Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Ord Valley Muster Wrap Up!

It has been a massive two weeks up here for us due to all the activity of the Ord Valley Muster!

After watching Daz have all the fun last year singing with the Adult Community Choir, I joined up this year. Those who have heard me sing karoke are puzzled by this! But it was so much fun. Here we are about to go on stage for the Kimberley Moon.

Straight from the hairdressers!

And here we are on stage! I'm third on the right and Daz is on the left, at the back, about 5 faces in? Can't see him that well but you could certainly hear him!

Then we had the kids triathlon. One of the Mum's at school roped me into the committee in March. Me? On a committee for a triathlon??? Whoever thought I would be saying that sentence a few years ago. The kids had a great time though.

Go Gracie! And we did it all again the next day, this time with the adults!

Daz has been training since February, has lost 10kgs in the process! Looking very trim and terrific as he zoomed past on his bike.

We all cheered as he crossed that finish line. Well done Daz!

We also dug for diamonds. Remember last year? 25 pink diamonds up for grabs this year. See Milly head down in the yellow shirt? Alas, no diamond for us, although it was exciting to know about a dozen people who did win one! Daz dug up nothing. Grace dug up nothing. Milly dug up a $10 voucher to the local toy store which was better than a diamond to her. And what did I dig up then? A 3 day self guided canoe tour down the Ord River. Cool!!! Now to wait for some grey nomad grandparents to arrive to leave the kids with so we can go off and do it!

And amongst all that, Grace and I made some lanterns with an artist called Bec Massey who makes these amazing lanterns. The bamboo structure here behind Grace becomes a boab tree.

Then on the last day of the festival, that night there was a street party and the lantern's had a parade.

Spot the boab tree at the back?

And so ends another Muster! See you all next year!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Here Fishy, Fishy!

Back to school this week so to mark the holidays ending, on Tuesday we went for a little drive. Haven't had any rain for a month, but the water is still coming out the ground. We drove through muddy puddles.

And we drove over rocks. Lots of rocks.

And we passed beautiful scenery like this.

And we put our fishing rods in a big muddy brown river.

And taa daa!!!! I pulled out this!!!! The elusive barramundi!

It was a family effort. I held the rod, Grace wound it in and Milly cheered us on. Grace thought holding it was "gross!"

Milly was happy to pose with it though. This is a photo that will be displayed on her 21st birthday. 59cms! Not bad! I'm happy with that for my first barra catch.

Grace was much happier hanging with a green tree frog that had hitched a ride in the bag of one of the chairs.

And then as the sun set, the girls built themselves a tee pee! The perfect end to our holidays. Only something like 43 working days to get through till the next break!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Lake Argyle Swim 2011.

Well the big weekend was here. The Lake Argyle Swim. Daz and a team of 3 fellow teachers were competing in the 10km team swim across Australia's largest body of fresh water, Lake Argyle. That little orange buoy in the distance? That is the 1km to go mark.

We went up the Friday before and camped at the Resort to soak up the view and the atmosphere. The view is just stunning!

Hanging at the beautiful infinity pool at the caravan park before the big day. Such a tough life being on holiday's up in the Kimberley!

The swimmer doing a few laps warming up for the big day.

The before shot. You can't swim without a boat and a few paddlers. I was keen to paddle myself but there was the small problem of what to do with the children for 5 hours. We couldn't all fit on the boat! So I stayed behind with the girls and we got seats on a boat going out later.

Waiting at the boat ramp.

The cheering squad by the boat ramp.

And over the finishing line they go! They swam in 5 minute stints during the race but for the last 30 meters, they all jumped out the boat and swam across together.

The boys minutes after crossing the finish line having a well deserved beer. Thinking about making a Kununurra DHS teachers calender with this shot!

And he got a medal/coaster saying he survived the swim! Does he look happy or what?

We spotted a croc on the way home. Glad it was on the way home, would have been a bad omen if we spotted it going there! There are crocs in Lake Argyle but the swimmers were in the middle of the lake, so safe enough.

So it was a great weekend, Daz is keen to do it all again next year!