Canberra is about a 5-1/2 hour drive from Port Stephens. It was a beautiful drive, especially once we got outside of Sydney. We drove along a ridge of mountains for quite a while. I didn't have my camera out and was sorry about that. We did have it ready for the drive home. One of the things I've always wanted to see is a field full of flowers and this trip obliged.
The next day Brian took off for his conference and I took the Pajero and headed off to Parliament before the zoo opened. The boys were, needless to say, thrilled.
|Nath calls it "the boring building"|
The building reminded me of our Capital building, just more modern. The boys wanted to head straight to the roof, but I bribed them by saying if they were good we'd go up after looking at the House of Reps and the Senate. They agreed begrudgingly.
|House of Representatives|
After the Senate and House, we were off to see the Magna Carta. Not a replica, the Magna Carta. I was very excited. The kids were like "hey mum, it's an old piece of paper." We had an, albeit brief, history lesson. If you ask Nath what the Magna Carta means, he'll tell you that nobody is above the law. I figure that's good enough for a 7 year old.
|Clearly, no flash allowed|
|This Meerkat was posing for photo ops|
|Feeding time for the lions - gross!|
|They really liked this fish - too bad I don't remember what it was!|
We had lunch at Questacon and were off to look at the exhibits. I wish Brian would've been able to have gone with us. He would have loved it, I would have gotten more pictures, and he would've explained things better to the kiddos. I'm not a science person to begin with and trying to make the things I know accessible to the boys is difficult for me. Seriously, ask anybody that was in my senior physics class - it was awful (the teacher certainly didn't help)! A few friends used to joke that I'd probably end up marrying a physicist. Jokes on them, he was just a physics major!
|The Periodic Table, taken for Bri|
One of the tasks was to cover a large circle with five smaller circles. We watched several adults try to cover it, but there were always slivers of the larger circle showing. Guess who walked up and got it right on the first try?
|Clearly pleased with himself|
|Four hands, one keyboard were always the most fun duets to play|
We stopped for dinner about an hour outside of Canberra. On the way in we had noticed signs for Big Merino. Knowing how much wool comes out of Australia, I just assumed this was where a lot of the Merino wool came from. I could not have been more wrong.
|Meet Big Merino|