Rosebery Middle School

Manuel had five tourist in the morning for a CE but I have no images as I was at the dentist. Say know more. But I was hands on deck for the afternoon group who where from Rosebery Middle School in Palmerston. What a great bunch of kids. Their paintings where awesome. Each group were able to rub the fire stick together enough to get the grass alight, but we ending up with nothing to cook as no one hit big red. The wallabies were popular. Thanks Rosebery Middle School for a great afternoon. All of us at Top Didj hope you enjoyed your time in Katherine.

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Awesome, deadly Wednesday

We only had three people booked in for this afternoon, then the Halewood family turned up to make it 7. Alex and Manuel got the fire going (the others warmed it up for them) Jake hit Big Red. The Halewood family wrote “Loved the session with Manuel, he was a great teacher. Awesome, deadly session” The Greens wrote ” An absolute highlight of our trip so far. Brilliant. Kids wrote “That was amazing and fun. I loved (heart shape) it.”

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Cool Saturday

We have been getting the best weather now for a while and its great. Today was just glorious with great families in to do the Cultural Experience.  The Toi family had a wonderful time but I can’t write what they said as it’s in Japanese!!!  I’m sure it’s all good.  Bastien’s family wrote “Great Experience.  Thank you for enjoyable workshop and fun getting an idea of aboriginal lifestyle.




Great Day

We had the Seniors in for a quick look around and Joey cuddle. Our two Helpxers, Stephane and Mathilde joined in with the Mitchell family and had a great afternoon with Manuel. The Mitchells wrote. “The best Indigenous cultural experience anywhere!! great for adults and kids”

Seniors having a good time with our joeys.


Mitchell Family








Fire Lighting

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2nd School Group

Another school group came in on Sunday afternoon. Great fun was had by all. Great paintings. Every group got their fire going but no one hit big red, safe for another day. Bones, Ted and Floyd our wallabies enjoyed all the attention. Some comments from the kids. “Awesome Experience” “Great Teacher” Highlight of my time in NT. Well Done” “Amazing Experience”

Ted love the attention


Bones getting a cuddle


Floyd having a good look around


Ted checking to make sure everyone is doing their paiting

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National Georgraphy Traveller

We had three people in from National Georgaphy Traveller, the world’s most widely-read travel magazine. It’s the most downloaded Chinese travel magazine in app store, and the best issue has been downloaded 400,000 times 30 days after it’s launched. It has changed to bi-weekly iPad magazine since 2013. They loved doing their paintings and listening to Manuel talk about his time living in the bush. Can’t tell you what they wrote as its in Chinese!!!! Looks impressiveIMG_5447 IMG_5448 IMG_5450 IMG_5451 IMG_5452 IMG_5454 IMG_5456 IMG_5457

Monday Holiday!!!!

It was work as usual at Top Didj on the Monday long weekend. We had Kyabram College from Victoria come in for their third year of interaction with Manuel. They were joined by the Manzie family from Darwin. Simon participated in the Ultra challenge that took place in Katherine over the weekend. As you can see by the end photos the paintings were excellent. The Manzie family were just pipped at the post at getting their fire lit first. Every group got the fire going which was a great effort. Big red was hit twice. The wallabies were also a great hit. We really enjoy it when schools come in as we get to see that our future is in good hands. Looking forward to our next group in a weeks time.

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Amazing Day

“Amazing Day” This is what all the kids wrote who did the cultural experience on the 2nd of August. The Van Asten family also said “Dear Manuel and team. What a friendly way to learn us from Holland so many new things”

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Family Week

Families this week all enjoyed their time with Manuel. Crossley family wrote “Absolutely loved the experience! Thank you Manuel we have enjoyed listening to your stories ox”. Matz family said ” Thanks a lot for the great painting experience and sharing with us some of your life experience.” Kothius family wrote “Thanks Manuel and friends. We had a lovely legendary, creative, fire full morning. We loved to hear the story about the life of Manuel and his family and roots.


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Sunday we had The Rankin family in the morning who wrote “Excellent experience . Thank you Manuel we have learnt so much about your fascinating culture. Our last Young at Heart came in the afternoon. Everyone thought it was absolutely marvellous.

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