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Sundays in my City #21 – the Gathering of the Clan

11 Oct

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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.

Second Cousins Conspiring

There were plenty of places for the kids to explore in the acre that my cousins call home.

The Side Garden

Even some nice rocks for a tired and temporarily grumpy bunny to rest on.

Enjoying the Peace and Quiet

Once the shadows grew longer, the air became quite cool.  It was the perfect excuse to light the fire cauldron.

Relaxing by the Fire

Once the fire was burning the kids had a chance to toast marshmallow.

Toasting Marshmallows

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!

I Won't Smile!

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Posted by on October 11, 2010 in all in the family

 

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7 responses to “Sundays in my City #21 – the Gathering of the Clan

  1. kelli

    October 11, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    what a lovely way to spend your day

     
  2. Matty

    October 11, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Family get-togethers are great for good times and relaxing, catching up with relatives, and eating good food. And roasting marshmallows.

     
  3. Sonya

    October 11, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Oh don’t you love those..we called them Family Reunions..everyone meets up,eats a ton of delicious food and visits for a couple of days. Great photos:)

     
  4. Steff

    October 11, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    oooh we should do that – we so rarely do – more of a weddings funeral kind of thing – but then i suppose we are evenly spread out from north queensland all the way down to melbourne with none of us close

     
  5. Unknown Mami

    October 12, 2010 at 4:46 am

    That is a great shot of boy child.

    I come from a large extended family too. My mother is one of 13 siblings. She was also the least prolific breeder of the bunch. My family is so large and I see them so infrequently that sometimes I have to ask for names and introductions, but somehow we manage to bond and feel like family no matter what.

     
  6. kaylen

    October 13, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Fun times!! I LOOOOVE the grumpy bunny on a rock shot.
    And wow, what a beautiful piece of property they have!!

     
  7. Marla Hansen

    October 18, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    I love these photos. Family gathering is one of the highlights of life.

     

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