Wednesday, 31 October 2007


Effie was Snow White.
Fergus was a swimmer in a fright wig...

Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Merry Christmas

Quite possibly one reason why we haven't sent out any Christmas cards in a few years...

Merry Christmas 2007
Love, The Ornery Family

Autumnal day out on the Goose

Monday, 29 October 2007

The Peacock Connection

The precurser to the peacock orb puzzle given to Effie for her birthday by Great and Grand Aunt Jane... a springtime meet up with the real deal.

Sunday, 28 October 2007

Commissioned sales staff

Effie recently completed filling an order for her hand-painted art cards... to be mailed across continent tomorrow.


Effie's pics of some of this year's fungal matter...

Saturday, 27 October 2007

Things have gotten even nuttier around here lately

Regular puzzles are too boring...

Have no idea who these two are...

Ferg gave us tails...

Sport of the future II

Dolly strolling vs. trike ridin'

Sport of the future...

Hair-wrestling (cage-match)

Thursday Field Trips

Pics of the group's recent excursion to the beach... photos courtesy of newly anointed court photographer Memet...

Saturday, 20 October 2007


Ferg's "birthday party for a marble"

Paper doll making (yeah Diana!)

"Girl in a hat on a swing"

A toothbrush collection (everyone has one right?)


Pumpkin Patch

One day last week, Fergus put his self-imposed exile from the out-of-doors on hold long enough for a trip to the pumpkin patch/ corn maze. Thanks to Memet taking pics with her camera cause Tiki didn't bring one...

Sunday, 14 October 2007

The “Birthday Week”

Around these parts it’s a bit of a tradition that birthday celebrations last at least a week. It is rare that we have a one off massive “birthday party”, as we prefer to drag things out as long as possible. Last week Effie received a couple of outfits for her dolls that she had had her eyes on for quite a while. And then when we got back from our trip, Memet gave Effie a much appreciated book on how to sew your own doll clothes. Effie immediately went to work on making a kerchief/hat and has big plans for future creations.

Little did Grandma know that by giving Effie her own version of Mario Kart for DS, Grandma herself would turn around and become a player. Shocking! Effie also received some Halloween-themed nail polish from cousins Braeden and Keegan and a Webkinz mouse pad that she is most proud of (“see how easily the mouse now slides around!”) and which has rejuvenated her interest in all things Webkinz - ie: less computer-time for the rest of us.

And here’s a funny thing about Effie and gifts… last year, cousin Mini gave Effie a hoody/dress/not-sure-what-you-call-it thing that got filed away unworn for a good 10 months only to be brought out of the woodwork when she received something similar from Grandma for her birthday this year (she’s a good filer - knows exactly where such things are hidden - but ask her where she flung her pants that she wore that morning and she hasn’t a clue!). So there’s hope yet for all the clothes Fergus has recently received but have yet to be touched!?!

It may look like she's saying "I really don't care about your rock sculpture Daddy!"... but she does care about it... she thinks it looks like a lovely bird!!!

Then we received a bonus, unexpected addition to the birthday week celebration on Saturday when Uncle Pump crawled out of his bear den and made the trek to the island to give us a wonderful visit on a rare warm and sunny day. We managed to wear him out with Nintendo, a walk around the property and a viewing of the “Jungle Book”.

Friday, 12 October 2007

Park Day

Its a pretty great life when a girl can meet up with her friends and play for hours in a park

Its a pretty great life when you choose to spend that 4 and half hours playing with your cars and trucks in the car rather than joining up with the others

And its also pretty great to have a mama that provides the enviroment for this to happen. Here's some other pretty great (cold-looking) mothers