Each year we go to Sculptures by the Sea if we can. It’s on the walk along the seafront between Tamarama and Bondi and it gets really crowded so we left before the sun came up this morning and we got there about 6 o’clock. Some of the sculptures that I liked were a rainbow igloo made of recycled clothes, a red one that looked like a person relaxing or a dog playing with a ball and some pink and white penguins looking out over the sea.
Most sculptures asked you not to touch them but there was one sculpture that was like the eye of a needle stuck into the ground and the point of it is in Denmark and every time someone climbed through it the point flashed in Denmark. I think that’s really cool, especially because it would be night time in Denmark so it would look good.
Today there were pods of dolphins in the ocean too and we watched them for 10 minutes at Tamarama and then for 10 minutes at Bondi.
Sculptures by the Sea 2012 on PhotoPeach
Australia has never celebrated Halloween like America does but it’s getting more popular every year. We do trick or treating with some neighbours we know and usually if a house is decorated the people are happy to have you visit but most houses aren’t decorated. Most of them near us are families from our school. We passed this really cool spider web covered house at Beecroft this afternoon.
When you’re doing a flute exam most of it like the scales, arpeggios, broken chords, chromatics, commencing in thirds, sustained scales and notes and List A songs you play by yourself, but the four List B and List C songs you have to have a piano accompanist to play with you. So you know your timing you need to practice with them and make sure it’s all perfect. The lady who accompanies me is very good at making sure that I’m keeping in time with her and fixing my mistakes. We had our first practice for my 4th grade exam today. We record it so I can hear what bits I need to work on most. This is us playing Cradle song by Jordan Jacob together for the first time.
The other night we had a campfire in the backyard. My sister and I collected lots of different size sticks and then we waited a month for the insides of the sticks to be dry from sap so they would burn better. My Dad dug a hole in the ground and put big stones around it so the grass wouldn’t catch fire. We built the fire up by starting with small twigs and some scrunched up paper and then when the fire started we put in bigger sticks. It burnt really quickly and we had to keep adding more sticks and sometimes we needed to fan it with paper to give it more oxygen so we could toast marshmallows and cook our dinner. While we were outside a ring tail possum ran through our trees, it was very cute. My sister thought it was the best night ever.
We had to wait until it wasn’t windy and we needed to do it on a day when the temperature wasn’t too hot so it was safe to have a fire. We checked the NSW Rural Fire Service website to make sure that there wasn’t a fire ban too and we filled a bucket of water and had the hose ready just in case. When we finished we put out the fire by separating the sticks and smothering the embers with dirt then we poured water on it slowly to make sure it was completely out.
Two years ago I did two blog posts about fun games you could play in the holidays called Fun Games and More Fun Games.
Lemmings are little creatures that people say follow each other, even if it means they walk straight off cliffs. Wikipedia says that isn’t true, but there’s a really cool game called Lemmings that you can play on the computer where you get given heaps of lemming people and you need to get at least one through a level. They all do what the lemming in front of them does so sometimes lots die. You can make lemmings dig or punch to get through things and you can make them explode. The ones in the picture below are blocking the ends so other lemmings don’t fall off and die.
To play Lemmings just click here or on the screenshot above.
Last Sunday we went to watch Tough Mudder and watched my Mum and Dad and lots of other people as they ran through mud and the bush and did lots of obstacles. About a hundred people at a time were let over the starting line to go around the course and we could watch them go around part of the track. We were parked in car park 6 so it was a really big walk to the start and finish line.
The run was 20km and the obstacles were things like a big wall that you had to try to run up and other people grabbed you and helped you up and there were electrical wires that you had to crawl under and run through. There were lots of tunnels and mud pits (click the links to see pictures of what they were like) to go through or jump over and there were lots of rivers which you had to wade or swim through as well.
It took Mum and Dad 5 hours to do and when everyone finished they got an orange headband and a blackt-shirt with Tough Mudder on it. A lot of people were very cold when they finished so they got a silver blanket to wear to get warm and they also got a Solo drink and a banana. Some people got hurt and couldn’t finish the run and some people pulled out because they were too tired. Everyone got really, really muddy.
There was a photographer there on the day and this link goes to some of the pictures he took.
Today we went to Allianz Stadium while a Roosters and Tigers football game was on for charity. At half time a couple of hundred of us danced to ‘Party Rock Anthem’ as part of a flash mob. We had red, blue and white balloons to wave in the air while we we were dancing because that’s the colours of the Roosters. We only had one quick rehearsal but we just copied the cheerleaders on the grass at the front. Football’s ok, but I prefer Oz Tag because you don’t get tackled.
Last week we went to Olympic Park and saw Sydney’s Olympic Flame. We went because the Olympics were on and that is when the torch is lit up, it’s usually just a fountain or statue. From tomorrow when the Olympics finish it will be four years until it’s alight again. It was pretty noisy and if you got too close the water splashed over you, it was very quiet when it turned off.
Two years ago I did a post called Ice and Frost about water freezing overnight outside in winter when the temperature was below zero degrees. This morning there was a bit of frost outside but the weather report said the temperature only got down to about two degrees here. We were wondering how it was possible to be frosty because water freezes at zero and below.
I searched on the Internet for some help and found two useful sites, the NZ Meteorological Service site and a British Gardening site. I found the gardening site easier to read but the two sites explained that the temperature we hear on the weather reports is taken at about waist height on an adult and is the air temperature, not the ground temperature. At night when the sky is clear the ground temperature gets colder than the air, but on cloudy nights it doesn’t. So because last night was clear the ground got cold enough to go below zero even though the air temperature didn’t.
While we were in Queensland during the holidays, this big flat boat went around the lake out the back of my Nan and Pop’s house and when it came to our house we could see what the machinery on it was doing. It had a digger on board and it scraped the grass away from the edge of the lake until all you could see was sand. Then it would grab scoops of grass off the beach and move it round to the side so it could wash all the sand and dirt out by jiggling it in the water before it tipped the grass and rocks out onto the boat. Another machine packed the pile tighter every so often until the boat got so full they had to go and empty it. When they were finished another machine followed along after it to dredge sand up from the bottom of the lake and cover the beaches. They come around about every 5 years. It was fun to watch.