Tonight we returned to the worksite to have a closer look at the big machinery after all the workers had gone home.

As we left home to walk up to the corner, Brioni happily rode on David’s red trolley. However, before we reached the worksite, she decided she wanted to walk. So David placed his trolley in some bushes to retrieve when we came back.

Aisha, 4yo, March 2009
Even though it was too late to see them in daylight, we liked seeing the big machines up close. There were two big excavators — one with a claw, the other with a bucket — a bulldozer and a road roller.

The big equipment was being watched over by a friendly security guard named Barry. We introduced ourselves as friendly neighbours on a family outing and asked him some questions. He didn’t know anything about the project and was planning on staying awake all night to make sure nothing happened to the machines.

David with Brioni, 2yo, + Aisha, 4yo, March 2009
David was thrilled at the opportunity to examine the big machines up close.

On our walk back home, as we passed the house where the trolley was stashed, it wasn’t there. David walked up to the house and asked the occupants about it. “My daughter told me that I left my red trolley out the front,” the man replied. He went around the back of the house and sheepishly retrieved it for David. “I actually thought it might have come off the back of a ute,” he added.

But all’s well that ends well!

David with Brioni, 2yo, + Aisha, 4yo, March 2009
One way of moving the family around.