We had a good time getting ready for the street parade and it was fun wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. Thanks to Bessie, Tasha, Dionna and Jocelina Manuel’s grand daughters for helping. See you all next year. Happy New Year!!!!
The tourist season being over for us, we thought we would see what it was like on the other side of the fence and became tourists ourselves. Thankfully the Outback Floatplane Adventures Tour was still running. What a fantastic morning we had. The staff were very accommodating and made sure we were looked after. Seeing it was at the end of the dry the water was low and the weather was hot BUT the crew went to great lengths to make sure we enjoyed all the activities. We were so happy that Matt Wright was there getting his hands dirty, making sure all was in working order and had time to have a chat with everyone. Thanks to all involved for making our morning memorable and lots of fun.
We had a very international group for our last day for 2015 on Saturday. Belgium, Netherlands and Switzerland. Everyone was impressed with their paintings and all thought Manuel was an excellent teacher. A fire was lit and Big Red was hit.
Another great group of students came in on Wednesday from the international school in Jakarta. Great time was had by all. The wallabies had lots of selfies taken and the joeys were very popular. But the most popular was of course Manuel telling his stories about living in the bush as a child then the students how to paint a rarrk painting. Fire lighting was a bit tricky with just the girls getting a fire lit but the other two teams came so close but lost the ember at the last minute. All good fun. Jimmy was able to hit big red. Everyone thought the experience was amazing and the wallabies super cute.
You know it’s very hot outside when you have 3 wallabies lying around your feet keeping cool under the fan. I don’t put the air-con on as I’m in and out of the gallery and it just exhausts you going from the hot to the cold all day. So the wallabies come in and out as well. Yesterday we had a great time with the last of the Emanuel College students coming in before their journey to Jilkminggan school. All said they had a great time and loved all the activities as well as Manuel’s childhood stories. Brett from Brisbane and Andrean and Lilian from Spain joined the school group.
Great afternoon with Wayoutback, Rob and Allyson the honeymooners from Sydney and Christine and Rik from Belguim, who after seeing Manuel’ s aart and the cultural centre came in to Top Didj to do their own. We did not feel the heat with the sprinklers going on the roof and the ceiling fans cooling us down. Very pleasant. Great “Bimo’ were painted. Fires were lit and big red was hit. Everyone thought Manuel was an excellant teacher and they all thought his talk was a fantastic lesson in aboriginal culture. The wallabies were a hit as well.
Busy day yesterday but lots of fun with King Geroge V International school coming in the afternoon. Students of all Nationalities had a great time with Manuel with all saying it was a memorable experince and one wrote “The best part of my stay in Australia! Thank you Manuel.” A fire was lit and Big Red was hit.
Emanuel College were back again with another great group of students. The wallabies and joeys were very popoular and feed time was easy for me with all the help I had. The students did great “Bimo” with Manuel and I helping just a bit. A fire was lit and Big Red was hit. Great fun was had by all.
We had two lovely families come in today from Sydney. I know I have said this before but our future is in good hands. The kids were really great at painting, participating and just having good fun and very caring towards the wallabies and joeys. The grown ups all thought Manuel was a beautiful, gentle man and teacher and the kids loved him. We really enjoyed our afternoon as well. Enjoy the rest of your holiday.
It was a quiet morning which was a change from what it has been like. Everyone must be staying indoors watching the AFL final he he. Go West Coast. AND we had not much wind which was a blessing. Michelle from Tourism Top End came in with her daughter Matilda and Elizabeth and Herman from the Netherlands. Elizabeth wrote ” Keep up the good work” and Michelle comented on how wonderful Manuel was and very patient. A fire was lit but big red was safe for another day. the Joeys were well received.
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