Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Too Devine to Eat!

Last week, my aunt and my mum made a cake for a school fete. The cake turned out looking ~SPOOKY~

Yesterday, me and my mother made cupcakes for a fundrasier. They're dainty and pretty, almost too cute to eat!

But that won't stop me from sinking my teeth into a couple :)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Moana's Beautiful Cake!

Hi everybody,
Yesterday, Moana and my aunty did a cake course and my mum made a delicious cake for my brothers and I - the one with our initials is my mums one. And my aunty made a cake for her little boy, Jack.
My mum's cake
My aunty's cake

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Life and Times of Will

There are a lot of unknown facts about William Shakespeare. He wasn't only a playwrite, he was so much more than that. Here are some fun facts about him. These facts aren't only about his plays, but his life and some other very well known people.
Fact 1: He married a woman named Anne Hathaway (like the actor.) She was eight years older than him and she was three months pregnant.

Fact 2: He had three brothers named Gilbert, Richard and Edmund, and one sister named Joan - quite a big family.

Fact 3: He had a baby girl named Susanna and when she was two years of age Anne gave birth to twins. Their names were Judith and Hamnet - not Hamlet. The twins were named after there two friends Judith and Hamnet Sadler.

Fact 4: Back then, people drank from the Thames, under London Bridge. It was really dirty because it also served as the city's sewer.

Fact 5: In those days, if Queen Elizabeth became annoyed with people, she would have their heads chopped off.

Fact 6: Edward Alleyn, a famous actor of the time, started acting when he was a teenager and had risen to become the leader of the company, Lord Strange's Men. He was a very tall man, about six feet (people back then were generally short) and he was famous for his loud voice.

Fact 7: People attending the theatre were always loud, unlike now, where people are quiet in their seats. They threw rotten vegetables at the performers if they didn't quite like the play.

Fact 8: Over about a period of ten years, starting in 1593,Will also wrote a few sonnets (a particular kind of short poem.) He was probably very keen don them because he wrote 154! Sonnets have a particular format. They were 14 lines long, and had a strict rhymic scheme.

Fact 9: Christopher Marlowe was probably the most talented writer in London (next to Will). He filmed the Doctor Faustus and The Jew of Malta and was also a government spy involved in secret activities. He attracted trouble like a plague victim attracts files. Although, quite brilliant, his luck ran out in 1593 when he got into an argumant in a tavern about who was going to pay the bill. He was stabbed throught the eye and killed.

As you can see the life and times of William Shakespeare were interesting to say the least. He was not only a Playwrite, he was father, a brother, a poet, you name it! Will continues to be inspiring today and is more famous and inspirational than ever before.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Moana's Lovely Cakes!

Hi Everybody,
Moana and my aunty are very talented bakers and I would love to post some of there extraordinary cakes!

Lovely Cupcake

Flower Cake
Ribbon Cake
More Cupcakes

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Paradoxical Advice for Writers

I found these awfully hysterical?? - a sampling of paradoxical quotes geared at writers. From Oxymoronica: Paradoxical Wit and Wisdom, by Dr. Mardy Grothe; and a few other treasured places.
"It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous."  Robert C. Benchley
"Writing is easy; all you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead."  Gene Fowler
"If it sounds like writing, I re-write it."  Elmore Leonard
"Be obscure, clearly."  E. B. White
"We are all failures—at least, all the best of us are."  J. M. Barrie
"No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader."  Robert Frost
"I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper."  Steve Martin
The best time to plan a book is while you're doing the dishes. Agatha Christie (I absolutely agree!)
"A writer should have another lifetime to see if he's appreciated."  Jorge Luis Borges
With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and definite hardening of the paragraphs.
Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.
Darn, can’t recall where I copied the last two from!
Moana_B - Just for laughs J

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Darkness shielded the sun
Last leaves fell to the ground
The sky turned a deep purple grey
It was a cemetery like no other
The church stood tall and brooding
Looking down over gravestones
Hail and rain poured
Splashing, crashing
It was an unpleasant sight
Demons emerged
Stealing all existence
And the land was no more

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Canberra Excursion

Hi everybody,
Sorry I haven't been around lately, but today I've created a new post. Yesterday, I went to Canberra (The capital of Australia) and because I'm learning about politics and Government I got to go to visit Parliament House. It's like the White House, except it's smaller. I went to the old Parliament house. This is a photo of it.
Old Parliament House

And this is new Parliament House. It's much more grander and larger than the old one.

New Parliament House
We went inside, and the floors the stairs even the walls were made out of Marble. It probably cost a motza to build! We saw paintings of Prime Minsters past, and there were many extremely busy people buzzing about. After that, we went to The House of Representatives and this is a photo. It's structured in the shape of a horse shoe.
The House of Representatives
The designer chose the colour green, symbolic of the gumtrees in Australia. We sat up in the public gallery, which are in the flanks. They have over 200 rules in The House of Representatives - my school has only got like 10 rules. They weren't in session, but still it was cool. After that, we went to the Senate. 

The Senate is fairly smaller than the House of Representatives. The designer was inspired by the bud of an eucalyptus tree, hence the red colour scheme. It's also structured like a horse shoe. They weren't in session either. Then, we went up onto the roof of the Parliament House.
The Roof of the Parliament House
 This is where the Australian flag proudly flies.
Lake Burley Griffin

War Memorial
We put red poppies in the walls representing the soldiers blood and we throw gold coins into the pond. We went into the War Memorial. An unknown soldier lies there. Flowers were placed around his gravestone.
That was my fantastic trip to Canberra!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Bit of Nonsense

Nonsense poetry is light and rhythmical, written for children, but enjoyed by all, depicting unusual characters in fantastical predicaments. Whimsical and humorous, they employ fanciful phrases and meaningless made-up words.   
When I was eleven, I was taught this verse and it has remained in my mind ever since. I believe it was published in a little book called A Popple in Your Pocket. I’m not certain if the title is correct, or the heading, or the entire verse for that matter.
Please amend if there aren't mistakes ;)
Ladles and Jellyspoons
I come before you to stand behind you
and tell you something I know nothing about.
Next Thursday, the day after Friday,
there will be a ladies' meeting for men only.
Wear your best clothes
if you haven't any,
and if you can come, please stay home.
Admission is free, you can pay at the door.
We'll give you a seat, so you can sit on the floor.
It doesn’t matter where you sit,
the kid in the gallery is sure to spit.