In February, I celebrated my first birthday back in Australia after ten years away, and it was all that I hoped for.
I had a lovely dinner with my family, and presents from them all. I felt spoilt, which is how I think birthdays should be, but I have to confess, the icing on my cake was the present my two daughters gave me:
I was over the moon because one of my favourite things to do is to spend time with my girls.
The secret destination was an added bonus, because they know what I like and what I’m interested in, so I was sure it would be a fun day where ever we went or whatever we did.
I’ve had over a month to enjoy the delicious anticipation of this event, waiting for the time ‘that is convenient to all’ to arrive, but the anticipatory amps went up when I received this invitation on my Facebook page:
It was booked.
I spent the next couple of days fighting the urge to guess where we’d go, because I didn’t want to guess.
I wanted a pure surprise – and that’s exactly what I got!
If I had planned this day myself, I couldn’t have thought of better places to go and things to do.
It was a SUPERB day out.
We set off early for the 45 min drive to our first destination.
I couldn’t believe where they were taking me – back to the place of my earliest memories, the area I lived and played in for the best part of my first six years.
I was stoked. They permitted me to make a small diversion so I could show them the home I lived in all those years ago.
And then we went to Sherbrooke Forest.
Many a family outing was spent in this forest when I was small. I remember searching for glimpses of wildlife, finding a lyrebird performing a mating dance, and looking for fairies.
Before we set off on our walk, I was given the activity for our time in the forest:
The wondrous thing about this was that not only was I visiting this magical forest from my past, I was also going to receive photography lessons from my expert daughters.
So, let me take you on a photographic tour of my Forest Bingo in Sherbrooke Forest:
I loved the forest, the photography lessons, and the company.
We had so much fun, but the day wasn’t over!
Next, my daughters prepared a yummy picnic lunch for me.
Unfortunately, at this point, the rain set in, and we eventually gave up on the next part of the day’s plan, but I still intend to do it another day – another post.
But wait! There’s more: We drove to the city to visit The Beatles in Australia exhibition at the Arts Centre:
It is fifty years this June, since I was lucky enough to see The Beatles perform live in a small venue.
It was a momentous event in my life, and visiting this exhibition brought all those wonderful memories rushing back.
I love the way music triggers emotions from our past.
After dinner, we all went home exhausted, but I was VERY happy.
Thank you to my lovely daughters fora fantastic birthday present.
A memorable day, filled with memories from past memorable days.
To finish, here’s a few more pics taken in the beautiful Sherbrooke Forest: