Sometimes I wonder just when I became SO soft. The air-con in our car was on the blink for all of 5 days. Despite enjoying the sensation of wind in our hair, stereo blaring, singing loudly... exhaust fumes and noise pollution through the open windows was not so enjoyable. It's rather convenient that the car was due for a service anyway, because it made me feel a little better when including an air-con repair on the 'to do' list. Having the car at the mechanics is not one of my favourite things. Aside from the inevitable costly expenditure it entails, it leaves me stranded without a car and two little big men to cart around. It makes me nervous, as part of the benefit of the car is having a quick getaway if the boys turn on me while we're out and about.
Angus is big on adventures at the moment. He often talks about us going on adventures as a family. The six or so hours we needed to occupy while waiting for the car, presented the perfect opportunity for an adventure. My decision to keep it outdoors and active worked a treat, as the cloudy skies cleared and burst forth with toasty sunshine for the duration of our travels. We boarded a bus to the city, a ferry to Manly and stepped back in time with a walk down the Corso to Manly Beach. It has been years since I visited Manly. And I was reminded of exactly why I loved it so much as a teen and young twenty something.
The boys delighted in the change of coastal scenery. Angus mesmerised by the funny little popping fountains all about the place. My best efforts to keep him out of them were to no avail, as before too long, sandals were off and feet were splishing and splashing in all their bare glory. A lovely little park discovery, chippies in the sun, a dreamy midday siesta for Felix and an eye-poppingly tasty Copenhagen vanilla icecream with sprinkles for Angus, bulked up our adventure nicely. Then, an exhausted Mama and two boys were homeward bound. On the Manly ferry, cutting it's way to Circular Quay. And I seriously, could not. stop. singing that Australian Crawl classic and 80's favourite of mine, for the rest of the afternoon.