It has been a while since the last post. We have successfully negotiated a Beanie Festival, had a great couple of weeks at Wee Jasper with Helen, Harry, Kath, Pete, tom, Hannah and Ellen, as well as visits from Shirley and Bob, and Val who we also visited on the way home. Saw Broken Hill as well as the Dubbo Zoo also on the way home.
Once home it was back into the swing of things. Annie busy with being the Chair of the Board at the TASSA Steiner School), as well as working at hetti Perkins and being the wonderful mum she is, running the kids around, inviting their friends over etc.
Ruby has been busy outside of school with gym, netball and singing.
Moses and Banjo both played Auskick and soccer over Winter.
Richard has been doing a fair bit of travel these last few months to Darwin, Nhulunbuy and surrounds, for work. Soccer coaching has just finished (Banjo's team, Stormbirds Under 7s) and cricket coaching started this week (Fed's Under 9s, both Moses and Banjo play in this).
We are thinking of moving house, but the market in Alice Springs is very tight at the moment so we may have to wait longer than we would like until a more suitable, affordable house becomes available.
A late change of plans saw us stay at home instead of going to the Clay Pans. Lovely mid-day party, with a few select friends of Moses. We think this might be the best cake yet, but there's always the next birthday!
As if we don't have busy enough lives, for some reason we decided to get carpet in the 3 bedrooms. For those who have seen the carpet we had laid in the lounge room last year, it is the same carpet.
Once we had decided to go ahead and get the carpet, we also decided to repaint the ceilings and walls and doorframes of the bedrooms, again we chose the same colours as the lounge room.
Carpet comes tomorrow (Tuesday 12th May) and we finished the last of the three bedrooms today, nothing like cutting it fine! As you cvan imagine, there is furniture everywhere at the moment, as well as other belongings from the bedrooms. Annie is excited about the carpet coming, I'm excited to get the house back to some sort of order as far as the furniture is concerned!
this one was painted on one side of the waterhole we camped at looking across to the other side. the kids started sitting with me but slowly drifted off one by one as it took me about an hour and a half and that is too long for the kids to sit there. again, this will be used as the basis for a scene in the book.
We start with some sad news - Joe Gitson, Moses' friend, who had disappeared and the parents had almost forgotten his name, apparently "died" according to Moses. Very sad indeed as Joe was the person who seemed to do all the bad things around the house. We never actually saw poor Joe, but he was a mischievious little imp, and Moses assured us, in great earnest, that Joe was the one to kick the footy on the roof, or empty the wading pool onto the verandah. We feel sad that this part of Moses' life has seemingly finished, now it seems Clancy (Ray Hoy) is the culprit for all those things that happen!
On a brighter note, Ruby played her first competitive game of netball last saturday and shot her first goal! She had spent the previous weekend in a 3 morning intensive and that seemed to lift her confidence and sense of fun. Mum is very proud!
Moses played his first ever game of soccer for the Stormbirds Under 6s on the same day. annie said he seemed to be a little bit lost on the field but he told me later he scored lots of goals (just wondered if Joe had helped him with some of these!)
Banjo also played his first game for the season in Under 7s Stormbirds soccer team. Coaching seemed to start a bit easier this year to last year and all players from last year have returned as well as a few extras. I think there are 13 on the list! We only have 5 on the field at once so that should be interesting when all turn up.
We have been contemplating moving from our house in Walker St and Annie spends a lot of time talking with Real Estate agents, banks etc. I couldn't complain she hasn't researched this endeavour.
I've been travelling a bit already since Easter (Darwin, Tennant creek) and will continue to travel frequently with work over the next few months.
that's probably enough of the writing, the photos to come.
After an informative and instructive introduction to Twitching down at Philip Island from Peter, we continued in the traditional sense whilst on our camping trip. we hope to have all birds sighted and photographed catalogued soon, but for now, here are a few of the birds we can show:
Apart from a scary moment in the tent one night when the kids were off to bed (Moses had a wasp climb up his arm, onto his shoulder and then onto his ear, after which the wasp went to the big waspland in the sky care of Annie's thongs), we had another exciting time watching and studying the insect and animal world around us. Moses renamed one species to the "golden orp" which we decided was a far better name for the large spider pictured below as it was huge ~ 45 mms abdomen ~ out of this world, maybe comes from the World according to Garp!