So I promise I won't turn into an angry mummy blogger but OMG by 3pm yesterday afternoon I was like ...WHERE IS THE VODKA???
I accompanied a school excursion to The National Maritime Museum. How do teachers do it? They honestly deserve a medal. The constant repeating of yourself did my head in - stand in line, stop jumping around, wait your turn, don't touch that. And I had one little boy who kept running off and disappearing...just to make things even more fun. Seriously though I loved seeing how excited the kids were but gosh us parent helpers were TRASHED by the end of the outing!
Living in Lilyfield is really wonderful. We are so central and close to the city. A short tram ride and we arrived at the National Maritime Museum. My son's class (grade 1) is studying museums and how people portray and display history.
Days like these make Sydney shine. What a spectacular day by the harbour.
On the plaque above you can see a town Eden down on the bottom of the coastline. That's the town I grew up in and where my Mum still lives. See this post for some beautiful photos of the town and surrounding areas. Eden has a rich maritime history with whaling and shipping strongly featured. I loved the whaling exhibition at the museum - what a tough life it was to be a whaler (and tough also the be a whale at that time...). I have a wonderful photo of all the kids looking up at the whaling boat but I don't have any parents' permission to share the photo so I'd better not.
I loved this vintage poster of Sydney Harbour Regattas.
This bow figure of Captain Cook is actually a little freaky. It's enormous.
The day included a tour of HMAS Vampire. The kids had a ball exploring and climbing over everything. I very nearly joined the Royal Australian Navy as an engineering student but decided that I'd prefer the Air Force. I had 6 and half years an an engineering officer in the RAAF and loved my time. I know I made the right decision when you see the conditions that sailors live on when they are at sea. I don't know that I could have managed it.
So no projects got done yesterday... but what a lovely way to spend the day. The kids grow up so fast and I'm sure it won't be long till it's not cool to have your mum around. But my little boy is still very much into his mummy and held my hand all day and at the end he said he'd had the best day ever because I came on the excursion....make it all worthwhile!
I've got my paint brushes at the ready so stay tuned for some project reveals.