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Newie Rocks

In the 3.5 years we’ve lived on Lake Macquarie, I’ve only ventured up north to Newcastle once. On that occasion Ickle and I visited Carrington, met up with a friend in a boho café on the main drag, and picnicked in a nearby park. A return visit was long overdue.

Although it’s our nearest big city, Newie is a fair drive from our little patch of paradise. I know from previous experience that 48 minutes on Google Maps can quickly turn into an hour plus, especially with my lamentable sense of direction. I needn’t have worried, however, as the journey turned out to be a sinch this time.P1030371We met up with friends, Ettie and Bear* and their mummy, at Newcastle Museum. As Newie regulars, they were already waiting for us in the Mininova soft play area. What a great spot for tinies to escape from their strollers and crawl and clamber about! Ickle and Ettie are big girls now though, so promptly left their younger siblings to explore the hands-on exhibits in the adjoining Supernova space. They pulled on giant ropes to lift a car off the ground, floated colourful plastic balls on an air stream blown through a funnel, and much more. They also particularly enjoyed the historic train exhibit in the Link Gallery, or was it the gravel alongside the locomotive that proved the real attraction?P1030380We had intended to spend snack o’clock in the very sleek-looking café on site, but it was closed for a private function, so we headed out into Honeysuckle instead. An inspired decision. Here, derelict industrial land has been transformed into an attractive waterfront precinct, buzzing with trendy restaurants and cafés; there is also a fabulous 7-km promenade that runs all the way from Carrington to Nobbys Lighthouse.P1030389Ickle and Ettie had a good splash in the fountains and then took turns (mostly) to zip along the waterfront on Ickle’s scooter, while the mummies enjoyed sipping on their beverage of choice. And the tinies had a ball scrambling around underfoot.P1030408Newie rocks! Can’t wait for our next visit…

*Names have been changed.

Ready Steady Scoot


Ickle took a real shine to her scooter over the Easter weekend. The mean machine was a combined Christmas/Birthday gift from Nana and Bobby, and it’s no ordinary scooter. This, people, is a Mini Micro 3-Wheel Scooter, marketed as “simply the best kick scooter for preschoolers in Australia”. What’s more, it’s pink.P1020970

Ickle has had a few test runs around the house, especially on our verandah, which is long and narrow and just perfect for whizzing up and down. Then she spent the best part of Easter Saturday tidying the garage with her daddy. Or so I thought…until I popped my head around the door to see her zooming around on her scooter, and Daddy Ickle riding his skateboard like a seasoned pro.P1020972

It was time for a serious outing to put the two of them and their wheels to the test. We decided on one of our favourite stomping grounds, Murrays Beach with its fabulous lakeside ‘racetrack’ . And what a perfect spot it is for a little person on a scooter or bike, or a big one on a board. Ickle and her daddy had a ball, and Baby Mivvy (as she is now called) and I pottered along until she dropped off for her mid-morning nap.P1020980