Back together again!!

Whilst the Mummies were having a lovely time at the Baby Shower, Daddy and my two not-so-little ones joined  up with another Daddy and his three boys to go playing in a creek since it was a hot, sticky afternoon and it would be great to cool off on the last day of Summer. They had such a good time on Saturday afternoon that we all decided to repeat the fun on Sunday, the first day of Autumn!

Five have a wonderful time-Lilibet StanleyI love when we get together with our special friends. The five children get along beautifully and its just like the title of an Enid Blyton book!

donut-Lilibet StanleyJust like in a Famous Five story, the motley crew needs to feed first before any adventures can begin! You should have seen the smiles when they realised donuts were on offer!!

rainforest2-Lilibet StanleyLet the adventures begin! It was lovely just being able to sit and listen to the cicadas making their enjoyable racket.

dam2-Lilibet StanleyDams are always on the priority list when a creek is involved in play.

Daddy joins in1-Lilibet StanleyThe Daddies got stuck in too with dam building!

dam-Lilibet StanleyIt was a superb dam in the end.

dam3-Lilibet StanleyIt’s also fun breaking the dam apart! There is so much to do with logs, rocks, leaves and sticks with creeks. The next game was a thong (flip-flop) race, this didn’t end to well as a thong went missing in the water. Thankfully it was found but it was decided it wasn’t the best game to play and replaced it with a leaf.

painting on rock-Lilibet StanleyMy Little Lady is good at joining in with the boys but dam building isn’t at the top of her list of fun things to do, where as she enjoyed decorating rocks with “paint and beads” or in other words “mud and stones”. Hmm, I wonder where my Little Lady gets her decorating ideas from, I wonder?!!!

rainforest1-Lilibet StanleyWatching the sun streaming in through the green leaves was very relaxing. It did not feel like the first day of Autumn, it was just as hot as ever!

lichen-Lilibet StanleyThe beautiful textures all around were very inspiring. I love the soft, subtle hues of lichen.

Well, all good things have to come to an end, there were tears on departure. The five have such good fun together. The Famous Five always had there adventures in the school holidays and so must this set of five.

Until next time.

Lilibet

 

 

 

A Country Adventure

Hello,

We spent some lovely, relaxing days in January  in the country around Wide Bay. We are lucky to have friends with a house surrounded by cane fields.

canefield-Lilibet Stanleyand the children just love having the space to run around.

truckinmud-Lilibet Stanley  They pass their time playing with trucks in mud!

treehousesteps-Lilibet Stanley or playing in the tree house,

cubby-Lilibet Stanleymaking cubbies!

magicshow-Lilibet Stanleyand putting on magic shows! All the stuff that childhoods should be made of!!

swing under the mango tree-Lilibet Stanley My Little Lady loves nothing more than to be pushed on the swing under a mango tree and what a nice way to spend a late afternoon, once the sun has done down a little!

sewingbox-Lilibet StanleyThere is plenty of time for me to get out my sewing box and add more suffolk puffs to my quilt as well as joining in with all the fun and games on the verandah.

quiltinprogress-Lilibet Stanley

quilt1-Lilibet StanleyMy Little Lady’s quilt is really starting to grow and look more like a quilt now.

cup of tea-Lilibet StanleyEverything stops for morning and afternoon tea on the verandah!

suffolkpuffs-Lilibet StanleyThen I start sewing again surrounded by the noise of the chooks and the rooster crowing whenever he feels like it, it’s not just first thing in the morning you know!

Rooster-LilibetStanley

mango-LilibetStanleyOccasionally, there is a terrific bang on the roof and that is a mango dropping from tree. It does tend to give you a shock in the middle of the night!

mango on the ground-Lilibet StanleyThere are so many mangoes to collect, some start to rot before they are collected.

chicken eating mango-Lilibet StanleyEveryone loves mango, the chickens love them…

cow eating mango-Lilibet Stanleythe Jersey calves love them… (that’s obviously how you make mango smoothie!!)

pig eating mango-Lilibet Stanleythe pig next door loves them…

mango in box-Lilibet StanleyThere is plenty for everyone to have their fair share!

mango chutney-Lilibet StanleyWe have even being enjoying some homemade Sweet Mango chutney with curries since we have returned from our galavanting around.

calf4-Lilibet StanleyIt’s always hard to say goodbye when we had so much fun and it was especially hard saying goodbye to this adorable Jersey Cow, who could resist those eyes!!

Until next time.

Lilibet

 

Loving the beach!

Hello,

We are mid-way through February and I’ve still not told you about January!! I had better get a move on, otherwise the month will be out!

January for me means a month of trips to the beach, to the country and preparing for going back to school. This January was no exception. I was snap-happy with so much texture, pattern and colour all about!

We went to Burleigh beach on the Gold Coast, a bit over an hour from Brisbane. The surfers were out, the kids with buckets and spades were building sandcastles and splashing in the waves!

surfboard-Lilibet StanleyAt the north end of the beach is a fantastic headland with encrusted limpets on the rocks.

Headland-Lilibet StanleyThe children liked exploring the rocks when the tide was low so they could look in all the rockpools and try to get around the headland.

limpets1-Lilibet StanleyI have always loved the pattern and texture of limpets!

sand-Lilibet StanleyThere is so much texture to be made with sand!

sand on rock-Lilibet StanleyI thought the sand on this rock reminded me of lots of embroidered French Knots.

Rock1-Lilibet StanleyThe sunshine and the waves on the rock creates so many beautiful colours from rusts, greys, golds, ochres and bronzes.

stones-Lilibet StanleyAt South Burleigh there are more rock pools that the children like playing in and the sand is a bit more pebbley right near the headland.

shells and stones-Lilibet StanleyThere are so many colour schemes at the beach, I love the subtlety of the colours- cool greys, slate blues, sand, vanilla and rust.

I have so many more photos to share from my gallivanting around Queensland.

See you next time.

Lilibet.

 

Escaping the heat!

With the prospect of the G20 leaders coming to town over the weekend and the mercury rising up to about 40 degrees celcius, we decided to escape to The Bunya Mountains which is about 3.5 hours north-west of Brisbane. It is up high and with lots of rainforest to shade under during the day. We went with two other families so all the children could have lots of fun exploring the creeks and rainforests!

Bunya pine trees at Dandabah -Lilibet Stanley

Our base for the long weekend was the campsite at Dandabah, it is a beautiful spot. Our view from our tent was overlooking these wonderful tall Bunya Pines and thus why it is called The Bunya Mountains.

Blue Fairy Wren -Lilibet Stanley

The Superb Fairy-Wren was there to meet us when we arrived at the campsite and we had plenty of sightings. The brilliant, bright blue of the Superb Fairy-Wren matched the sky.

Tall grasses at Dandabah-Lilibet Stanley

The Superb Fairy-Wren loves to take shelter from the campers in the tall grasses on the edge of the campsite. The swaying grasses are so graceful but I’m sure hide a multitude of wildlife that I don’t want to meet!

Wallaby2 -Lilibet Stanley

Another resident of Dandabah was also there to make sure we were welcome and that was the Wallaby. They are used to the campers but always keep their distance!

Tim Shea Falls sign-Lilibet Stanley

We decided to wait to put up our tents until the sun had gone down a bit. We started our adventure by going to the Tim Shea Falls which is a short walk from the campsite though with little ones in tow and all that a rainforest has to offer can take a long time!

Dam Building1-Lilibet Stanley

Dam building began in earnest when we reached the creek, there was no time to loose! Dam building is one of My Ideas Man’s favourite activities when given half a chance.

Great Barbed Frog tadpole-Lilibet Stanley

The motley crew of adventurers found large tadpoles which I think are  going to grow up into a Great Barred Frog. They enjoyed the challenge of trying to catch them, mostly  without success but had great fun trying and occasionally they were lucky but they had to soon release them as not to harm them.

It was shaping up to be a great but cool weekend, with lots of walks and things to discover!

Until next time!

Lilibet