For week 4 my theme is Adventure, this worked well as it tied in nicely with the last weekend of school holidays, Australia Day and a Family weekend away – which is always an adventure!
We are blessed with very close Friends who own a very beautiful property north east of Gloucester, NSW. We had 4 wonderful days away where the kids and dogs got to run wild, the Dad’s got to enjoy some work-free time and us Mum’s got to relax and enjoy the scenery!
As the theme is adventure – I am going to base my images and storyline around the kids – they had a new adventure every day!
The weekend started off with an ominous looking storm moving in and it was a race to get the bikes off the trailer and grab a 1st ride before the storm hit….
No – Ash does not ride the big bike – thats Dad’s bike! Ash got his 1st ride in and was happy then, to watch the storms roll over.
Next morning dawned foggy and a bit wet, but that never stops Ash! 1st ride before breakfast…
After some breakfast the fog lifted and the little boys changed 2 wheels for 4 and took off exploring the front paddock…
Now I put the camera down for a while (ok, for a day) and put my feet up while the kids radiated between, motor bikes, mowers, swimming in the creek and archery, meanwhile the Dad’s were ‘out the back’ cutting a new bike track through the paddocks and wooded hills.
Australia Day was a beautiful sunny day, Ash even managed to get his bike bogged in a very convenient photo spot!
Happy Australia Day!
Next it was time for me to drive out to photograph the boys riding the new track, the little boys were very excited as this new track had some seriously long, steep hill climbs that they had not tried before! Aimilee tagged along for the 1st section then jumped in the car with me…
Dad, gave safety instructions and directions then it was time to tackle the biggest hill….
Everyone safely at the top! I could not believe just how steep that hill was and how easily the little boys tackled it!! Little super-stars!
Then it was along the ridgetop to the next set of hills (can you spot Skarla? She ran the entire track as well!)…
While I got into position at the top of the next hillclimb, I took the chance to grab a few images of Skarla in the long grass – because you can never have too many pictures of your dog!
The boys were taking a bit of time and I was starting to worry, there had been a fall and while no-one was injured one of the bikes needed to go back for repairs – that’s adventure for you! So it was up to Ash to ride the hill on his own!!
I really am so proud of this kid, I can not tell you the guts it takes to jump on a motorbike, ride steep hills with your Dad then go and ride those hills on your own at 7 years old!!!
It was about now that I realised I had lost my glasses somewhere on the track!! Ash headed back to the shed and Aimilee, Skarla and I spent the next 40 minutes scouring the long grass and scrub along the track before I finally found them – a little bit twisted but ok, at the spot where I had taken photos of Skarla!
Told you this was an adventure!!
Finally I drove Aimilee back to her bike and she rode back to the shed where it was time to pack up and head home after an awesome Family adventure!
I hope you all enjoyed this weeks project 52 instalment and our Family adventure xo
Sharon Stokes ~ APP
Central Coast Photographer.