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Published: October 3rd 2011
SWAN HILL 26th Sept
Woken up fairly early by our new nieghbours who arrived the night before. 'Cayden' needed his bottle at 6am and he was telling the whole park. How do I know his name you ask? Well we also heard his brothers and sisters constantly yelling, 'SHUT UP CAYDEN!' Then finally Cayden got what he was yearning for and peace reigned again in the park.
At least we were up and moving. Today was going to be a big day, we were off to the Pioneer Settlement. After loading ourselves up with breakfast and loading the esky up with lunch and snacks, we drove to the Pioneer Settlement.
In we went and leisurely cruised around all of the exhibits explaining to the kids of how people lived on or near the river in the 'olden days'. All of the kids were surprisingly intrigued by the past. Constantly asking questions and demanding answers. Harry at one stage saw a cat run from one old cottage to another, 'look mum and dad, it's an olden days cat!' 'Classic Harry' we both laughed.
The kids spent half an hour in a school classroom. The teacher was very strict. "Don't put your
fingers in the ink wells on your desks children!" A minute later - "look mum, my finger is all black" HARRY! The kids learnt how to write with fountain pens (only with their right hands as left handed writers smudge the ink). Charlotte also learnt that 'red heads' were frowned apon. She looked at us worried, we told her that strawberry blondes are safe. They all received a certificate for their work.
Next we went to see how butter was made. Cream in a jar and about 4000 beats with the beater equals butter. We ate the butter (after 10-15 kids took turns beating) on freshly made damper. Delicious!
We then headed to the main street where we went to the General Store for some old time lollies, into the Chemist, the Barber Shop, Printers and the Photographers shop for our yesteryear photos. To finish our day at the Pioneer Settlement we decided to go on a horse and cart ride, a vintage car ride and a relaxing paddle steamer cruise on the PYAP up stream to Murray Downs and back where we saw wedge tailed eagles and a pair of white spoon billed birds.
What a day! We have
Old farm Machinery
crammed in so much! But its not over yet! Back to camp for a quick feed and then back to the Pioneer Settlement for the 'Sound and Light' show. "Hope your not tired kids".
The sound and light show is a train like vehicle which takes you through the settlement at night lighting up the different buildings whilst a recording tells you the story. It was interesting but a bit dated. Harry fell asleep on my lap if that is any indication!
Our Pioneer Settlement day finally came to an end. Pounding up and down the dusty roads all day we both commented on how well the kids had done and they seemed to enjoy it. The dust left an impression on Harrys mind, telling us, "there was no grass in the olden days".
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