But as we rush around everyday, going to work, getting groceries, paying bills, all the usual, it is easy, way too easy, to forget to appreciate this lovely little corner of Australia that we call home.
It is not a huge place, but some may know of us because of a quite sad and tragic part of Australian and modern military history which happened just over the hill from my home, The Cowra Breakout.
Hundreds of Japanese died, as well as 4 Australians, with over one hundred others injured and wounded. This was actually the largest mass escape in modern military history.
Before going any further...confession time. Now, I know as a grown up, and Mother, I am supposed to be mature and sensible.
TOTALLY BRILLIANT!!! We buzzed around, giggling, snortling, chuckling at my bad driving, bonding over the bad corners, oohing and aahing as we went over bridges and saw ducks. It was worth every penny! Even the teenager had a massive grin on his face. Yep, winner, winner, chicken dinner!
Next weekend, friends back in Sydney,the search was on... finding number 2 fun thing to do, this time with just our tribe.
That Sunday was a glorious crispy blue sky winters day, and our 2 girls came up with their own idea. They decided that they wanted to go for a bush walk, because we had not been out into the bush for awhile, and they missed it. Lucky for us, we are a tad spoilt, with not just 1, but 4 national parks within easy drive of home....Weddin Mountains NP(Ben Hall's cave...awesome!), Nangar NP, Goobang NP, and Conimbla NP.
A family vote ensued, and we decided on Conimbla NP, because it is only about 15 - 20 minutes drive, and it is a 'bush island', a refuge for native flora and fauna amidst all the farmland, and there are always lots of birds and roos out there. There is also a lovely little walk, the Wallaby Track, which we knew would be about the right length for us to wander about on.
My girls as it turned out, are wise and clever little things, and the bush walk was a perfect antidote to a week of full-time crazy-hectic rushing around. It was chance to just chill, be quiet, and hangout. (Okay..maybe not so quiet, with Miss 8 singing opera..but...oh well)
We found and felt lots of weird and different types of bark on trees, including finding a love heart on one, discovered teeny little mushrooms that fairies would likely dance around, spied the common roos and wallabies, listened to different bird calls, tried to find as many different shaped and coloured green leaves as we could, collected snuggle pot and cuddle pie gumnut skirts,sang marching songs, tried to spot bunyips and drop bears, and told silly jokes.
As the sun went down, the light and warmth disappearing behind the trees, we drove home with the girls saying "We should do this more. All the time. Can we?" Another winner winner chicken dinner! So, number 2 fun family thing to do, all sorted.