Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Bruny Island

Over the long weekend our family decided to get away to Bruny Island for three nights. We have been there before, but were looking forward to going back and exploring some more now the children were bigger.

The children were really looking forward to putting our car and camper on the ferry and taking the 15 minute ride to the small island.

When we finally got to our camping spot, on a friends property with it's own amazing private beach, the kids were straight in the water.

When we first arrived on Friday the weather was amazing, but turned over night into a overcast rainy day on Saturday, which meant a few boats anchored in our little bay for the night to get out of the wind.

Lifting the rocks and finding crabs, shells and star fish was great fun, bringing the shells back to wash and keep in little collections.

On the drizzly Saturday we headed to the Bruny Island light house, which has some of the most amazing views, making you feel like you are at the very bottom of the world.

After the light house we headed to The Neck look out, if you've been to Bruny then you have been to this look out, it's a little work out to get up all those steps but the amazing views are well worth the climb.

We then headed to the pub for lunch, I had heard amazing things about the meals here, inparticular the seafood platter for two, which did not disappoint, so much delicious seafood and beautifully presented, they even had a kids corner which kept everyone very happy.

We cooked our meals on the camp fire, made ciabatta in the camp oven, lots of fish and fresh chips on the BBQ.

Sunday was drizzly again, so we did some more exploring, heading to the berry farm for some amazing ice cream and Bruny Island Cheese, Bread and Beer for all of the above.

The best part was spending loads of time with family, we are so busy coming and going lately that we hardly get time to enjoy each other, the children loved going out in the boat and catching lots of fish and then eating their catch just hours later.

Happy days. xx

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Car activities for long trips

The March long weekend is coming up, it's the last long weekend before the weather usually turns cool, so we always seem to head away to make the most of it. This year we are heading to Bruny Island which is about a three and a half hour drive to where we are camping. 

I have been pottering away making some activities for the long car ride for the children. I loved the idea of giving the children a baking tray each, that they can use magnets on.

I got six puzzles from K-mart ($1 each) and I always save up the old calendar magnets the real estates and chemists hand out. So I chopped up the magnet and hot glued a little piece on every puzzle piece.

Careful not to get any glue on the joins.

Then voila! the perfect magnet puzzle for a car ride.

I packaged them up in labeled zip lock bags ready to pass over the back. I'll pull these out when the books and snacks get 'boring'.

My children are loving Naughts and Crosses lately, so I made a game using large ice cream sticks and some magnets.

I hot glued the grid together and made smaller pieces for the naughts and crosses.

All packaged up, to pull out when some distraction from the long journey is needed.

I also printed these 'would you rather?' cards for Poppy and popped magnets on the back,

and some fairies for Alexis and Ninja Turtles for Rory.

This little dress the doll kit I found at K-mart will also be perfect for keeping little fingers busy.

As well as this little scavenger hunt, I will print off a map for Poppy, so she can tick off the towns as we travel.

Hopefully this keeps my three happy for the long trip (Three hours is a long time to travel on our little Island state), and hopefully this keeps 'eye spy' to a minimum.

Happy Travelling! xx