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Melissa in Australia

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  1. there are several ways powerlines can start fires. I only know of 3 we had a fire start in a neighbouring property when wind blew a branch across the lines, bringing a line down that landed in dry grass and started a fire. if it has been dry for a while then there is a short shower of rain sparks can come out of the box thingy that is on some powerlines these sparks land on the ground and can start a fire if there is dry grass. In extreme heat, like Black Saturday in Victoria, the powerlines sag. if they are stretched over a long distance say up a very steep hill . they can sag enough to touch vegetation and start a fire. I believe this happened on Black Saturday. the heat was very extreme and unusual. some places something like 47oC. the power companies have since put in extra poles across the state in these types of locations to hopefully stop this happening again in my area they spray the power poles with fire retardant , and slash a wide area underneath them, and prune back branches that may fall in strong winds. I am right in the bush.
  2. I hope I have attached the rules and recipe I will try again fruit cake.pdf fruit cake .pdf
  3. well he competed in the local country show, and came first the prize there was $1. it is one of the few entries that go to a higher level. he then had to bake another cake for the regional judging. six other first prize winners from different regions enter that comp. He came first there and received $25. Then he went to the state finals at The Royal Melbourne Show. There are 8 entries there, one from each district. He came second there with a supposed prize of $100. the prize was listed as $200 for first. I will try and post the rules and recipe
  4. 😪😪 and that is why I get so hopping mad when people say it is a good lesson in disappointment.
  5. For those that say it is a good lesson in disappointment. This particular child’s life has been filled with disappointment. His whole life has been a lesson in this. He knows to NEVER expect anything because nothing ever works out. He already knows life sucks. He couldn’t even get to theRoyal Melbourne Show to see his cake entered as we were having so much medical stuff happening with the twins. I was really really hoping this would be a positive thing. You know something to tell people he came second in the state finals and won $100 Only two months ago month I was ringing a suicide help line for him. And calling on his older left home brothers to help me help him.
  6. No raisins here are a very large type of grape. The dried raisin is very large and has to be cut to bake it. It is only used for speciality cooking and are very expensive. Sultanas are the ones that are used for general use, they are a seedless grape and the most common. You can eat them straight, use them in cooking or trail mix, currents are a very very small grape and have a distinct flavour. They are also used just in baking.
  7. the shop is an internet shop based in the far side of the state. I have messaged them 3 times. once they replied by sending me a blurb about how great their sultanas are. they haven't replied to my other messages.
  8. we have in writing - the letter send with the entry form for the state finals - that it would be a cashprize
  9. I mean vowing to never bake in the competition, not bake in general
  10. So my children have been competing in the Junior Boiled Fruit Cake competition in the agricultural show for the last 21 years. As there are never many entries in our remote agricultural show one or another of my children have for the last 21 years made it to the regional judging. a few years ago one ds made it to the Royal Melbourne Show but got 8th ( last). this year that same ds made it to the Melbourne agricultural Show finals and came second. the entry form s stage the prize for second is $100 cashprize.. He was very very excited that he went further than his 3 older brothers and 1 older sister. they were all very excited for him as they know how hard it is to bake the prefect cake three times in a row ( one for each level) none of them made it to the state Finals. But when we rang up to get the prize they said they will send the prize- He received a $50 voucher to a small family run dried sultana boutique online shop . He can only use the voucher to get very overpriced boutique sultanas and apparently a hamper will be coming soon from the Royal Melbourne Show with ingredients to bake another the cake. DS hates sultanas ( I think you guys call them raisins - which confusingly is a different type of dried grape here, very large ) I rang them up to ask what was going on and they said yes they know the entry form has cashprize written but they have a few last minute sponsors after the entry forms were sent out. I did remind them that this is a KIDS competition and a KID is not interested in ingredients or another cake but rather wanting to receive the MONEY. I got nowhere how would your child feel??
  11. my life and extended family is like living in a giant reality TV show. the drama never stops
  12. 😭I am so so sorry, how absolutely awful . crying for your poor mum
  13. i think it is that baking paper that has silicon on it.
  14. HUGE HUGS how awful. I feel so sad for your whole family 😥
  15. I have tried this and was able to open bank accounts for my twins because I had a letter from the agency that I was going to be the permanent carer shortly. I had another child that the bank would not open the account without a permission letter from DHHS. I was unable to get that letter. Apparently the bio parent would have been able to access the account even though the child was not going to go back into bio parent's care.
  16. I just remembered the most important thing we did to aid concentration. ( how could I forget). We did this program . it was recommended by the peadiatrician. he knows/works with the neuropsychologists who developed it.
  17. some fabulous suggestions above. 🙂 One thing that a speech pathologist recommended for my a bit younger at the time teen that was really struggling to read was chewing-gum. It stimulates the brain and aids in concentration while reading.
  18. we have found the bolded doesn't work for us as my boys are unable to bring themselves back to sitting still afterwards. it is a matter of trying out a huge amount of things until you find what works for your particular child. we do all of the other things that Lori is suggesting except the medication
  19. one thing we are trying with success with my twins at the moment is instant positive rewards for them staying in their seat. Their Play-therapist/psychologist recommended it. before twin 2 in particular but both would just get up and walk off. they would be doing this every 5 minutes or so. (I sit between them when they are doing their schoolwork.). if I had to briefly leave the room to go to the toilet they would both leave and start the most ridiculous un-regulated attention seeking behaviour - like trying to swing from the curtains, throw objects around etc . What we are doing now is I have some choc chips. if they can stay in their seats when I go to the toilet they get one. if they are doing work and staying in their seats they will get a bonus one. ( a bit like training dogs or dolphins). It is working. In the beginning they would just rush back to their seats when they heard me coming back, then it progressed to them sitting in their seats but being silly, to sitting in their seats being silly until they heard me coming then quickly writing one letter when they heard me coming back. To now where I can go to the toilet and they will be having a go at continuing their work. This has take about 6 weeks so pretty fast progress for them. What we have being trying for not walking off while doing their lessons while I am sitting beside them is they each have a favorite sensory toy that only comes out for school work. it is a very shy little critter and if you leave the desk it runs away and doesn't come back until tomorrow.
  20. I had a prize of a chocolate bar for my kids when they got the facts all correct within the 5 minutes. It was a real motivator for them.
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