Holidays on a Budget; a weekend in Geraldton

Spring in Geraldton is full of fun and community events.  There’s Midwest Artdrive, the Sunshine Festival- part of the Festivals on the Foreshore, school holiday activities at a variety of places, the Northampton Airing of the Quilts (need I go on)

On Saturday we took the kids to check out the Midwest Artdrive.  We are lucky to live close to some of the art installations and so know how much work has been put into them.  Off we went to Greenough to check out the beginning of the trail and have a flying visit with a friend from Perth who was passing by.

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And stopped in at the Greenough Pioneer Museum

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Then cruised on down to see the Central Greenough Visitor Center and Cafe, which is well worth a stop if you are in the mood for a delicious scone or cup of tea

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In the parking lot we met the most gorgeous couple travelling Australia from New Zealand- isn’t their van awesome!  They were so kind, and invited us in to have a sticky beak at their lovingly restored home, safe travels Enid and Brian.

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Artdrive continues on to Ellendale Pool and then around to Mullewa, in all it’s about 270km, and well worth the drive to see the 20 art instillation.  My favorite is “Benevolence” near Mullewa, each tin circle represents a community group, with the washers being community members who contribute to the groups.  Its a gorgeous reminder of the importance of volunteering in rural communities and the ties that hold us together.

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On Sunday we popped down to the Railway Platform Markets to get a coffee and some veggies and then after lunch we took the kids to the Sunshine Festival at the Geraldton Foreshore.  Hunter had a go at the free PCYC climbing wall and after 3 attempts he was successful!

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And checked out the Community Safety Day

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After wandering the markets and watching the Fishermen’s Co-op Rope Coiling Competition, we all (bar Charlie) had a go at taking a dog around a dog agility course- it was a lot of fun, and lots of running (should’ve worn a sports bra!).

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Then recovered from the unexpected exercise by sitting and watching the Sunshine Festival Parade- both Phill and I have fond memories of the parade from our childhoods and were pretty keen to create new ones for the boys.

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A fabulous weekend and all it cost was some fuel, a packed lunch and a good coffee or two!

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