Monty is the Kindergarten class mascot who comes home with a child each week. He comes with a bag of tricks and you have to take some pictures of him and write a little story about his stay. He is super special and the Kids literally go ape over him when it's their turn to look after him for the week.
He actually stayed with us 4 years ago when Eleanor was in Kindergarten and it is quite amazing how well he has held up under the pressure of years of Kindergarten handling. The Twins were just babies back then so Monty enjoyed activities such as doing the groceries, feeding the chooks and riding the Whippet. When I looked through the photos of when Monty stayed with us last time I noticed he was in this photo, taken 4 years ago and the photo I cropped and used as my blog header. I can't believe how young Eleanor and Charlie look.
Monty came home with Noah this time and the activities were looking much the same as 4 years ago, which isn't a problem judging by what Monty has been doing with all the other families in the class this year. It's always a slight relief to glance through Monty's book and see that there have been no exotic trips to Paris or visits to the Queen. However, Monty happened to come to us on a long weekend so while the weekend was full of catching up on house stuff, we decided to do something fun on the Monday and so of course did not take a single photo of Monty all week because we thought we'd save it for our day on Bruny Island.
So when the devastated cry came from the back of the car on our way to the ferry, we gave each other the look and the car was swiftly turned around. It was the final straw after a morning full of repeated requests to "find your shoes!" and "get in the car, we're going to miss the ferry!!!" The Pianoman was not impressed.
However, we spent the day on the Tasman Peninsula where we enjoyed a spot of fishing and a visit to the Tessellated Pavement - where a quirk of Mother Nature has produced an amazing checkerboard formation in the rock bed. We had the loveliest day. Sometimes Plan B is just as good as Plan A.
Speaking of Mother Nature, she has done a beautiful job rejuvenating the Forests which were devastated by the Bushfires a few months ago with all the trees covered in that glorious new green growth.
Have a wonderful weekend!