My youngest granddaughter turned 16 last week. This is a girl who's very quick witted but extremely laid back, much to her mother's frustration at times. She is a very talented netballer...her position is shooter and her stats are 98%...without trying particularly hard. If she actually had a little fire in her belly, who knows what she could do, but...that's her.
Then Cooper turned four...can you believe it? He's enrolled to start Prep next year...I feel so old (not really).
Last Sunday a friend and I went to Tamborine Mountain. It was a beautiful sunny day, with a bitterly cold westerly blowing. After fortifying ourselves with a cup of coffee, we explored Gallery Walk, up one side and down the other, with all the other hardy souls braving the cold wind. However, once we were walking, it wasn't too bad; or we were so cold there was no feeling...have to work that one out. There are some very clever people who have shops in that stretch. Artisans of all kinds and we had a wonderful time peering at this and that and marvelling at people's imaginations.
I had packed a picnic lunch (quiche, salad and a yummy chocolate brownie for afters), which we had sitting in the car. It was too cold to eat anywhere else. We had a stroll around the Sunday markets and I scored a rather nice photo frame. It didn't cost anything...the lady who had the stall said that what was on this particular table she had was free, so I spied the photo frame and grabbed it.
After leaving Tamborine, we stopped at the Bearded Dragon Hotel where there was a band playing in the grounds, had a drink and sat and listened for an hour or so. Very pleasant indeed.
Today, it was Cooper's fourth birthday party. His actual birthday was Thursday but his party was today. My daughter had arranged for some widelife people to come up from the Gold Coast with a range of native animals, which had been hand reared, for the kids to hold and pat. The kids were so good and the animals so quiet it was really quite civilised in that no one was bitten or eaten...
Here are some photos.
The birthday boy dressed in his khakis. His top says "Raised by Chimps". I must admit before I saw the whole word, I thought it was going to say "Raised by Wimps"...
With a bearded dragon
And a carpet snake
His all time favourite, a baby salt water crocodile
A tawny frogmouth...so called because of their wide mouth.
I get snaky
My turn to hold the dragon
A green tree frog. This one comes from the southern states and is a paler green than the Queensland tree frogs, with yellow spots on his back. A very pretty frog.
Cooper holds the tree frog
A squirrel glider. I couldn't get a better photo because it kept going after the pot of honey, but as you can see from the keeper's hand, they're not very big. We have a colony of these in one corner on our block of land. Unfortunately, cats like getting them, that's why my two are indoor cats...unfortunately there are cats around that aren't kept indoors at night and they kill these beautiful little creatures.