Tuesday, October 27, 2015

"I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us." - Charles Dickens

Combining a couple of days now for the blog, we are winding down our visit here in this beautiful country. It is going to be really hard to pack away my shorts when I get home. I brought 3 pairs of pants along with me and haven't worn them once. Although it will be nice to get back into a routine and face the reality of another Canadian winter, I am going to miss Eden and Katie so much. They each have a distinctive personality, but when they smile, well, let's just say it's melts this old grandma's heart. They are early to bed and early to rise and usually peek around our door with cheeky little smiles - it's very hard not to be happy when I see those faces at 6 am. Then the CD player usually starts up, at full volume, a favourite being the Watoto Children's Choir, very spirited African music that gets you up and dancing. Kathryn made a delicious Mary Berry lemon yoghurt cake which we basically devoured in a day and Katie and Grampie fixed fairy princess shoes. It was a quiet Monday with Eden in school. Today the girls had swimming lessons and Andrew and I wanted to check out a larger shopping centre in the area, so we left early and had an unsuccessful trip to the shops. Kathryn wanted to take us to Serpentine National Park - they have trails there to a pretty waterfall and wild kangaroos that don't mind children (and adults) petting them. Unfortunately, the waterfall trail was closed but we managed to feed the roos some grass and I got a pic of a mama with a baby in her pouch. The gate attendant suggested we go to Serpentine Dam for great bird watching (Andrew's favourite pastime) and a tea break at a little cafe overlooking the dam. Well, the cafe was closed just 20 minutes before we arrived, but Andrew saw several new birds that he hadn't viewed before, so he was happy. It really was a beautiful spot. The highlight of the day was Andrew seeing the splendid fairy wren in a tree in the parking lot. He was very quick and we were not able to get a good picture of him, but if you click here you can see how beautiful he really is. On the way home, I spotted a wild emu in the woods on the side of the road - apparently that is quite rare here, so I was kind of proud of myself. We turned around and he/she raced across the road in front of us. Pretty exciting for the girls. A great day with great company. Tim arrived home from his shift up north tonight and has an extended time off as Kathryn is attending a conference in Phoenix, Arizona for 10 days. Unfortunately he has to pack house and move during this time, but they have a church family that is very willing to lend a hand, so hopefully it won't be too stressful.
 The 'Bonds' socks picture ~ Katie is the independent spirit and thought both her feet should be in the picture.

 Fixing the princess shoes -- so intense!!

 Good crop of lemons, yet to ripen, in the backyard.

 No deer or moose crossing here - just roos and emus.

 Sweet girls with a very laid back roo with a joey in her pouch - can you see the head peeking out?

 Serpentine Dam - the water level was really low.

 A ring necked parrot that had no issue in us getting close for a pic.

The girls learning the fine art of birdwatching from a pro. You have to be still and quiet - quite the challenge for a 3 and 5 year old!


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