Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Penguin and Seal Islands

We took a day trip over to Penguin Island in the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. On the island itself we watched the orphaned penguins being fed. The wild penguins are nested all over the island but they are generally out fishing during the day. We took the boardwalk around the island where we saw plenty of wildlife including gulls, terns, pelicans, osprey, sea eagles, octopus, jellyfish, a king skink and shoals of fish.

We took the 45 minute cruise out into the marine park passing Seal island. We were lucky enough to spot a pod of wild dolphins herding a shoal of fish into the shallows.

Spot the camel?

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Mundaring Weir

This weekend we visited Mundaring Weir and No. 1 Pumping Station. The weir is actually a water catchment dam (an Australian dam being a pond?????). We took a short bushwalk to get to the viewpoint overlooking the lake and dam.

At the pump house we found the old steam pumps which have now been replaced by electricity. The children had a go at pumping the water along the model of the World's longest water pipe.

Cats Galore

Not strictly home-school related but cute nonetheless; our foster kittens are growing and becoming mode adventurous.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Our Foster Babies

We're doing out bit for homeless and orphaned cats. We picked up these 7 week old kittens from Cat Haven. Well be fostering them for a few weeks until they are ready to be re-homed. Fluffy at the front is Columbus (the explorer). The 3 black kittens behind are (left to right), Holly (the tiny runt of the litter), Coal (the destroyer of furniture), and Sampson (the biggest and strongest with a thing for mice on elastic). The tabby is Tiger (who is the least tiger-like of them all and very shy).

These kittens are not ready to go yet but there are always cats and kittens at Cat Haven waiting to be adopted or fostered.

Drawing - Form

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Today we worked on our drawing course from the Virtual Instructor. This lesson was on form. We warmed up with a blind contour drawing of some scissors and then we drew again looking this time.

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We then worked on form; making sure to show several sides of 3D objects and to add shade in the correct places.

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