On the 24th of April for Trent’s “pretend birthday celebrations” Trent, myself and some of Trent’s family headed off to Outback Spectacular to see the ‘Heroes of the Light Horse’ (very appropriate the night before Anzac day). It was quite spectacular. Outback Spectacular for those who don’t know, is a kind of like a theatre/restaurant performance in a large arena with horses, cattle, dogs and even a helicopter! It is like a history lesson of Australia with a good meal. And on the topic of food it was nice (much better than I expected as they are serving about 900 guests at once.) We got a 3 course meal and our glasses were always full with either beer, wine (red for me please!) or soft drinks... The stunts the horses and riders can do are really quite amazing. I would be quite happy to return with my family to watch this show again... We got some souvenir photos taken and they turned out so nice and were really reasonably priced. As was the t-shirt I bought from the R.M Williams store attached to the venue (R.M Williams sponsors the show). I went for a visit up to R.M Williams store in Toowoomba just last week and priced the shirt I bought at Outback Spectacular and there was no mark up on it at all, which I found surprising as at a lot of events companies often jack the pricing up to make money off of the tourists... It was a really nice show to watch, it was the Heroes of the Light Horse – about the young Australians who went to World War I without any training at all. The light horsemen had a bond with their horses, some men were allowed to take their own horses and others found new ones to break in. The history of the light horsemen is nothing but amazing. The performance also delves into the history of the Australian outback and it’s always nice to learn something new. I also felt a sense of pride, not only for being Australian and our country being pretty damn awesome, but the fact my little brother was doing a dawn service and the mid-morning service that following morning in Toowoomba with the Australian Army Cadets, where he would get passed the flame and do a speech (I did feel terrible as we weren’t going...). As much as I don’t like war and hate the idea of my little brother ever enrolling to be in the “actual army”, I like the fact he does Army Cadets whilst at high school. He always looks so smart in his outfit (I am sure it had a proper name... sorry!), it teaches him discipline and in a way it is like he is paying his respects to our Grandfather and Great Grandfather. Every time I watch him do anything with the army cadets I always feel so proud, he does it so well. Just last year whilst I was watching him, he was one of the few kids who stood the whole time, no crouching down, no fainting, no leaving the rank – he stood strong. He is working his way through the ranks and at the moment is a 'Cadet Lance Corporal (CDTLCPL)'. To me that sounds pretty cool and important. He is pretty amazing. Love you Lachlan, Pop would be so proud of you. x
Mum pinning on Great Grandads medals before a ceremony 2008 or 2009.
Lachlan and I. These photos are a little old, I think end of 2008 or early 2009!
My 2 little brothers who I am so equally proud of. They mean so much to me.
"God smiles on my little brothers, inside and out, they are better than I am..." - Taylor Swift lyrics 'The Best Day' - this song makes me think of my family, this line of lyrics describes my love for my brothers so well.
Lachlan at some of his cadet ceremonies. Looking very smart and important!
Anyway the Outback Spectacular performance was really great... I was pleasantly surprised. Also you get a free straw cowboy hat!!! YAY for freebies!! (I’m sure it’s included in the ticket price!) I can’t wait to see what the next show they decide to do is.
I just got word this afternoon from Mum that this afternoon Lachlan will be presented as a surprise at his Cadet meeting with the 'Bronze Duke of Edinburgh' award. I really wish I could've been there to congratulate him and snap a million photos (he really loves that - note the sarcasm!) The award has 5 catergories the recipient must meet before receiving any award, they are;
Service: Be a local hero - help the community, the environment or even train to save a life...
Skills: Do something different which pushes your limits and allows you to learn something new.
Physical Recreation: A sporting activity.
Expedition: Train, plan and complete an adventurous journey in the countryside on foot, horseback, boat, cycle or any other adverturous activity.
Residential Project: As a team, students work on a conservation, service or activity-based project for five days (this is for Gold Award Participants only).
Being in Cadets; Lachlan has very easily covered all these requirements by his dedication and commitment to his Cadet Unit (13ACU) and all the activities they do. This achievement is wonderful and I am so very proud of him. :)
Well done Lachlan!!
Helicopter coming towards us!
Helicopter!Trent & I at Outback Spectacular...
Representing R.M Williams. (shirt, belt & hat!!) LOL
Also to ‘Anonymous’ your petty comments make me laugh, you obviously aren’t a fan of me, yet you take the time to come to my blog and write a nasty comment!? Hmmm... Jealous perhaps?