Tinnock Farm

Life in a little farmhouse in rural Tipperary

Australian Holiday

However much you enjoy travelling, there is never anything as good as a sleep in your own bed, is there? We landed safe and sound in Dublin yesterday (where I certainly did NOT cry like a baby when I was safely in Trev's arms) and drove the few hours home to Tinnock. There are big fat clumps of yellow daffodils down the field, the buds on the fruit trees are close to bursting open, the grass is lush and so thick, and the pots are full of bright tulips. It is so good to be home. 

But this post is about Australia, so I will stop waxing lyrical about Tinnock now and get down to it! 
We arrived to the sticky heat of a 30 degree Brisbane night and made our way to the Brisbane north coast suburb of Redcliffe to my parents place. Waking up to gentle waves, strong heat, and loud bird calls were surreal but wonderful, and we walked down to the beach to put our feet in the South Pacific Ocean and run up and down the beach looking for treasure in the form of shells and colourful sea glass. 

The first few days were spent alternating between dozing off spontaneously and being so full of energy and ready for adventure. We caught up with many relatives, walked down the road to the local markets where Lily convinced me to buy more pineapples then were necessary, and swam everyday. 

When we were up to it, Mum, the girls and I drove up to one of the most beautiful places in South East Queensland, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. We had a beautiful day wandering the towns of Montville and Maleny and I convinced my mum to pull over several times to take pictures of the passing scenery. I drank way to much iced coffee, the girls were spoilt by their Nan, we visited some awesome local craft and antique shops, and enjoyed being among open rolling hills. 

My beautiful niece Evelyn celebrate her birthday twice while we were there. For the first little party we made a little cake, which Evie promptly ignored in favour of eating her body weight in watermelon, then went for a swim in her pool while my Brother in law Chris made us an award winning BBQ dinner. The second party was a trip around Australia Zoo. We packed our bags and set off early that morning, each with a different animal we were excited to see. We watched the crocodile show, saw all sorts of animals, patted some kangaroos, wallabies and koalas, and watched the kids as they met each animal with excitement and fascination. Lily's favourite were the giraffes and snakes, Mae enjoyed the koalas and meerkats, and I waited impatiently until we finally saw some wombats. Evie's tiny little 2 year old legs stubbornly walked her the whole way around the zoo and all three girls slept the way home after a wonderful day together.

February in Tinnock

February seems to have snuck past us here in Tinnock.

With the unseasonably warm weather, we spent most of the month outside getting on top of our spring jobs. The potatoes and onions are in the ground, edges have been cut and everything composted and mulched. We had our first bbq of the year (bbq …