Saturday, August 9, 2014

A Weekend on a Houseboat!


When Mum and Dad were up in May, Mum went in the Diamond Dig. Within five minutes she dug up a weekend for 7 on a local luxury houseboat! Out of all the prizes that were on offer (including pink diamonds, this is the one I really wanted to win!) So everybody was very excited when we took it out one weekend in June.


It was very easy to drive, you didn't even have to have your hands on the wheel!


Our boat became the tender of  the houseboat! We towed it up rather than drive it, save on fuel that way.


We putted up the river for about four hours, putted very slowly and moored here. This was the view from the front...


And this was the view from the back. Dad is watching the sunrise here. Shortly after this photo we lifted the cover off the BBQ and cooked breakfast on the top deck.


On Sunday morning after breakfast we untied the little boat and drove back to the boat ramp to Celebrity Tree Park where we meet with our Girl Guide Unit and helped the Governor General who was visiting town plant a tree at the park. It was such an amazing experience for the girls. After the tree planting we popped back in the boat and drove back to the houseboat, it was a great weekend.


Thanks Nan for digging up such a great prize for us to all share!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Darwin with the Dockers

 
When Daz heard that his beloved Fremantle Dockers would be playing an AFL match in Darwin, well there wasn't any question that we weren't going to attend!
 
 
We left school on Friday and drove to Katherine, spent a night there, had breakfast at Macca's with Jules and Pete who were going in the other direction and then drove up to Darwin.


As you can see we had awesome seats!
 
 
Milly pointing out another goal kicked by Freo! 

 
Quarter time huddle. Our team is that way, thanks Milly!
 

And then we drove home on Tuesday. Here is Daz having a quiet coffee break at the Victoria River Roadhouse, contemplating his teams chances for the Grand Final this year.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

2014 Lake Argyle Swim

 
The Lake Argyle Swim was in May. After taking 2013 off, the boys were back for this year as keen as ever. Here we have swimmers, paddler and boat skipper all ready to go. Daz is feeling confident as he is wearing his "I survived the Lake Argyle Swim" BEFORE surviving it!

 
Walking down the boat ramp.
 

Nearly at the finish line boys!
 

Here they are crossing the line from our view from the top of the boat ramp. We were in radio contact with our boat this year, so after I took these shots, Mario our skipper told me to come down to the ramp and he came in and picked me up so I was on the boat when the boat crossed the line.


They swim up to the orange boat to have a champers and get their official time noted (3 hours and something) and then we went in to pick them up.


Here they all are after finishing. Posing for the school's buff man calendar!


Don paddled for a lady he meet at the caravan park. Her paddler had unexpectedly pulled out the night before, he was there willing with his own kayak so it all worked out well!


Father and son after the race, both wearing their shirts. See you next year!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Music Under the Stars.

 
It's that crazy time of the year again, Ord Valley Muster. We sung on Wednesday night at Music Under the Stars. Milly is in year 4 this year so she was allowed to audition for the school choir. She got in and so the whole family is in choir this year. Kununurra's version of the Von Trapp Family!
 

 This is what the venue loos like before everyone gets here.
 

 
This is what we look like when we are all on stage! Milly is second on the right in the front row. Grace is behind Mr MacNeill, you can see half her leg and shoe. I'm in the back row on the right and Daz is also in the back row somewhere in the middle. It was a good night, practise for tonight when we are singing here.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Fishing!


On the last week of the school holidays we had an overnight fishing trip with friends to a top secret destination. All destinations are top secret when it involves catching barramundi! We drove through a few water crossings like the one above.

 
It was a long drive and Grace much preferred a nap in the shade of the car to doing any fishing!


Milly however was on fire and caught this cat fish which she wasn't impressed with. "Gross Mum!"


She persisted and then later her line went off and she reeled in a barra all by herself. Daz was giving instructions, "wind in, pull up, pause, wind in, pull up, pause" and Mr D had the net ready, we were not letting him get away.

 
Here is the end result, a beautiful 59cm barra and a smile that says it all. Well done Milly!

 
 
Three Fishermen. This photo shows their interest, Milly is still looking at her fish and Daz and Mr D are looking down river at where the rods are thinking they heard another one go off.

 
And I am saving the best photo for last. After the sun went down and the kids had gone to bed in the tent, my rod went off and look what was on the end! How big is that barra? 80cms long to be exact. It was very heavy, my arms from reeling it in and then holding it up for the photo. It was the best feeling though, I caught an 80cm barra. Not a bad end to the school holidays!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy 11th Birthday Grace!

 
Happy 11th birthday for last week Gracie! Growing up too fast!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Flooded!


We have had a bit of excitement in our little town over the last few days, we got flooded! It started on Thursday night, we woke on Friday morning to the above view of our backyard. It's been like that before. We got ready for school but I packed the girls a towel each in their bags and shoes were in their bags too, we all went to school with bare feet!


And the rain just kept on coming! A river started flowing through school. Grace's classroom is in the building on the very right, you can just see it's pillar.

 
This is the river a little bit further down from the previous photo.
 

Students started leaving at noon on Friday, the girls and I left spot on closing time at 2.10. Daz stayed longer to assist with kids that weren't picked up. This is the school car park!


It was getting pretty bad here. Note you can't see the road in the background!

 
We drove through this! Grace was taking photos with the phone. Someone has put some amazing footage on YouTube here. We got home fine, our house was fine, it kept on raining, Daz got home at 3.30, we made a curry for dinner and went to sleep with rain on the room. It rained 163mm from Friday 9am to Saturday 9am. 


Sunday, today, it hasn't rained as much, 25mm so we have been out exploring. Because of all the rain they opened all the gates of the Diversion Dam so Lily Lagoon has been drained. This is were we put our boat in. It normally looks like this....



 
Here is the Dunham River flowing quite quickly!

 
We went out this morning to visit friends who live out of town, this is their driveway! So it has been a very wet few days, 389mm since Thursday night and raining again as I type this....