Let’s face it our family enjoys celebrating birthdays!
The birthday cake request this year was for a Watermelon Cake! To be clear… I love a decorating challenge, but even with a fancy Italian oven I cannot bake a cake! This one called for layers of pink velvet cake with choc chips with insane volumes of butter icing and fondant. Paul, our dear friend, agreed to bake the cake…
Paul not only baked the cake, he stayed up until 3.30am making the icing!
All that was left to do was a little painting of watermelon pattern
… and a lot of eating!
Along with pretty baked apple rose pastries
and the whipped cream cinnamon doughnuts (for the grade at school)
… then there’s breakfast… with MORE watermelon cake.
Love that Ivy took over the kitchen and with her sous chef Daisy, made pancakes for breakfast
In addition to an Escape Room experience where 5 girls screamed a lot and one big sister solved the puzzles… the sisters; Lucinda, Audrey and Paige went to the opera!
All dressed up to see The Rabbits starring Kate Miller Heidke
And the girls got to meet their star, Kate Miller Heidke at stage door. Nice matching outfits Lucinda + Kate.
Happy birthday Lucinda xxx
Thanks Sal for some time down at Ocean Grove…
Audrey + sand = happy
Ethan about to dive… onto our apparently drowning instructor.
A blue spotted stingray we lay down in the sand with.
also found a large reef shark basking on the sandy bottom
While Ethan and Fi scuba dived the girls and Nick snorkelled.
Audrey and Lucinda holding on tight to a starfish and the life buoy – it was a choppy 20 knots.
Bazza the barracuda
Ethan totally relaxed in the water
Fi (with octopus hair) and Ethan.
We went out to Upolo Reef on the Great Barrier Reef with Ocean Freedom. Highly recommend them.
So we recently had another holiday back to Queensland. This one was specifically to take the kids out snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef (more posts on that following). Thanks to our generous friends Deb and Rob we got to stay again in their beautiful home beside the equally beautiful Forrest Beach. How lucky are we?!!!
Nick’s supporting the palm tree in Cairns
Trebonne Post Office – Can’t help making a detour to this post office each time we come up.
Lucinda with an old friend of hers
Gould Island driftwood
We located a great guide/boat bloke, John. How mindblowing beautiful is this ?!!!
They’ve designed, researched, measured, calculated, built models, purchased the timber, cut and assembled…. soon it’ll be ready to use :)
This is a work in progress… but so far it’s looking great.
straight ramp, top and a curved ramp all in one.
And in case you’re left in any doubt about Ethan’s ‘cool’ quotient… I’m posting this recent Ethan selfie.
yes, I am on a plane. no, it’s not my personal jet… yet.
Lucinda and her besties; Indigo, Indi-Mara and Ivy having cafe time before an afternoon of tree-surfing.
Treetop Adventures in Belgrave is sooooo much fun! The girls and I climbed, clambered and flying foxed through the trees, with lots of aerial obstacles. They were the best, supportive team. When they decided to do the black diamond course, I graciously offered to film from the ground
Quicktime video link: IMG_3908
Justly proud of their achievements. Go Girls!
All followed by a birds nest cake complete with a gentleman hedgehog visitor.