Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Going Commando


The school holidays keep rolling by; today was yet another day waiting to be filled. After finding a bunch of stale bread in the freezer/pantry (and knowing how my darling hates waste) I had planned a little trip to the end of our street to visit the ducks. The troops were less than enthusiastic until daddy announced he would join us. All of a sudden it was a family outing.


One of the bonuses of Mr G working for himself is that every so often when the inspiration strikes, he can take a few hours to just hang out with us, like today.


At the end of our street is a wonderful stretch of native bush complete with stream, ducks and waterfall: The Oakley Creek Reserve. No sooner had we ducked below the treeline into our little hidden patch of paradise (ignoring the scattered litter and crappy tagging) than the kids started begging daddy to play Commandos.


Mr G is really just an overgrown kid, and needs no second urging to play silly games.
They found some "guns" (large sticks) and our Commando expedition began... The Captain was carrying his radio pack (Scrag) and ordered the Sergeant and the Corporal to fan out and keep an eye out for bogeys.

We spotted this suspicious looking guy...


...and this suspicious looking object placed right across our path (a tank trap? a trip wire?)


"Man down! Man down!" The Corporal tripped over what could have been a land-mine (or just some uneven concrete?) She was brave, as all SAS crack troops are trained to be; The Captain picked her up; we never leave a man behind...


A helicopter hovered overhead for a while - not sure whether it was friend or foe.


I suggested it could be airborne backup troops; Mr G muttered something like, "Don't quit your day job!"

I went back to taking photos...

Our mission was to feed the wild ducks, paying particular attention to the ones who looked hungriest... a serious business requiring the full attention of these crack SAS groundtroops...

We noticed that the RadioPack seemed to prefer eating the bread rather than throwing it...


Mission completed we carried on to our destination for some R&R and broke open the rations...


Ahhhh, perfection! Our whole little family on a bench overlooking the waterfall with nothing around us but birdsong and bush... What a nice warm fuzzy moment, perfect for capturing on film...


"Muuuumm!!! Put away that camera you japanese tourist!" shouted The Sergeant.
"Yeah, don't you think these kids are going to grow up scared to go out in public because of the paparazzi??" The Captain agreed, somewhat illogically.


"Ahhh well, you'll all be glad that I take so many photos in the future when we can look back and remember all the cool stuff we did together...!" I retorted.


And I'm sticking to my photo-taking guns.

14 comments:

Widge said...

haha! funny. you guys are cool :)
Yeah I often feel like I'm on the outside taking photos when we are together as a family on an outing. Sometimes I have to purposely leave the camera at home so I can be fully there too ;)...then miss out on the most primo photo opportunities of course

meg said...

Hi Simone,
glad to see your holidays are going well :o) When I read "going commando" I thought you meant something entirely different! ;o)
Must catch up soon. x

Trees said...

All great maneuvers need a correspondent, you keep snapping!

(I too started to read this post slightly warily) ;)

PaisleyJade said...

Sooo cool - and I see what you mean about our two guys being so similar!!

Your family is beautiful!!

Helen said...

Love it! That looks like so much fun!

Sammy said...

I had to giggle at the title becuase to me "Going Commando" means going without underwear!!!!! So I read your post with interest and hope you kept your knickers & bra on the WHOLE TIME!!!!!! hehe!

Sophie said...

:) Sounds like a hoot! :) I'm so amazed at how grown up Dash and Princess are now!

Jen said...

loved reading this post

and you stick to your photo taking guns girl :) :)
and your fabulous debriefing too :)

what fun all the troops had :)

loved the part about the suspicious looking gun had to enlarge that photo for the full impact :)

good on Mr G for taking a bit of time off :)

Jen said...

although you might have felt like you missed out a little being the war photographer
I bet they kept you on your toes :)

Simoney said...

Teehee... made ya look! Yep, I know what "going commando" usually means... heard somewhere that an interesting title helps increase readers... pardon my double entendre; we were all definitely wearing our undies!

Cat said...

Glad that you were not REALLY commando though i would have stopped by anyways....
LOL love this post Simone...coudl be us...with just one less body
i am always getting the bark too about the camera, but they sure appreciate it later!
What a fun outing...like PJ with her family did...it is just a good thing to do, spending time outside together and not to mention cost effective!!!
FYI when 15 hits all boys think "walking is the dumbest thing ever!!!!!!!"
This year we have retired the Rock Star from hiking and walks...he comes only if he wants to..the whingying is enough to make you WANT them to get lost in the forest!!!!
lol
good on ya Mr G for taking some time off!

Gail said...

Ha! Yep I was on the "going commando" other meaning... and was thinking that your blog was going in a new direction!

I spy Olivia's pink jacket :) Will swap back with the pile of Abs stuff that has found it's way here too!

Simoney said...

Hahaha! Yes I knew you'd spot that! You know what those girls are like - everyone else's clothes are alwas much more exciting! I'll bring it on Friday :)

Anonymous said...

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