July was a crazy busy month. Not only did we have my niece and nephew staying but my sister and her two young boys arrived for a three weeks stay and my parents arrived for a four week stay! Thankfully they were not staying at our small house but of course we saw them every single day and were more often then not out doing something, somewhere!
The reason for their visit was because my brother was turning 40. We all pitched in and helped organise a pretty massive shin dig on the lake for almost 200 people. A lot of hard work went into the event but it was worth it and a great night was had by everyone.
The Kununurra Agricultural show is always on in July and is a big event for our family not only over that weekend but also before hand getting all the kids entries completed. You can read a lot more about the Kununurra Ag Show in part 1 and part 2 from last year as this year I will just post a few photos.
It was a pretty amazing month and by the end of it I was totally exhausted. I am not the most sociable person in the world much to the amusement and sometimes disappointment of my family but July went really well with everyone and everything that was happening. It was great to have all the family back together on the family farm and working together to pull off a great party.
Once again I think I will catch up on July using photos with rather long winded captions.
With my Mum and Dad visiting every dry season my Dad, brother and I try and head out somewhere in the bush to spend a morning exploring together. Last year we went to crocodile rock in the N.T. which I wrote about here. This year we didn’t venture quite as far. My brother had recommended a place he had heard about half way to Wyndham and only a few kilometres off the highway. It was a lovely spot and one I took friends back to the following month for the day. There was some pretty impressive Aboriginal art located in various caves and overhangs as well.
Ariya and Marisah were both keen to enter artwork and photographs in the local show again so a few weeks before show day I sent them out with the camera to see what they could capture. Both did well but Ariya really managed to capture a few great shots. She also picked up an award and prize for her age group. The following three photos are hers.
My brother and I started jogging for fitness about 2 years ago. The first year was a little hit and miss for me due to two ankle injuries but 2013 has seen me injury free and really enjoying my early morning starts and runs covering distances of anywhere between 5 and 22 kms. My brother decided to take it to the next level and last year while we were jogging along the beach at Cape Domett together told me of his goal to run 40kms on his 40th birthday the following year. When my brother gets an idea in his head he normally manages to achieve it and this was no exception. He started his training and I would join him on many occasions. I got as far as doing 22kms with him one day before deciding that Marathon running was not for me but still supported him when he ran slightly shorter distances when I could. I was very proud of him when on the morning of his actual birthday he set off at 4am for his four hour battle. Many people joined him at various points along the way cheering him on. I hooked up with him and another friend when he had 12kms to go and enjoyed the banter and easy conditions (by this time he was going a little slow!) to help him run the last section. This following photo shows our ratty looking group less then 2kms from home. I am hiding behind Tracy who is pushing the pram. He managed to make it and I take my hat off to him for setting such an audacious goal and following through with it.
Three days earlier we celebrated the birthday with a massive party around the lake. Almost 200 people, Jumpy castles, a pig on the spit – it was a great night. My present to my brother was a dead pig. I also offered to organise and cook it as well. It did mean that I missed a fair bit of the party but I really enjoyed myself serving up all the food to the grateful guests. It was an early start the next morning cleaning up as well as saying goodbye to my sister and her family at the airport.
I was so busy that night that I basically forgot to take any photos so the following three are then only ones you are going to get!
Well that was quite a Marathon! If I remember correctly August was much quieter and I will be blogging about that in the next few days.