall I do?” she blurted. “Chillax, Martha.” I said. “Don’t worry about the weeds, worry about my career. You’re my manager after all. We have bigger fish to fry! Speaking of fish, when’s my dinner going to be ready–I’m starving?” After a soundless moment or two, Martha replied, “Um…. Dinner will be ready in ten minutes.” She hurried out of the room and disappeared out of sight.

While I waited for my dinner, I started writing again. All of a sudden, I smelt something awfully bizarre. “Is it fish?” I thought. No. “Is it steak?” No. “I know what it is–an English boy. How peculiar!” I rose from my seat, stormed into the kitchen and stammered:

Fee, Fi, Fo Fum,

I smell the blood of an Englishman.

Be he alive or be he dead, 

I’ll grind his bones to make my bread!

 “Wow, I am so good! Where do these brilliant ideas come from?”

I roamed back into the study to find G-Honk gone. “Martha, where’s my little wonder of a goose?” I questioned her. A touch of guilt wandered across her eyes. “Uh, well,” she started, “a little English boy named Jack appeared from the weed I told you about. He said he was immensely hungry, so I gave him a little taste of your dinner. I put his dish away and when I headed back to the table he was gone, and so was your goose!” I thought about this for a second. “But, why did you give him something to eat and why didn’t you call me?” I asked furiously. “Well, you’re wearing a fluffy bathrobe and I wouldn’t want to ruin your image as the big, angry, mean, rapping giant. I am your manager after all!” Martha replied. “But what are we going to do without G-Honk’s awesome golden-egg-laying skills?” I asked. But Martha just shook her head in a disapproving way. “You don’t need that goose. Once you sell your amazing new album, you’ll have all the gold you need. So, get to work!”

I sat down at my desk and got down to business:

In, out, tight, loose,  

That little boy stole my golden goose. 

With another album selling so fast, 

That gold will come to me in a blast! 

Exhausted from all my writing, I headed off to bed. As I walked by the dining table, I stroked my most prized possession, my magic singing harp. Maybe it will give me luck and keep my creative juices flowing.

The next day, I woke to a high pitched scream coming from the kitchen. I rushed in to find my wife in tears and an empty dining table. “Where’s my magic harp?” I asked, shocked. “That little thief must’ve stolen it!” Martha shouted. “But, Martha, I need that harp!” My wife rolled her eyes. “Johnny, you’re a rapper, not Beethoven. You don’t need that harp. And if you want it so badly, there’s the boy, outside, just about to climb down the weed!” I rushed into the garden and slid down the weed. When I was in the middle of the extraordinarily long plant, my giant foot slipped and I plummeted down to Earth.

I woke up in hospital with my wife at my bedside. She was holding up newspapers and magazines with pictures of me on the covers. “HUGE, RAPPING GIANT ALMOST DIES IN FREAK BEANSTALK ACCIDENT!” the covers read. “Wow, I’m famous!” I exclaimed.

It turns out that little trespassing English boy was the best thing that ever happened to me. I got heaps of publicity. Losing that goose made me want that gold album even more. And really, have you ever heard of a giant rapper with a harp? Now, that ain’t cool.

I hope you enjoy it! Maybe you could make up your own fractured fairytale?

Hockey

Hi everyone,

On Saturday, I played my first ever hockey match. I thought I was going to be absolutely terrible, have a horrible time and no fun at all. But it turns out, it was completely the opposite. I had the best time and just want next Saturday to come now!

We played Queenwood and although we lost, it was a very close game and the goal could’ve gone to anybody. I’ve got 12 amazing and lovely girls on my team including Caz, Angie, Emily and Alex and they all played really well. Every single on of them are so nice and always encouraging all the team members to keep going and do their best.

I’ve never played hockey before and this is my first season, along with a couple of the girls in my team. And I do have to admit, it is great fun! I’ll definitely play hockey next year long with my other favourite sports.

One of the most important things to remember when playing team sports it to work together and give everyone a go and that’s exactly what my team did the whole game. We all encouraged each other, did our best and congratulated everyone at the end. I think my team played an awesome game and I’m looking forward to and the fun times we’ll have in the future.

 

 

Brain Teasers- Answers

Hi everyone,

I hope you had fun trying to figure out the brain teasers! Here are the answers:

1. Q: What car is spelled the same way front and backwards?

A: Race car!

2. Q: What starts with an E ends with an E and has 1 letter in it?

A: An envelope!

3. Q: I help a person gain heaps of knowledge, I entertain them, and I help them do some types of work. Then they flatten me and walk away. What am I?

A: A laptop!

4. Q: A man leaves home and goes in one direction for about 10m. Then he turns left and walks another 10m. He then makes another left and walks another 10m. Before turning to go back home. When he saw home, there was a masked man waiting there for him. Why is the man afraid to go home?

A: The man in the mask was the catcher. They were playing baseball!

5. Q: Which two days are the strongest?

A: Saturday and Sunday because the rest are weekdays!

6. Q: Last weekend Sarah and Sally were camping. Around midnight, while they were having S’mores, Sally bet Sarah that in exactly one week it would not be sunny. Sally knew that she would win the bet. How did she know?

A: In exactly one week it would also be midnight and the sun would not be shining!

7. Q: I am said by one letter.
I’m spelled with three.
2 Letters in me.
I’m double or single,
Or brown, blue, or green.
I’m read from both ends,
And the same the other way.
What am I?

A: An eye!

Great job to everyone who gave them a go!

Brain Teasers

Hey everyone,

For my post, I have decided to choose some brain teasers that you may like to attempt. Here they are:

1. What car is spelled the same way front and backwards?

2. What starts with an E ends with an E and has 1 letter in it?

3. I help a person gain heaps of knowledge, I entertain them, and I help them do some types of work. Then they flatten me and walk away. What am I?

4. A man leaves home and goes in one direction for about 10m. Then he turns left and walks another 10m. He then makes another left and walks another 10m. Before turning to go back home. When he saw home, there was a masked man waiting there for him. Why is the man afraid to go home?

5. Which two days are the strongest?

6. Last weekend Sarah and Sally were camping. Around midnight, while they were having S’mores, Sally bet Sarah that in exactly one week it would not be sunny. Sally knew that she would win the bet. How did she know?

7. I am said by one letter.
I’m spelled with three.
2 Letters in me.
Im double or single,
Or brown, blue, or green.
I’m read from both ends,
And the same the other way.
What am I?

If you would like to have a go, answer these in a comment and I will post the answers next week. Good luck!

 

My favourite Treat…..

Hi everyone,

One of my favourite home-made sweets is…….(drumroll please)…… caramel slice! It is amazing and since some of my friends would like the recipe, I have decided to it in a post. Here it is:

Chocolate caramel slice

Ingredients:

  • 225g unsalted butter
  • 125g (1 cup) plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 90g (1 cup) desiccated coconut
  • 110g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 400ml tin condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150g good-quality dark chocolate
  • 15g unsalted butter, extra
Method:

Preheat oven to 180C. Lightly grease and line a 20 x 30cm baking tin with non-stick baking paper.

Melt 125g of the butter. Sift flour and baking powder into a large bowl, add coconut, caster sugar and melted butter and stir until well combined.

Press the mixture firmly into the base of tin, place in oven and bake for 12 minutes or until light golden.

Meanwhile, place the remaining butter, brown sugar, condensed milk, golden syrup and vanilla extract in a medium size saucepan over a low heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar, bring to the boil then continue to cook, stirring over a low heat, for a further 5 minutes or until light golden. Remove from heat and pour evenly over base.

Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.Once caramel is cool, place chocolate and the extra butter in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water, stirring occasionally until chocolate has melted. Spread chocolate evenly over the caramel.When chocolate has set, cut into squares.

Makes about 20 squares

Enjoy! If you would like to try a different slice, click here and you can try a variety of treats.