Ed was only 8 months for this Easter so Claire decided to take him up each day. We arrived on Friday and left on Monday. The weather was wonderful, around 25-29 each day. The kids spent most of the time in the water and it was freezing – they all shivered but claimed not to notice.
It was an amazing holiday, the kids all played really well together. They invented a game called “Touch Mouse” which one would shine a touch on the ground and the others would pounce on it. They went on a “dunny run” in the ute and as Lindi drove them away they all chanted “dunny run, dunny run” and Claire pointed out they probably didn’t know what it was. When they arrived back Maggie said to Claire “We went to the toilet!!”
Maggie loved handing out the chocolate brownies and birds nest she had made with Claire so much that when the Easter Bunny came and left her a humpty dumpty she decided to give out the smarties to everyone.
Another funny comment was because Maggie was having difficulty telling “Tony” and “Uncle Brian” apart and she said to me on the last day she kept “getting confused because they have the same head”.
As always, these trips tend to be the hardest to write up as they are just made up of many little moments. I doubt we will get weather this good again for a while – but hopefully we can all camp as a family next year!
The Blue Pool was once a “locals” spot where if you were from the area you knew about it. Now, it is totally loaded with people so much that is it barely useable.
Using google maps (and a chat with a mate) I found another spot on the same river that looked quite good. It did not dissapoint. It was one of the prettier spots we’ve been to swim and Maggie had an absolute ball.
The sun set behind the escarpment early in the afternoon so the lack of shade wasn’t that noticeable for Ed. The parking was pretty tight but it was a 35 degree day on a Saturday close to the Christmas and New Year break.
On a hot day we got some advice about an interesting place to swim. Just off the road with a few flat spots to the car is a clear river. It was a great place for a picnic and Ed even managed to get his feet wet. It was a bit windy and not a lot of shade, but overall much easier to manage than the beach.
19 December we went with the following families: White, Lewis, Elliman, Bryant and Black. The girls swam even though it was not overly hot. Maggie won an inflatable shark in the random KK draw and thought it was the best thing ever. I would have loved to have had a chance to catch up with everyone moreso but I was supervising her in the water the entire time!
7 January we went with Ben and Olive. It was colder than forecast and around 22. The water at the Weir is not as cold as one might think. The highlight was Maggie and Olive putting their head underwater and saying what they could see (big fish, lobsters, etc)
23 January we went again when it was really hot, Gaga came with us which was nice. We used, for the first time, the awning I had bought years ago. It was very crowded, but with the awning we were able to have shade, and of course the Weir is very big.