Timbertown

I have some blogging to catch up on!!

Last year we went on a trip with some other home ed families to Timbertown, a few hours north of where we live. We had heaps of fun exploring an historical village with all the trimmings.

It was fun walking around the streets of the village and imagining ourselves living in a time gone by. Until someone’s mobile phone would jerk us back to the present moment!
It was fun walking around the streets of the village and imagining ourselves living in a time gone by. Until someone’s mobile phone would jerk us back to the present moment!
Molly really enjoyed looking through all the old houses
Molly really enjoyed looking through all the old houses

One of the things that really stood out to me was how many of the people who worked there are incredibly passionate about what they do. It was a great reminder of how the children’s interests, now matter how seemingly abstract, can become a source of income. For instance, when I was walking back to the car to get something, I stopped to chat to the man who was working on the steam train we’d previously ridden on. I ended up standing there for about 20 or 30 minutes while he raved … and raved … and raved about the train, how he cleans it, the work involved, the methods he uses, etc. Even though it’s not something I’m personally interested in, I was enthralled by his level of passion for the train! 🙂

We got to ride on this working steam train
We got to ride on this working steam train

The guy working with the draft horses and carriage was equally passionate about his field of expertise and kept us thoroughly informed and entertained as we did our little trip around the town behind his prized horses. He seemed to have the perfect ability to inform us without talking for too long, which I was relieved about, since we were a captive audience! And…. he had a whip! 🙂  Molly was quite concerned about his use of the whip, being very compassionate towards animals, and he didn’t belittle her or talk down to her about it. He patiently explained his use of the whip, the purpose behind it, and the fact that he wasn’t actually touching the horse with it. Then he went the extra mile, stopping the cart and letting the kids have a turn of the whip!

The horse drawn carriage was a huge hit
The horse drawn carriage was a huge hit
The kids loved the opportunity to pat the horses
The kids loved the opportunity to pat the horses
Declan, Molly and I got our very own turn on the horse drawn carriage, by ourselves.
Declan, Molly and I got our very own turn on the horse drawn carriage, by ourselves.

The kids enjoyed the hands on opportunities!

The working water pump in the front yard of one of the old houses was a HUGE hit!
The working water pump in the front yard of one of the old houses was a HUGE hit!
Declan having a go at whip cracking. He’s done it once before but had forgotten how hard it was!
Declan having a go at whip cracking. He’s done it once before but had forgotten how hard it was!
I’m not sure what Molly liked most – the whip or the goggles!
I’m not sure what Molly liked most – the whip or the goggles!
The after effects of whip cracking! It hurt!
The after effects of whip cracking! It hurt!

All in all it was a really fun day with friends, and we thoroughly enjoyed immersing ourselves in an historical village, and absorbing some of the enthusiasm of the workers there.

After Timbertown we all went back to our accommodation, and then that evening we were treated to a talk at The Observatory, and got to look through the enormous telescope, with the sky clear enough to allow a viewing of the rings of Saturn. Obviously, I was unable to get a photo of that!

Next time we head up to this beautiful part of the world, we’re really hoping that the Bago Maze is operational!

Winterfest and “Just Macbeth”

Winterfest Medieval Fayre

We finally made it to our first ever medieval fayre and had an absolutely awesome time!

The kids were able to have a go at holding the giant falcon bird, during the "Birds of Prey" demonstration. They were amazed at how heavy it was!
The kids were able to have a go at holding the giant falcon bird, during the “Birds of Prey” demonstration. They were amazed at how heavy it was!
It was SO exciting to see jousting in real life for the first time! Even though the camera was accidentally on the wrong setting. This is the best of many blurred photos I have!
It was SO exciting to see jousting in real life for the first time! Even though the camera was accidentally on the wrong setting. This is the best of many blurred photos I have!

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It was fun to watch grown men playing with swords & shields in the fighting re-enactment. They had to re-do the scene multiple times because it was being filmed, so it was interesting to see that process too!
It was fun to watch grown men playing with swords & shields in the fighting re-enactment. They had to re-do the scene multiple times because it was being filmed, so it was interesting to see that process too!

It was fun to watch grown men playing with swords & shields in the fighting re-enactment. They had to re-do the scene multiple times because it was being filmed, so it was interesting to see that process too!

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It was so awesome and pretty SCARY at times, seeing the guys walking around in costume like this!
It was so awesome and pretty SCARY at times, seeing the guys walking around in costume like this!
Then it was the kids' turn to dress up!
Then it was the kids’ turn to dress up!
Look at THIS scary looking dude!
Look at THIS scary looking dude!
A "dude-ess" - also scary looking!
A “dude-ess” – also scary looking!
Finally, an opportunity to beat up his little sister!
Finally, an opportunity to beat up his little sister!
And the mighty come-back!
And the mighty come-back!

“Just Macbeth” by Andy Griffiths (blood red font, of course)

The day after the Medieval Fayre, we had another awesome treat. A trip to The Opera House to see a performance of “Just Macbeth” by Andy Griffiths. A great way to introduce Shakespeare to kids! And equally entertaining for adults. We laughed so hard – it was absolutely hysterical. Absolute silliness in true Andy Griffiths style, complete with a brief flash of…. butt nudity! 🙂
We weren't allowed to take photographs of the production, so this will have to suffice.
We weren’t allowed to take photographs of the production, so this will have to suffice.
The excitement from the Medieval Fayre the day before, and the brilliant Andy Griffiths production, had us all on a high. And Sydney Harbour is always so beautiful anyway. It was truly just a wonderful weekend!
The excitement from the Medieval Fayre the day before, and the brilliant Andy Griffiths production, had us all on a high. And Sydney Harbour is always so beautiful anyway. It was truly just a wonderful weekend!