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Martin and Catherine Dunleavy with a photo of their 10 grandchildren. Picture: Gerald Moscarda/The West Australian

Catherine Dunleavy likes to think of herself as a traditional grandmother.

The 68-year-old, from Lesmurdie, has 10 grandchildren and describes herself as "hands-on" with the offspring of her four children.

Along with husband Martin, Mrs Dunleavy relishes her role and is always available to look after Katrina, 13, Oliver, 12, Benjamin, Brianna and Ruby, 11, Grace and Joseph, 9, Harry, 7, James, 6, and Charles, 5.

"Last school holidays, we took them all on the Bibbulmun Track," Mrs Dunleavy said.

"They all had walking sticks and we did the five-kilometre hike. Along the way, they were looking for the Wagyls (track markers) and listening to birds. We had a sausage sizzle there and it was a wonderful day - it was such a pleasure.

"My experience as a grandmother has always been one of joy and happiness.

"Now they are bigger, we have them during the school holidays and we think it's important to give their mums and dads a break."

The Dunleavys are masters of organisation, taking the grandchildren cycling, playing tennis, going to the beach or just walking. Armed with picnic rugs and flasks of tea, the family always make the most of their time together.

"We are amazed at what a great time we have and how well they all get along," Mrs Dunleavy said.

"Most of the things we do cost next to nothing and it's good to get the kids away from the TV, iPads and mobile phones."

The West Australian

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