By the time I picked Sibs up from her ballet class and coaxed her away from the chatting that eleven year old girls are so good at, we set off a bit later that planned.
Now there are two ways of getting to this particular middle of no-where spot that was to be our weekend destination- the 'highway and then a bit of mountain' road, or the 'mountain all the way' road. On Friday night I decided on the highway. I hadn't tried this route to get there before.....
Picture the scene - it's dark, really dark, we're a little hungry and a little impatient to get there....
The sat nav only knows part of the way..... (it really is in the middle if no-where!)
So I take the wrong turn....!
Ok, technically I didn't take the wrong turn, I just didn't take any turn!
In my (slightly weak) defence every lake looks the same in the dark! Then after miraculously avoiding an enormous deer in the middle of the road, the dusty 8km dirt track that leads to the property appeared.
The fire was blazing, the casserole was being kept warm and the relaxing could begin!
We made it!
The Saturday morning started with a quick catch up hello with the animals and after a brief introduction to the new goats, off they trotted for a walk like two obedient little dogs!
The weekend was a get together with family to celebrate two birthdays. Two cousins born almost two weeks apart turning twelve in August. We celebrated their tenth birthdays here and they have loved every visit since. It's a place that they can wander and enjoy being outdoors. Apart from my slight paranoia about snakes, they are safe! Even on this winter weekend the daylight hours are all spent outside just exploring the surroundings.
These alpacas always make me smile. They would win any staring competition without a doubt!
Just as I was snapping away at the alpacas these three were watching the action, so of course they had to be included in the photo shoot too!
One of the highlights of this particular stay was to see two koalas close up. The last few times that I've visited I've managed to spot some in the trees in the distance but this time they were so much closer to the property. It's such a reminder that I'm in Australia and not somewhere back in the Yorkshire Dales!
They were so obliging looking directly at the excited woman taking a hundred photos of them!
On the Saturday afternoon Nana had us all in stitches of laughter when she brought out some old family photos. The kids had a real giggle at the fashions and hairstyles. Laughter is so infectious.
Then as the sun set it was back indoors to light the fire, enjoy another comfort food dinner and then curl up under my new blanket with a book.
Of course it's not a birthday weekend without cake and Aunty D produced this fantastic creation on Sunday afternoon for us all to enjoy.
Presents were exchanged and Uncle S had the brilliant idea of giving the kids the same book complete with a beautiful little message on the inside cover.
I think Sibs was very happy with this particular birthday present!
All too soon if was Sunday afternoon and time to pack up and head back to reality.
Quick goodbye to Stuart Little and Mr Jones the goats.
Thank you Nana and Papa for organising a lovely weekend.
Until next time....