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Blue Wren vs Fly

Ten Blue Wrens: And What a Lot of Wattle! Sitting on the deck with Jai (5.5 years young) in my lap, I wondered if I was going to snap a decent photograph of the blue-wrens about 3 metres away.

“Daddy, can you photograph that fly?”

I turn to photograph it, but as I do – the small blue wren flutters onto the deck, snaps at the same fly, it falls from its roost, and the bird snapped it right out of the air, swallowing it whole.

I couldn’t photograph that moment, it all happened so fast. But I did snap a few shots of the blue wren standing content after a quick feed.

Jai was still in my lap. As I am capturing the posing blue-wren, Jai starts blubbering….

“Oh dear, I am never going to see that fly ever ever ever again! {crying and wailing} I want that fly! Why didn’t you photograph it sooner?!” He is surprisingly articulate.

I shake my head and say “But dude, buddy, I got some great photos of the blue wren!”

“I don’t care about the blue wren! I want a photo of a fly!”

“Dude, There are ten trillion trillion trillion fly’s on the planet. Blue wrens are rare!”

The conversation ended as he went off crying. The blue-wren flew over and sat beside me and cocked his head to one side as if to say “Yeah, kids, they are not easy!”

Check out my shots below:

Blue Wren on Deck

Blue Wren Hunting Lunch

Blue Wren Sits Close

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Toy Story IV

The Octonauts Explore The Great Big Ocean In the beginning Jai had a fascination for Octonauts. So we acquired every plastic figurine, ‘Gup‘, and related underwater construction.

Then he discovered Thomas the Tank Engine. For a while we had almost every available aluminium train in the series, most which magnetically connect end to end. That included a boat on a carriage and the fat-controller in his car, both non-magnetic!

A year ago Paw Patrol was spotted on ABC iView. Thanks to his grandmother every character is a stuffed toy in Jai’s bed AND she created a large Paw Patrol patterned pillow case. It is still his favourite and carries him off to dreams of firefighting dogs each night.

Dinosaur Bones ABC4Kids have a new show which has captured Jai’s vivid imagination.

Andy’s Historic Adventures.

It is fun to watch him make dinosaur bones out of duplo, a tall T-Rex with his teepee, and a Time Machine with a milk-crate and training-clock. I have also created Andy’s techno-tablet using plastic lid and stick-on velcro!

The only suffering we have to endure is involuntary coercion to be Museum staff!

To date there have been no AHA franchise toys and books added into toy collection. Whew.

I only hope our boys can part with all these toys when the the day comes. There’s only so much toys a house can hold and a parent can endure!

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Jai’s Time Travel Adventure 

Jai has a new favourite kids program:

Andy's Prehistoric Adventures: Complete Series 1 Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures.
Synopsis: Andy jumps into a grandfather clock back in time (get it!) to the dinosaur age, then brings back something for the museum he works within.

So tonight Jai asked for a ‘Time Machine‘. I smiled with glee, but his mother frowned.

Jai now has what I am calling ‘a TARDIS whose clocking device is stuck in cardboard box mode‘. Jai doesn’t yet understand the reference. Sarah is adamant he won’t know for a few years yet.

I can and will wait to make him a DrWho fanatic. Let’s hope the series is still going!

Epilogue:

Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series Peter Capaldi’s recent departure as The Doctor cannot be in vain.

But I have a strong feeling the Christmas Special will reveal him waking up, yet then changing into his new incarnation.

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Parenting Tips for Talking

Trivial Pursuit Doctor Who Now that 2yo Aidan no longer has a dummy/pacifier, his English skills are improving every day.

Jai (weeks away from 5yo) likes to test his English.

“LIFE IS NOT PERFECT!” is yelled from the toy room. Learned probably from me.

A smaller voice mimics “Mi’ is no berfect!”

But that’s nothing.

Whilst I was ‘otherwise indisposed‘ early today, a small hand knocked on the door and the question was asked “Where are you Daddy?”

“Buddy, dude, I am busy.”

“Why?” Oh dear, it has begun.

“I don’t wear nappies…” Is two too young to teach about the toilet?

“Why?” Still outside the door.

“Because society frowns upon wearing poopie pants in corporate environments…” I paused and listened as he plodded back to the lounge room.

Always employ big words when you don’t really want to be disturbed.