Monday, 25 January 2016


This is mango season - yum!

Our son has a very old, very large tree of beautiful Bowen mangoes in his garden.  It is absolutely loaded with luscious fruit, but unfortunately it is about 40 feet tall, so nobody can reach the fruit near the top of the tree - the bats and possums and even the lorikeets are getting their fill!
Queenslanders have always known this variety as Bowen mangoes, they were developed in that township about 100 km north of Mackay  sometime in the late 1800s.  Now the official name for marketing is Kensington Pride/  There are lots of other varieties in the shops, but nothing to match the flavour of Bowens!

A few days ago I went to our local library with Dougal and the two grandchildren for a 'mini Maker Spacers' workshop, a school holiday activity.  There were about twenty children there, all really getting very involved. There were three separate activities, each designed to stimulate creativity and problem solving.  Apologies for the slightly out of focus photos - taken on my phone which I am not very good at focusing.

 Here the boys were reading the instruction cards with Dougal to work out what floated and what sank, not always as simple as it looked!
This was the activity they really wanted to be there for - making code for a robot to move along.  They had to draw thick black lines, with patches of red, blue and green added in at intervals to make the robot do an about turn or swivel or go back according to the colour instruction.  The young girl beside Hamish had her robot moving up and down her pattern really well.  We will go back next holidays for another go, perhaps  moving on to some more complicated coding.  The Friends of the Library purchased this equipment late last year, and the librarian has to learn how to program and operate the robots before she can show the children!  There are more advanced sessions for the teenagers.
These are excellent free activities provided in the library every school holidays and are always booked out very quickly.

I had ideas of achieving all sorts of tidying and cleaning around the house during January, but the weather has utterly defeated me - we are having seemingly endless very hot, very muggy days with not much rain.  I don't have any energy for anything m ore than the bare essentials until we can get some cooler weather.  The monsoon trough which brings the wet weather seems to be well stuck well north of Australia.  I came down into Queensland briefly a few weeks ago, but has retreated out of sight now....oh well, one day....


  1. We love mangoes but they are still very expensive in the shops here, still I do buy a couple a week. Your library seems to have some wonderful things for children to do.

  2. How lovely to have one's own mango tree - yum!
    Those holiday activities sound wonderful for kids.
    I can't do anything either when it is too hot and humid. It drains every ounce of energy. Hope you get some cooler weather and rain soon.

  3. How lovely to have access to a mango tree! Kids look happy in such a stimulating environment & so glad windows 10 is easier to read ;)


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