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Boxing Day and Mogo

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Boxing Day – 2018

Today we went up to Mogo to spend some time at Old Mogo Town.

We started off in town with milkshakes to appease D who didn’t want to go to “the gold place”.  This took place at a candy shop called “The Middle”.


The candy store also has an extensive board game collection at the back.

We left and went up to the old town, and paid admission for our family of four.

It’s quite a nifty set up, and there’s a lot of buildings spread around to keep things interesting.


It’s similar to Old Sydney Town but the buildings are understandably smaller, since it aims to replicate a 1850s gold rush town.

Our guide Corey was an animated and jovial fellow who had a lot of insights to share about the town and the history of the region.


Jake volunteered for the barber’s chair just before it was revealed that the barber doubled as the town medic.


The mine is the remains of the original mine on the location.

Mogo MazeMogo Maze

Afterwards, the boys went through the Mogo Maze which is a part of the old town.

Later, we went back to Moruya for further garden work.  In the afternoon we were visited by some local wildlife!




Day 7 – Xmas Eve

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Uncle Matt departed at midday heading back to the ACT.  We spent the entire day at the resort, mainly avoiding the heat by watching TV and swimming in the pool. 

After we all had eaten, we planned a walk around the lake and then hopefully the boys will be off to bed early so that Santa could visit.

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Damian reinventing Minecraft Lego / Early Xmas pressie for me


Santa’s got some stockings to fill


Chilling at the resort

Christmas Day we’re off to Melbourne.


An Xmas Flashback

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Rob.Simpsons.XmasHappy Holidays, everyone.

Well, as the silly season is upon us, I thought it might be high time that I take a look back through old Christmas photos from years gone by.  Luckily, I had a digital camera very early on (i.e. in 1999) – it was a horrible Canon DC-25 – which took substandard 96 dpi (493×373) photos in underwhelming detail.

There were a few gaps in between, until I rediscovered an interest in digital photography in 2004, with my first Olympus camera (C740) and wound towards dSLR technology from 2006 onwards.

Here’s a photo retrospective of the history of our Christmas tree, we bought it from the Sydney Grace Bros (before the name change back to Myer) in 1999.  We’ve put it up each year except when we were living overseas, in 2004 (Vancouver) and in 2010 (China).


1999 – Pyrmont, NSW  
Xmas 1999 Xmas 1999
2002 – Hornsby, NSW 2004 – Vancouver, CA
Xmas 2002 Xmas 2004
2005 – Lane Cove, NSW 2006 – Beecroft, NSW
Xmas 2005 Xmas 2006
2011 – Bruce, ACT 2012 – Bruce, ACT
Xmas 2011 Xmas 2012

2013 – ACT

Xmas 2013

Of course, last year was Jake Sanders’ first Christmas… he rather enjoyed attempting to eat his presents, rather than opening them.  This year, he is joined by his new baby brother, Damian – they are both looking forward to the holidays.  In fact, this is my first son’s second Christmas and my second son’s first Christmas – just to be confusing!

Jake's First ChristmasJake and Damian
Jake, Christmas 2012 / Jake and Damian, December 2013

Happy Holidays!

Rob, Toni, Jake and Damian