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2.No copying other peoples photo.
3.Title your post "Wednesday Photo".
5.You have to have your photo on your blog by the end of the day if you want to enter.
6. The winner of this week gets to judge next weeks "Wednesday Photo".
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Knights and Castles.
No, but my big sister is nuts over them.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I was so surprised when I saw heaps more potato's as I was digging up the other three.
Magellan was a portuguese sailor who wanted to go to India. He new of another sailor who had sailed around Africa and up to India, but it took him a year to do so. Magellan thought he could get to India a lot faster if he went west, hoping to find a river and cut through America (Which Christopher Columbus discovered on his attempt to go to India in 1492).
It took Magellan 18 months to get ready for this monster of a voyage. Magellan left from Spain on the 20th on September 1519. He took five ships and two hundred and eighty men with him.
The first few days of the voyage were peaceful and quiet. But when Magellan was arriving at his first destination, Tenerife, he got word that three of his captain’s were plotting to kill him. Magellan knew who the captains were and had an idea on when he thought the would attack him.
He called a meeting to talk about the next stage of the voyage, and sure enough the captains tried to start an argument. But Magellan stayed cool and agreed to every thing they said. He was quite humiliated, but he was still alive.
For a while the captains still tried to provoke Magellan. However one time one captain went too far and asked for mutiny (to start a rebellion against the boss). This was the opportunity Magellan had been waiting for. He arrested the captain, and had put in chains behind bars. Seeing what Magellan had done, the other two captains dismissed the plot.
Magellan reached the Americas and sailed down the coast looking for a river which cut through the land to the other side. However, each river he found and sailed into led to a dead end.
When Magellan was down to the very southern tip of South America he found a river which cut through the land and to the other side. However while he was in the river it was very stormy and the water was very choppy and rough. In fact, the water was so rough Magellan’s row boats had to pull the ship along the river. It took Magellan a whole three months to sail down this river. Today we call this river the “Straits of Magellan”.
When Magellan reached the end of the river, the Ocean was so calm and peaceful that Magellan named it the “Pacific Ocean” (this means calm).By this time Magellan’s sailors were over and done with the voyage and begged Magellan to let them turn the ship around and go home, but Magellan refused. He was sure that India was close by, but it wasn’t.
He and his sailors kept sailing for another three months. They ran out of food and became so hungry that they were eating sawdust!! They almost ran out of water. Then at long last they sighted land!
While his men were busy loading up with fresh food and water, Magellan realized that he had not reached India, he was in fact on a group of islands not far off China!! (Today we call these islands the Marianas.)
He and his men boarded their ships and sailed on. A few days later they sighted another group of islands. Magellan thought for sure this was India. But it wasn’t, he had reached the Philippines!
By this time Magellan was wondering if he would ever reach India. Well I’ll tell you now he never did. While gathering food and water in the Philippines, he agreed to help a village chief fight with another tribe. He and his men were out numbered and had to retreat to their boats. Well Magellan was killed during the retreat.
Magellan’s lieutenant continued on the journey. Out of the 5 ships and 280 men Magellan started out with, his lieutenant reached India with one ship and thirty-five men.
After reaching India the lieutenant continued on going west and went back up to Africa and finally reached Portugal.
All up, the voyage took three years.
Even though Magellan died before reaching India, his ship was the very first ship to have ever sailed around the world.
By Naomi McDonald 10-8-10
Info from The Story Of The World by Susan Wise Bauer, and Fredinand Magellan by Struan Reid.
Monday, August 9, 2010
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Grace and I are playing hockey again this year. Our team is on the bottom of the ladder though :(.
Hockey is a great sport because it a fast game, it keeps you fit, and you can very easily enjoy playing it.
Grace and I have missed a few games dew to rain, so this weekend we are playing three games ( Fri, Sat and Sun) then we have training on Monday. I'm sure I'll be dead by Tuesday. Although playing three games we should hopefully win at least one game..... I hope.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
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Monday, June 7, 2010
Courage to run is based on the story of Harriet Tubman.
A little girl called Minty whose parents are in slavery, helps her mother look after the workers baby's. Minty has always had a dream to be free.
When Minty is still young she is hired out to work for Mr and Mrs Cook. Mrs Cook is a very harsh woman and was never good to Minty. Minty ends up getting very ill. Mr and Mrs Cook decided to take Minty back home.
After Minty recovered, Mr Cook came to fetch her to take her back to work for Mrs Cook again. Her stay with the Cooks was worse than before. She shivered in winter and sweats in summer, and Mrs Cook was always handing out unfair punishments.
At Last Minty’s hire finished and her mother and another worker came to pick her up. But she didn't even get to go home. Her mother had come because Minty was to be taken straight to work for someone else.
Minty was to work for Miss Susan who had a little baby and she wanted a house maid to to help with the baby and house work. Minty learnt a lot from Miss Susan's sister Emily who lived with Miss Susan for the time being. Miss Susan was not as harsh as Mrs Cook, although she still gave Minty a whip around the neck at night if the baby had woken her and Minty was still asleep, but Minty learnt to sleep lightly.
One day Miss Susan was having tea with her friends. When Miss Susan's friends were gone she told Minty to take the tea and food down to the kitchen. While Minty was doing this she spotted the sugar cube bowl, she had never tasted sugar before, so she put a cube in the pocket of her apron. Miss Susan was standing inside the door way at the time and saw Minty take the cube. Miss Susan started to shout at her. Half frightened to death Minty ran passed Miss Susan and out the door and ran away.
After a week or two Minty knew she would not be able to survive. So she went to Miss Susan's house. Miss Susan was so angry with Minty that she just simply took her back to her master.
The years went on. Minty's master hardly hired Minty out if at all because he felt sorry for her because of how badly treated she was with the Cook's and Miss Susan.
When Minty was thirteen she was given her adult name "Harriet". Harriet grew to be really strong, she was as strong as any man on the plantation. Harriet's master gave her the job of working with her father (which she was very happy to do).
One day there was a slave running away from an overseer, the slave ran into a shop hoping to hide. But the overseer knew the slave was in there, so he went in after him. Harriet had followed the overseer to see what would happen. When the overseer had the slave cornered he told Harriet to hold the slave so he could tie him up (For he intended to whip the slave). Harriet didn't want to do it. While the overseer was shouting a Harriet to do as he said, the slave bolted out the door and got away. This made the overseer so mad, he picked up one of the heaviest weights in the shop and threw it at her. The weight hit her in the head.
The blow of the weight left a hole in her head. She got very sick.
When Minty finally understood what had happened she realized that she had been sick for months. Harriet had brain damage, this meant that at any time she could have a sleeping fit and and go in to a really deep sleep. She started to regain her strength and remember things.
The book ends there.
Harriet Tubman is known for leading over three hundred people out of slavery through the Underground Railroad.
It's a great book, and I recommend reading it.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
This is some chainmail Grace my brother and I made while ago. We learnt how to make it at a homeschooling medieval day, and one of the activities you could do was to learn how to make chainmail. We only made a tiny bit at first but then we kept on doubling it. As you can see it's lost a few rings here and there, and in area's it's a bit tangled. We have never made any more since though.
2. Pass it on to 12 other bloggers.
3. Add links to these 12 bloggers within your blog.
4. Let them know they are receiving the award.
5. Share the link of the person from whom you received the award.
Monday, May 17, 2010
On Sunday Grace and I are going to a cricket trial in a town over two hours away. The trial is for a regional girls cricket team. I am looking forward to it. I think Grace and I have a even chance on getting through (I hope!!), although I'm trying not to get my expectations up to high.
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Monday, April 19, 2010
Even though bolt has been out for a little while, we still have not seen it.
I can't wait till the Voyage Of The Dawn Treader comes out.
I love the toy story movies.Shrek four will be out soon. But I not certain it's going to be as good as the other.
Since I got this award I must:
* Add a link and a note of thanks to the one who gave you the award
* Pass the award on to 15 others whose blogs you have recently discovered that you really like
* Share 7 things about yourself
1. I love to play cricket
2. I love to play hockey
3. I like athletics
4. I love the beach
5. I like to play guitar
6. I like to play keyboard
7. I like to sing
Now all the bloggers I know have already been awarded with this.
If you haven't been awarded with this yet just leave a comment and let me know.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Sorry for not posting anything for ages. My family and I went on holidays for a month and we only got back three weeks ago. Then I went on holidays again to my grandparents house and now the easter holidays have only just finished.
So I am still getting used to being home and getting back into things.
I will try to post more often now.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I don't know whether it's because I have other interests, get sick of the book, or something else completely.
If you remember I did a post on the Seven Little Australians and the Phantom Toll Booth, well I did the post while I was reading the books but I didn't finish either one of them.
Hopefully one day I will be able to finish another Book. :)