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Summer Holidays!!

February8

The summer holidays. I love them. Here’s the 3 main high lights of the holidays…

Christmas: Christmas is one of my favourite things about the summer holidays. Family, some mince tarts, oh- and presents, of course. This year’s Christmas was really fun, since we had both sides of the family on one day. Mum’s side for lunch, Dad’s for dinner. My favourite present would have been either  the Guinness World Records 2015 or a beautiful light pink vintage style coat that I love! I had a great time!!

Albury: After New Years Eve Mum and Sabrina, Tessa and I went up to Albury, a small city on the Murray River, since Mum grew up there. We went to the Albury pool most days, but mum was to scared to go on the water slide. Everyone went to Lola Wiggs though, because it was the place Mum used to get her hair cut, and out for dinner a few times.  We all went to the movies twice, and got Cold Rock ice-cream, which is ice-cream mashed with lollies. But my favourite activity would have to be going to the Hume Weir, a huge man made lake, or weir, that would be the closest thing to a beach. It was so much fun!!!

The Band of Magicians Magic Show: On the holidays I was lucky enough to go to a magic show with my sisters, our babysitter and our nanna. You see, our nanna put her name in to win tickets to a magic show in Melbourne. And who would of guessed who won, our nanna!! So since Mum and Dad were on holidays, our band of maicians blog picnanna asked us and our babysitter to come and watch. It was at the Palms, in the Crown Casino. The show was amazing!! My favourite trick would have to be when one of the men was telling a story and he placed the cards down when he said a number! So one line had $25 in it, so he put down a 2 and a 5, in order. He shuffled the pack before the trick, so I have know idea what so ever on how he did it!! Amazing!!!

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A Year full of Fun!

January19

After a great year of learning, playing, writing and just having fun, everyone is dying for a break.  Here’s highlights from the year:

School Swimming Carnival, March: Every March there is an annual school swimming carnival for all the schools in the district to enter. It’s only for primary school students aged from grade 3-6 and is held at  the Kardinia  swimming pool, outside Simonds Stadium ( The Geelong Cats home ground). Since I was in grade 3, I have entered in the competition in butterfly and backstroke. I got to the regionals ( the next stage of swimming) in butterfly in grade 3 and also this year, grade 5.  I was extremely proud of myself since I bet my practise time by 10 seconds!! It was a great experience.

Port Douglas, July-August: For three years now, we’ve been going to Port Douglas, a town about an hour north of Cairns. I just absolutely love it. It has got a beautiful clean, warm beach, one of the best main streets full of delicious food, the best gelato shop ever, and even a shop called Josephine’s!! ( My real name, if you’re wondering) We had endless times full of just swimming in the beach, splashing in the pool, eating at delicious restaurants, and of course, a lot of slurping up the delicious gelato in the sun. The overall best time in Port Douglas of course, was Jungle Surfing through the Daintree Rainforest at Cape Tribulation. It was an amazing experience, but I have to rap things up so if you want more in jungle surfing click here:http://josiesblog.global2.vic.edu.au/2014/07/13/port-douglas-2/

Falls Creek, August-September: Since I was about six years old I started skiing at Falls Creek. This year was one of the best years at the snow. The season apparently the bets snow season for 20 years, with the snow peaking up at 170cm. ( Yes around the world that’s nothing, but Australian snow isn’t the best so that’s like heaven!!) I enjoyed it much more since I was in the level I needed to be in , because I was put in the level with my sister that I was to good for ( I don’t mean to sound fantastic, it was only level 4) .  I made friends and on a terrible afternoon, when my sister and I were the only ones, our teacher teamed up with another instructor and we got hot cinnamon donuts. Delicious!!!  

AFL Knockout round, Mid September: As you probably know, I’m a big fan of the North Melbourne Kangaroos. So this year Dad brought Sabrina and I up to a finals round that North was playing. They were up against Essendon, possibly their biggest rivals. At half quarter time we were neck and neck. By half time we were 30 points down. A disaster. Three quarter time was a miracle. New recruit Ben Brown ( who we called Ben Orange after his hair.) kicked 3 goals in 11 minutes with a few goals from Boomer Harvey and Lindsay Thomas. The last quarter was intence, to say the least. We were neck and neck until, suddenly, Drew Petrie came out from behind and kicked the 2 last goal. We had won!!! More on the Kangas final season, read:http://josiesblog.global2.vic.edu.au/2014/09/14/go-kangas/

Burley Heads, September: Every year our Nanna brings up 2 grand kids up to Burley Heads for a week. I was so lucky to have gone twice in a row, once with Sabrina ( 2013) but last year I went with my cousin Archie! We had a great time. Archie and I went to WB Movie World in the Gold Coast!  My favourite ride was the Wild West Canyon! It was amazing!! We spent all our time at the hotel either playing Uno, having fun in the games room, or swimming in the pool! It was an amazing holiday!!

Hobart ,October: This year I was lucky enough to go to go to Hobart with Mum for a weekend. It was so fun! My favourite thing was going to MONA. It was amazing! There was everything awesome, from a blown up red Porsche, to an exhibition showing the making of poo!! MONA was fantastic. For the full coverage of Tassie read: http://josiesblog.global2.vic.edu.au/2014/11/02/tassie/

So that my year’s best moments, so Thank You to everyone who supported me throughout the year, it was awesome!!

 

 

A Busy Week Full of Fun!

December14

This week was so busy, I couldn’t choose what to write about. So I’m just going to tell you everything!!

Monday: On Monday we had basketball in Under 14’s. Our team is really bad (no offence guys!),  we’ve got two grade 3’s ( supposed to be in under 12’s) our 2 tallest players aren’t that tall, and Olivia, a friend, Lucy, another friend, and me. We are each 11. We lost (again) but got our highest score and if the team weren’t that tall, we would’ve won. It was 10-28.

Tuesday: Tuesday was a VERY big day for me. I’m going for school captain, and I did my speech in front of the 2-6’s who vote after the speeches are finished. My speech went pretty well, I think, I didn’t get much stage fright, but I was tapping my foot the entire time! Besides from that I think I did pretty well, I hope. Fingers crossed!

Wednesday: On Wednesday I did the school captain interview. The principle (Mrs A), Mrs Hill, Harriet and Geordie ( current school captains, we don’t have a vice, our school has only around 180 students) and Michelle ( School council president) were there. I think I did okay in the interview, you could tell I was nervous, but I answered the questions well, I hope.

Friday (nothing happened on Thursday): Friday was when Sabrina, my sister, and I did our music concert. I played Fix You-Coldplay on the piano, Sabrina sang Castle on the Clouds, from Les Miserable, and then we did a duet together. She sang Who Knew-Pink and played the piano to it. Luckily, we didn’t stuff up, so we played pretty well.

Saturday: Saturday was probably the most tiring day of all. We first woke up and went into Geelong to see a Mini Groodle, a cross between a Golden Retriever and a poodle (called a Goldendoodle in USA).  These were the mum and dad that were going to have puppies in April/ May, 2015. They are both 3/4  mini poodle, a 1/4 Golden Retiever. They are only about 10cm ( max) bigger than a miniature poodle. Both fluffy (a quality in a dog I love!), have great friendly natures, gorgeous ears and love a swim. These dogs are perfect for our family.

After that we went to Adventure Park ( which is in Wallington, not Geelong). My favourite ride was the Gold Rush Rapids, the blue water slide next to the yellow one, or the adult go karts. I got two shots of it since I wanted to go with dad. On the second turn I wouldn’t let dad overtake me until the last moment when another car ganged up with dad and over took me on the last lap!

So that was my busy week full of fun!

Tassie!!

November2

I know I’ve been on WAY to many holidays this year, but I could fit in just one more. This time we went to Tassie!!

Last weekend mum and I went to Hobart for a weekend! It was really fun! On Friday I had the day off school and went shopping in Geelong. We then went from Geelong to the airport for our flight to Hobart. An hour later we got at the Hobart Airport and went to our apartment. Later that day we went to the Hobart Book Shop, my favourite, and then went to Fish Frenzy for dinner. It was an awesome day.

On Saturday we got up early and had breaky downstairs, at the apartment. We then went to MONA ( Mueseum of Old and New Art). Mum and I arrived at the ferry and were surprised to find little sheep, to sit on, and a cow, on the outside viewing area. We arrived at MONA to find 99 steps waiting for us. I finally got up them and went into the museum. It is underground, sMONA post blog pico the walls are rock. Since none of the paintings have a little bio beside them, you get an I Phone that tells you about all the paintings around you. My favourite artwork was called Kryptic ( I think).You go through a grey tunnel with the numbers 0 and 1 on the walls, but you may spot the occasional word. When you finish the tunnel you go into a very small room. I dare you to look up, you’ll get a fright!! After MONA we went to see The Maze Runner at the movies. It was fantastic!! Later that day we went to Cargo for dinner. It was delicious! I had a great day!!

Sunday was the travel day. We managed to fit in a delicious breaky at the Retro Cafè. Mum and I then went to explore Salamanca Place. We went and got lots of stuff. It was awesome!! We then went to the airport, flew back to Melbourne and drove down home. It was an awesome trip and Thanks mum for being nice and Thanks dad for letting us go and looking after the girls. I had a great time!!

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Holidays!!!!

October13

If you’ve been wondering why I haven’t done a post in ages, well it was because I was on holidays!! Here’s what I did…

Finally we got there. Ella’s house!! It took 5 boring hours in the car. Ella lives on a farm. She  has a BIG tree with a flying fox! It was awesome. My favourite moment would have to be swimming in the dam. Ella’s dad eel farmer and he puts the sick eels in the dam we were swimming in!! Egh!!! We only found out after we got out!!!! It was so fun!!  And thank you  Ella so much for having us!!!

Grand Final day. The whole of Australia is on the edge of their seats. We went out and had our annual Grand Final breakfast, inspired by the North Melbourne Grand Final Breakfast. Finally, it arrived. We switched on our TV and watched the whole game. Normally we would’ve been on the edge of our seats. We weren’t. I must admit it was a terrible game. The score: 11.8.74 – 21.11.137. To Hawks. The underdogs thrashed.

Monday morning= early morning. Dad and I woke up early and drove to Melbourne Airport. We meet up with my cousin, Archie, who I was going to go to Gold Coast with. Archie and I got onto the plane, said goodbye to our parents, and off we went. We finally reached the Gold Coast!! Nanna was waiting at the airport and drove us to the hotel. My favourite moment was when we went to Movie World! My favourite ride would’ve been the Wild West Falls, even though I got drenched!!!! It was a great holiday and Thank You Nanna for taking us, I had a great time!!

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Falls Creek

September7

I know I’ve just done a post on Mt Buller, but we get to go to Falls Creek, as a family!

Falls Creek is another ski resort in Victoria. It’s a bit further from Melbourne, about 4\5 hours. It gets more snow than Mt Buller though.

Anyway, this year our family went to Falls Creek for a whole week!! Here’s a list of everything we did each day:

Friday: The travel day. We got into the car at about 8:30am. Since we don’t live in Melbourne it took us 6 hours to get there. We arrived at about 3:00pm. We walked to our apartment. It was near the Falls Express ( the main chairlift), so it only took us about 30 seconds to get into our apartment. We hired our ski gear and carried them up to the apartment. Pretty boring day.

Saturday: Saturday was probably my favourite day. It was sunny all day. We started ski school on Saturday. Sabrina ( my sister) and I were in level 5. We got a teacher called Millie. She was really nice. We had quite a big group, there was about 10 of us, but I still had heaps of fun and made alot of friends. We had lunch at the Last Hoot, which was delicious. After that the group got a bit smaller, it was now half day. We went down Lakeside, International and Short and Curly, Towers and the Drovers Terrain park and heaps of other runs that I’ve forgot.

Sunday: Sunday was a good day, but not my favourite. It was terrible weather the whole day, especially the afternoon. There was a nice little group in the morning, but in the afternoon, it was just Sabrina and I. Since we were the only ones in the group, Millie met up with her friend, that was a snowboarding instructor, and we got to have a hot cinnamon donut!! It was so yum!! The  rest of the day we went around Towers, it was to cold to go anywhere else!!

Monday: Monday was quite a good day. It was sunny again. Millie wasn’t there that day, so we had a new teacher, Petr. The group was different today. We went around Ruined Castle, Scotts, Towers and Lakeside. I still made heaps of friends though. We had lunch at Dicky Knees, which was nice. After ski school, my friend Lucy came over to our apartment for dinner. It was alot of fun.

Tuesday: Tuesday was sunny again. We had Petr again.  We went to the Eagle Chair, Lakeside, Ruined Castle and some other runs I’ve forgot. We had lunch at Dicky Knees again. After ski school we went to Milch for an early dinner. It was very nice. Since we didn’t stay infalls creek map the village, we had to ski back down in the dark!

Wednesday: On Wednesday it was as sunny as ever. We did ski school again and had Petr. We went down International and Skyline, Lakeside, Runied Castle, and Towers. We had lunch at the Frying Pan, which was nice. After ski school I went over to my Lucy’s apartment and had dinner. It was a bit annoying because she was going night skiing. But I still had fun. I watched a bit of Mrs Doubtfire with Lucy, Abby and Elsie.

Thursday: Thursday was our last day of skiing. It was race day. The nastar race course opens every Thrusday for ski school to race their classmates. We had a small group, only 5 people were racing. I came second. The rest of the day we went around Towers and Lakeside. We had lunch at the Frying Pan again. It was yum!

Friday: On Friday we didn’t ski. We packed our bags, retured our gear. We decided to walk up to the village and do Snow Tubing. We arrived at the park but were told that they started an hour late. So we walked back to the car and drove home.

piic from:http://www.fallscreek.com.au/Maps

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Mt Buller

August17

Every year we go up to the snow once or twice. Dad picks someone to go with him to Mt Buller, and then we go up as a family to Falls Creek.  We this time Dad didn’t take just one of use, or two, he took us all!! Plus our Nanna too!!!

Friday: This year ( as I said) Sabrina, Tessa (my sisters) and I went up to Mt Buller with our Nanna. We drove up and arrived at about 10.30am. We signed into our lodge, hired our skiies and were skiing by 12.00pm.  We had lunch at Koflers, which is very delicious and

Fromwww.mtbuller.com.au/Winter/Mountain/Maps:

Fromwww.mtbuller.com.au/Winter/Mountain/Maps:

busy, but I noticed it was quite small. We skied the for the rest of the day and then went out for dinner at Dad’s favourite, Pension Grimmus. When I was little I went out to Pension Grimmus and had a delicious Apple Crumble. When I looked at the dessert menu I saw a Rhubarb Crumble, so I ordered it straight away. It wasn’t quite to my expertations, but I am quite a fussy eater.Saturday: On Saturday I had ski school for the first day. We went on Family Run and the Skyline T-bar, on Shakey Knees and Tirol. We went to Spurs for lunch. We had Chicken Nuggets and chips for lunch and a bit of jelly. We went on Burnt Hut and Burke Street too. We went on HEAPS of runs. At the end of the day I went for a little ski with dad on Little Buller Spur and Wombat before it was time to go back to our lodge and have a Saturday night communal dinner. We had soup for an entrée, pasta for the main, and gelato for dessert. The dinner was Italian themed. At the end every table had to come up and say an Italian joke in front of everyone. Our table said: “What do you call an Italian with a cold? Julius Sneezer!!!” We all got a packet of Tim Tams as reward.

Sunday: On Sunday we went to ski-school for half the day. We skied down HEAPS of runs. My favourite run we skied would have been Tirol. We had lunch at Spurs again. For lunch we had pizza and chips with jelly. Then Dad came and picked us up and we packed up and went on the shuttle to get to our car. We dropped Nanna off hours later and went home, all of us feeling quite sick.

Well, although we were feeling sick at the end, going to Mt Buller was really fun, thanks for taking Dad and Nono!!

Port Douglas!!!!

July13

You may remember that I did my first post on Port Douglas 2 years ago, and another one last year. And it’s finally time again to have another AWESOME holiday at Port Douglas!!!

Port Douglas is ideal for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef or to the Daintree Rainforest, with Cape Tribulation a 90 minute drive on well maintained sealed roads.

Port Douglas maintains a village feel, as it is a town where the Palm Trees are taller than the buildings and you can meander through the town to do some shopping, or enjoy a wide variety of cafes, pubs, restaurants & bars, ranging from those offeringport douglas map blog pic excellent value to world class cuisine.

It is a very popular tourist, beach and reef destination, with the peak season being during the Australian winter.

 

Well to start of with,  Mum and Dad booked the family into Jungle Surfing through the Daintree Rainforest, around Cape Tribulation. It was really,really, REALLY fun!! You get harnessed in and go for a little walk, and then the excitement begins! when you reach the top you pair up. There’s a human-sized hamster wheel that you walk on the power the pair infront of you to get to the first platform. Now we’re up on the first platform, our harnesses hooked into the tree,  learning some info about the rainforest surrounding us. Finally, the first zip line!! I wait as dad ( my parter) gets clipped in. As I get the thumbs up to go, I jungle surfing port douglas blog picpush my feet of the platform and away we go!! You can see the beautiful green trees surrrounding us as we fly in the canopy. On the thrid line, one of the guide stopped us in the middle of the line. We were at the highest point, 22.5m of ground, and as a joke to scare us, he stopped us smack bang in that spot. Most people would have hated it, but dad and I loved it!! The next line was really fast, and the last one you have to go upside down!! Even my little sister ( Tessa, she’s only 5yrs) went upside down!! After that we went for a little walk and then went home!! It was a great experience and I loved every momment!!

The rest of the time we were either swimming in the pool, the beach, walking around, going out for dinner or reading.
It was a great holiday and I loved it!!

Italic writing from:http://wikitravel.org/en/Port_Douglas

Jungle surfing pic from:queenslandholidays.com.au

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Time at Albury and Melbourne.

January18

Albury and Melbourne, FUN!!!!! Albury is located on the edge of the NSW, near the Murray River. It’s a big town, basically a city. It gets really hot there, and when we were there, there was a heat wave. Every day got up to 40 degrees Celsius. But that doesn’t matter, because what matters is what we did at Albury, and how much fun we had…

On the first day we just unpacked and went to the Albury pool. The Albury pool is an outdoor pool with a BIG waterslide. We didn’t go on the waterslide that day, but we still had fun! Then we went out for dinner at La Porchetta. I had lasagna. Yum!!!

The next day we went to the Albury pool and I got to go down the waterslide 5x!!!! shopping for clothes at Pumpkin Patch.  Then we went to Coldrock to get a treat for he movies. After that we went to the movies to see Frozen at the movies. It’s really good!!

On that day we had to move to a different hotel in Wodonga. Wodonga is close to Albury and is not as big as Albury, but it’s still a little city. This apartment is really new, and it has a pool!!!!! It is also conectted to a restaurant called Huon Hill.  We just stayed at the pool the WHOLE day!!!

Finally it was our last whole day in Albury. We First went in the pool and then we saw Walking with Dinosaurs The movie at the movies. After that we got our hair cut at a place my mum used to go to. Then we went out for dinner at Huon Hill,  the  restaurant near our apartment. I had fish and chips. It was really nice.

The every last day we had a quick swim in the pool and then got in the car with our bags and went to Melbourne.

When we got to Melbourne 3hrs later, we went to our Nanna’s house. Our Aunty Anna came later and said that we could go to her house for a swim in the pool. Since the heat wave was still going, we said yes and went the next day.

The next day we went in Aunty Anna’s pool and then went home. We had soooooooooooo much fun!!!!!!!!!

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A trip to Mt Buller

January12

Most people like Mt Buller on the winter, but it’s great in the summer…

Mt Buller is located in the northern parts of Victoria, Australia. In winter it is crowded with skiers and snowboarders.  My dad normally takes one of my sisters to Mt Buller each year to go skiing, but this years for the summer holidays he brought the whole family up!  In summer it’s much more quiet, with mountain bikers on tracks.

When we arrived we went to our apartment to unpack our bags and drove straight up to the car park near the summit. We walked up to the summit and saw two monuments of people that have died. Then we noticed a little hut. Suddenly someone came out of it and told us it was a fire protection look out, and asked us if we wanted a little tour. Obviously we said yes, and got a little tour. Pic from: www.luminous-landscape.com 

Mt Buller summit in summer blog pic

The next day we went on a little walk on a bike track, which was kind’a weird, and then we went on the only running chairlift, the North Side Express. But Tessa, my youngest sister, dropped her hat so Dad had to go down to get it!!

Then we went on a 4.1km walk on a track called The Summit Nature Walk, then we went on another walk called The Village Walk. Pic from: www.dreamstime.com

 

Finally we went on the chairlift one last time and went home.

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