My Sundays in my City this week is the family day we went to yesterday, known as the Gathering of the Clan. For years now, our extended family has been getting together for an annual catch up. This year it was hosted by my cousin and her family in their ‘humble abode’ near the Dandenongs, just outside of Melbourne. It is such a shame that it takes a formal reason for us to all come together, especially as it was less than an hours drive from our house to theirs.
This wasn’t one of the biggest gatherings we have had in recent years, but it was still attended by more than 40 of us! Mum is one of 8 kids and each of them had kids. Mum was the least prolific breeder with only 3 kids, other siblings had 5 kids each so I have dozens of cousins. Most of us now have kids, mostly neat and tidy 2 kid families creating plenty of second cousins. We haven’t quite hit the next generation but I think it will only be a few years off!
It didn’t take the second cousins long to reaquaint themselves and start planning adventures in the playground tucked away in the yard, behind the swimming pool.
There were plenty of places for the kids to explore in the acre that my cousins call home.
Even some nice rocks for a tired and temporarily grumpy bunny to rest on.
Once the shadows grew longer, the air became quite cool. It was the perfect excuse to light the fire cauldron.
Once the fire was burning the kids had a chance to toast marshmallow.
We had a fantastic time catching up with our extended family. I would love to think that we will catch up in the mean time, but the reality is life is busy, life with 2 or 3 kids apiece it is even busier! There is always this time next year to catch up at the 2011 Gathering of the Clan.
Oh and just because I feel like the last few months the photos have been predominantly of girl-child, here is a pic of boy-child. He is notoriously difficult to capture as he loves to pretend he hates having his photo taken!