This week I took the children back out to the country for the day. I really like being out of the city at the moment and these school holidays have been spent doing quiet things. This countryside is a bit over an hour’s drive from home.
I had spotted this abandoned homestead recently and was dying to explore it. But you never know how ‘abandoned’ old properties will actually be when you have to creep past a bunch of Keep Out Private Property signs to enter them, so I told the children to stick close to me in case there were wild cattle or old hermits with guns.
Lauca was furious with me for trespassing. When you’re eight years old rules are very important, and when your mother jokingly tells you and your little brother that she has a special license allowing her to trespass you will hiss at her in outrage.
Why am I the only sane one, she kept complaining, begging me to let her turn around and go back to the car. You will thank me for these kinds of adventures when you’re older, I promised. In the meantime, quit arguing, keep your voice low and catch up to me.
And then I managed to make her laugh and all was forgiven.
Look! at these old stables above. How beautiful.
A mob of kangaroos.
Yes, and koalas in the area.