Wednesday, May 7, 2014

NT Top End #1: Territory Wildlife Park

The Little Girl missed our huge family trip to The Kimberley's last year because she was stuck in Melbourne with a broken leg, so mum and dad generously took her and I on a trip to the NT over the Easter school holidays. We flew into Darwin, stayed the night and headed inland the next morning. Our first stop was the Territory wildlife park. A showcase of some of the top ends native wildlife set in a bush setting. We caught the train to the Oolloo Sandbar to see the barramundi and the whip ray feeding.
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You wouldn't believe the noise the barramundi make as they suck in the food. Afterwards we boarded the train and headed for the Flight Deck to see the bird show. This was excellent. We saw the Black-breasted Kite fight it's way into a pretend emu egg by bashing it with a rock ...

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as well as owls, eagles and a Jabiru.
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We popped back to the main station afterwards for a spot of air-conditioning before catching the train to the Aquarium. Walking back to the walk through aviary in the Monsoon Forest we just caught the bird feeding ... and this fantastic tawny frog mouth.
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We meandered our way through the Monsoon Forest ...
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and took a wrong turn at the nocturnal house. Our 370m walk morphed into 930m and we arrived back at the main station hot, thirsty and dripping. The helpful guide exclaimed at our state, wondering where we had come from, perplexed that we arrived from the wrong direction and suggesting we drink some gatorade later in the afternoon ... after we'd finished sweating.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

My Month in Numbers: April

Month in Numbers is the brainchild of Julie. You can pop over to her blog and join in if you like or just browse lots more numbers.

The Little Girl was extremely keen to make the school cross country team again this year but we weren't sure how she would go because it was only four weeks since she got the go ahead from the doctor's to start running again ... 6 months after she broke her leg. She decided to give the championships race which was 3km a miss and competed in the 2km race for year 7 and 8 and she came 4th. The first 15 qualified for the squad and she now has to run in a PB meet to confirm her place in the team.

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Mum and dad took The Little Girl and I to the top end of the Northern Territory for 13 days as a replacement for the trip to the Kimberley's that she missed when she broke her leg. We visited Darwin, Litchfield NP, Nitmiluk NP (Katherine Gorge) and Kakadu NP.


While in the Kakadu NP we saw 9 salties (salt water crocodiles ... they're the dangerous kind) ...


and another 10, wild in the Adelaide river, that have been taught to jump out to grab meat off a stick.


Meanwhile back at home Hubby took the other two kids to St Arnaud to spend 3 days at his cousins farm. Both kids are itching to get back. The Big Girl loved Patrick the cat and driving the car in the paddock. The Boy attached himself to Hubby's uncle and spent his days driving the tractor.

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I decided to be a little haphazard in my goal to improve my physical fitness and lose a little bit of weight and got a fitbit. With my increased computer hours due to work and taxiing kids around I knew I had become more sedentary but was shocked that if I didn't intentionally go for a walk my steps for the day were around 5000. I started to make more of an effort to be more active and ended up with an average of 8755 steps, 5.99km walked, 25 active minutes and 24 floors climbed per day. My aim this month is to increase these figures (except perhaps the last one which seems pretty reasonable.)

We tried three new recipes. I made this Gomae recipe but with beans instead of spinach, Chocolate and Jam Tea Cake and Soft Frosted Cookies. All good.

We bought 67 new plants (not quite so crazy as you might expect, 40 of those were mini mondo grass). We needed to fill in some gaps plus finish the courtyard that was recently filled with waist high dandelions.

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We downloaded the Geocaching app and located GC114FQ in Meredith enroute to our day trip destination of Daylesford.

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

This week's links ...

1. Fifteen Young Adult Books that Every Adult Should Read. I guess I have some more books to add to my tbr list. The only one I have read is the Book Thief. On the subject of the Book Thief, the movie was on my list to see and I caught it in the plane on my way to Kakadu ... which I still need to share some photos of.

2. An ingenious floating PVC window box for when your windowsill is too narrow to take a pot plant. A little like the window above my kitchen sink.

3. A heap of DIY concrete lovelies.

4. Not lame DIY Mother's Day gift. Windowsill Vases.

5. What does it mean when kids lie?