Thursday, January 31, 2013

On top of Australia







Australia does have an alpine area where in winter it is covered with snow and in summer you are treated to the most beautiful vistas. We have just spent the past week camping in Kosciusko National Park. We did not camp up in the alpine area but down on the flats but we were overlooked by these towering peaks. Isabella, Jasper and I tried to get the peak of Mt Kosciusko ( Australia's highest mountain but not that high compared to major peaks of the world) but unfortunately Jasper's little legs just could not keep going so we had to turn around before we got the top. The natural beauty of this place just takes my breath away and I tried to imagine it all covered in snow and was a bit sad as the snow would take away from it's breathtaking ruggedness.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Road tripping

At the moment I am in the midst of a two week road  trip with the family. We left Brisbane last Monday and have wound our way down through central NSW. Our family enjoys getting out on the open road and exploring the amazing and unusual places of our wonderful country.
Cook Park in Orange. This park was amazing as many of the trees in this park were nearly or over 100 years old. They looked so grand. 
 Outside Orange there is a historical town called Millthorpe, the main street is picture postcard as you can see. To top it off there is a cafe that has the most divine cakes that you want eat them all.
Out side Wellington there is this quirky sculpture made from recycled bits an pieces. It sits by the main highway and the majority of cars whiz by and miss something totally special.
The next stop on our Journey was the Wellington caves. These are limestone caves with spectacular formations and fossilised mega fauna. 

This is an amazing find. Found by accident by a bulldozer driver it is part of an ancient fossilised fish kill. This could have easily been turned into roadside rubble if the driver had not been so Eagle eyed!
 Just outside Canberra is Mt Stromlo. There is an Observatory on top of the mountain that was mostly destroyed in bush fires 10 years ago.

 Canberra, our nations capital. We are taking loads of photo's so the kids when they are older they can remember the places they went and saw and experienced.


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Mother's Group

Last week I picked up a book from my local library titled The Mother's Group. The basic gist of the story is about a group of women who meet at parenting classes at their local child health clinic,  afterwards they form their own mothers group and it focusses on the ups and downs of their friendships. This book got me reminiscing about my own mothers group that formed 9 years ago this weekend. We first met on a hot January afternoon at our local child health clinic, some of us with babies only a couple of weeks old, for some child/baby rearing advice from the child health nurse. We were all first time mums, from a range of backgrounds and ages, we went through that first hard year together. We met at each other's homes and parks, did swimming lessons together and began to form friendships on the basis of our babies. Things changed as a result of people going back to work and eventually second children coming along but we tried to get together regularly. Since then we have tried to get together at least a couple of times a year, and yesterday we got together for the first time in a while and boy have the kids grown, well they are all 9 years old now. It is funny though the kids cannot remember each other but have a vague idea who each other is.

 The babies from oldest to youngest

 All us mum's with our little babies
 the second children have now come along.
 The kids all ready to start their first year of school, we were only yesterday saying that it is only 3 years till they start high school
We all made it to the first year of school.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Welcome 2013

Two weeks into 2013 and I have already failed with one of my New Year's resolutions - to blog once a week ( I thought surely I can take 20 minutes out of my week to write, but alas it seems so far ....no). As one can see it is a new year and I want to take the time to highlight some of my highlights of 2012.

Our biggest highlight of the year was our road trip to Adelaide. We got to see some amazing parts of our country.
 This is an sunset shot taken from the sculpture park outside Broken Hill, this is an amazing place that is well worth a visit.
Here we are from one of the lookouts in the Flinders Ranges. 

The next highlight was Oscar starting school. Here in Queensland, children start school when they are 41/2 or 5. So Oscar had reached that magical age.
A month after Oscar started school, I started University. I ventured on a four year journey studying a Bachelor of Education. It was an amazing year, I loved what I was studying and learnt so much. I made some wonderfully supportive friends who made the tough times during the year much easier.

Mid year saw us going on another a road trip. This time we headed out to Charleville in Western Queensland. Our last road trip gave us a taste for the Australian outback. Charleville is the home of the Bilby (a small marsupial that looks a bit like a kangaroo crossed with a rat). So it was a must for our animal loving daughter. We also visited the observatory, the weather station, the flying doctors and took a trip down memory lane when  we saw the aircraft hangar that Anthony's grandfather help to build in the war.

 As soon as we got home we went down to the Gold coast to catch up with some old friends, whom we have not seen for some time. It is always times like this that make these long friendships even more precious.

 The September school holidays saw us heading to the Bunya Mountains, about 3 hours west of Brisbane. I did not go up for a few days after the family went as I had assessment due, but when I got up there it was awesome to be in the outdoors again. Anthony and I went for a walk and we came across this amazing bank of king orchids in bloom - aren't they spectacular?


My final highlight is the one we do every year, camping at Girraween National Park. This year we went by ourselves rather than with Anthony's parents. Now the children are able to walk a few more kilometres we are able to get out there and explore this beautiful area a bit more.
 Anthony had his photo taken under this tree when he was a child, so the family tradition continues.

So basically that is a snapshot of my adventures over 2012. I eagerly await whatever adventures 2013 may bring. I will try my hardest to live up to my New Years resolution but I know that may be harder to do than I think.