Cross-posted from The Pukeko Patch. Apologies to those who read both.
My lovely children began asking me to take them on an adventure yesterday. Everyone, including me, was just too tired to do anything about it though. Instead today I made a plan and we headed out on our adventure just before lunchtime and got home just before dinnertime. A very full day of adventuring was had.
The request was to drive somewhere and get lost. And we had to end up in a jungle, eventually. Clearly a real jungle is out of the question in this part of the world, but a bit of farmland and bush is completely doable. So with a bit of imagination and pretending, we drove through a forest jungle today. A brief jaunt up the main highway to Waikanae before turning off to head up Akatarawa Road. It was the perfect choice for adventure – hills, forest bits, covered in patches of road, bush, hilltop views of the sea and valleys, single lane roads and, eventually a place where animals lurk.
The lurking is more like wildlife reserving, but hey that’s what imagination is for. And for the adventure songs that were dreamt up and sung in the car.
We spent the best part of two and a half hours wandering around feeding various fowl, farm animals, and playing by the stream and walking over the wobbly bridge. The pushy goats were still pushy and persistent, Bob the Clydesdale was still big and slightly worrying, but the rabbits were cute, furry and pat-able. The peacocks and the cockerels were loud and almost seemed to have perverse pleasure in letting out a loud screech when you had no idea they were a couple of feet behind you. The trout seemed even larger and more edible than ever, while the swans seemed laid back and relaxed.
Here are a few snapshots of the day out.
At this point we had just fed some ducks, had a harem following us, and had discovered the geese enjoying themselves on the lake. I’m not quite sure what had caught Master Oh’s attention, but clearly he wasn’t looking away in a hurry.
The Oh Waily kids, and friend, on the wagon in the BBQ area. Very nice spot this and new, I think, since the last time we visited. I left Master Oh’s hat in the car so he had to make do with his sister’s old one and clearly it does not quite fit him as well as it does her.
They really need to work on their “cheese” faces, don’t they? This is in the kea aviary, where we saw two sleepy-ish keas up close. One kept his beak under his wing, but a beady eye open and on the not so subtle children invading his home. But don’t you just love the exit? I had to duck down to get out, and I am no giant.
Then in the bush settlement area they just had to play in the bank. Great fun.
Staglands makes for a fun day out for the kids. A goodly bit of wildlife to finish off the Great Oh Waily Jungle Adventure day. Oh and the ice cream and ice block at the cafe afterwards didn’t hurt either.
I wonder what they’ll think of doing next?