16 April 2009

What I did on my Easter holiday

For my Easter holiday I visited my family, and I left my husband and kids at home. I was away for 3 days.

I went down with my sister J and her husband M and little boy B. He is 3. We stopped in Cooma to play in the park. B likes the swings. He wouldn't let his mum stop pushing him. He kept going down the big slide too.

We drove to Cobargo, to our brother D's house. His daughter R likes to jump on the trampoline and do gymnastics. She is 7.

I got to sit on the front porch and drink tea and knit. It was sunny and nice. The garden was very very green.

I was making a bamboo shrug. It is nearly done now.

This is my brother D with his boat. He has been fixing it up for 3 years. It is nearly ready now. He is good at making things, and he is good at sailing.

We had dinners at our mother's house, which is just around the corner from my brother. It was fun to have all the family together. My mum and her husband have a big garden, and wonderful vegetables and fruit trees.

My step-dad made a wonderful fence, from old pieces of machines, wheels, chains, farm machinery and other things. Every bit of it is different. He welded them all together. People drive past and stop to look all the time.

The gate post is an auger, and rabbit traps are part of the gate (the upside down triangle). The swirly wheel is made from the tines of a hay rake. It is very cool.

On Saturday we all visited our dad and his wife at Bermagui. They have a little house which was the first farmhouse in the area, so it's pretty old and funny. They were just staying for a few days. They rent it out to other people most of the time. We had tea and juice and hot cross buns, but not too many.

My nephew and niece ran around a lot on the lawn, and climbed trees. My sister J and I were the Princess and Queen, and the kids were our servants. It was nice. They washed the windows, did the gardening, and made us scones with jam and cream. I just wish the scones hadn't been made of stones.

I taught my SIL D to knit, and she loved it. She is allergic to wool, so I gave her some bamboo. She kept knitting and knitting! She said it was very relaxing. She wants to make socks one day.

On Sunday the Easter Bilby came, and R and B looked and looked for Easter eggs. They shared them after they found them all. It was nice and fun.

My BIL, Mum, brother, and mum's husband are watching the kids find eggs at D's house.

Then we all went to visit our brother Tim, who died in December 07 and is buried in the Cobargo Cemetary. Little B was a bit confused about him being under the ground. He told Tim that his mummy has a baby in her tummy, which is true.

It was time to come home. We packed up, and all drove down to Bermagui for fish and chips for lunch. We went to the headland to have a nice picnic. It was fun.

It was nice to see the ocean.

My dad showed us how to make swords from Norfolk Pine needles. You can pull the inside bit out of the needles, and you get a sword, and a scabbard. It was cool. I made one too. Dad's wife K showed R how to do fencing.

We saw a seal in the ocean. I wanted it to come onto the rocks, but it stayed in the water.

R was mucking around in the grass, and my dad took this photo. It was funny.

We went to get gelati, which is Italian talking for ice cream. It was super yummy. They make all their ice cream fresh, with fruit from the farmers who live nearby.

I had Cherry Ripple and Peach. I didn't have to share.

The shop sign was funny, too. It used to be a Veterinary Clinic.

Then J, M, B and I drove back home to Canberra in the car.

The End.

All done, Miss. Can I go play now?

18 comments:

  1. Enjoyable weekend--well photographed too.

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  2. Exellent assignment Jejune. Well done. A very comprehensive report.

    What fun!

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  3. What a wonderful, jam-packed weekend!! Love it! Also love that fence - so very very cool!

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  4. I can hear the relaxation in your "voice". What a wonderful time away!

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  5. beautiful! Your pictures make me miss Aus.

    *sigh*

    Easter Bilby? Is that because Rabbits are bad in Aus?

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  6. Oh you have no idea how many times I had to make children "not' write a story like that about their excursion!!!!! What a fabulous time you had, even converting someone!!!

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  7. Abbeykins (and other non-Aussies) : Yes, in Australia the Easter Bilby is gaining in popularity over the Easter Bunny. Rabbits have caused massive problems in Australia, and bilbies are an endangered rabbit-like marsupial.

    The push towards the Easter Bilby is linked in with conservation efforts and raising public awareness.

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  8. I just want to say I loved this post! It's finally getting green again here in Michigan - yesterday it got up to 57 degrees (14 C) and our son put a short-sleeved shirt and shorts on.

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  9. What a marvelous report. You get A++, a gold star and several smiley faces! I am fascinated by your step-dad's fence. What a master welder he is! And there's an artist in his soul.

    You SO deserved a lovely weekend. Glad you finally got one!

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  10. Oh... so much fun! Wished we were there to play too.

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  11. Thanks for sharing the goodness of your trip - it was a pleasure ready. You get an A+ - for an A+ time. In fact, you can advance to the next level before your time!

    What a fabulous fence, great photos, the beach looks lovely, how nice to teach knitting, and oh - lots more I could say but time is short.

    Bye for now!

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  12. What a lovely holiday! And I believe you're off to knitting camp next weekend. I'm really sorry I can't make it but I have lots of friends going so do introduce yourself. Have a great time!

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  13. Cute post. And gorgeous pictures. It sounds like such fun.

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  14. What a wonderful weekend - and I just LOVE that fence. It is just way too cool.

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  15. What a wonderful post. I was telling a friend about the easter Bilby. Two co-workers are separately going to AU & NZ in June. I am so jealous!
    Love all the pictures.

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  16. Lovely story for a great weekend.

    However, you forgot the classic ending, "I returned home tired but happy," LOL

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  17. That was a great story Jejune!! Love the pic of our gorgeous wedding celebrant learning to knit!! Yay for knitting!

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