We're taking a kangaroo to Austria

@JudyEv (160599)
Bunbury, Australia
June 10, 2019 1:13am CST
We will be in Ireland another four nights before flying to Austria to catch up with a friend who stayed with us in Australia. Yesterday we had a lovely day with our daughter-in-law’s family. There were eighteen of us and it was a rowdy but fun day. It is some years since we’ve seen most of the children and of course they have all grown up a lot in that time. Our Austrian friend now has a little girl of five and we are her adopted grand-parents which is a really nice for us as we have no grandchildren of our own. Needless to say, we are taking a few small gifts with us including this little wooden kangaroo. It is one of those toys that trundle down a sloping surface. There is a pin through the top of the hind leg. When you put the kangaroo of a slope it ‘hops’ along.
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• United States
10 Jun
wow, don't reckon i'd been countin' the days 's soon yer gonna be headed home. so many 'dventures though! great ya got to spend that 'rowdy' time with 'em. i'm certain to be shocked if'n the daughter makes't here this summer with my eldest grands. aint seen 'em'n 3 yrs now 'n hear the grandson'd now be my height 'n he's 'nly 13, lol. reckon he got the tall genes :) that's so sweet yer austrian friend's a wee'un y'all get to call yer own. that kangaroo's too cute! hmm, i'd love to've one myself. i could play with such whilst blowin' my bubbles out back. save travels ~
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@JudyEv (160599)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jun
Thanks. I'm sorry you don't get to see your grandkids too often. I guess they live a long way away?
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• United States
11 Jun
@JudyEv the eldest 2 lives 'bout 850 miles from here. the 2 youngest 'nly live 'bout 115. with me not bein' able to successfully drive, both might's well be 'cross the moon. 't'd be awful to start'n then need to call someone to fetch me'n my auto. will be seein' the younger 2 next month fer 'is birthday. the daughter 'twas to come (still tryin' to figure when) 'n july 's well, but i fear lots 'f docs 'ppointments might prevent 'em from makin' the trip. her hubs aint well....
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@JudyEv (160599)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jun
@crazyhorseladycx I'm sorry to hear that. Even when people live close, it doesn't help if you can't drive.
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• Agra, India
10 Jun
Aww...this is so cute
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@JudyEv (160599)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jun
I've kept this for ages but I'm happy for our little friend to have it.
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• Agra, India
12 Jun
@JudyEv wow...this is so good
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@LadyDuck (224929)
• Switzerland
10 Jun
This is so cute, I remember those toys that "walked" if put on a slope.
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@JudyEv (160599)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jun
We sometimes got such toys in packets of breakfast cereal.
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@LadyDuck (224929)
• Switzerland
12 Jun
@JudyEv I remember that I had a little robot that walked down on a slope.
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@JudyEv (160599)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jun
@LadyDuck I had a little plastic elephant and he used to trundle down too. Very cute.
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@sissy15 (6681)
• United States
12 Jun
I'm jealous I'd love to go to Ireland. It's neat that you have adopted grandchildren. My stepfather in law has always considered our son his grandchild even though he didn't even meet my husband until my husband was already an adult. I remember when my sisters went to Australia and brought me back a boomerang which I still have somewhere I think. I personally haven't done any traveling but it would be nice to one day. Enjoy your trip and I am sure the kids will like the gifts you bring them. Most kids are fairly easy to please.
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@JudyEv (160599)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jun
We've been lucky really to have done so much travelling. Having a son living in Ireland is a strong incentive to go there when we can.
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@sissy15 (6681)
• United States
12 Jun
@JudyEv I imagine it is, unfortunately, I just don't have the funds to travel but maybe one day. Ireland and Scotland is where most of my mom's family came to the US from and it'd be nice to travel there one day but it won't be for a long time. I haven't even really traveled around the US much. I've been to 5 out of 50 states. I do love reading about other peoples travels though.
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@JudyEv (160599)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jun
@sissy15 I do hope that one day you are able to travel.
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@amandajay (20869)
• North Shore, New Zealand
10 Jun
Haha I thought a real one
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@JudyEv (160599)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jun
No, not a real one this time although we have dozens of real ones at home.
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@amandajay (20869)
• North Shore, New Zealand
11 Jun
@JudyEv oh really? real once at home? arent they dangerous? I have seen them kicking people
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@JudyEv (160599)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jun
@amandajay Some do get dangerous but none of the ones on our property have become tame. They are very timid normally. We have 18 acres and the roos come in from the bush. They drink from our birdbath and eat the garden.
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@DianneN (120559)
• United States
14 Jun
How adorable! Keep enjoying your trip.
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@JudyEv (160599)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Jun
We did enjoy the rest of the trip. We got home yesterday.
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@DianneN (120559)
• United States
24 Jun
@JudyEv Welcome home. We got home today.
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@JudyEv (160599)
• Bunbury, Australia
19h
@DianneN Are you pleased to be back? I was.
@kareng (12165)
• United States
12 Jun
It sounds like you are having a great time. The dino will be a hit. I've never seen one like that that hops along. Cute gift.
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@JudyEv (160599)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Jun
It doesn't quite hop but moves both legs like a real kangaroo does.
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@kareng (12165)
• United States
14 Jun
@JudyEv Either way it sounds cute.
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• Pamplona, Spain
10 Jun
Its nice to be an a Grandparent of that kind. Love the idea of the kangaroo she will love it and I can remember having well my sister better said had a monkey on a stick that climbed up the stick when you move it a certain way it was a great toy loved it. Have a good journey.
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@JudyEv (160599)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jun
There was also a giraffe on a stand and when you pushed the bottom of the stand its legs would go every which way. Simple toys but intriguing to kids.
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• Pamplona, Spain
11 Jun
@JudyEv That sounds a good one too and I so loved that monkey that climbed the stick and did antics.
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@rakski (32239)
• Philippines
10 Jun
that is such a nice toy
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@JudyEv (160599)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jun
I feel sure she'll enjoy it.
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@rakski (32239)
• Philippines
11 Jun
@JudyEv for sure she will enjoy it
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@Nakitakona (5309)
10 Jun
It's cute kangaroo toy. Kangaroo is native to Australia. Isn't it? Do kangaroos still thrive in Australia?
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@JudyEv (160599)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jun
Yes, kangaroos are very common in Australia. On our 18-acre property, we have dozens of wild kangaroos.
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11 Jun
@JudyEv That's good. Thanks.
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@Corbin5 (146193)
• United States
10 Jun
She is one very lucky little girl to have two wonderful adopted grandparents. I think that kangaroo is the perfect gift!
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@JudyEv (160599)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jun
Thanks for the kind words. We have a few other little gifts for her too of course. We don't want to spoil her so I'll be guided by her mother. Maybe some will be put away till Christmas or whatever. We don't send much in the post as it is REALLY expensive.
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@snowy22315 (68998)
• United States
10 Jun
I bet she will love it.
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@JudyEv (160599)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jun
It's quite cute. I've had it for years but realised when I go it might just get tossed out so now it's been 'decluttered'. I can give away things I love to people I love. :)
@Sojourn (5353)
• India
10 Jun
Wow,such a simple yet cool toy in this age of electronic glory!
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@JudyEv (160599)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jun
Yes, it is simple but hopefully she'll enjoy it.
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• China
10 Jun
That is a lovely little wooden kangaroo ! The trip to there is a truly unforgettable experience !
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@JudyEv (160599)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jun
I've just checked the temperatures there and it may be in the low 30Cs so it will be a big change from Ireland.
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@wolfgirl569 (16318)
• Marion, Ohio
10 Jun
That toy sounds very cute.
@JudyEv (160599)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Jun
It is cute. It goes down a slope just like a kangaroo would although 'walking' two feet together rather than hopping.
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