Thursdays are swimming to the point or Island day at Bondi. I was contemplating doing the swim with Elizabeth in her lifejacket and floater as she's made huge progress this week but it was frigid and rainy and I decided Elizabeth at least shouldn't be getting in the water today. So we went as a support canoe instead. Matthew was outraged to be left behind so after our swimmers made it back to the dock he got his own turn. In the pouring rain. I kept asking him whether he wasn't all done, but he was quite insistent on paddling all around the lake. Eventually Daddy had to pry him out of the canoe, dripping wet.
In the afternoon Mr Bear had his treasure stolen again this year but ten determined kids came out despite the rain on and off to help follow the clues and put together the map that pointed to the secret location under Nancy's deck (sneaky!). I did suggest they didn't *have* to swim out to grab the clue on the water, but Jenna came prepared and no one wanted to fuss with boats...
We learned that it takes exactly twenty hits to demolish a treasure box. We also learned that chocolate coins look awesome as they cascade out, but a good number will get pulverised in the process.
The kids wrote us amazing thank you notes afterwards. These kids are awesome.
After the treasure hunt we took the kids on a hike to Lookout Point. Elizabeth kept shushing us as she really wanted to see "animals". "Remember last year?" she kept saying "We saw a grasshopper!" She was disappointed not to see a heron again, but we DID see a fish doing gymnastics in his pond... I've never seen a fish do so many jumps in a row! It was still at it when we passed by on the way back, so Brendan took his picture. We also managed to locate a moth, many grasshoppers and one tiny little frog - I guess it was too cold for froggie friends as we normally get to see quite a few.
After our hike it was pony time. Matthew chased the chickens and actually caught a couple. He still wouldn't sit on Squeegee but he petted him with vim and vigour. Elizabeth and Sophie went to play ping pong while the other kids were riding pony.
It was probably just as well today was too cold to play on the beach or go swimming because I'm not sure when we would have had time! Instead we had some hot chocolate topped with marshmallows and whipped cream in front of a roaring fire.