We took the kids over the Shear Outback Hall of Fame today. It’s walking distance from my parents place and a fantastic little piece of history for a small town to have. We were running a little behind schedule so the kids whizzed through the museum and raced straight over to the shearing shed to get seats right up the front and then afterwards straight out to the maze where they ran around and around and around until their little legs couldn’t run anymore.
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Yesterday we woke up late, had a lazy breakfast and then we all changed in some scrappy bush clothes for hanging around the block. Wehad planned a welcome home camp fire lunch for my brother and his partner but they weren’t able to make it so we went ahead anyway. The kids helped to collect wood and light fire and then set out to prepare the food for lunch.

Abigail had her nap in the pram and just kept on sleeping so we took full advantage of the fact that she remained clean and warm in the pram and kept on working. She woke up about 10 minutes before lunch to enjoy what we can only describe as a grand feast. Savour and sweet damper, lamb chops, sausages, onions, potatos and local pumpkin.

Just after 2:30 we packed up our campfire, sent the kids up to the house to have a bath followed by almost everybody collapsing onto the couch to enjoy a movie.

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This weekend we took a family trip across to Altina Wildlife Park just outside of Darlington Point. We had booked into the 1pm tour so we took our time getting ready at home and started the journey from my parents house just an hour away. The wind was freezing with rain on the way but we were all rugged and comfortable and nothing could dampen the kids spirits.

The tour via horse carriage went for 2.5 hours and was absolutely packed with so many animals to see. The park was huge and all of the animals came up so close and were all in big, clean, well maintained paddocks just like you would find them if you had seen them in the wild. We are a bit of a expert on zoos and wildlife parks having lived all over the country and visited most of the australian ones but Altina takes the cake it really was fantastic for everyone from babies to the grandparents, just awesome.

We arrived home just before dark. Absolutely exhausted but totally satisfied. I bet my kids would happily jump in the car and go again tomorrow.

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The kids did a lot of miles today starting with a walk into town and then a bike ride down the bend followed by feeding the kangaroo, eating cup cakes,walking the dogs, collecting wood for the fire and ending the day on a high by chasing each other down the hill on top of the kids plastic slide. The connections, the memories, the smiles. They were priceless.
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With the first week of holidays under our belt and three weeks to go I made the crazy decision to hop on the red eye with the girls and head south to visit my family for a few weeks. We arrived yesterday afternoon and after a good nights sleep we woke fresh and energised and ready for a few weeks filled with family adventures and lots of rest and relaxation.

The kids do not seem bothered by the cold at all. The hardest part is just getting Abigail to actually wear clothes and shoes, well that’s a whole other hurdle. We have never really done shoes before because who needs shoes in Darwin.

And the adventure…it’s everywhere you look. 

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Freedom

by Danielle on June 22, 2014

in darwin, family life, Uncategorized

Friday was the last day of school for four whole weeks The kids are now on holidays until July 22nd. The house was chaotic and I felt the need to embrace our freedom so we did what we do best and  fled to the beach. The light was perfect and the beach, almost empty. It must be all this horrible weather we have been having lately. Just kidding, the weather is PERFECT. The kids ran along the beach picking up shells and digging in the sand only heading back to the car when our bellies began to rumble. It was the perfect start to school holidays.
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