Thursday, December 30, 2010

Accident on Gibbs Road

We are used to driving on unsealed gravel roads, which are narrow, rough, and often have kangaroos or emus crossing. Sometimes our visitors are not used to the roads, and sometimes I forget to warn them. I forgot to warn our French helpXchange visitors Melanie and Bertrand when they set out for Collie last Wednesday. So while I thought they were shopping in Collie, they were walking the six kilometres home after crashing their campervan on the road. They were so lucky that they were not hurt, but we were all very shaken up. They had bought the van in Sydney and travelled halfway around Australia in it on their Australian dream trip. But the van will be going no further.

They had to climb out the window when the van rolled onto its side.

The kids were pretty sad to see the van like this.

After skidding out of control the van side-swiped these trees before rolling.

I had to call the council so that some workers could bring a loader and move the broken van off the road, as it was creating a hazard. Although there is never much traffic on this part of Gibbs road you never know when someone could come along...
And obviously someone came along after the van was put on its wheels and moved to the side of the road. Because about four hours later when it was put on a car trailer and brought back home there had been quite a bit of stuff stolen. Someone had removed the spare wheel off the front, taken out the stereo, stolen fold-up chairs, a surfboard, diving masks, the microwave oven and more. I couldn't believe it! This is such a quiet and isolated stretch of road it was surprising that anyone had driven past during that time, and for that someone to be of the thieving kind was really bad luck.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

School Christmas Concert

Some clowning around on the stage

Today the Darkan Primary School held the end of year Christmas Concert at the town hall. Bonnie and Odette had both asked me to make them dresses for the occasion, so I have had a few late nights with needle and thread. But I hope you agree that it was worth it as they both looked gorgeous. The concert had a circus theme, and it got all the children involved and it was great fun. Odette was at the front of the stage, looking glamorous (not hard) and holding up signs saying things like "CLAP" WOW" and "LAUGH".

Odette on stage

Bonnie was the strong man's assistant so she had to help carry the dumbbell onto the stage, acting like it was very heavy. When leaving the stage she acted like it was dropped on her foot and hopped off. Very funny!

Bonnie on stage

The kindergarten children skipped around in circles a bit and did some leap frog, although Hugh almost had to climb over the kids crouched down on the floor.

Hugh at the concert


After the entertainment the book prizes were announced, and Bonnie was presented with the academic endeavour award for year 4. We were very proud of her, as the comments were very good. She won a lovely book of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan and Wendy. Her Nanna told her that she had won the same book for a book prize when she was in grade 4too!!

Bonnie with her book prize

And while we are talking about prizes, I must mention that Sophie received two (yes, 2!) prizes at her school speech night. She won the year 7 award for Society and Environment, and the year 7 award for LOTE (Languages other than English - she has done Japanese and French during the year). During fourth term she also received a high distinction in a year 11 French exam. Because she is very advanced in French after living in France, the school made it possible for her to join with the year 11 French class. It was great to know that she can still perform well in a larger group of children, as she was always the winner at Darkan.