Are we ready? Picnic blanket — check, lunch stuff — check, camera — check, non-open-toed shoes to appease the lawyers — check, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat — check, off we go then! Half-way up Warrigal road…. Aarrgh! The birthday present! It is not advisable to go to a four-year-old’s birthday without the present! Back home we go, race inside, then off again, quarter of an hour late.

A fun afternoon celebrating, all the family headed out to Eltham for a trip on the Diamond Valley Railway, followed by a picnic lunch and chocolate cake. It would be a close run thing whether the first or the last of those three was the most important for the guest of honour.

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Hilight for me was definitely the ride on the train, these guys have one serious model train set! Oops, apparently it is a miniature railway not a model train. Four dollars a ride, twice around on what must be a fairly sizeable figure-eight folded over on itself, I have to think how much money and how many hours have gone into building and maintaining it all.