Monday 8 September 2008

Back To School

The kids started school last Thursday. K* started Year 5 back in his old school. For R*, it’s Year 8 after missing a whole year. More significantly, it was her first day at high school – a major milestone. She also has to wear a uniform.

School Uniform JumperSchool Uniform Shirt & TieSchool Uniform BlazerSportsuniform


Sunday 7 September 2008

Notting Hill Carnival 2008

Last year I said I wouldn't take the kids back to the Notting Hill Carnival. Well, we went again. This time we went to the adult day on the Monday. We also had the use of an apartment in Notting Hill right in the middle of the carnival area. The friends who owned it had taken off to France to escape the noise.

It was much bette this year. We got there early in the afternoon so we didn't have to wait for the parade to start. The only problem was that there are often large gaps between floats. We just kept on walking around and when we got tired, crashed at the apartment. That was great.

The only scarey bit was getting crushed in a crowd as we tried to get past a sound system. I don't think the kids liked that. The day was very cool and cloudy so it wasn't so great for photography either.

Verruca and Tea Tree Oil

I had a very annoying verruca (plantar wart) on my foot for several months. Never had one before. I ignored it while travelling and when I got home tried to treat it with with salicylic acid. It didn't help much and made it more painful. My doctor told me that there wasn't really any cure beyond the body healing itself in its own sweet time. My body was was definitely procrastinating.

So, along with using salicylic acid to remove the dead skin, I started dousing it with 100% pure tea tree oil once a day. Presto! The verucca soon abated and disappeared in a few weeks. I assume the tea tree oil has some effect on the body to heal itself.

So if you're stuck with a stubborn verruca, it's worth giving tea tree oil a shot.