THE long weekend for the O’Briens was mainly spent a-huntin’. It began by hunting for choccie throughout the house, which resulted in numerous high pitched squeals. And that was just from me.

The night before Easter Bunny’s arrival, the Bloke in The Shed and I placed eggs around the house, each with a clue to the whereabouts of the next egg in the hunt. Because Ella can’t yet read, I drew pictures of the locations – the bath, her kitchen, the drawers.

Julian had this to say on Facebook afterwards: “Just set up the Easter egg hunt under Kel’s instruction. Poor Ella, think she’s gonna need a bloody GPS in the morning’’.

He can’t deny though, that it helped make the excitement of Easter morning last that much longer. The highlight was later that day witnessing Ella view the video of the morning’s hunt. She continually kept telling the video version of herself where the eggs were. “No Ella, look in the other drawer. Yes, that one. Quick, open it. Yay! Well done, Ella.’’

That afternoon, we headed off to visit her Nan who was camping at Wing’s Wildlife Park in Tassie’s North-West community, Gunns Plains. As the name suggests, the park has wildlife, with everything from buffalo to wombats and monkeys.

Oh, and devils, of course.

And a goat.

Here we went a-huntin’ once more, which resulted in numerous high pitched squeals – again. The first squeal was from Ella when a roaming rooster started chasing her after she decided to “feed the birds’’.

The experience didn’t quite live up to the Mary Poppins moment.

Then there was the turkey, which could obviously smell that we’d just devoured one of its mates for lunch. Not a happy camper.

The next squeal was courtesy of the Bloke in The Shed, and Collingwood supporter, who found a plaque dedicated to him.

The highlight, apart from some rather hungry looking Tassie Devils, was a kangaroo with a joey in her pouch. Ella, quite loudly, informed everyone how: “it’s got a baby hanging out of its bum, hasn’t it Mum?’’. Ah, not quite, darling.

So, how did you spend the long weekend? Did you go camping, visit a local attraction, spend it with friends and family or relax at home (if you can call staying at home with kids relaxing!)?

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11 Responses to FEATURE: These ‘ere Tassie devils went a-huntin’

  1. Caz says:

    Looks like you guys had a fabulous easter holiday weekend. We did a similar egg hunt, but now that the biggest pink can read I got to write actual clues. I loved it (and I think they did too!). Nice to see some of Tassie’s beautiful wildlife – love the joey!!

    • Kel says:

      Last year we had no instructions at all and had to sit down at the end of the hunt to make sure we’d actually found 10 eggs. I’d heard too many stories of people discovering hidden eggs three years after the event!!
      Having instructions was so much more fun this year. I can’t wait til the girls can read and we can give them a bit more of a challenge.
      Glad you liked the joey too. It was just adorable! The mum was happy for us to get up close and give her a pat and a feed. 🙂

  2. Elisha Squire says:

    Julian had this to say on Facebook afterwards: “Just set up the Easter egg hunt under Kel’s instruction. Poor Ella, think she’s gonna need a bloody GPS in the morning’’.

    ( HA HA HA HA, That had me laughing out loud! Good one!)

  3. Julie says:

    He he. I had to laugh at the GPS comment and your enthusiasm for the “hunt”. I chose the other extreme, with my kids practically falling over the eggs as soon as they stepped out the back door (they are only almost 3 and 1 and 3/4 – might make it harder next year!)

    • Kel says:

      Oh, it’s so much fun, Julie. Although, yes, I think hubby and I were more excited than Ella!
      The picture clues worked a treat too. We were a bit dubious about it to start with, but she took to it really quickly. And that was even with my bad drawing! My sister was a little more clever and printed out pictures from the internet for her picture clues. Next year we’ll be more organised!!

  4. Kym says:

    Oh Kel! That sounds so fun! I had to hide the eggs mid-morning as Miss 2 would probably get up and head to the kitchen on her way to visiting us in the morning and would find the eggs an would probably eat half a dozen before the sun rose! lol
    You day out looked so lovely! We just stayed at home with Grandma and Grandpa as Daddy is away working. We are off to see the creatures under the sea (Underwater world) soon to make up for not having anything fun to do as a family.

    • Kel says:

      LOL! Yes, we nearly got caught out by Ella too. After getting into bed, she decided she wanted to come out and have a drink of water while we were midway through hiding the eggs. Was a bit of a heart racing moment!! hehe!
      Underwater World sounds like so much fun. I’m sure they’ll have an absolute ball! 🙂

  5. Glowless says:

    Oh how cute she told video-self where to look!!!

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