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The Genial Hearth
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About Me

I’m Fe, homeschooling mother of three, Puggle (nearly 6), Bilby (3 and a half) and Cygnet (20 months ). My delightful husband is Paddington. I’m heavily into craft, cooking and reading (although, that seems to fall by the wayside at the moment). We live in Perth, Western Australia.

You can find me on Flickr, and if you add me as a contact (and I know you! If I read your blog, I’ll most likely count that as knowing…), I’ll return the favour… you’ll get to see many photos of my children:-)

If you do stop by, I love getting comments! Or feel free to email me at genialhearth AT earthyself DOT com (obviously removing spaces, and replacing the capitalised words with the symbols).


  Bec wrote @ October 12th, 2007 at 8:14 pm

Looks great!

  Sílvia wrote @ February 3rd, 2008 at 12:54 am

Hi Fe, My name’s Sílvia and I’m from Barcelona, Spain. I have two children, too. Gerard (3years) and Samuel (15 months). And I’m a homeschooling mother, too. I just have discovered your page and I promise to visit it often. Also I don’t understand a lot of things, because my english isn’t so good. It’s great to know that there are people everywhere who wants to teach their children. Congratulations!!

  Fe wrote @ February 3rd, 2008 at 10:03 am

Hi Silvia


So glad you plan to be back… My husband has been asking me if I want to include a translation tool on the blog—I guess this is probably a good time to say yes to that idea:-) I have to say though, your written English is _significantly_ better than _any_ of my French (the one other language in which I’m even vaguely competent!) Feel free to ask in the comments if there’s anything where the language is unclear, I know that I do tend to blog as I speak (colloquially!) rather than in ‘proper’ English…

Anyway, welcome:-)

  Sílvia wrote @ February 4th, 2008 at 11:16 pm

If your husband can translate your blog, I will be so happy!! There are some things that I don’t understand in your comment, but thank you to give me more ilusion to learn english!!! I like a lot the idea of the hand (day jobs, and night jobs) and I will do it with my son. Thank you!! Sílvia.

  Fe wrote @ February 15th, 2008 at 11:27 pm

Well, he can’t personally translate it for you (I think his Spanish is about on par with mine!) but he’s just put a Translate plugin on my blog—so I think you should be able to select the little flag in the sidebar and read more easily. I believe it’s an automatic translation, so it could be interesting to see what it turns out like… but it should be easier for you, at any rate:-)

  Gammabeam wrote @ December 30th, 2009 at 10:19 am

Hey, Gabriel “Gammabeam” here!
I’m so glad you liked the Gigga Paletti!
You can actually buy the original Villa Paletti game if you want a coffee table sized. It’s a lovely game that’s great for a family gathering!

I loved your blog! It’s got a very cozy feeling, and I’ll be trying some of the recipes myself!

Cheers from the other side of the world – I’m brazilian! 😉

  Fe wrote @ January 1st, 2010 at 1:54 am

Glad you liked the blog:-)

I’ve _tried_ to buy Villa Paletti—a friend has a copy, but he brought it by hand from the UK… nowhere local has it, and the shipping I’ve been able to find is _just_ a little exhorbitant!

So for now, we’ll make our own (probably not _quite_ as large as yours—we’d rather the smalls didn’t try playing above their heads!) and I’ll keep on the look out for Villa Paletti—maybe one will turn up in a purchasable location:-)

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