Well, we have just finished a week of having mum and dad visit, which was great. They had to suffer with the very hot temperatures that we have here in the Top End, but hopefully, it was all worth it! The 40 + degree weather even saw mum jump into our pool to cool off! The girls and I got to drive up to Darwin to pick mum and dad up, so we were able to squeeze in 3 hours of speed shopping to pick up stuff we needed. And of course, we managed to get in 2 op shops before the plane landed.
We have started back to school again, much to the girls (and my) dismay! Next weekend, we will have the Hockey's back to visit with their 6 boys, so the house will be very much alive again!
Today we visited 2 garage sales and bought up BIG!! Dave is working, so hopefully, he'll like what I found. Some real bargains!! I was so excited at my great finds! Here is a picture of some of it!
I found some more 'old stuff' for my antique shelf, which is already over full, so I think I'll put my order in for a bigger display cabinet! Found a gorgeous old Remington typewriter, some old sewing things, old metal pails and some great baking tins. And of course, my windmill!! Always wanted one of those! Found Dave some great tools and rope and such, so he'll be happy!
The girls were very excited at finding an army backpack complete with hoochies, hats, mossie net, canteens, camo cover, knife and even some very old coffee sachets and matches (which they kindly donated to my antiques shelf). Of course, Emilee grabbed the knife!
So, Chloe and Maddy have happily been playing in their 'shelter' complete with their MRE ration pack, but the heat has driven them back inside.
10 Great things about living in the Territory!
1. You can drive at 130km/hr (that is providing you have a car that actually goes that fast without blowing something up or boiling, which we don't)
2. Truck drivers don't need a log book (which can be a bad thing when your husband is able to work 21 hours straight!)
3. You don't need to wear a bicycle helmet (we don't have any bikes yet, so this doesn't apply so far)
4. Learner drivers don't need a logbook and only have to have their learner license for 6 mths before they can go for their P's! (this has made Abbi very happy)
5. You can get a 10c refund on all your cans and bottles (we've done pretty well seeing all the cokes we drink)
6. You can keep rabbits legally! (Our rabbitsitting is going well as they haven't escaped yet)
7. You can leave your washing on the line overnight and it's dry in the morning, or hang it up for an hour during the day and it's dry (for those of you who live in Malanda, you'll be jealous)
8. Tying down a load on your ute or trailer is an optional extra (which is not so fine when a drum of av gas goes awol in the back of the truck your husband is driving)
9. Being a Territorian allows you to get into Kakadon't, I mean Kakadu, for free! (haven't been there yet)
10. And last of all, if you like very loud and annoying music, you can play it all day and all night at 1 billion decibels, and it's perfectly fine (at least, our neighbours like to think so)