15 Nov

After my friend Debbie’s daughter’ s birthday at the Cymbidium farm, I just knew that it would be perfect for Killian, and me: outdoor! It was the most relaxed birthday party ever at so many levels!

* The farm takes care of the party packs, so nothing to prepare for me.

* The entertainment is obviously provided with all the animals to feed, the tractor ride, the bunnies to pet and just the outdoors…

*I don’t know how it happened that dear Nicole offered to bake and decorate the birthday cake – which is what takes me the longest to do. All I had to do is pick and choose from a book what cake,  and go pick up the cake!! Thank you again Nicole! You contributed to a stress free Friday evening, where I could just spend time with my husband and relax!

* After the party, we just drive home to a clean and tidy house with sleepy children in the car. All we had to do was have a good nap on the couch and open the presents – which Killian did with Phillip in my sleep!

The farm is so nice for kiddies (except for the ‘pool’ with the ‘net cover’ – you had to be there to understand that!) and Janet, the lady that runs it,  is so patient and kind with the kids! My favourite part is definitely the bamboo forest –secret tunnel. I want the same thing in my garden. And in fact, it turns out that it is possible. Bamboos grow quite quickly, although it did take 11 years to grow the forest.

The party was also a ‘success’ only because the kids had a ball!

When we arrived, we were first greeted by a cute black pig that went straight for the veggies that we brought for the animals. Killian was so distraught because he thought that there would be nothing left for the others… Matt didn’t seem fazed by it!

dsc03407The kids had free time to explore and play with the outdoors toys. Here, Sam and Killian are exercising their fine-motor skills and hand-eye coordination!


James Tom and Ezra are refining their gross-motor skills…


Then it was feeding time for the goats, ducks, sheep and rabbits. The three girsl are here standing by Daisy the goat!

dsc03421Killian tried hard to not be too scared but would inevitably drop – or throw at – the carrot in the pen.


Then it was petting time. This is papa rabbit, he was so so soft, you just wanted to roll him around your neck! Behind Janet (on that picture) is mama rabbit about to give baby rabbits, so we couldn’t pick her up because it would be sore on her tummy. The babies are to be given away. I must say, I was very tempted until my husband gave me a firm OVER MY DEAD BODY look…


Funny Matt!!!

dsc03437Some gave kisses, like gorgeous Jemma…



And some were not as impressed with the rabbit, like little Becky.


Off to the tortoise! The tortoise episode was quite funny! Some kids fed the tortoise so much that she couldn’t get her head out of her shell anymore, and some other kids were confused between head and tail 🙂 But the tortoises enjoyed the feast though!

Ben and Jethro, forcefeeding the poor old tortoise!

dsc03455And Killian, not feeding the tail end!


We then had to cross the secret tunnel to get onto the other side, the side where Aggie boy, the pony lives. It’s so secret that I seem to have forgotten to take pictures…

But here, on the other side of the secret tunnel, calling ‘Aggie boy!!’…


As a real playschool teacher – Janet’s real job – she got the attention of all the kids to send them off on a treasure hunt. What better hunt is there when the treasure is a sweet???


Finally it was time for the tractor ride – which in itself was just enough to make the morning worthwhile!



After all these activities, we were all quite dehydrated, hungry and wanting a rest. It was time for the party packs and birthday cake!

When everybody is sitting and eating, that’s a sure sign of a morning of fun… or dehydration and starvation!


That was basically it! Here are a few extra pictures. Some of my favourite shots of the morning…

Lisa took some beautiful pictures so that I could also figure and remember that I too, was there 🙂


A heart-melting moment. Killian and Lisa have a special bond. Thank you my friend for loving the (not always) loveable.


The two pitchounes,


A friendship story,


And this is us on Killian’s fourth birthday party!!


And we pray that God would be gracious to give us many more.



  1. Kirsty November 21, 2008 at 6:04 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the pics with us. Stella and I have just browsed through them and chatted about the fun day again.

  2. alison November 19, 2008 at 8:50 pm #

    Great Pictures It was a very nice morning. Love the family photo

  3. Debby Garratt November 19, 2008 at 11:45 am #

    COOL!! So glad you had a good time….

  4. Kerry November 19, 2008 at 11:44 am #

    Loved the party! Jesse got a kick out of seeing the pics. The pics of Lisa and Killian are so sweet! (and you too of course!)

  5. Annaka November 19, 2008 at 11:13 am #

    Thank you for the photos … I like them!
    I enjoyed coming to the party.

  6. Debbie November 15, 2008 at 9:31 pm #

    Looks like a super party, I’ve never been to Cymbidium Farm
    Those kind of parties are great – where you are not running around like a headless chicken fetching this and pouring that:-)
    Sweet cake!

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