Saturday, September 29, 2012

Rendezvous at the Museum

The first week of the holidays I have had my mum and a good friends daughter visiting . These two are the best of friends, even though they haven't lived near each other since they were two.  Back then the big Bowerbird was very fond of asserting herself by biting her golden locked buddy, leaving serious tooth marks. She obviously made an impression as the friendship has lasted. So pleased she grew out of her T Rex ways, all kisses, cuddles and giggles these days.
 Hilarious to see these big girls balancing on little buckets.
 Unfortunately the BF had to be returned home so we organised a rendezvous half way point at the Melbourne Museum.   It was a beautiful day so we spent quite a bit of the day in the outdoor areas of the museum.

 We didn't go to see the new Mesopotamia Exhibit but the middle Bowerbird had fun creating his own Mesopotamian village.

  Playing with mirrors in the children's section, wish I'd taken a picture with all the kids, was a great effect.

 The highlight of the day for me was seeing my blog's namesake. Mr Bowerbird has built and furbished the most divine bower in the museum's rainforest. I was rapt to actually get to see him inside the bower, he seems quite unworried by visitors and has gathered up quite a collection of blue treasures.

We spent ages in the dinosaur area talking to a volunteer about dinosaurs.  We got to hold real fossils, including an ancient shark's tooth, and helped unearth the fossil of a 40 million year old crocodile. The kids have been instructed to act like a dinosaur here, not sure what sort the little Bowerbird is, Smilosaurus. A great day of catching up with old friends, playing and learning.  The little one on the left insisted no visit to the museum was complete with pressing the fart button. I didn't know about the fart button (our little one wanted to know if the poo in the exhibit was real) but I think it may become a tradition with our kids as well.


  1. What a fantastic day out you had, and I just love those mirror photos. Of course the bower must have been a highlight for you! I saw one close to the path some years ago in the Dorrigo National Park, and this Mr. Bowerbird also seemed unconcerned!

  2. Hi Kirsty, how fantastic is the Melbourne Museum?!
    Thanks for being a part of Blogtoberfest, hosted by Cathy aka {tinniegirl} last year. Thought you might be interested to know that we're running it again in 2012. You can find all the info at:
    And we're kicking off this Monday! Would love to see you there.
    Kat xxx

  3. I wonder what the Mr Bowerbird of old did without blue bottletops!

  4. How nice that your daughter and her friend have stayed close over the years. My friends from my youth and I have moved our separate ways and lost touch. Love the mirror effects, I'd print and frame them myself.

  5. Oh, these are such wonderful photos! The mirror shots are great fun and I'm completely smitten with Mr. Bowerbird's little house! Those funny faced children are pretty adorable too. :)


  6. Finally got around to looking at this blog! Love it. The pics of the girls are lovely. I too am so glad they have stayed such close friends. Great pics Kirsty xxx


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