Nothing's changed. Our girls carry on in exactly the same way, despite the distraction of technology. All we had were colouring books and those 'magic' pads you drew on (you know the ones where you lift the plastic top sheet and your scribbles are erased) Those things were hi tech back then!
One of the places we parked the caravan, was Pemberton, which brings me to today's tea towel
Pemberton is a small country town 335 clicks (kms) south of Perth. As it 'says' on the tea towel it's best known for its magnificent Karri forest.
What I remember about Pemberton is climbing The Gloucester Tree. It's on the t.t. too. I'm pretty sure it didn't have a warning sign like this in 1975
"This climbing tree is not suitable for children"
(image via flickriver.com)
There is no way my Mum would've let me
climb near it, if it did. The sign also says no thongs or sandals which is (and you know this already don't you?) exactly what I wore. My blue thongs or (my brown school - yuk!) sandals.
The Gloucester Tree was chosen as a fire look out in 1947 and named after the then Govenor-General of Australia, HRH The Duke of Gloucester.
image via panoramio.com
It's a 61 metre climb to the top (or 153 of those pegs you can see sticking out). According to Wikipedia T.G.T. is the second tallest fire lookout tree in the world. Wiki's little blurb also says that only 20% of visitors climb all the way to the top of the tree - most people only make it part way before turning back. Chickens!
(for once in my life I'm in the top 20%!)
Anyway, that's today's t.t./little trip down memory lane done. Here's some more info on Pemberton if you're interested. I do like this funny little drawing of a car