Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Dragon Ball

In the evening after the talent show and supper, we headed to the planer mill for the Dragon Ball. The mill had been well decorated by Sue and various helpers, such as Danica and Frances, during the day, and it was all set for the ball.





It was pretty dark in there, and I didn't have my flash, which would have kind of spoiled the mood anyway, but here are a few photos of the celebration. We did do a little dancing, but since I was on the floor as it were, I have no pictures of that activity.

Andrea and Frances got quite dressed up. Heather and Sue were in survival mode by then.

Rosie dressed up nicely too.

A moody photo of Gemma as the darkness settled.

Danica dancing about with the dragon head.

Sue did use her flash for this shot. Glad she had it.
Petra and Shauna chilled out.

Andrea, Sare, and Frances enjoyed watched Danica parading about with the dragon head.
It was quite a day with the dragon egg hunt, the talent show, and the dragon ball. It was time for beddie-byes.

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Stage and Talent Show

We had a little talent show at our reunion last weekend.

A suitable area was chosen for the stage. Shade was an important consideration on this hot weekend, and, of course, it had to be nicely decorated.

Sue took on most of this task and is getting approval from her sister, Heather, in the first photo.



Then came the show with Danica and her cousin, Frances, as the MCs.



Rosie and Lukas did a magic act, helped by various audience members. JJ was the helper in this photo; he's wearing one of the two masks that he created in the previous craft session.


When it was JJ's turn, Amma and Buppa helped him lead the rest of the family in arousing rendition of  Puff the Magic Dragon.


Danica did a freestyle dance routine and kept going like a pro despite losing a sandal.



Then came the Tucker clan in their grand and glorious show stopping dragon.



We did a few cousins group shots at the end.



The empty stage: the first two in the evening, followed by a night shot.




Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Young Photographer

There's something about a "real" camera, eh? Danica is intrigued with using my DSLR, so I thought the best recourse was to get my original Digital Rebel out of storage. It's light, and I am not on tenterhooks while she's carrying it around. Because of its lightness, Sue also has begun to use it rather than her compact or iPad/iPod.

I took these pictures of her when we went on a little photowalk together. They are followed by a select few of the many photos that she took that weekend.













Thursday, August 20, 2015

Swimming Swimming in the Swimming Hole

Swimming, swimming in the swimming hole,
When days are hot when days are cold,
in the swimming hole.
Side-stroke, breast-stroke, fancy diving too.
I'll bet you wish you never had
anything else to do, but....

Truth be told, we don't have a swimming hole at the cottage, but we do have an area (actually two areas) that are suitable for swimming in the Crowe River, which runs along the back of the property. It's a great property line by the way.

The kids (as well as the me) were in there more than once on the weekend. These photos are all from the first visit.



Above: my brother-in-law, Brian, and my nephew, Matthew, stand at one access point to carefully watch the kids. Then, his wife, Petra, took up the station. Both photos show a bit of the Crowe River south of the swimming area.

Below: three photos of Danica and one of JJ with their reflections.







Above: Rosie playing on the bank.

Below: The kids having a blast.



Above: the Crowe from water level. Somewhat miraculously I didn't submerge the camera.

Below: two photos to prove that I wasn't cowardly, and did go in. Guess which one is me. The others are Danica and her aunt, my niece, Mary/



Finally: I had had enough what with the river being quite chilly. But Ben and Mary patiently waited for the kids to be done while I headed back to the cottage.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Early On and Tent Village

I guess I should do some posts of our very long weekend away for the family reunion.

The cottage is not large or grand enough to accommodate everyone -- at least not for sleeping -- so most of us brought tents. Fortunately or otherwise, we did not use ours. Whether it was fortunate or not depends on your point of view. With a nice air mattress, we find that sleeping under the stars can be pleasurable, but with so much going on that weekend, it seemed easier to stay put in the cottage.

Mary and Ben helped us set up our tent.
Then, we set up Shauna's
Once everyone arrived and the village was completed, this is what it looked like.

Once that was done, Brian cleaned up around the place, Ben demonstrated his archery prowess, and the kids rocked the hammock. ↓




Mary and Brian took care of supper.



I went for a stroll in the evening and took this three-stitch pano of the [former] planer mill where we often gather behind the screens on a warm summer afternoon or in the cool of the buggy evening.


Of course, it is important to have a campfire or two. Brian stokes the flames while Heather uses them to toast marshmallow.


That night, Ben, Mary and I stayed up after the others had gone beddy-bye. We had a good chat and Ben also showed me the online computer game that he was playing.


And that was Wednesday.