Now that we are FINALLY done with house-hunting we went to have some fun. The boys and I packed a picnic lunch and took off to explore the Botanical Gardens while we still live next door to them.
They are beautiful, full of so many exotic plants and trees that we didn't know which way to look.
We finally saw a kookaburra up close. They are a member of the kingfisher family and quite striking in appearance.
We also saw an amazing crested cockatoo but I couldn't get a picture of it. I did get a nice picture of a noisy Bell Mynah. It is pretty but obnoxiously loud. It's call is a dinging, metallic noise that sounds like the sonar ping of a submarine in a movie.
What do you pack for an Australian picnic with kids? A favorite Australian lunch -- mousetraps. What's a mousetrap you ask? A slice of bread, with margarine, vegemite, cheese and toe-mah-toe. Usually grilled but for the picnic served cold. Why it is a mousetrap? You fold the slice of bread in half trapping the mouse (toe-mah-toe) in with the cheese.
After a long walk around the pond we stopped at the tea house and had ice poles (ice cream) before heading home. It was hot, hot HOT today (30 C = 86 F). After 4 hours in the gardens we were feeling pretty tired.
Unfortunately it seems we can't even have a simple outing without some drama. As we were walking home Nik started screaming. I looked over and he had blood GUSHING out of his nose and even coming out of his mouth. He was hysterical, the other people on the sidewalk looked scared, and I frantically rummaged through my bag for something to put on his nose. I was out of tissues... I was desperate. I looked at Ben's favorite t-shirt. I looked around... finally I took off my brand new, favorite running sock and put it on his nose to stop the bleeding. There was blood everywhere. Nik was screaming hysterically. My sock was soaked. A passer-by asked if we needed an ambulance. Eventually I got Nik calmed down, the nose-bleed stopped, and all of us cleaned up a little. Then I carried a bloody Nik home and put him on the couch. With a TALL glass of water.
Have I mentioned that it is very, VERY dry here.