|It was an early start to the day- India was awake and ready to get up at 5am! That's camping in hot weather for you! We took our time this morning, heading to the camp ground pool after breakfast for an hour to freshen up before our first fishing expedition! The kids didn't know that we had bought them a little rod each in Sydney before we left.
Michael had found a place called Nightcliff jetty, one of the quieter spots to fish in Darwin. The kids both fell asleep in the car on the 10 minute drive there, which was good actually, because we left them asleep while Daddy reacquainted himself with the task of setting up 3 rods.
Once India was awake and saw that she has a pink and purple fishing rod, she was ready to catch some fish. Paddy followed shortly after, although the two of them swinging around rods with hooks on them scared the life out of me.
Adding bait to the hooks was definitely not a job for India, she slowly retreated as the dead fish were chopped up and added to her line. With both of their lines in the water, they sat quite happily singing " one, two, three, four, five once I caught a fish alive". But alas, no fish were caught. The kids were happy just to see that their bait had been nibbled or taken altogether. Overall a fun family outing, and Paddy even did a wee in the unused bucket for our potential catches- he is really getting into this boy thing now.
We made a stop at a shopping centre to replace my barely held together togs, as well as a new pair for India. Then, our last attraction in Darwin, the sunset markets at Mindil beach.
These markets can draw up to 10,000 people. They were great, the usual market stalls you would expect as well as 60 food stalls. We mainly just browsed, had some dinner, and then settled in to watch a performer. The kids were fascinated with his fire twirling and juggling, and Mick and I killed ourselves laughing when he went to do a trick for a second time, and Paddy yelled out " you already did that" - little heckler! He must have liked him though, because he insisted we took his shirt off so that he could look like him.
Back at camp now, kids asleep in bed, Michael asleep in the chair next to me- no doubt he is dreaming of getting out of the city tomorrow and heading to Litchfield National Park.