I'm back from our road trip and slowly finding my way back to this neglected online space of mine. It's always hard to find the words after an extended break but even more so when the break involves a round trip of some 3200km as a solo parent with 5 Kids including around 20 hours on a Ferry. It's almost equivalent to driving from LA to New York and back. I'm still recovering! It was a wonderful trip though and the journey was quite cathartic if I'm honest. It involved lots of thinking time whilst driving, lots of time with the kids, with relatives, cousins, and lots of time visiting the places of my childhood. My Grandfather's funeral, which was the reason for the trip in the first place, was lovely. A Bugler played "The Last Post" and I think he would have been very happy to have all of his family together and hearing everyone recount their favourite stories. Thank you for all of your sweet comments on my last post - they were really appreciated.
The rest of the two weeks were spent at my Dad's farm, at my sisters place, on my cousin's sofa, a few nights in a caravan park and there may have been quite a bit of op-shop trawling in the little country towns between Melbourne and Sydney. The Kids travelled well but I did offer an incentive for if we could all manage the long car trip in a civilised manner - a day at thrill-seeking adventure at Jamberoo Action Park. This park has come along way since I last visited as a child and is now a fully fledged water theme park offering a multitude of water-slides as well as the new terrifying Funnel Web which involves a bit of free-falling and catapulting into a funnel. I don't remember much about that ride but I have the terrifying photos to prove that I was on board. The best bit is getting the chairlift up to the top of the mountain and then bobsledding/tobogganing down whilst taking in the picturesque views of the countryside and ocean beyond. I also loved showing the Kids around Canberra, our nation's Capital and where I lived whilst attending University. I couldn't believe how much this place had changed in the years since my last visit. We visited the Australian Wall memorial, Parliament House, walked around the lake, had dinner with old friends and the kids got a kick out of seeing the Irish Pub where Mummy and Daddy met and fell in love. On the last day of our trip we received the most wonderful news. My Brother-In-Law and his wife had welcomed their first precious baby into the world. A beautiful little girl. There really is no better news than the birth of a baby is there? We are all thrilled to bits.
There's lots happening around the farm here too and I'm also really looking forward to catching up on all of your news. I've missed you guys!