Sunday, 9 December 2007



After our babysitting gig last night Max and I thought we
deserved a nice afternoon out of the house.
I was up at 3.00am after I woke hearing 3 year old Chloe vomitting in bed. Yucky. It has been a while since I have had to strip a bed of all its linen while cleaning up kiddie sick. Don’t know what made her sick but I was oh so glad when Lachlan didn’t do the same thing. I was relieved to see Melanie (their Mummy) come to pick them up at midday as I figured if they are going to get sick again it was her turn to deal with it.

While Chloe and Lachlan were here they had fun finding costumes to dress up in.

You may remember my post showing where we like to go for pizza. Well today we went further up that mountain to Seawinds Gardens. We rang a couple of friends and said we have a bottle of red and a bottle of white wine, glasses and a platter of nibbles and a picnic rug would you like to meet us there. So off we went and met them at the park.
It was a great afternoon just relaxing and having drinks with our friends.

For the first time in years we saw some kangaroos coming through just 30 feet away from us. For a while they just stared at us – I was hoping they weren’t going to come too close
You may have to click on the photo to make it larger.

There were also a few kookaburras.

Love this one on its own.

Magpies too.

If you want to know more about the animals and birds in my post make sure to click on the link and see what they are all about.
Now tomorrow I really must get into my boxes of Christmas decorations.
It's nearly Christmas!!!!!!
I am not ready!!!!!!!!


Natasha Burns said...

Hi Alison,
oh you poor thing and poor Chloe too, it always happens at the most awkard time of the night doesn't it!
Love the nature pics too!
I'll be doing what you're doing tomorrow too.
Just catching up on blogs now and I'm so sorry to hear about Stan, my thoughts and prayers are with you and Max and your family xo

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Alison, It was fun to see the kangaroo and other animals. A picnic in the park....sounds so nice. said...

Yuk, Natasha is right, it is always in the middle of the night and normally goes everywhere and no apparent reason for it and then they wake up again all bright and bouncy while you are exhausted! But look how precious they are, they must love staying over at your house. Lovely snaps of the kangaroos etc:) Take Care - Rachaelxo

Jeanne said...

How wonderful to encounter all the wildlife during your peaceful afternoon. The children are adorable and love their poses in the costumes!

Katrina Chambers said...

Oh those children are adorable!! And don't they love the camera Nana?? Haha!! Poor Chloe being sick in the night. My kids are rarely sick and the few times they have vomited I couldn't handle it at all!!

Love the animal pics too.

Anonymous said...

Hi Alison, oh gosh poor Chloe and poor you!! What a lovely afternoon spent with friends, nice gardens too. Happy decorating. Jenn and Jacqui

The Polka Dot Pixie said...

Oh what wonderful pics of the animals!

Hope you all are feeling better!

Michelle said...

So sorry about the sick child..I love the dress up photos. So sweet at that age. Those kangaroos are sure cute! Thanks for sharing. Michelle

Linda said...

Poor little one, hope she is feeling better. Your picnis with friends sounds like it was fun and what great pictures. Glad you had a nice day. Linda

Sweet Remembrance said...

Hope Chloe is feeling better!
What a fun drive...
kangaroos, how wonderful!

Gail McCormack said...

So glad you did something for you and Max this weekend Alison, I love Seawinds, we've been there for so many long walks and picnics over the years when the kids where younger, the views of both bays are spectacular aren't they, come to think of it I think my son's mate used to be the trainee ranger there. You're a wonderful Grandmother too! Hope you and the family are battling through OK.

BittersweetPunkin said...

Oh my goodness...the kiddos look so cute in their costumes....too bad Chloe was ill...and you thought those days were behind you eh? LOL


Just Between Us Girls said...

Dear Allison,
How thoughtful you are to view my blog. Thank you so much. I love yours especially since I have been to Australia and I want to go back. I think you are the luckiest girl in the world to live there. So sorry about Stan.
Prays for him for sure.
Have a lovely day. I love this bloggin stuff don't you?

Lori said...

Alison, What a icky and sad event to wake to! Boy I remember those days all to well!!! My daughter who will be 29 was the worlds I swear number one puker for many years!!! great picnic photos!!Ove in the U.S. I have been trapped in for two dyas due to a ice storm!!! Pretty, but a pain in the !!!! Take care, Lori

Susan Tuttle said...

Hi Alison,
Aw--so sorry you and Chloe had to deal with throwing up--hope you have both recovered.

Your picnic date with friends sounded so dreamy--wonderful wildlife to view while sipping on a glass of wine--so nice.


Betty said...

I can't even imagine seeing a kangaroo at a picnic. I'm so glad you had your camera. I hope little Cloe is all done being sick and that you didn't catch any germs. I hope you'll share your Christmas decorations. I've been having fun putting mine out. said...

Wow, how cool to have kangaroos come up for a visit!

Joy Zaczyk said...

Real live kangaroos...That is SOOOO neat to see. I can't even imagine!

Love the bird pics - Reminds me of "Laugh kookaburra, laugh!"

Michelle Frae Cummings said...

what a fun day in the park and those little birdies are so cute and fuzzy! Sorry about chloe being sick! Dyllan got sick the last night in a hotel on our thanksgiving road trip. I had the fun job of wiping up vomit off the hotel room floor!

Cheryl Ensom said...

OH what fun to see those animals we don't usually get to see here in the States! And the kids are darling, of course!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Hi Alison!
Ohhhh a sick little one...that is never fun!

It looks like the place you had your picnic is lovely. How wonderful to see kangaroos and such!

Heartinmyhand said...

Hi Alison, I havn't had a chance to check in on you. I'm so sorry to hear of your family's loss. Love the pics of your little darlings and all the wildlife. How fun

Anonymous said...

Oh dear, poor you and poor her! Looks like the time was redeemed by the costumes. I bet they will remember how fun it was at your house all their lives.

Kangaroos, I can only imagine!!

Lori said...

i'm so sorry your sweet girl was sick...hope little Chloe is feeling all better now...your picnic sounds lovely and how nice you had all of those wonderful visitors!!!

Beth Leintz said...

Oh my gosh- what fun to see KANGAROOS on a post! It's a dark rainy icy day here in Kansas- and you made me smile!

Sugar Bear said...

Hope your little darling is feeling better! Love kangaroos!

Siobhan said...

Poor little Chloe! Its never nice when children are unwell.

Looks like you had a nice time out and about with the animals, I am so glad to see that Alison.

Siobhan xo

Michelle Frae Cummings said...

yes, the crackers are thin and lightly salted! here it the link to what we use here...

blessings said...

My kids go crazy if they see a cat on the sidewalk. Just imagine if they saw kangaroos!! Blessings... Polly

Michelle said...

You poor thing! My little guy did that to a babysitter this weekend too! So much worse when it is not your kid! And that is not what I picture when you say "to the park". That looks like a wildlife preserve or something! How neat! Happy Christmasing!

12 Days of Christmas Swap said...

I have just caught up with Blogging, so firstly I was so sorry to read of your family loss -nothing ever really prepares us for it -meanwhile take care, I loved your baby sitting account -been there -done that.
Hugs from N.Z.

SweetAnnee said...

Sweet lil babes..too bad they got was probably ALL the excitement of being with you.
LOVE your pictures..and the kookabura is WONDERFUL..

I love nature!!
thanks for sharing..

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

ooh!! how sad that Chloe was sick! :-( I love your pics of the animals! When I was a little kid I wanted to be a kangaroo when I grew up. I am still waiting.. ;-) lol.