Friday afternoon we went and picked Katie up. She filled us in on her trip to Perth and it sounded as if she had a wonderful time. She got to know a couple of the kids from the school they visited. They even prepared lunch for them which impressed her. She said the flight was very bumpy and her ears hurt.
On Saturday morning Tony had to go into work to do some fire testing and so the plan was for Katie and I to catch the bus in to meet him when he finished. While having breakfast Katie went on and on about wanting Taylor to come over. "I haven't seen her for a very long time Nanna".
In the end I relented and so Katie rang her. In no time at all Jodi had Taylor over here. We caught the bus, met Tony and went off to have some lunch. As we couldn't get the car out of Tony's work (due to some crane operator parking his crane in front of their access driveway) we decided to have a walk through the Mall and down to Elder Park.
The girls did some shopping at Diva and then we went off to the park. They went on the paddle boats, while Tony and I enjoyed sitting in the sunshine watching them. When they finished we went off and had coffee, they wanted something to eat as well.
Owl necklaces from Diva
"Oh Maddison said that I was too pretty, but now she let's me be in it because she said that she's prettier than me and all the boys look at her anyway." I had trouble not to burst out laughing. Oh dear, what 8 year old girls have to put up with these days.
We made our way slowly back to the car but then decided before we got there to catch the tram down to Glenelg and have some dinner. It was a nice evening at the beach, not too windy so therefore it wasn't too cold. As they were laying pavers a lot of the foreshore was closed. We ended up having Chinese for dinner (not as good as the one at Murray Bridge).
We caught the tram back into the city and went and got the car. And the girls started. They decided that they would each sing a song. The other one wasn't allowed to sing along. Well, that didn't happen. Taylor chooses her song, Katie sings along, and then vice versa. When we got home it continued. They couldn't agree what to play on the Wii. In the end I got them to turn it off and sent them to bed.
Thankfully Taylor fell asleep almost instantly. Katie complained of being too hot. Within half an hour she was asleep as well. Peace finally!!!!!!
This morning we decided to go to Monarto and see the new baby chimp that had been born there on the 21st August. We didn't take Taylor with us as Kahra and Darrin were going on a bike ride and it was finishing closer to their place. We thought that we may have to take Katie nearer to home to be dropped off which would make it rather late by the time we got Taylor back to her place.
I rang Jodi to let her know that we would take Taylor home on our way out. Thankfully we did, because this morning started a bit like the way last night ended. First thing they were OK, but after breakfast and while they were getting themselves dressed it started. Maybe Taylor was upset because she wasn't coming with us. I spoke to both of them about how they can make the visits more enjoyable, things did improve and let's hope they both take on board what I said.
"Not happy little Jans", in happier times they would be doing each others hair
As the crowd became larger I got Katie to move away and we walked to the other end where no-one was standing. Suddenly this monkey became agitated, was looking around and saw that we had moved to the other end and he came down there to where Katie was. Not one of the other monkeys bothered, only this particular one.
It was as if there was a connection between the monkey and Katie. He put his feet against the glass and Katie was "tickling" them with her hand. When she stopped, the monkey tapped his foot against the glass wanting her to keep doing it. It was a real "spiritual" experience.
We left the chimps and went back to the cafeteria. Katie wanted something to eat, Tony and I had a coffee. We all shared some wedges and she had a hot dog. We had called into the bakery on the way and so Tony and I weren't that hungry.
When we were finished we caught the bus that goes around the park. Maybe because it was late in the afternoon a lot of the animals were very active. We actually got up very close to the black rhino, he's normally back closer to his sleeping quarters. The Zebras walked alongside the bus. One of the females is due to have her baby any day and the white rhino were running around. The kids that were on the bus got excited as the young rhino looked as if it was racing his mum and so they were yelling for "Digger" to win.
Pregnant mum at the front
We left Monarto just after 4.30pm. Kahra and Darrin had finished the bike ride earlier than they thought and so we arranged to meet them at the usual place. After leaving them Tony and I went off and had some dinner and then home. I'm appreciating the peace and quiet!