|Impressive tire, or should I say tyre, size|
Next the boys picked some wheat and ground up the little bit they had. As you can see, this was serious work. Both boys were convinced they had made enough flour to make a pie crust. When I said they'd have to make a lot more flour to make a pie crust they were disappointed -until they were handed a small tin with dough in it. On went the aprons and they were off making meat pies.
|Placing the pie crust in the tin|
I know it doesn't show a whole lot, but I love the juxtaposition of their hands together. So sweet!
|Chin up, Nath!|
Will was begging us to take him on some of the carnival rides. Nathan wanted nothing to do with them, mostly because they were so loud. I think he was a bit afraid as well, but there was no way we were getting him on anything. Brian and I took turns sharing rides with Will. Brian got a few pictures of us on the rides- not the best looking, since you had to aim the camera over a fence and hope you were getting something! But they at least convey the fun Will was having!
This was his favorite ride. It was a kiddie coaster with dinosaurs at the bottom. It went a bit faster then I was expecting, but nothing Will couldn't handle. He did make sure I kept my arm around him, however.
This is one of my favorite pictures, just for the look of total joy on Will's face. He also went through a fun house and down one of those big slides, both with Brian, but the kiddie coasters were clearly his favorite type of ride, by a mile.
Nathan played the dart game. He actually did quite well - hit a balloon every time. I was surprised with his accuracy. I guess the dartboard in his room is paying off - if you want to call a cheap, green monkey a payout! He was very proud and we made a big deal out of it.
I loved the dress below made out of flora. It didn't do much for anybody else, but I wanted to share it anyway.
Nathan was actually very fascinated with the Bonsai display, which does seem like something Nathan would like! He's very specific and likes those type of lines. He and Brian spent some time exploring that display.
While we were in that hall, they were having a competition for florists to decorate a cardboard tube large enough to hold a present. They had to pick out the flowers they wanted to use before they knew the task. We didn't stick around to see what they did because the boys were getting antsy.
|My artsy picture of a Dahlia|
We also watched a high dive show. It was Sinbad and his pirates in search of the golden pineapple. The boys were impressed and enjoyed the mild boyish humor in the show. I'm impressed that anybody has the guts to dive off a platform several stories high into a 3 metre deep pool!
After walking through several more exhibit halls, we were tired and ready for some food. As you can see, Will very much enjoyed his spaghetti! We were trying to eat so we were in time to watch the rodeo. Nathan really wanted to see people riding bulls, and we were happy to try. However, before the rodeo we had to go get the boys showbags. I had never heard of a showbag, but it was clear it was a big thing to do - they had an entire exhibit hall dedicated to showbags. Basically, they are about the size of a shopping bag, filled with whatever topic in which you are interested. And it wasn't just for the kids! They had showbags with perfumes, AFL gear, and magazines - all for a variety of different prices. We tried to interest the kids in some of the AFL bags, but they only had one interest - candy. So we bought them one fairly large bag and told them they could share. All sugared off, we were off to Commonwealth stadium to watch the rodeo.
The stadium was packed. We had to split up and sit a few rows apart. Unfortunately, all of the close seats were reserved for members- of what, I don't know. There was a big screen to watch, so that was good.
For some reason, I don't associate cowboys with Australia, but after I thought about it, it makes since. They do have the Outback and raise lots of cattle, so I suppose cowboys make sense.
Apparently, every year it's a contest between New South Wales and Queensland. Nathan got really into it, cheering loudly for the NSW guys. He was very excited when they announced that one of the cowboys was from Raymond Terrace, which is very close to where we live. Unfortunately, a NSW victory was not to be had. It was a very close score and we got to see some exciting moments. Nathan loved the bull riding and was beside himself with excitement when one of the bulls began snorting and pawing the ground. Will was bored with most of it, but did seem to enjoy the barrel racing. Brian and I both thought it was quite good fun. I mean, how can it not be fun to watch a guy jump off a horse and wrestle a steer to the ground?
|I think they're all a bit crazy|
|Fun with long exposures|