Fun Afteroon

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.

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Quiegt morning

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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Windy morning

Did the wind blow today,  all day!!!! Dust everywhere but we all had a great time. Fires were lit and Big Red was hit four times.  Chelsy wrote “loved the painting so much fun” Riley and Keira said they loved the painting fire lighting and spear throwing. Paul, Ava and Megan wrote ” painting and spear throwing yeah!!!” Nick wrote “Loved having an aboriginal experience and bonding with the wallabies. Thanks”  The Mathieson family wrote ” We heard about Manuel from friends, who are still talking about him a year later! We had a great time and learnt a lot.  Thank you” The Mazzotta family wrote ” Thanks for the awesome experience” Zach and Emily loved learning about the culture of our awesome country”.

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Start of the wet season

It was hot today but that might be a good sign that the rain is not too far away, fingers crossed. We had two Sydney families in this morning celebrating pops 70th. What a great way to celebrate getting in three Maui vans and seeing the sights of the Top End. Guy wrote for his family “Thank you so much for teaching us lots of things we really appreciated it. It was so much fun and very enjoyable. thanks again. PS Thank you for the didgeridoo.” Lara wrote “Thanks so much for sharing with me and my family what it is like living like an aboriginal. I enjoyed learning how to paint like you. ” Isabel wrote ” Brilliant experience. Really loved learning about the culture and art experience. Thank you for sharing.”

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Bangkarrang season

Bangkarrang is the build-up time, when the ground heats up and burns your feet, and the country shimmers in the heat. The first rains occur during this season. So lets hope we get some soon. We had a great morning with 5 people from the cold country of Scotland and very good artists they turned out to be. Archie and Barb wrote “Brilliant experience, Manuel thanks for an inspirational art class and a fantastic insite to your culture and life. Thanks also to Alex and Petrena.” Jim ad Liz Anne wrote ” What an amazing experience. Wonderful insight into the life and culture of aboriginal people”. We also had a family from Sydney who really enjoyed the hands on activities and the wallabies.
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Great morning

The mornings are still nice and cool for everyone. We Dirk and Menkelina from the Netherlands, Pam and the Hollis family. Everyone said they really enjoyed their experience with Manuel and all had a great time doing all the activities. The wallabies were a great hit.

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2nd group from MacKillop College

Friday morning we had our 2nd group of students from MacKillop College, Dar win. Good fun was had by all and the paintings were outstanding. They all did great rarrk work. One student was very proud of his painting. The reason I know this is because he positioned it in every photo I took with him in it. And you can see he had reason to be very proud of the work he did. Everyone had a great time with Manuel and learnt lots. The wallabies were a great sucess and we had two new joeys. Jamie and Oliver. Guess what cooking show I love to watch. What Jamie does to educate students about good food is amazing. These students had to cook their own meals at night, so well done. Thanks for coming and we hope to see you all back here with your families.
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St Catherine’s School Toorak

St Catherine’s School,  an independent, non-denominational, Christian school for girls, located in Melbourne came in today to do an Experience with Manuel.  What a great group of girls and their paintings were awesome and guess what I forgot to take a finish up photo of everyone with their art!!!! Trust me they were very very good.  The girls enjoyed the joeys, wallabies and our noisy piglet Cleo. One group managed to get the fire lit but Big Red was safe for another day.  Here are some comments from the girls. Kate ” Was amazing and fun.” Allie ” It was a great experience” Mardi ” Thank you. Had such a fantastic day.” Phoebe ” Amazing day. Lovely people.” Ally “It was really interesting  and I had lots of fun. Thanks.” Jessie” I had a lovely day and loved everything here.” Hennie “Loved every second, had so much fun, time flew.” Brooke “Great experience and learnt a lot.” Sue ” Amazing experience, Thank you.”

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Interstate Teachers

We had teachers from Tassie, Victoria and South Australia come and do a Cultural Experience with Manuel today to see what we have to offer their students if they venture this way. Sally wrote ” Wow! I had a great experience with Manuel learning how to paint traditionally. I will deinitely be recommending this place”” Zoe wrote ” Wow! Had a blast! Manuel was awesome. Keep up the good work and I’m coming back!” Ellie wrote “Thanks so much for an amazing experience. Manuel is a gem. I love Katherine so far. Thanks to you all.” Well, I think this morning went well and we look forward to everyone returning.

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Mackillop Catholic College

Had our first group of students from Mackillop College through yesterday afternoon. Great time was had by all. First some of the boys did a great job rounding up Cleo our new six week old piglet who we had just brought home and was proving hard to catch. Thanks for that. Joey cuddling time was next and then onto doing really good paintings and every group managed to get their fires lit and Thomas and Keifa (sorry if I have that spelt wrong) hit big red. Tammy wrote ” This was a fantactic experience for our students. What a great start to the week. Thank you.” You are welcome. We really had a great time with all the students and I know you will enjoy your stay in Katherine.

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