We spent the weekend with the Mc Clures (Yeoval), Spriggs (ex Yeoval) and the Letchers (ex Yeoval). They were kind enough to delay our annual October long weekend get together to this weekend when were were in Sydney. Here are all 15 kids !! We had an awesome weekend!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
We were just so close to home, so couldn't resist driving out there and catching up with friends and family. We were shocked to see snow on Mt Canobolas and definitely felt the cold coming from Darwin. We first dropped into church for a catch up, then went to the Verdon's. Megan cooked us a yummy roast for lunch. We spent our 2 days in Yeoval drinking tea and coffee, eating homemade baked goodies and loving being around friends and family we have missed so much.
Just like old times! It took the girls no time at all to rekindle their special friendships. A big hug and then holding hands they ran off to play. They had a sleepover and from what I heard, it was all smiles and giggles. It was so good to see each other again! While the girls had their catch up Chris and I were also catching up with good friends. How lovely to sit around and chat into the early morning with great friends.
While we made the trip back to Yeoval, the girls visited school for the day. They were allowed to sit in with their classes and join in. They loved seeing all their wonderful friends again. We know you look at our blog all the time....so a special hello to Miss Welch's class!!
WOW!!! We haven't seen our farm look this green and amazing in sooo many years. There was even water in places where I've never seen it. It was a little hard for us going into our house. The girls started getting attached very quickly. But I guess the good thing is even though we've seen some gorgeous places around our great country.....there really is 'no place like home'!!!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wedding number 3 for the year. This time it's my brother Greg and the wedding is in Sydney. We fly from Darwin. It was a lovely afternoon and even though the rain threatened, it held off and we were able to enjoy the ceremony in the beautiful grounds of Curzon Hall.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
We have now arrived in Darwin and are based in Palmerston. Chris has already started work for mobile mission maintenance. It feels strange to be in a city after so long in smaller country towns. The girls and I have found the library, so will spend a fair bit of time there. School has started again for us...term 4 is underway! It's hard to believe it's October already!
Soon after we arrived in Darwin, the afternoon storms started. It had been a long time since we'd seen rain and we liked the sound of it on the roof of the caravan. As you can see in the photo the water just sat on the ground around the van. By morning it would all just disappear.
Lucy was too little to go on the slides, but Bridget and Claire had a ball!! They just kept going up and down all afternoon. The red slide was their favourite. You go down it on a 2 person tube, it's fast and mostly pitch black......scary, but fun!! Needless to say we visited here numerous times!
Friday, October 1, 2010
We spent a week in Kakadu. We took our time and soaked up a lot of what it had to offer. It's a huge place and very hot and humid at this time of the year (and we won't mention the 1000's of mozzies). We found out so much about Kakadu, all about the Aboriginal culture and the amazing countryside and how it changes through the '6' seasons. We loved it!! Enjoy the many photos....
Our first stop in Kakadu was here at Gunlom. We were told it was safe to swim in the plunge pool at the bottom of the falls. Signs told us otherwise. We stayed close to some other tourists and just cooled ourselves down before getting out again pretty quickly.
This is Yellow Water Wetlands. We did a walk along the boardwalk and down to another billabong. We were disappointed by the lack of birdlife around. Perhaps you have to do one of their very expensive boat cruises. We were recommended a cheaper boat cruise further up north.
We were blown away by the Aboriginal rock art in Kakadu. Other places we visited we'd search rocks trying to find a bit of art, but here it was all over rocks in particular places. They even had free ranger talks to explain all the paintings. We learnt a lot about the Aboriginal culture.
We are driving over the Cahill crossing into Arnhem land. We had lined up to meet with Guy who has lived in Oenpelli in Arnhem land for 20 years. We met Guy in Broome when he was visiting the people we stayed with there. He said if we came to Kakadu to give him a call. So we did and had the special privilege of going into Arnhem Land and being shown around by a local. It was beautiful in there!