It's autumn break from school down under and the strangeness of living in the southern hemisphere seems to be affecting me more now than it did our first spring here-- or fall, depending on how you look at it. It's officially safe to say, I'm experiencing seasonal chaos.
For me, the association between Easter and spring is apparently so strong that I cannot adapt to it being fall during "Easter break". Things are further complicated by Australians referring to "fall" exclusively as "autumn".
Recently my five year old advised me that he learned in school that he's a "spring baby"; his birthday is in November.
And finally there's the Easter Bunny, which is not the mascot o' Easter in Australia, because they've replaced it with an Easter Bilby, which I've been told looks like a bandicoot, and I guess I'll be doing an image search to see what that is.
And this is no American-style-week-long-Easter-break either. Schools in Australia have a 2-3 week-long break every quarter, then one long summer vacation (in December of course) for almost eight weeks. I, for one, plan to milk the quarterly break schedule for numerous trips to everywhere we can get within a three hour drive (or occasional plane ride) from Sydney.
So this is what I've been doing for our autumn break in April:
We spent a couple afternoons at Bondi Beach, it's perhaps the most gorgeous place on earth.
We headed to Port Stephens for a few days to get away from it all (the stress of marshmallow ducks and Cadbury eggs is, at times, overwhelming).
This was in front of us on our way out of town...
Port Stephens rocked like my mama wearin' red cowboy boots:
In Port Stephens there were sand dunes and beautifully treacherous beaches neighboring each other, it was an incredible sight.
We bowled... every day.
The look of defeat. Sucks losing to a four year old, huh? I know the feeling.
He did get to keep the scorecard and that made him ecstatic.
On our drive back to Sydney we did a drive-thru at the BK Lounge (that's Burger King slang, and in Australia it's called Hungry Jacks anyway -- so HJ Lounge would be more correct)... of course what else would be in the Happy Meal but a bowling toy, duh.
Now as I sit here writing this, there was an almost identical bowling alley on Desperate Housewives tonight. I must be in bowling heaven, or hell, depending on your frame of mind-- get it.. frame of mind-- a little bowling humor for your reading pleasure.
As we pulled into our driveway this kookaburra was sitting on the scaffolding outside our house; at the least the never-ending construction provides occasional entertainment.
Incidentally, on this 20th day of April, tonight's new episodes shown in Australia of Brothers and Sisters and Boston Legal were both the Thankgiving episodes.