Posts Tagged ‘outdoors’

Anaball rules

May 19, 2012

Anaball is a unique sport of my own invention.  It can be played with one or more players and is best played in the garden, although I have played it indoors before too.  Any player can kick, throw, roll, hit, bounce or header the ball – as long as it is what I tell you to do.  (The only illegal move is putting the ball up your top because it fits up everyone else’s tops and not mine).  You score a goal when I say so.  And each goal is worth the points as per my ruling.  I also determine the start and the finish time of the game, of course.  Today’s match was played with my friend Dion who was visiting us from Australia.

Dion received detailed instruction for his turn.

But the play was mediocre at best and I awarded him only two points for his roll into mid field.

My ruling was vehemently disputed – but not overturned.

In contrast, my next move, a sky high throw, was brilliant.

And that’s when I called game announcing myself player of the match.

By Ana, the Anaball champion of the world.

Mrs Nature is smiling

April 22, 2012

Mrs Nature must be happy that it’s Earth Day because she has turned up the heat to 80F (27C).  The first day to hit the 80s since mid October last year.

Perfect for a barefoot skip in the grass.

And for replenishing the bird feeder.

We had a string of visitors but they were all a bit camera shy.

We thought Earth Day was befitting to give the plant I grew at the office a permanent home in our garden. Although we're not sure what he is so we hope we put him in a suitable spot.

I tried to give him a good drink but I think the plants around him got more water than he did. I hope Mrs Nature will help him grow up big and strong.

By Ana.

Apricot slice and rugby

September 24, 2011

Where else can I enjoy the combination of Edmund’s Cookery Book apricot slice and rugby but at a Kiwi picnic?

The apricot slice was one of the yummiest things I've ever tasted.

I managed to sneak a second piece when I pretended to go over for a chat with some people close to the plate.

After lunch it was time for a bit of rugby.

I intercepted a tricky low pass.

and scored the winning try.

Thursdays, on my way home

September 15, 2011

This is my favourite thing to do to unwind on a Thursday on my way home from the office:

Or maybe I’m actually winding up?

Mum, Lucy and are at our local farmers’ market.  (The musicians are Portland band, Bitterroot)

Getting around the neighbourhood

August 21, 2011

I like to travel by foot around the neighbourhood.

But travel by shoulders is WAY more fun.

Lunch for the birds

August 6, 2011

Mum and I decided to invite the birds for a backyard picnic lunch.  We haven’t ever had the birds here before so Mum and I were very busy this morning with the preparations.

Buying food for them was fun because dogs and cats worked at the store!

Then we got to work making a place for them to eat. We got an empty milk bottle to cut into a feeder and some stuff from the garden to make it look nice.

Mum cut out the front and hanging the treat from the lid was easy. The glue didn't work very well for the roof so we used double sided stick tape instead.

We set the food outside just before lunch. There was seed in the bottom and a little platform for them to sit on. We even found a feather in the garden for decoration which I thought was a nice touch.

We waited and waited but the birds didn’t turn up.  Mum and I picnicked by ourselves.  We wonder if Meow had anything to do with discouraging our guests.

A game of cat and Ana

July 27, 2011

I could hear Meow in the garden.

And then I could see Meow in the garden.

Meow scuttled under a bush

and I crawled after her.

She went down the alley... and I chased after her. I was gaining on her.

Back up the alley... and I ran after her as fast as I could. I was very close behind now.

Up a giant tree.  I had no chance.  Mum declared Meow the winner of that game and we went inside for dinner.


July 26, 2011

Inspired by our neighbours plantation at the back of the house Mum, Lucy and I decided we are going to start our own garden.

We chose to grow herbs (hoping they are the easiest to keep alive) and took the spot right next to where the neighbours chillies and cucumbers are thriving.

Mum tipped in the potting mix, Lucy dug the holes and I transferred the plants from their shop containers into the planter.

Then a bit of water. Grow herbies, grow!

OBT and H2O at Director Park

July 23, 2011

The Oregon Ballet Theatre set their studio up in Director Park this week so Portlanders can watch rehearsals and join in on their classes.

I had to stand up on Mum to see the rehearsal because there were lots of tall people in front of me.

It was a beautiful day and so I couldn't resist playing in the water at the break.

After I got rid of my wet clothes and dried off it was time for the ballet class. We warmed up with plies.

Tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers

July 19, 2011

In the evenings when Mum and I get home we inspect the veges growing by our backdoor steps.

They aren't ours, they belong to our neighbours, but we're feeling quite inspired to grow some of our own.

Although I don't know if Mum will be much help. She doesn't have a good historical plant survival rate. Maybe we should get some tips from the neighbours?