The Magic Of Three Sisters

camping in the blue mountains

The Blue Mountains was a place of childhood dreamtime for me.

We camped there so often and played boats with little wooden sticks running in the clear Blue Mountains streams… and I used to love listening to the aboriginal dreamtime story of the 3 sisters told at a statue dedicated to them. I remember dropping in a coin and listening to the story told by a distant crackly narrator, with the sound effects of a dreamy didgeridoo playing in the background.

Now I wanted to share my dreamtime place with my three little daughters and son so we took the new Ford Everest up to the Blue Mountains along the long winding roads I know so well from when my Mum and Dad lived in Leura.

katoomba three sisters lookout

Here, the three sisters meet The Three Sisters, (along with little brother). Having never dreamed that I ‘d have three daughters it kind of took me by surprise as I expected to have two kids, a girl and a boy, just like my mum did and that would be that. The concept of sisters was foreign to me, having not had any myself and growing up I tended to hang out with my brother and his friends a lot. Not having to ever share clothes, have someone of a similar age to confide girly secrets to and no sisters joining me at my all girls school left me not knowing what to expect when suddenly faced with three daughters, my very own three sisters.

Eagle Hawk Lookout Location photos

Now that footy season is over, we are free to go and create family memories by taking some road trips and going on adventures, sharing stories and dreams. We found the perfect spot at Eagle Hawk Lookout where we could drive right up and take a photo of our very own three sisters with the legendary Three Sisters in the background.

As a mum of three girls, my hope is to instil some craftiness in all of them, hoping that being around a crafty mum and seeing me create and use my imagination to make new things, they will learn these skills too. Just as they have three distinct personalities, they have three different crafting styles. Daughter number one, the eldest, who we’ll call Meehni for this post, loves art, drawing, reading and particularly loves to play the teacher and read to her sisters. She created her own storybook version of the legendary dreamtime story of The Three Sisters.

homemade storybook about the three sisters

Watch our eldest narrating the magic of three sisters story to her two younger sisters below.

Daughter number two – for this post let’s call her Wimlah – loves to finger knit. She is a very keen crafter and is learning other crafts too, however more often then not I see her finger knitting. I do love driving but I also really love being a passenger in the car as it allows me time to craft so I always keep a knitting or crochet project in the car for when this opportunity arrises. Finger knitting is a great craft kids can do safely in the car on long trips.

Finger knitting in the car

Daughter number three – for this post let’s call her Gunnedoo – loves cakes and baking. We stopped off at the sweetest child friendly cafe and store called The Gingerbread House in Katoomba to fill our tummies before the scenic drive home and get some inspiration for some gingerbread baking back at home.

The Gingerbread House Cafe & Store

Our little boy will not know what it’s like to have brothers however my hopes are that he will continue to be a soft and sensitive boy from growing up surrounded by so many sisters. Maybe he’ll grow up to have three sons of his own, you just never know the way things will work out.

views of the three sisters

At different times and ages they can get along better with one particular sister than another and dynamics are constantly changing. The great thing about a road trip adventure to the Blue Mountains is that with the electronic PowerFold split rear seats they can change their mind about who they are sitting next to and swapping everyone around is an easy push of a button. The second row seats are 60:40 and the back 6th and 7th seats are split 50:50 which also fold down totally flat for fitting all the clothes and change of outfits three sisters will need.

Ford Everest electronic seat folding

In case you already have two daughters are thinking of having more children let me tell you exactly what it’s like to have three daughters. They fight like any brother/sister might fight, they don’t always want to share their clothes or even pass down their favourite outfits to their sister, they still say they are bored and they are extra messy changing outfits several times a day! On the positive side they always look out for each other, stand up for each other, show much love and affection to each other and are genuinely happy for each other’s successes.

my three sisters

Makes me wish I did have a sister or two after all.

 

As a “Home & Wellbeing” category Top 3 finalist for the Kidspot Voices of 2015 blogging competition I have automatic entry into the #FordThinking part of the competition. This means that Ford Australia have given me a new Ford Everest Titanium for the next 6 weeks to test drive and share 3 posts on my blog. #Voicesof2015 #shareaustralia

  • Lesley Marshall

    I only have a brother too. Would of liked to have a sister (or three). I’ve never heard the story about the three sisters. Thanks Lorelei 🙂

    • Lorelei

      Thanks so much for your comment Lesley. There are actually two different versions to the 3 Sisters story however this is our favourite.

    • craftsmumship

      Thanks for your comments Lesley. There are two different versions to the story however I do prefer this one.

  • NICOLE KHOURY

    I have grown up with twin sisters so I know how beautiful it is to have that connection. Your daughters remind me of my two beautiful girls, very similar in age too and they are extremely lucky to have a mum like you. Another great blog Lorelei, keep them coming!

    • Lorelei

      Thanks Nicole for your sweet comments. You are very lucky to have two sisters and must have been even more fun with twins!

  • Melissa

    I am lucky to have a sister, don’t know what I would do without her. Love reading your blogs, beautiful pics of your beautiful kids!

    • Lorelei

      I imagine they totally understand you and are a big help socially and emotionally growing up. My brother lives in another state so I hardly ever see him these days. Thanks for your lovely comments Melissa.

  • Harriet

    We are always on the lookout (no pun intended!) for constructive things for our 3 to do on long trips. Finger knitting g is perfect ! Will give it a try!

    • Lorelei

      She’s been having fun finger knitting with t-shirt yarn lately and is making beautiful necklaces to give to special people in her life. Too sweet. I’ll do a blog post on them soon in case your kids want to make some as well.

  • Jodie

    There’s just myself and my sister but we are extremely close and I totally get the bond you’re talking about in this post. When we were kids I called The Three Sisters “The Three Heads” lol – I just didn’t totally understand the history behind those beautiful creations. Thanks for sharing Lols and j hope you’re enjoying your Ford.

    • Lorelei

      Thanks for your lovely comments Jodie. Yes I’m really enjoying the Ford Everest and has been very handy to have another car. Hopefully we get to take it off-road again as that was so much fun.

  • Kim

    Gorgeous story. Thank you. You are so lucky to have a gorgeous loving tribe. Love doing family things too and might just take that trip….

    • craftsmumship

      Thanks for your lovely comments Kim. The Blue Mountains is a great trip to make, you should definitely do it.

  • Iris

    Love it ! not an a digital device in site, reminds me of another time when the journey was half the fun , and the entertainment was created by conversation and creativity.

    • craftsmumship

      I do enjoy car trips as it’s a great time to chat too. Especially with my husband as he can’t escape it then! haha

  • Nicole McMurtrie

    I will have to try finger knitting with my girls. They both wanted to learn to see in the holidays so they made a skirt each but I do like the idea of a portable craft for car trips and waiting around.

    • craftsmumship

      Your girls will most probably love it then if they are already a bit crafty. I’ll do a blog post soon with some ideas of things to actually make with the finished finger knitted yarn too.

  • Julie Duff Briddon

    We love the visit the Blue Mountains. Our favourite is the Vertical Railway.

    • craftsmumship

      Thanks so much for commenting again Julie. Yes I loved the railway too, it’s been a few years since we’ve done it. So much to do and see in the Blue Mountains that I want to go again soon.






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