Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Lunar Eclipse Melbourne {15 April 2014 - Blood Moon}

I've had a long standing delight in witnessing solar and lunar eclipses.  It all started in 2011 when we got up at some crazy hour in the morning to see Lunar Eclipse {16 June 2011} this in turn started a quest to know when the next Solar eclipse in Australia would be.  This resulted in our journey to Queensland in 2012 during which time we experienced a total Solar Eclipse. Last year we took a trip to Ballarat to see the Annular Solar Eclipse {10 May 2013}. Today we had the privilege of witnessing a lunar eclipse at sunset over the bay in Melbourne.

To start the evening the sun painted the most spectacular sunset behind us

We were disappointed as we gazed out over Port Philip Bay in Melbourne as there was a large bank of clouds across the bay. But still we hoped that the prevailing wind would clear it in time for us to see the Blood Moon. Paul and Sir N set up their camera's on tripods and I scanned the horizon using my phone app The Night Sky.
There's the moon just below the horizon

Preparing to capture the Blood Moon

We waited patiently and then all of a sudden there before us. Unfortunately not very clear due to the cloud cover.  

Blood Moon with Mars to the left and Melbourne lights below over Port Philip Bay

We watched for another hour as the red faded and was replaced by the suns rays of light reflected back at us.

The Blood Moon is fading as the moon reflection returns

Almost half way back

Just over half way

Three quarters back

Just a smidgen to go

The moon in her full glory reigning over the night sky

Here are two of Sir N's captures
Taken by Sir N

Taken by Sir N

For more information

The next lunar eclipses will be 
The next Annular Solar Eclipse

Did you see the blood Moon last night ? If you did what did you think ? If you blog and shared some pictures please leave me a link I'd love to see your photographs.


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

I Was Only Nineteen {Tuesday's Treasures}

Next week Friday 25 April is ANZAC day here is Australia.  I'm on the search for books to read about Kiwi's and Aussies and ANZAC.  Today I was given this book to read to Sir N.

I Was Only Nineteen

  • Format: Hardback
  • Number of Pages: 32
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Children's Books 
  • Publication Date: 2014 
  • ISBN 10: 1743317239 
  • ISBN 13: 9781743317235 
  • Author Words by John Schumann from the iconic song about the Vietnam War 
  • Illustrator: Craig Smith 
This book is beautifully illustrated.  The words are the lyrics from a song by John Schumann and sung by the Australian group Redgum  (Album: Caught In The Act).  It took him 15 minutes to compose and is a tribute to the men and woman of Australia who fought in the Vietnam War. The illustrations are beautiful and take you on the journey with a Grandfather as he shares his memories of being Only 19.


Here are a couple of YouTube clips of the song: I Was Only 19 (1983) and I was Only 19 Photo Montage


Welcome to Tuesdays Treasures. I started these posts as a way of sharing great books in honour of my friend in New Zealand who would arrive with the treasures she had unearthed at her weekly trip to the library!

There are so many wonderful books and Resources out there out there hiding on shelves and somewhere on the internet.

I invite you to blog about

  • a book on your shelf, one you're reading or one you found at the library,
  •  a great homeschool item you have found and
  •  any new resources you are enjoying. 
Grab the button for your post and add a link to your post below. I would love to read about your treasures. 
Every bed of Roses

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Friday, 11 April 2014

FREE Fine Arts Resources for Homeschool

Welcome to Day 5 of the 5 Days of ... Blog Hop brought to you by the 2014 Schoolhouse Review Crew. Todays list of links to FREE homeschool resources cover the subject are Fine Arts. Anything to do with music, music appreciation, art and art appreciation

Last year I shared with you my Homeschool for FREE list and then updated it in January this year.  I have been feeling a little frustrated with it's length and it's been difficult to find the information I want in it so this week I will be sharing shorter lists divided into subject areas.

With the advent of the internet and the generosity of many homeschool mothers there are some amazing resources available for us today.

What is Fine Art

Definition of FINE ART

  1. art (as painting, sculpture, or music) concerned primarily with the creation of beautiful objects —usually used in plural b : objects of fine art 
  2. an activity requiring a fine skill

On this blog
With our endeavors in delight direct education we are attempting to do something art inspired each week.  Our ideas and yours are shared each week in the Virtual Fridge Meme on Thursdays.  I would love for you to join us and share some ideas we can do with our children at home.

Books we love
(Libraries are an excellent resource to teach for FREE)

 On Pinterest 
Homeschoolers with great ideas on Pinterest
On the WWW
    FREE SQUILT Lessons
    Mary from over at Homegrown Learners has some great FREE SQUILT lessons on her blog to get you started.


    What are some of your favourite FREE resources for teaching art, art appreciation, studying the Masters in art or music?  Leave a link in the comments and I will add them to the list


    April Blog HopPlease take some time to read the posts by my fellow crew mates this week who are sharing on their chosen topics.  Here are a few to get you started.

    FREE Stamp graphic courtesy: Stuart Miles

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