The Diary of Joni and Anya

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Autism Awareness Day at Sovereign Hill


On April 5, 2014, Saturday, Sovereign Hill will open its doors early for children with autism and their families to enjoy specially planned sensory activities.



Sovereign Hill is an authetically-constructed 1850s open-air, outdoor museum located in Bradshaw St, Ballarat. It depicts the area's first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851. Almost everything in the place from the dwellings to the costumed people walking the streets are so realistic that the first time our family came to visit, we needed a few minutes to get used to it all. It's not everyday that you get to immerse yourself in the 1850s.



As children with autism often understand things literally, the sights and sounds at Sovereign Hill may be quite distressing and confusing. Thus, the early entry allows them and their family to have ample time to adjust and understand the surroundings before the place gets crowded. But booking is essential!

Sovereign Hill has a handful of Social Stories at their website that can help explain to kids on the Autism Spectrum what to expect and thus be more comfortable during their visit.

For bookings on this Autism Awareness Day special event, contact Sovereign Hill at 03 5337 1100.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Let's talk Home Security and Five Star Locksmiths


Home security is a very important issue that many tend to not think about. 

Sure your doors have locks that are working and you have not had any break-ins so far. But these do not guarantee that your humble abode is burglar-proof. Just that it has not been targeted yet. Lucky you!

A few weeks ago, a friend shared the link below about how a 2 year old was able to pick the lock of her sister's door with nail clippers. 


Funny but slightly worrying right? I'm sure many of you have more valuable things at your home than a pillow pet. The internet is riddled with many instructional videos on how to pick locks. And I reckon with sufficient determination and motivation, anyone can learn it. How they put the skill into use is something else. I once read how many domestic robbery were perpetrated by amateurs.

Not that I want to frighten you, but perhaps now's a good day to take a pause and do a quick audit for weak security spots at your home. Play a burglar and walk around and outside your home. Are there door hinges outside your house? Do you have broken window locks? Are your exterior doors secure enough? 

And just because state-of-the-art security system is not within your budget means you should just let this matter slide off your to-do lists. Everyone has hard-earned possessions to protect and no one enjoys the financial and emotional stress of being burglarised. Plus, it is hard to claim for stolen items from your home insurance unless there was a clear sign of a break-in. So it is your responsibility to secure your home at all times, and sufficiently so.

So what can you do to improve the saftey of your home? You can get a dog.