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Published: April 20th 2010
Day 341 - Bridge Creek
Hurrah for Dar for he turns 52 today! Happy Birthday Hun, I hope you really enjoy your day. Love you millions!
There were a few presents to open which was nice, a couple from me, one from Mum & Dad Kettle which arrived here at Bridge Creek yesterday. Then there was the card from the Coulsells back home in the UK which has travelled with us for the entire trip! Dar finally got to open it this morning which gave him a smile.
The house was quiet this morning when we first got up, we needed to get our car into town for a service so we decided I’d drive Simone’s in and Dar would follow behind. There was no need to look for the keys, we knew exactly where they would be - in the ignition!
We were pretty much house bound for the rest of the day until Johnno phoned us to say the car was ready to collect. There was plenty to do though, I needed to bake a cake and there were plenty of kids to entertain one way or another.
The car came back with a
clean bill of health which is always great to hear. (Touch Wood) we’ve been very lucky with PIE considering where we’ve been and the amount of km’s we’ve travelled. We’re hoping that she’ll prove to be a good car for Mum and Dad K when they’re out here too plus of course that she’ll still have enough energy for our next trip in a few years time! It’s probably a big ask but here’s hoping!
We’ve got a shed full of people coming tonight so there’s a few preparations to make. Darryl helps Mark get the spit roast ready for the lamb and beef while I work on the icing for the cake. It doesn’t go to well. I think I need to go to bakers anonymous “Hi, my name is Sarah, I’m 39 and I can’t make butterscotch icing!”. Ah well, there’s a bit of a whoo-ha rescue mission while we try to thicken up the ridiculously runny chocolate topping but in the end we work with what we’ve got and make the best of it! The kids have all helped by finding a little toy boy to sit on the top of a toy chair with a
fishing rod in his hand, at the end of the rod is a turtle and by the side of the chair is a warm can of ‘beer’! It’s all sitting on a Rummikub tile with the blue number 7 on the top … why? The first game of Rummikub that Darryl won back in Kalbarri was in front of a packed camp kitchen. When he stood up victorious with his hands raised in victory above his head I looked down to see a blue number 7 tile on his chair! We ribbed him about it for ages and ages. The Reeves presented Dar with a beautifully handcrafted birthday card, a fab ‘Man from Snowy River’ T shirt & stubbie holder plus a new pair of HUGE shorts with a blue number 7 Rummikub tile stuck to the bottom of them! Very funny!
Nobody could resist a re-match of the volley ball and despite saying that he was busy & couldn’t make the party, as soon as Jack found out another match was planned he made the time! How funny but how beautiful. Good on you Jack. With renewed vigour the boys absolutely tanned us tonight. Our fifth player (the
tree) was not in the same form as last night and we suffered because of it.
There were plenty of visitors to the shed and every one enjoyed the great atmosphere. Beautiful Monnie came with her girls and very kindly brought Dar a new torch as a pressie. Good on you Monnie, what a perfect gift. Julie arrived home from the beach house and joined us quite early then her daughter Sassy (Sara) and son David came along too.
It was a great reunion between Claire, Jack, Sassy and David. They’re very lovely young people and you can tell much fun has been had during the years growing up around Bridge Creek.
We managed to phone Darryl’s Mum and Dad then the Goslings, Coulsells and Ed. Great to speak to them all and Dar was really chuffed to have so many birthday good wishes over the phone.
There were messages too from Kangaroojack, Tony & Jane in Orange and of course the beautiful Elliotts in Perth. How we wish they were all here too.
The shed did its job perfectly this evening. What a laugh and what a great atmosphere. By the time we finished
it was early morning and only the ‘old school’ were left awake! Technically we celebrated well into Day 342!!!
Dar and Sar
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