July 2013

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.

Fun out on the boat in the late afternoon light.

Fun out on the boat in the late afternoon light.

All the cousins together (minus Jacob) getting reacquainted with each other.

All the cousins together (minus Jacob) getting reacquainted with each other.

A bit of Kubota fun with 'Grumpy' aka my Father. Note the ukelele and flute in the back. It was quite a sound that headed off down my driveway!

A bit of Kubota fun with ‘Grumpy’ aka my Father. Note the ukelele and flute in the back. It was quite a sound that headed off down my driveway!

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.

Turning south off the highway between Kununurra and Wyndham we could see the rocks in the distance.

Turning south off the highway between Kununurra and Wyndham we could see the rocks in the distance.

This was the end of the track and a great place to park the car and start exploring.

This was the end of the track and a great place to park the car and start exploring.

Aboriginal Art Kununurra and Wyndham


Aboriginal Art Kununurra and Wyndham

Aboriginal Art Kununurra and Wyndham

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.

Photograph entry for the Kununurra Agricultural show

Photograph entry for the Kununurra Agricultural show

Photograph entry for the Kununurra Agricultural show

The kids just adore show day and this year Jacob was in his element with tractors, motorbikes, cars, trucks and helicopters all on display!

The kids just adore show day and this year Jacob was in his element with tractors, motorbikes, cars, trucks and helicopters all on display!

The kids play tent was also a hit.

The kids play tent was also a hit.

Getting your face painted is a must every year.

Getting your face painted is a must every year.

Here is Jacob with his new best friend "Noo Noot". Jacob really warmed to his cousin, especially if he took him to go and see the tractors!

Here is Jacob with his new best friend “Noo Noot”. Jacob really warmed to his cousin, especially if he took him to go and see the tractors!

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.

Running 40kms on your 40th birthday

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!

Pig on the spit in Kununurra

Pig on the spit in Kununurra


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We did a day trip to Wyndham with my sister and family. Here are my girls with their cousins and Jacob in the background at the five rivers lookout.

We did a day trip to Wyndham with my sister and family. Here are my girls with their cousins and Jacob in the background at the Five Rivers Lookout.

Jacob checking out the new Jetty at Wyndham.

Jacob checking out the new Jetty at Wyndham

On the way home to Kununurra we stopped in at Parry's Creek farm for a coffee before taking a drive to take in some of the views and wildlife. Here is a native species known as Jacobsaurous. Unsteady on their feet they are known to take off into the bush with no fear of falling over. They are prone to accidents and actually shed real human like tears. The top half of their body is always camouflaged. A very rare species and one we were very excited to spot.

On the way home to Kununurra we stopped in at Parry’s Creek farm for a coffee before taking a drive to take in some of the views and wildlife. Here is a native species known as Jacobsaurous. Unsteady on their feet they are known to take off into the bush with no fear of falling over. They are prone to accidents and actually shed real human like tears. The top half of their body is always camouflaged. A very rare species and one we were very excited to spot.

Down at the lagoon.

Down at the lagoon.

The girls got along really well with their boy cousins.

The girls got along really well with their boy cousins.

Somehow we managed to find time to take Noot and Bow out to the Pump House restaurant for a drink and a chance to fee all the fish down below in the river.

Somehow we managed to find time to take Noot and Bow out to the Pump House restaurant for a drink and a chance to fee all the fish down below in the river.

Jacob is growing up so fast. He is starting to really enjoy his sisters company as they did his (most of the time)

Jacob is growing up so fast. He was starting to really enjoy his sisters company as they did his (most of the time)

Bed time was still the most fun part of the day and getting Jacob out from Marisah's bed was a real battle sometimes!

Bed time was still the most fun part of the day and getting Jacob out from Marisah’s bed was a real battle sometimes!

His hair once again got too long so we decided to take the hair cutting one step further this time by taking it all off!

His hair once again got too long so we decided to take the hair cutting one step further this time by taking it all off!

Seerung gave Ariya the job of helping plant her own garden. She did a great job and I must take a photo soon of what it now looks like to show you all.

Seerung gave Ariya the job of helping plant her own special garden. She did a great job and I must take a photo soon of what it now looks like to show you all.

During all the going ons we still managed to keep the home school happening although on a much more reduced level. Here are the girls on a field trip to a local plant nursery.

During all the going ons we still managed to keep the home school happening although on a much reduced level. Here are the girls on a field trip to a local plant nursery.

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.


3 responses to “July 2013

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  2. What a great read and love all the pics, especially all the kids growing so big. Wish we could have made it for the 40.

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