We are taking a break as a family, well half the family, as the older three no longer see family holidays as a desirable option – imagine having to be away from your friends (insert mock gasp of horror). We have taken the younger three to visit their god parents who live 10 hours away in northern western Australia. They live in a place called Shark Bay which is 15 mins away from an even more amazing place called Monkey Mia.
Monkey Mia is a place where wild dolphins come into shore and interact with people. To protect the dolphins they have set feeding times now but the dolphins will often come close when you’re swimming at the beach. When I was pregnant with the twins there was a dolphin called Nicky who came and swam next to me. Apparently she likes pregnant ladies. It was a magical moment that I have never forgotten.
The last couple of weeks have been so stressful – preparing for Ashley’s operation and trying to raise the money needed. Thanks to the wonderful generosity of the people of Perth we have now raised enough money for the first trip to Melbourne and the operation, but we are exhausted, both mentally and physically, so a trip away to a sleepy seaside town is just what the doctor ordered.
The last part of the drive up here is through very barren, monotonous, scrubby bush but there was the most amazing sunset, unfortunately the pictures don’t do it justice. Then comes darkness. Out here there are no man-made lights at all, just inky, velvet blackness punctuated only by the cars head lights and the myriad of stars. You really can’t appreciated how many stars there actually are until you see them in the context of total black out. They are spectacular.
Finally we are here, stiff from the long drive but safe and happy to see our dear friends. Time to give our little girl a last chance at enjoying the freedom of being a kid, enjoying the fresh air and beaches before we swap them for hospitals and a long rehab. Thank god for a sanctuary like this.