7 Nights Under Canvas

That is a title I never thought I would write because although I love the freedom and adventure of camping, I’ve never thought past 4 nights with all the kids.  Anyway, we headed to Halls Gap in the Grampians on December 28th and spent a wonderful 7 nights at Lakeside Tourist Park surrounded by great friends.

There were 26 of us in total, 14 of those were kids ranging in age from 4 to 8.  It was fun to sit back (occasionally!) and watch their friendships strengthen and change throughout the week.  There was never a dull moment as they swam in the pool, jumped on the trampolines, fed the native birds, had water fights, dug up scorpions and other bugs, went fishing, trail walks, swam in rockpools, played cricket and soccer and simply enjoyed their freedom to roam the campsite at their leisure.

Fun at the pool in Halls GapIMG_3483

A visit from the Zoo

Brave Ruby

IMG_3480

Me and my friend the Olive Python

DSCF0236

Charlie having a turn

DSCF0220

 

 

AJ & Ella

DSCF0240

 

Fearless Aidan

DSCF0244

 

Happier without the snake!

DSCF0248

Alan & Ruby on New Years Eve…..Hogmanay in ScotlandIMG_3458

Girls together – Marie, Andrea, Danielle & I

IMG_3456

Way too many kids

 

IMG_3455

Rockpool Fun

IMG_3451

IMG_3444

IMG_3443

IMG_3439

 

IMG_3436

Charlie, Ruby & Poppy  – fun in the tent

IMG_3430

Toasting Marshmallows – a staple camping activity!

IMG_3408

IMG_3410

IMG_3407

Our Empire…..

IMG_3411

 

IMG_3404

Poppy

DSCF0017

Fun in the sprinklers

DSCF0023

Noughts & Crosses

DSCF0020

Cheeky Ruby

DSCF0025

 

Best Buddies – Ella & AJ

DSCF0037

Pool action – Charlie style!

DSCF0044

Me and my little girls

 

DSCF0045

Fun on our bikes

DSCF0054

DSCF0057

Danielle’s Nail Bar…..

 

DSCF0059

The View

 

DSCF0060

Collecting Kangaroo Bones – this activity kept most of the kids occupied for an entire morning.  The boys searched for all the bones while the girls made tickets for the adults to come to their Museum to see the bones that they found.

DSCF0061

DSCF0070

Races…..

DSCF0072

 

Our buddy Jake!

DSCF0075

DSCF0087

Girls relaxing

DSCF0088

Aidan with the ladies

DSCF0090

And boys relaxing

DSCF0092

Ella trying to avoid the camera

DSCF0103

Fearless Ruby

DSCF0109

Poppy getting stuck in the Volleyball Net

DSCF0119

A rare photo with my husband DSCF0250

We adults had many a giggle and debate around the evening campfire, ate lots of chocolate, drank lots of wine because in the wise words of Danielle “it won’t drink itself!”

Until our next camping adventure – Australia Day weekend in Bright.

K

7 Nights Under Canvas

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s