Benhams go Walkabout WEEK 21- DUBBO & PEAK HILL

This was a week of animals and ancestry. I was quite excited by the possibility of visiting Dubbo Zoo as we were mapping out our route home. I thought the boys would be super excited. Eddie “I DEFINITELY don’t want to go to a zoo where we have to drive, I only want to walk”. You think he is sick of being in the car? He came around as we hopped in and out of the car seeing some great exhibits and got up close and personal to the animals. The favourite for the boys was the giraffes until we heard this crazy loud noise coming from the monkey zone. We spent the next hour watching the antics and listening to the hilarious calls of the siamang ape. Now the boys wanted to stay all night. They compromised with returning to see them the next day.

IN FRONT OF THEIR GREAT-GREAT-GRANDFATHER'S HOUSESNOOPING AROUND THE OLD FAMILY PROPERTY

The ancestry element to this week was our visit to Peak Hill. This is where my great-grandfather was an original sheep farmer, my grandfather was born, my grandmother and her best friend Pattie were nurses and subsequently met their future husbands (Eric and Eric) and where my mum and sister were born. I am pretty nostalgic so I decided to just drop in the the old farm to see what was still there. Uh oh. The homestead seems to have become a chicken and turkey house. How am I going to tell mum? Ooops. Just did. Hi Mum! I enjoyed just wandering around imagining which trees my grandfather may have climbed.

PRIMPING FOR SHOW

OLD-TIMER SHOWING UP THE YOUNG 'UNS

The Peak Hill Agricultural Show was on that week and turned out to be what we imagined a small town rural show to be. Cattle and sheep judging, baked goods, wood chopping and horse jumping. I love these days for myself and the kids but why, oh why does it always have to end in tantrums and tears?! I have to learn not to have expectations on my kids when I try to do something nice for them. I’ll let you know how I go…..

WHAT I'VE ALWAYS KNOWN

FREE PANCAKE MORNINGS - SERIOUS BUSINESS

Day trip to Parkes to see The Dish. Watched a 3D movie about the galaxies with the boys and wandered all the displays and I noticed that suspiciously there was no record or imagery of the footage that The Dish famously received when man first walked on the moon. I asked one of the CSIRO staff and got directed to a display board that explained what happened. No photos. I am no conspiracy theorist but huh????