Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Animal adventures

We had a staycation here this long weekend.  While many of our friends went away or to Moomba given it is festival season, we had a number of celebrations with friends and family here in Melbourne.  I had also signed us up for chicken duty at school - I'm not sure if that was a great idea given the early starts but I have to say it was extremely funny to set the chickens free every morning from their coop and we did get paid in lots of eggs.  It's nice to bring a touch of the country to the suburbs and a number of friends have chickens at home.

It must have been the weekend for animal adventures as we also dropped in to The Greenery in Heidelberg on Sunday as Chris Humfrey from Wild Action Zoo was there with his crew and a vast menagerie of different animals.  They actually put on a couple of shows at the nursery that day but we were lucky enough to catch them in between and spent an hour or so with Chris and his animals up close and personal.  My kids had an absolute ball and so did we.




We'd actually previously seen Chris's show Wild Life on ABC.  As well as running workshops in kinders and schools, you can hire Wild Action for children's birthday parties and he also runs Junior Zoo Keeper Day workshops at his private zoo in Mt Macedon (50 minutes drive from Melbourne) just for kids (groups of 10 only) during the school holidays for $300 per child for the day (9 am - 4 pm).  He's a great person to talk to (and was a national kayaking champion!) and his passion for animals was really evident - he is one of those people who is the same in real life as he appears on screen.




It was a bit of a whirlwind weekend as we also attended a children's pool party at the Eltham Leisure Centre where we've been a number of times (La Trobe University also hold similar ones).  While I was there I managed to see the Diamond Valley Roller Derby Club team in action and if you're interested in having a look, they practise from 2pm on Sunday afternoons there.  It's worth watching Kirsten Wiig from Bridesmaids in another movie about roller derby called Whip It.
Finally, we caught up with Aunty Cat in the wicked west for an early birthday celebration in hipsterville, no wait, Yarraville which has become hipster central.  I hadn't been there for a number of years but it is a fantastic suburb with some gorgeous buildings and houses and a true village feel.  We sat outside The Sun Bookshop next to the art deco Sun Theatre for lunch and I think the whole suburb of Yarraville was out on the street.  We then walked to nearby Beaton Reserve to throw frisbees, kick the footy and soccer balls around with the kids, take them to the playground and let them scoot around the park.  I also loved the permanent ping pong table that's been set up at the front of the park and have previously been invited to a party there to play Trugo at the Yarraville Trugo Club.  The things you get up to on the weekend...

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