Yes, two facts that might startle those that know me well. I am indeed mentioning my birthday and yes, I was outside in the rain, gardening. Actually that’s three highly unlikely events all happening at once, all in this post. 😉
Well, we finally made it. We finally made it to Fairy Park. It wasn’t through lack of trying that we didn’t get there earlier either. The fates simply conspired against us. Allegra’s actual birthday, the 11th, ended up being a pretty heavy moving in kind of day and we just didn’t make it there. She had a small party in the garden but we had made plans. Wednesday was eaten into by an afternoon work function for Martin and Thursday was the plan as his next work function wasn’t until the evening… Or so we thought. Again it was an afternoon do so again we postponed. Several days in there the weather wasn’t playing ball and finally the weather was good and nothing was planned so we booked in Wednesday – yesterday. Yet again we had to postpone as I woke with a screaming migraine and had the dubious pleasure of spending a day in bed. Not exactly the dream sleep in I dream about. 😦 This morning however dawned with cloudy skies but a very promising forecast of pleasant temperatures and no rain, nothing but the last lingering memory of the sore head and no plans! PERFECT! We finally got out and away a little after 10 and had a lovely morning and early afternoon at Fairy Park in Anakie.
Before we left I baked the 2 loaves of bread I’d put to rise last night and boiled my 2 sourdough Christmas puddings too. The house still smells wonderful tonight. I cannot wait to try some pudding on Sunday at our family Christmas party. Nom nom nom. 🙂
Fairy Park is not like the theme parks of the Gold Coast or even like Luna Park in Melbourne as in there are no rides, the penny arcade is just that – some kids plop-in-a-coin-and-ride toys like outside supermarkets and any transport around the park is done by shanks pony but its wonderful simplicity added to the delight and wonder for me. It depicts cleverly wrought scenes from fairy tales – Snow White in the house with the 7 dwarves and also awakening from her death-like slumber, the magical cave of Alibaba, the wolf being admitted to the house of the 7 little goat kids, Rapunzel having her hair climbed and many many more. Press the button and the story comes to life with characters that move and a reading of part or all of the story. In describing it to my mum I told her it was much like I remember the Myer windows at Christmastime to have been but fairy stories instead of a Christmas story.
Sadly we had a small mishap to mar the wonderful day. Jasper, whilst running, tripped over his feet or a stone or something and decided to get up close and personal with the paving stones. Fortunately he landed on his sunglasses which bore the brunt of the grazing although the tip of his nose did get a wee scratch. Unfortunately, the sunglasses jammed into his eyebrow and he’s got the makings of a brilliant shiner. Just in time for Christmas photos! Yay. 😦 He screamed a bit (someone probably thought there was a murder taking place) but gathered himself together well and enjoyed the rest of the day.
We grabbed some pies and chips in Anakie then headed home to several lots of great news. They have located the gas main in our street (mains gas instead of bottles) and our builder has completely finished tiling! All grouted, cleaned up and done. YAY! 😀 We can move up our fridge and couches now. Oh to be able to flop on the couch at the end of a long day. 🙂 Speaking of a long day, my wonderful husband has nearly finished clearing up the huge pile of debris removed from the house – the old floorboards, broken tiles, rubbish, other junk left lying around and other bits and pieces. It’s a huge and smelly job but he’s put in a few hard hours and cleared almost all of the big stuff into the skip which is just wonderful. It will be so nice to not smell the junk pile on hot days. 🙂
Our only bad news from the day is that we have a sick baby chicken. He’s currently in isolation and hopefully he pulls through. 😦
Anyway, I’m off to bed. But before I go, here are some pictures from today.
I also think I have finished unpacking the kids clothes into their wardrobes so I am feeling even closer to being properly moved in. And discovering that my pumpkins are flowering was a great way to finish off the day. 🙂