Friday, 17 April 2015

family camp // the olive grove of kangaroo valley {part one}

Recently, our clan went on our annual getaway/reunion (we've been going for about seven years now!). There was quite a gang of us - our parents, the five siblings and our partners and our ever increasing collective brood of children - currently tallying nine! Twenty of us all up, which makes for quite a gathering - our complete family together, as we so rarely are...

Due to David's condition, this year was bittersweet, to say the least. Hastily organised, and not even being sure until the night before that he would actually be able to make it, the time was all the more precious. I was just so grateful that we could be there, together. It was lovely, relaxing and noisy as it can only be with nine children under the age of seven!

We stayed in Kangaroo Valley, in a cluster of cottages nestled in an olive grove. We had the whole place to ourselves, so the kids ran wild and free. We spent our week pottering around the place, thankful to just be together. Eating, laughing, playing, crying, knitting, talking, hiking. It was what we all needed, just to do these simple things together.

Time together more meaningful than my words can convey, so I will let the pictures do the talking.

Feeding the animals at 5pm each day was a real highlight...where we stayed was sort of like a farm stay too, and the kids just loved visiting the animals :)

The seven older cousins, all lined up to feed the ducks. A rare moment to capture them in one space!
The triplets, hanging.
This old tractor was the main attraction for the whole week. 
love x

Dinner time was a chaotic affair, as it can only be with nine tired, hungry children! At least one child was crying at all times. But it was still so wonderful to eat together at this huge trestle table each night.
Good times around the campfire. We roasted marshmallows and damper with the kids, then the adults sat up late chatting around the fire till all hours. Ok, we adults had our own round of marshmallows too!

Early morning bed head and TV. It is holidays after all ;)
Lily showing her little cousin Alaia all the photos on her camera. Love sneaking up on sweet moments like these!
Lily insisted on taking a photo of me with my 'big camera'. In the interest of 'the mum stays in the picture' here I am in all my scruffy camp life glory ;)
David loves bird watching. Three eagles circling up in the sky was enough to lure him out of his cabin in the morning sunshine to glimpse them through his binoculars. :) 
The morning dew weighing down a delicate web.
One family would cook for all 20 of us each night, rotating around so we only had to cook once and then just enjoy the rest of the week. We ate like kings, needless to say.... like when Woz whizzed up this amazing batch of pork dumplings and noodles. Divine!
Me, Alex (SiL) and Anne (sis). My little sister has gotten into knitting and soon enticed Alex and then myself to join the gang. Scarves were knit amidst laughter and a few tears too. It was a fun little project, keeping the hands busy was quite soothing. Turns out knitting is like riding a bike - once you know how to do it, you never forget! I learnt as a child and it all came back to me :)

We celebrated the first birthday of this little cutie, my niece Frankie!

Airplanes with Daddy. 

More to come xx


  1. What a gift to be able to spend this time together and in such a beautiful place. xx

    1. thanks, dear kate. Yes it was a gift and we were truly grateful for it xx

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  3. Wow! You are right. Your divine photos speak so much. I don't know your family but I could see the pain and gratefulness in each of the adults and such divine innocence and lust for life in the children. xx

    1. oh goodness, Jackie, your comment made me teary. Your words summed it up so well. Thank you, truly. You are so right.... having a horde of children around at a time like this is a blessing xx

  4. how special to be able to holiday together like this, just lovely

  5. You take such lovely photos... such beautiful memories to share and treasure.
    There is nothing better than getting away with family, a timely reminder of all that is precious.

  6. Ahh, time spent together is well spent. :)

  7. Your photos are just incredible. Love the post - wonderful memories :-)


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