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Australovenator, Etc.

Dear Mum,

Tomorrow is the big day. We pick up our keys early-ish and hopefully the truck with all our stuff turns up at nine o’clock. We are suitably excited.

Almost as excited as Joshua was today at seeing all the dinosaurs. There was, of course a muttaburrasaurus. Also a bunch of other ones we hadn’t heard of like australovenator and minmi (which we only found out about when Joshua bought his new I’m A Dinosaur video the other week).

We shopped first thing, just for some cheese but we relaxed a little after that. We had an early lunch at just before 11 then set off on the bus and the train. We got there just after 12:30, which was when the afternoon session opened, however the queue was already very long. The person who sold us the tickets said an hour and a half, but we only actually waited about three quarters of an hour, which was quite long enough standing in the hot sun.

On the bright side there was a pretty big brachiosaur outside which Joshua enjoyed watching when it moved it’s head and tail and screeched. When we got in there were a host of moving dinosaurs, all pretty big. The spinosaurus was probably the most impressive one, along with it’s youngster, although Josh liked the deinosuchus, which was a massive alligator thing, having a fight with a styracosaurus.

When we had finished there was a “play-laeontology” tent outside where there were some big puzzles and also the chance to dig for fossils, which is what the picture is of below. I thought you might like to imagine it was historical relics, rather than fossils he is digging for 😉

With our house move tomorrow the posts might become a little sporadic as our internet may not be up and running for a bit. However the package we’ve bought includes international calls to the UK so we’ll give you a bell as soon as we’re online…so to speak.

Love

Dan

Joshua The Palaeontologist

Joshua The Palaeontologist

 

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Dinosaurs, Roar!

Dear Mum,

Joshua and I headed off to get the bus at around nine o’clock this morning. we were in town by about half past and it took us until about ten to find the WA Museum.

We went into the big glass walled reception bit and the first thing that was obviously worth looking at was a full sized replica of a carnotaurus. Joshua was quite happy looking at this until it played back some recorded roaring, at which point he started looking upset and telling me we had to get away from it.

I took him to the second floor where the earth sciences and palaeontology bit is. We looked at the meteorites and walked round the section getting closer and closer to the present but as soon as he saw the fossil dinosaur skeletons he started crying to get away and that he didn’t like dinosaurs.

I was obviously a bit worried about this as he’s liked dinosaurs since he got that Sam Stegosaurus book when he was about three months old, however I took him to the outside bit where you can eat and we had a snack and a drink and then went back in. He was still terrified of the carnotaurus and asked me to carry him through the reception bit, but when we went upstairs again he was fine by the time we got to the fossils, which is good because there was a muttaburrasaurus and a diprotodon, which is a bit of a theme over here, I guess because it’s where they lived.

We also went through the mammal bit, with lots of stuffed creatures, the butterfly hall, the birds and the discovery room which had a bunch of things to touch and drawers you could pull out with pinned spiders, scorpions, etc.

This afternoon he had a nap and I did some housework then, after Deanne got home we went to the local Chinese restaurant for a meal, to celebrate that she’s actually been paid, it was very nice and we even had enough to bring some home in a doggy bag.

Another pretty full day and, although the museum isn’t anywhere as big as the Natural History Museum in London (Duh!) it was still really good and Joshua told Deanne that he’d like to take her there some time soon.

We’re off down South with Bob tomorrow but I’ll speak to you tomorrow night to tell you about it.

Love

Dan


Kings Park

Dear Mum,

This morning I packed a picnic and Joshua and I headed out to Kings Park, there is a bot of it called Synergy Park which has amazing sculptures of extinct animals, such as the diprotodon, some enormous semi aquatic reptile that looked like a crocodile, but wasn’t related to them apparently and a muttaburrasaurus which is, of course, one of the dinosaurs from Walking With Dinosaurs so Josh was ecstatic.

We had a snack while we were there but he spent most of the time climbing all over the sculptures and had a whale of a time. There is also a big playground there with slides and steps and ladders so he had a bit of a play on those, but mainly wanted to look at and climb on the statues.

We came home, had cheese sandwiches for lunch – a bit of a theme, I think now that I’m at home I need to do some research on other things to eat at lunch time – then went out to look at another house, it was quite a nice one, but big. Interestingly the estate agent more or less said that it’s a tenant’s market at the moment, so hopefully when we’re actually ready to rent we can make a silly offer and someone will be desperate enough to take it 🙂

On the way to the house we drove past his school and I pointed out the kids on the playing field, he surprised me somewhat by saying that he does that too. when I asked him what he does on the playing field he said “sports” and that was all I could get out of him, but teaching kindy kids sport must be a bit like herding cats!

After we got home again we went swimming, which was very nice as it was hot today. After that it was time to make tea, or at least heat up another tea that Julie made for us before she went on holiday. However that was the last pre-made meal so I’m going to have to cook tomorrow!!! I’d best get looking in the cupboard.

Josh is at day-care tomorrow so  have a day of doing grown up things again. Now though it’s time for supper and bed.

Love

Dan