Welcome to our blog

We both live at Simpsons Gap in the West Macdonnell National Park, Central Australia, the best spot in the NT! Our blog is for friends and family to see how we are going, and to share in what we have been up to throughout the year. Please leave us a comment, and we hope you enjoy!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Princess Abbey

Down in the river bed at Simpsons Gap
Phil and Abbey

Having a paddle

All the princes and princesses (complete with a castle and dragon!) Abbey complete with Tiara and stolen high heels

Abbey's favourite part - cake time!

Lunch time (notice Abbey enjoying a honey joy that she stole of another child's plate....)

Abbey's new 'smile' face - she blinks in anticipation of the flash and thinks that's what we want her to do when we say smile.

Decorating the castle with the party girl Princess Taryn

A shot from behind to show the piggy tails :)

Posing for a photo in the bright backyard

Wearing her big girl nickers! They go up, down, up, down, up down and she often gets frustrated because she can't pull them up over her bottom which looks hilarious.

Abbey went to one of her best buddy Taryn's 3rd birthday yesterday which was a princess party! The tiara was off after about 30 seconds but I still think she looked pretty cute and her first time wearing piggy tails made up for it. In a day of firsts she also had her first drink of juice and her first drink of cordial - so pretty exciting for her!

Phil is recovering from a chest infection and pneumonia(!!) but we still managed to get down to Simpsons Gap in the afternoon for some cheese and bickies and a play in the (very shallow!) river that is flowing past the back of our place.
Everything is going well - Phil is yet to hear back about the Senior District Ranger job and potential move and things are progressing along well with the pregnancy... starting to show already!! I'm also enjoying acting in another job role in the P&W Tourism & Visitor Services Unit for another 4 weeks.

Monday, August 02, 2010

A tough day at the office

Above: checking the burn
Below: our house is in the trees in the mid ground

Above: The climb to Brinkley's Bluff

I forgot to put these photos on my last blog. We did some aerial burning last week - hard work I know. You basically fly around and throw incendiaries out the window. It's a little more planned than that, but not much! Anyway, great to see the country looking so green.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Abbey's 2nd Birthday

Abbey had her 2nd birthday last week - she is beginning to understand the concept of presents and cakes! I've also attached Abbey's new kitchen that I built - yet to have some paint. She seems to like it which is the main thing, and I really enjoyed putting it together. Not too many errors thankfully!!

Saturday, June 26, 2010


Above & below: the finished result (don't know why this photo isn't
the right way up - just bend your head)

Above & below: Making pizza is fun
Below: dress ups
We finally got our pizza stone last week so last night was pizza making. Abbey loved helping out, and of course, eating it! We reckon we did pretty well for the first time, maybe we will open an authentic Italian pizza and pasta joint with the name Tony in it....

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Food, food & more food

Hey everyone, Abbey and I visited the Desert Park today while Phil is doing some work for a couple of nights at Finke (Palm Valley). When I downloaded my photos, including some from a few weeks ago, it occured to me that they are all surrounding food. So, they are not the best photos, but here's an insight into life with Abbey - FOOD, food and MORE food.... "peeeaaasseee" as she would say.

"Mum are you telling stories about my eating habits again?"
"Mmmmmmm glorious cake mix..... Dad was right, this stuff is awesome"
"I wonder if I can get this entire honey joy in my mouth at once?"

"Got any more food in here Mum? I'm starving."

"Seriously... are there any snacks?"

"What do you mean I'll look like a feral and get cold feet if I take my shoes off to walk around the Desert Park? You don't know what you're talking about Mum."

"Is it just me or are hills harder to walk up when you've had two cups of milk, water, 4 pizza pin-wheels and 2 honey-joys?..... CARRY ME MUM!!!!!"

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Finke Desert Race

Above: The Finke race
Below: Interested onlookers

Above: Abbey & Kylie
Below: He was going fast even if it doesn't look like it...

Above: I risked my life for these photos!
Below: One of these girls is not mine - but both are very cute & cuddly...

Above: Abbey guarding 'my chair'

We went camping in the river at our place on Friday night with Carolyn and Taryn - it was heaps of fun and the girls seemed to enjoy themselves too. Great roast in the camp oven helped a lot!! On Monday morning we had breakfast south of Alice to watch some of the frontrunners drive past in the Finke race. It was great to see the cars fly past although all the kids didn't like the noise too much. Great coffee and pancakes on a beautiful sunny Alice Springs morning - and it was a day off, what more could you want????