It's been a pretty dull week for the last week of the holidays. I would be prepared to put money on the fact that the sun will be splitting the heavens on Monday morning.
We were lucky to have a nice day for our jaunt to Sydney on Sunday, although we were indoors most of the time so it wouldn't really have mattered! We went to see the Harry Potter Exhibition at The Powerhouse Museum as part of everybody's Christmas presents. I have never heard Jonathan say "COOOOOL!" quite so often. It was pretty impressive but, according to John, not as interactive as the ('obviously far superior' - in his words) Star Wars Exhibition that they visited there 3 years ago. Unfortunately the gift shop was ridiculously over-priced so Mean Mummy said "no" to souvenirs. I was pretty disappointed that there was nothing in the pocket money range. Before lunch we also popped into The Wiggles Exhibition (who wouldn't after all the scandal last week?!) downstairs which suited Robert perfectly.
On the train, wearing my 'Wendy' necklace
Walking through some Chinese New Year celebrations in Belmore Park
Quick muck about in fountains at Darling Harbour
So far this week we have been mostly indoors reading lots (favourites have been Hugo Cabret, The Famous Five, Gangsta Granny, various comics, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The BFG) playing Robert's favourite Marvel memory game (he wipes the floor with the rest of us), playing with Lego, having friends for sleep-overs, watching Harry Potter (again) (and again), bickering, scrapping, tidying, although there has been some football, scooting, ripstiking and dog-walking thrown in for good measure. I have even done some Making and Baking.
I've been working on another Isar scarf. So simple but so suited to these lovely colour-change yarns. I worked on this while chatting to Smallest and being swooped around by Miss Meg practising her RipStik moves.
The next thing was inspired by tutorials found on Pinterest (more specifically here and here). I had a couple of zips hanging around and wanted to see how to attach them and came up with this. I'm ridiculously pleased with it although it's not quite perfect.
Then to the baking, there really hasn't been much of it these holidays so we decided to rectify that this morning. Joseph wanted to help bake some bread, we mixed up some Granola and then baked some of Nigella's Flourless Chocolate Brownies. I have just finished one with my cuppa and to call them divine would be an understatement. Must resist the ones left on the plate...
We're off to read some Burns poetry for Burns Night, although sadly no haggis (must try and make one myself sometime), then tomorrow we'll be bbq-ing some snags for Australia Day. Weather looking like it will be rubbish so not sure what Aussies do when they can't get to the beach?
Whatever you're celebrating I hope it's a good one!