Come on a journey of inspiration & adventure while renovate & restore a beautiful Victorian home 'St Elmo' in the picturesque Hunter Valley, Australia & laugh at a few of our family adventures along the way.




Sunday, May 1, 2011

Holidays

Well the school holidays are over & we are rested up & ready for another term of rushing around & trying to maintain some sort of routine.
I feel rather fortunate that none of my kids have chosen to play a winter sport , leaving our weekends free for rest relaxation or whatever we choose...YAY!!!

Through out the holidays we opted to stay home again & just enjoy the things on offer in our local area. I get the kids to write a list of the things they would like to do & we work our way through it!


We did a little fishing at the Hunter River, which is only about 2km from where we live


the kids love fishing & building a camp fire


we stayed here until after dark & had a bit of a picnic afternoon tea with my sister & brother in law


it was lovely weather & a nice way to relax.


My neighbor & I took the kids to The Hunter Valley Zoo. Its only a small zoo which is perfect for small children


 You can feed a lot of the animals & every hour there is some sort of educational display & the opportunity to pat some of the animals that are normally untouchable


We spent a bit of time working on our block of land.


The kids love to sit by the chiminea in the evening & have a bit of a picnic or do some drawing!


We baked cup cakes to celebrate my mums birthday


Maitland is packed with old historical buildings & the Hunter River runs through the centre of town, so they have created a really lovely river walk that is always fun to do.
(excuse my bad hair, it had rained on us a litle bit)



Its also a good path for riding scooters!


We trekked off to Hunter Valley Gardens for an afternoon out, with my brother, sister in law & 2yr old nephew


The story book garden is always a hit with the kids...


It really was a fun & relaxing holiday, my two older daughters spent the holidays in Bathurst with their father.  Dream child no.1 did a weeks work experience as a photo journalist at the Western Advocate Newspaper & loved every minute of it. This was a great opportunity for her & has helped her make a definite career decision. She will now apply to universities to study to be a photo journalist. I think this is the perfect career choice for her, she is very creative, a fabulous writer & loves photography, perhaps she will get lucky enough & become a travel writer, what better way could there be to see the world!

I hope everyone else had a FANTASTIC Easter  break!

CHEERS
Trish xxx

all photos are my own!
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