Totally late.. but here’s what we did last Monday. I was going to start this post by saying that it was a different Monday to usual (it was a Public Holiday, so it was unusual) but then I realised that I could go through this series of posts saying that each time.. so I’m not going to.
We started the day with a slow breakfast and a visit from Granny and Pa.. pancakes, bacon, yumminess and spiced apple muffins.
Earlier in the week, we had decided that since it was a long weekend we would actually take advantage of it and do something fun with the kids. We thought about going to visit the Maleny Dairy but it’s not open on public holidays, so we needed a plan B. In the end we decided to pack a picnic and head up to Mary Cairncross Park, I don’t think I’ve been there since I was a kid, and G had never been.
Before we left I put the slow cooker on to take care of some shredded beef for tacos when we got home. That way, we didn’t have to stress too much about getting home in time to make dinner. We did need to get some more tomatoes and lettuce though, so we stopped at a Fruit Barn on the drive and took care of that. As well as grabbing some delicious local strawberries.
We arrived around lunch time and decided to check out the view and have our picnic before doing the bush walk.
Lunch done, we packed the car back up and then headed into the “jungle” as our girls like to call it. You never know what you’ll find in the jungle.
The were impressed with the Flying Fox colony hanging out in the palm trees. Matilda had her binoculars with her, so she was feeling very much like the explorer.
Emilia managed most of the 1.7km by herself – we had to carry her a few times, but she was mostly happy to traipse along with us. The pace wasn’t quick.
When we reached the end of the walk the girls were disappointed that we hadn’t seen a waterfall, so we made the short drive to Mapleton falls. The sun was beginning to set, but you can park close to a look out over the falls, literally a few meters walk, so the girls got to see some falls. There wasn’t much water though, and the lookout hangs out over a massive drop so this view is as close as I got.. since having kids I have developed a fear of heights.. I couldn’t go near the edge! Ridiculous.
We arrived home in the darkness, after getting stuck in a bit of long weekend traffic. Thank goodness for slow cookers – bathed the kids, fed them dinner and then packed them off to bed. Although we were all tired, it was nice to have spent the day doing something a little out of the ordinary, all together.
2 years ago on Monday, we spent our public holiday very differently.