Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tocal Homestead Excursion

Yesterday we went on a homeschool excursion to Tocal Homestead, a local historical property established in the 1820s.  We had a huge group - around 35 families, adding up to about 120 people (adults & kids).  We split into 8 groups to make life more manageable, and rotated around different areas / activities.

The beautiful homestead built in 1841.

A small collection of the families that were there - not every one had arrived at this stage.

Water carting - fortunately they didn't have to go down to the creek to get the water :)

Watching the blacksmith at work.

Scrubbing the clothes

Exploring Webber Cottage - also known as Thunderbolt's Cottage. The bushranger Thunderbolt lived in it when he worked on the property.  The huge tree in the background is all one tree - it was massive.

Old-fashioned fun - tug-of-war.


Elastics (Not so old - I remember playing them at primary school!)

The old men sitting down chatting the day away :)

Exploring the barn and farm machinery

Welcome to the Homestead

Just for laughs, compare the photos from last time we went.  Billy has certainly grown and changed :)

I love visiting the Homestead, and a hands-on day like that really sticks in the kid's minds.  Great fun.


Butterfly said...

It was cool to compare pictures from your two visits. You did end up with a good photo to show the enormity of that tree ... good one!

Kez said...

Hope you don't mind the photo of E up there - let me know if you want his face blurred out (or the photo taken down).

Kylie said...

Looks like a pretty cool place to visit :-)

Butterfly said...

No, I don't mind at all. Like you, in two years I'll look back and think how much he's changed ... the crossover age :)

Libby said...

What a great place to visit. And boy has Billy grown up since your last visit :-).

Caz said...

Looks like a great day Kez... LOVE your 'old men' pic hehehe