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Sunday, 31 December 2006
Just wanted to let everyone know that I've swapped this blog over to the NEW Blogger. What that means to you all is that you need to upgrade too! It's pretty simple, just say "upgrade to new blogger" or something.. and then if you don't have a gmail account, create one! Then you'll have a new email address (that you don't need to check if you don't want to), but you'll also be able to write new things to the Bandwagon.
Apparently there's more functionality and stuff, but I'm not sure.
I know it's a bit of a hassle.. but the old Blogger won't be around forever...
p.s. happy new year everyone!
Saturday, 30 December 2006
Nana and Auntie Denise didn't get to Shep on Wednesday. Josie was sick. Since they were ready to go, they went shopping instead. They went to Shep on Thursday and had a nice day. Jodie took her (Chris's) car and then headed home to Melbourne.
Damien told me Lisa was sick today, so they didn't see her when they went to say bye. I rang to offer to have Carolynn and Jared but Adam said they were being great helpers. Hope no one else succumbs.
We had a quiet day here, laundry, floor washing and Dad put up the rest of our lights. The ants are busy again. Will it rain? It is in Canberra and Melbourne but not in Bendigo where it's needed.
I'm making sweet and sour pork stir fry for tea. That has used up the christmas leftovers before new year.
Lots of love to you all. We're thinking of you.
Love from Mum and Dad
Sunday, 24 December 2006
I think we're just about ready for Christmas on Monday. Last weekend we made Baileys.. unfortunately I think we'll need to make some more THIS weekend. Hehehe. Here are two pictures from the evening and more can be found in my Christmas 2006 set on Flickr.
Hope everyone is happy and healthy!
Wednesday, 20 December 2006
Sunday, 17 December 2006
Well, it is almost Chrissy and we still haven't finished our shopping - like mum and dad we have just been to busy with other stuff! But I am hoping to finish before Friday, unlike mum and dad LOL!
So, here is what we have been doing -
About 13 weeks ago (start of the school holidays) Manga got out of the yard to visit the dog over the back. We were hopeful, but it did end up being a male doberman and 3 weeks ago Manga had a healthy litter of 7. They are now getting really active and today they graduated from an inflatable swimming pool to chicken wire blocking them from the back door.
As previously posted, Carolynn is today a teenager! We gave her some cards and an iPod shuffle, and she got bathers and money from nanny and poppy, and money from nanna, and lip gloss from tamara, ray and adam. She has a break-up party at the pool tomorrow and that's it for school for her.
Jared finishes on Thursday, unless we decide he can have the last day off (Scott might be visiting that day) Before that Parent's Association still has the grade 6 graduation lunch and a BBQ for the end of year concert and awards evening (I am President for another year)
Trinity has been practising her walking between things, and has been walking further and further and not falling down quite as often. It is so cute to watch, she points at things like "I am going to walk over there" and off she goes :) Clever girl!
Oh, and Damien and Cheryl, we have booked a Chinese restaurant for Friday night, so if you are in town then you are invited, and if not I guess you miss out... :P We went there with some friends last month and it was pretty nice.
I think that is about everything, I will try to upload some photos now :)
Saturday, 16 December 2006
Today Dee and I went shopping for Christmas decorations. Poor Glenn is still not quite well (he got sick last week in Paris because he let his feet get wet). Shopping was busy - the taxi driver on the way home (yes, we got so much stuff we couldn't carry it) said that today was the busiest day before Christmas - apparently next Friday is too close. Regardless of how busy it was, we found a lot of festive decorations, including some great stockings - I'll post pictures below, and you can see more on my Flickr.
We had a lot of fun tonight, decorating until our little hearts were content. Hope you enjoy the pictures!
Wednesday, 13 December 2006
Our blue Christmas tree didn't win at the Connections Christmas craft show despite Carolynn adding lots of votes. It will be our tree for this year so I've put it in the front entrance area. Lisa's placemats were very popular with plenty of orders.
Tamara's wedding is the next thing on the agenda.(after two more days at work)
Lots of love to all. Looking forward to seeing those still in the country. Merry Christmas.
Monday, 11 December 2006
Friday, 8 December 2006
Damien and Cheryl the Christmas tree is lovely. We have a blue and silver one to go in the display at the Church. I'll use it as our tree for this year then give the frame back to the craft group. I have the nativity scene in the fireplace and dad has made the star light up.
I haven't read the other entries from Glenn and D and Dayna. I'll look forward to that. It makes you seem much closer when I can write to you and read what you are up to.
Lots of love from Mum and Dad
I've not had any formal notification of the position (I'll email them next week), but after speaking to the people who are effectively my supervisors, I've decided that the pssition will be challenging enough, but with enough flexibility to let me decide what I want to focus on - demos, workshops or just setting up a good system to make sure everyone can find everything. *grin*
So - I have work.. so I can enjoy my month's holiday (frugally.. the Aussie dollar doesn't go very far over here. *grin*)
I arrived in Bristol last night and found my way to the Backpackers (not as nice as the one in Manchester.. but cheaper - so I guess it's fair enough). After a mostly restful night, I decided to go wandering today. Unfortunately, it's been raining on and off.. so it's not the best weather for wandering. It's funny - it's cold, but a mild kind of cold - i KNOW it's going to get much much more icy! :)
Tomorrow I think I'll go and check out Bristol's science centre (predictable..).. it's called At Bristol, and unfortunately they've got the Alice in Wonderland exhibit from the States that I saw when I visited Glasgow Science Centre back in June. O well.. I'm sure they'll have lots of other things for me to look at and play with (I hope!).
Saturday I'm going to catch up with Jono and Erin (I worked with Jono in 2003-4) - they're currently living and working here.. and then on Sunday I'm getting a lift to Bath. I'm planning on catching the train from there back to Edinburgh, so I should be home around the same time as Glenn and Dee (although I don't know what time they're getting home.. o well..)
Hope everyone is well.. and I also don't have any photos.. although maybe I can upload the Bristol Cathedral when I get home (I don't have the camera cable with me).
Carolynn and Jared - can you each write a blog to let us all know what you've both been up to?
Wednesday, 6 December 2006
Today we got the last of the Christmas presents, so it's off to l'office de la poste tomorrow to send. Dayna, we got you a little tree ornament as well, from Galleries Lafayette (ps. it's purple) where we walked around for ages yesterday (that place is huge!).
Dee's birthday on Thursday, jeudi, so tomorrow (mecredi) I'm hunting solo - help! She thinks I'm kidding when I say I don't know what to get her. Poor little chickpea; she'll learn the truth soon enough I guess.
Anyway, hope everyone is well!
Saturday, 2 December 2006
Well here's a photo of our tree. Cheryl made those fantastic beaded decorations, and the rest of the stuff we had bought last year in the post Christmas sale. It's only a tiny tree, but it works for us :)
You can see some close up shots of the ornaments (i was playing with the settings on the camera) here, here, here and here
Tuesday, 28 November 2006
Saturday, 25 November 2006
Cheryl and I have just arrived home after a bit of a drive down the coast. We headed down to Normanville beach, which is about the same distance as Victor Harbour. We had some breakfast there, headed up the coast a bit to another beach, then back to Normanville for a picnic lunch (it was good food!) and then home again via Myponga beach. It was basically a joint "we need to test out the car" and "it's 33 degrees today" decision, although the hot weather didn't stop the ocean from being freezing.
Thursday, 23 November 2006
I'd best get going - I'm in a hostel and only have a short amount of time.
Wednesday, 22 November 2006
Today we had a phone call from Tamara. They'll be visiting on Saturday/Sunday. I have an Intimo (bras) demo here on Saturday so hopefully the men will make themselves scarce. Dad thinks he'll go to Talbot to the wreckers if he's not playing bowls. He opted out of the team last week because it was the Swap Meet. Also Auntie Denise's birthday so we may go out for tea.
Lisa has given me the Laser info so I'll get onto that tomorrow Dayna. Who was the compulsory third party insurance provider? Did you tell them you'd sold the car? Lisa has deregistered the Magna and put the Laser in her name.
Glenn and D, I suggested we photograph your furniture. You'll feel at home when you visit with a fridge and a set of shelves(now storing CD's/ DVD's, a food processor and a toolbox). Dad worked out a way to stack them that I'm happier with. I was trying to push the drawers in, but I think they were made to stick out a bit. Dad could fix that. We'll just need to put you in the back room and you can pretend it's your flat. Your metal shelves are in the store room and have made that much easier to access. If you want them back I'll have to buy you new ones.
Lots of love to all. Hope all is going well for you.
Monday, 20 November 2006
Yes, something truly blog-worthy! Last night Trinity took her first steps ALONE! It was a proud moment, obviously, and we made sure to get photos. I will have to do some editing but here is a better one. I don't know if it was the idea of walking the cat that inspired her, but that is what she did. Carolynn put the cat harness on Trinity's toy kitty - Trinity says "ow, ow" and pats it, it's very cute. Now she can walk it (I have since cut the lead so it is Trinity sized)
Another cute Trinity story - my chair is close to a table, and Trinity was standing up on the chair, she leant backwards and hit her head on the table, so I rubbed her head and gave her a hug and a kiss. When she was happy I gave her her baby doll. She gave it a hug and rubbed it's head and I asked if she had bumped her head too. Well, Trinity held the doll by it's arm and whacked it's head on the table, then rubbed it's head and hugged it. I laughed and said "oh, poor baby, she hit her head. Are you going to give her a kiss too?" Trinity made kissy faces and offered the doll to me so I kissed it then she did too. It was just too cute!
In other news, Glenn, Dee, Dayna, there should be a parcel on it's way to you guys soon. Happy Birthday Glenn (late) Happy Birthday Dee (early, unless it takes a while to get there) and Merry Christmas all (again, early) I hope you all enjoy it. :) And I hope you are good at sharing. lol.
Friday, 17 November 2006
Another blog from me to let everyone know that I made it safely to Glenn and Dee's place last night.
After getting to Melbourne airport around 5 or 6pm on Wednesday afternoon, I arrived in Edinburgh at about 8.30pm Thursday night. You may be thinking "that's only 28 hours.. where did 39 come from?".. and the answer, my friends, is Time Difference! Yes, the times above are local times.. so to get an accurate length of travel, simply add the 11 hours that Melbourne is ahead of Edinburgh. *phew*..
By the end of the trip, I was very much a space cadet... and I must say that I still feel like one today.. so this will just be a short post before I head in to town to sort out my phone and to get some fresh air (so very fresh - brrr).
During the trip I traveled in an assortment of ways - buses, trains, planes, the underground, a taxi and my own two feet. I had about 40 kgs of luggage to contend with - which was fine for the plane ride but not so fun for the tube/underground experience.. especially since the direct line from Paddington (where the Heathrow Express (train) dropped me) to Kings Cross (where I caught the train to Edinburgh) was not working.. that might not sound like much but it meant two underground trains, at least one extra set of stairs (with my 25kg backpack and a trolley with another 20kgs of so). *phew* I certainly got my exercise yesterday. :)
Anyway, I'd best get a move on - I think it's about lunch time over here and I'm going to get something whilst I'm out.
Take care and let's see if everyone can write a new blog entry (not just reply to other blogs). :)
Tuesday, 7 November 2006
I too have been quiet on the Bandwagon front. I meant to send something about Trin's Christening ages ago.. oops. Anyway, better late than never I always say. *grin* Do you like the picture? It's one of my favourites.
I really enjoyed the few days I had in Bendigo - it was great to see everyone again.
Jared, how did the production go? Did your hero pose go down well? How are you going with the AstroJax? There's even a website about it - maybe you could find some new tricks.
Carolynn, did you end up going to the park? Did you talk to your music teacher about learning the clarinet? I think it'd be really cool for you to learn it - I learnt flute and then clarinet when I was at school. *grin*
I'm glad that the Laser coped with all of the stuff that I packed into it too. For those of you who didn't see it, I had packed the poor little car almost to the rafters. The influence of Dad's packing ability along with three years of living at Halls and coming home (with all my stuff) for the holidays, followed by two years as a Smover having to carefully pack a station wagon every tour means that I am really good at packing things into as small a space as possible. The car didn't handle as well as it has in the past - but given that it was FAR heavier than it's been before, I'm not surprised.
I finished work last Tuesday, and have been packing and cleaning since then. I managed to sell most of my furniture (the bed, coffin shelves, bookshelves, tv and other stuff). Today the Salvos are coming to pick up the washing machine (some time between 7.30am and 3.30pm - so I've got to wait around all day.. blah!), removalists are coming Thursday morning and carpet cleaners on Friday. It's really strange to be packing up the house - but strange in a good way.
Anyway, this is already a long entry, so I'm going to stop here and let someone else have a say.
Ooh, and I DID get a Halloween Bandwagon header (mostly) done - I'll send it through once I finish it.. see - better late than never! *grin*
*big hugz* to all..
First I have to say THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU to everyone for their well-wishes (and presents) for my birthday. I had a great time -- a brilliant meal at a fancy-pants restaurant with my beloved, then getting stonkingly drunk on semi-expensive wine, then chasing it with a tall coffee with cream and those delicious little mints. A brilliant night -- and well and truly worth the headache the next day.
I got some very nice gifts, too -- Egglings (eggs that you crack open and little plants grow from); Ambergris wash (made from whale sick, look it up!); green tea picked by specially trained monkeys (as opposed to monkeys who have a more general education such as the VCE, or A-levels).
From Dee I got an awesome gift -- the Suunto T3 heart-rate monitor watch! Stylish in black, the T3 records heart-rate, calories and "training effect" for each training session -- brilliant, since I'm trying to concentrate on my personal fitness goal of running the Edinburgh marathon (I've actually been running the equivalent of a couple of miles about three times a week at the gym -- which I can only do now that I got fitted for some new runners, as my old ones were horrible, plastic and hurt my feet).
We took a weekend away to the foot of the highlands a little while ago, staying at the little cottage house shown here. We travelled by bus to Stirling, home of the William Wallace monument, and spent an afternoon climbing circular stairways and learning about Braveheart. We've not been anywhere since, but we're both working as much as we can at the moment to save up some dosh. We've got all the tickets and everything for Paris in Decembre, and then we're planning on visiting Egypt early next year, and maybe a bit of an Eastern Europe tour sometime too.
Of course we're looking forward to seeing Dayna in a couple of weeks, and having her with us for Christmas. Dee wants to make her "Haley's Comet" again this year -- the Christmas pudding with enough brandy to run a 1925 Silver Anniversary Buick for about 17 hours straight -- so I've got to get the local fire department on speed dial before then, you know, just in case. She also wants to instigate a new family tradition -- making home-made Baileys. (Actually, this is a borrowed tradition from some dear friends, and so much fun.) We're going to get a "living tree" for Christmas, then put it out on the balcony (or in the hallway) until 2007, and try to keep it alive!
The other news is, as you can see from the picture, that I've got some new glasses. It's about time, really -- since I lost my "nice" ones in the ocean off Adelaide's coast I've been wearing contact lenses and the "spares", which I don't really like that much (they were two for one at Budget Specs back in Uni). These new ones are, I think, pretty trendy. I'm also trying out monthly contact lenses -- that is, lenses that you wear for 30 days (including overnight) and then throw away. It's brilliant being able to wake up and see in the morning, and until my prescription settles I'm not going to get laser surgery (it needs to be stable for a couple of years, really).
Not much else, although I've uploaded the baptism photos to Flickr if anybody wants them. (Such a cutey!)
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Thursday, 2 November 2006
Tuesday, 31 October 2006
I thought I would also let you all know that Trinity has been trying to stand up by herself. At Jared's school production she sat up the front with Carolynn on some mats. She pushed up onto her hands and feet, and balanced herself to stand up for a few seconds before letting herself down. She did this a couple of times, it was a bit sad that Adam wasn't there (he didn't feel well that night)
But she did it again at Carole's on Saturday night, it was so cute. She did it a few times, like, oh, that was fun, see if I can do it again! The other thing she has started this week is climbing up on the couch! Such a clever little girl! She will be walking by Christmas I'm sure :)
I'm having trouble uploading photos, so I will do that later.
Thursday, 19 October 2006
We're going to have a look at a 1997 laser this weekend, but based on last weekend I wont hold my breath. We'll let you know how we go with it all.. it's possible that if we come back for christmas we might even be driving :)
What have you guys been doing? And have you heard anything good or bad about the cars we're looking at?
Saturday, 14 October 2006
Wednesday, 11 October 2006
Just a gift update. Mum and Dad, the book is still on order in the US, so the current approximate delivery is the end of November.. but it's going to depend on when they get the book, and then about three weeks after that for postage. It's being posted straight to your house though.
Glenn, happy birthday for Saturday! We've ordered you a gift from your wishlist online, so don't go buying anything off there. If it's not at your house already, it can't be far off.. and sorry if i've ruined the surprise ;)
Thank you Mr. Internets.
Sunday, 8 October 2006
Saturday, 7 October 2006
It's based on the fact that your hearing degrades over time, although I can hear it and so can Cheryl (and technically we're too old) .. so i'm interested to see if you guys can too.
Click here to listen to a wav of the file. Then let us all know if you hear anything.
Sunday, 1 October 2006
I hope you're having/had (I can never remember the international time ... I think it's now the day after the day before, er, you know what I mean, or if you don't then, well maybe you're me) a brilliant day and enjoy all your gifts and (more importantly?) the attention *wink*. Did you
How old are you now, little brother? Twenty-six or something equally ridiculous, no? I can still remember all our childish misbehaviour -- He-man vs the Ninja Turtles, battling it out in either Castle Grayskull, the TMNT Sewers or that place where Hordak and his goons hung out, what was it called? I remember painting Superman black to make him an evil Superman (your Batman toy had so much more anghst, dang!), and how the Transformers could kick butt over regular Matchbox Cars every single time, despite Matchbox's superior numbers. Ah, good times.
And that was just last week on your podcast. (Hey, there's a topic for next week!)
Anyway, Cheryl said you got your pressie, and so did you from work the other day, so enjoy! Thinking of you tonight as I have 一献 of sake. Mmmm, sake. Tell me again when you heading to Japan? How many bottles of delicious rice-wine are you allowed to
In other news: today, whilst looking for some gym shoes, I got Dee a guitar.
It's nice, too -- a black acoustic Fender, sweet tones, came in a beginners pack which included a tuner, set of strings and DVD. I also got a stand for it, so it can sit out in our lounge-room and tempt us to play, or at least attempt to play.
We've watched the first lesson on the DVD, and have been practising E5 and A5. I'm sure all the guitaristas out there are probably laughing, but it's a start for us -- I can't wait to get some tablature and have a good ol' jam some time in (probably) a couple of months. Maybe she'll even go for an open mic night somewhere? I'd be in for that, provided I could do vocals ... and got plenty of time to practise!
As I say, it's some time away. Not maybe places, even in Edinburgh, will let you play a gig when you only know two chords. Well, maybe Bannerman's Bar, but that's a student haunt I think (put enough beer in students, or "suits" for that matter, they will clap anything ... as any purveyor of open mic knows all too well).
I didn't find my gym shoes of course. It's always the same -- you go looking for a particular something, guaranteed you will find something else equally compelling.
Friday, 29 September 2006
It was cool, and scary too. It's at L'Institut Français d'Écosse, not too far from our place but about half an hour from my work (which gives me just enough time to make it after work). 2 hour lessons, once a week for fifteen weeks. Of course, we'll be going to Paris one of those weeks, but I think a week of culture-immersion should make up for missing the lesson *wink*!!
They're small classes, but the teacher seems nice. It's weird to listen to a French person with a Scottish accent when they speak English (she lived in Inverness for a couple of years I think). She's also said that she won't be speaking much English from here on in -- we got a basic guide to, "watch, listen, repeat, sit, stand". If all else fails, I'm just going to copy the rest of the class!
We're very excited to have Dayna with us!! It's going to be very much fun -- we'll have Christmas together, maybe we can set up the video conferencing for Christmas dinner (I know, I've said that before, but how about this year?!). Some yummy roast veggies ... actually, that reminds me, we've already got some in our 'fridge I really should cook up. Mmmm, roasty.
Tuesday, 26 September 2006
Yesterday I got a new copy of my birth certificate (I think it was left somewhere unpleasant), so today I went out to the British High Consulate (near the airport) and applied for my UK Ancestry visa. It looks like it'll be ready to pick up next week! yay!
I've also got my ticket all good to go - I leave from Melbourne on the 15th November.. When I was talking to Mum and Dad last week, I said I might come to Bendigo just before I go.. but on further thinking, it will be better for me to come to Bendigo for Trin's christening (and take some time off work so I can spend time with everyone). I'll leave the car in Bendigo at that point, and head to Melbourne for meetings (for work) on the Monday. From there I'll head to WA for work, then back home in time to pack up my final things, get furniture sent away, and do my final clean and get my house sorted out..
I'm not sure whether I'll get to visit Damien and Cheryl before I go (sorry guys) but I'll work on it. :)
Anyway, hope you're all good!
Monday, 25 September 2006
Friday, 22 September 2006
Wednesday, 20 September 2006
Wednesday, 13 September 2006
Trinity's Baptism... no date yet, Stephen is back tomorrow and will hopefully get back to us.
Jared went to the Jockey Club with the lion team for a performance. He got to be the clown/monk/teaser, which is what he preferred to being in the lion. I was told he'd never had a bigger smile on his face! I couldn't go this time, so a couple of the other parents kept an eye on him :) The "little" boys stuck together, I was told wherever one was they all were - 5 of them in total, 2 lions and the monk :) The next performance is "moon festival" which is the 8th of October, so I better check the time... might not have Trinity's Baptism that weekend.
Carolynn has a calisthenics comp this Friday night in Melbourne... will get her to post results on the weekend... if she is allowed on the computer. Technically she is banned until she cleans up her room!
Finally, Adam has been working on the BendigoGuide so go and have a look -http://www.bendigoguide.com.au/
Thursday, 7 September 2006
The enlightened Doctor here gave us antibiotics and gave me a week off. She didn't know I only get paid when I work. I went back on Wednesday. We only have two weeks until the holidays. My workmate is off for the three weeks after an operation, so otherwise we're short staffed.We've continued with cold and flu tablets and I have Ventolin as well. We're both still coughing especially as the evening gets cooler. We're keeping up the fresh squeezed fruit juice and extra vitamin C. It's the most effective weight loss method I've found, but I suspect the result won't be long lasting.
Look forward to more updates.
Love from Mum and Dad
Monday, 4 September 2006
hi there family,
it's been a little while since i've posted.. i'd like to say that it's because i've been doing lots of fun things, but really it's just because i've been busy with boring stuff like work!
i've started looking for jobs in the UK (which is where I took the photo of my hand on a heat-sensitive panel). i've decided that it's time to have some adventures (i'm really not enjoying work and the Director said "if you're not enjoying what you're doing, don't do it!"). i'm not absolutely sure of when i'll head off yet.. but it'll probably be round the end of the year, maybe before christmas, not sure yet.. it kinda depends on when i get work.. and kinda doesn't...
glenn and dee, any hints and tips ??? :) ooh, and can i say i'm going to come and live with you? (for the ancestry visa application..)
anyway.. i'm not planning on going away forever - but i certainly feel that it's time for me to go. it was always in my plan to head to the UK for 2007.. i've even got an email from early last year that says that! if i don't go now, when will i? it's not like i've got to wait for someone else now.
ooh, and while i'm thinking of people who shall remain nameless.. he should have put my power-drill in the post (registered mail) on the weekend. mum and dad, i asked him to send it to you - so please let me know if it turns up.
anyway, i've got some applications to write..
Dad and I are both not well. Whatever it was hit us both on Friday night, and we've spent most of the weekend resting. We've got into the doctor this afternoon, so I hope we get something more than "It's a virus so we can't give you anything". We both seem a little improved today and I think I'm actually hungry now. It's been a weekend of minimum food. The bathroom looks like a chemists, and we've used up the chesty cough syrup.
I had to ring Lisa to say don't bring the children although it was father's Day. I'd hate them to get this. I hope Adam enjoyed his second father's day.
We got the text message Dayna. Glad you had a lovely weekend.
Damien rang to let us know he's also been sick. He did call in a doctor and was told"its a virus etc"
Glenn what did your last posting mean? Do you have a new phone number?
I've taken two days off work at the moment. Really bad timing since I was doing extra hours while a workmate is off after an operation. I hope I'm right by Wednesday.
Saturday, 2 September 2006
Saturday, 26 August 2006
Saturday, 19 August 2006
Sunday, 13 August 2006
As for Jared, he had his last game of footy today. They have won one game this season! He is thinking he would like to try soccer next. Although he put a list of games into a hat and pulled out tennis for his next sport. We will have to see, I think he would like to play soccer with Jake.
Carolynn has her first comp for calisthenics next weekend in Echuca. She is going to get a lift there with a friend in the team. Then 2 weeks after that is CVI in Melbourne, then Shepparton will be the last one this year. I hope they go well, since they only had their first training together in June, and since then I think all the team have trained together about 3 times (there always seems to be one or two not there) And to top it off one girl has left just this week so there has been some changes to some of the routines because of that!
As for Adam and I, we are seeing Stephen again about Trinity's Christening. Will keep you posted to that. I seem to be spending heaps of time at Comet Hill, now that the Parent's Association is doing the weekly special lunches, Thursday is the only day I get to go home after dropping the kids off (Tuesday's I go to mum and dad's before Connections)
Anyway, Carolynn is still working on her header for the bandwagon, keep an eye open for it!
Monday, 7 August 2006
I've added Lisa and Jared's footy header.
Also, on Sunday we finally recieved our certificates from Japan. Here I am looking rather pleased to have it :) You probably can't see, but it has my name printed in english, and next to that what i assume is my name in katakana.
Saturday, 5 August 2006
Wednesday, 2 August 2006
Tuesday, 1 August 2006
Monday, 31 July 2006
We did have a busy weekend - Jared's footy at 11am, Carolynn at calisthenics for her concert at 2.30pm (it started at 3.30pm and went until 6.30pm) Then Sunday Carolynn had production practice at 9am (it was so foggy too, that early) and then we picked her up to go to mum and dad's at 12.30pm. In the meantime Jared made mousse and Carolynn made nanny's birthday cake, and Adam 'made' Trinity's cake... and we bought meringues instead of making a plate for the concert Saturday! Now Tuesday till Thursday Carolynn has production and has to be there at 6pm, we are staying to watch on Wednesday with mum and nanna... now we have to get ready to meet Stephen about Trinity's Baptism!
Saturday, 29 July 2006
It has been very much fun so far, but I can't figure out how people stay so healthy with the 'traditional' diet of bier, bratwurst, bier, rindwurst, bier and bier. And we haven't even started with the desserts! Can anyone name a famous chocolate dessert from the heart of Bavaria? (Here's a clue ... it rhymes with Spocklate Hungarian.)
I think last night was the best one so far -- we stumbled upon a friendly local who got us talking, and eating radishes, and of course drinking. So much drinking. But hey, when in Rome ... (oh wait, that's not for a couple of days yet! This is so much fun.)
Chris has booked us a hotel in London now, using one of those last minute deal websites. It#s nothing too flash ... just a 5 star hotel in the middle of London city proper!! Booyah! For not much more than the rat infested, crumbling, smelly and down right lovely places we're also going too. (Actually accomodation has been really good so far. Even Amsterdam, although a bit dodgy, added to the atmosphere of the place. And the Meininger in Munich is brilliant! It#s onlz 2 euro for .5L of the local brew, which is very tasty indeed. Argh, this kezboard is reallz getting to me now!)
Today we visited a concentration-camp -- now a shrine of remembrance for all the POWs who were incarcerated (bad spelling? Blame the Deutsche keyboard, or the Deustche bier) there by the SS over 6 years. Interested, shocking and a very weird way to start the day!
Afterwards we walked around looking for some stuff in our guide book, and accidently found several places a lot more interesting than the one we were looking for! Doing a lot of walking actually -- it will be nice to just sit on the train tomorrow morning.
Hope everyone is well and happy. I haven' sent the postcards yet, but maybe in Italia (since Dee did Italian at school and therefore IN THEORY should be able to keep us out of trouble). Not sure when we#ll be online again (as always) but looking forward to reading what everyone is doing ... feels like I#ve alreadz been away for ages!
Okay, tschüs und gutnacht all.
Tuesday, 25 July 2006
We´re currently in Frankfurt au Main ein Deutschland. It´s extremely hot here, as it was in both Bruxelles und Amsterdam -- and in Amsterdam we were in a tiny, decrepit little hostel room with three single beds ... which we ended up sleeping on top of, with the window open to the night air ... and the traffic, and the drunks and the stoners walking past. All part of the experience I suppose.
I´m going to try to get a postcard at each place we stay at and send a different one to everybody -- Damien and Cheryl will get the first, provided I can figure out how to send them!!
Okay, going to sign off now -- having issues with this Deutsch keyboard and trying to touch type!
PS. I love the new headers too! Nice work. Looking forward to the Halloween one, Dayna.
Monday, 24 July 2006
I like the updated header - with Big Trin. ;) could you please send me a copy of that one? (i want to start working on a Halloween header - so I bags that one, okay?!) heheh..
hmmm.. what else have i been up to? well.. working.. lots of working.. i keep "acting" in other (more senior) roles.. and for now i'm filling in for Fletch (he's got a position in the parent department for about six months) being the Team Leader for a while (until they run a 'process' for the temporary role).. ahhh.. joys.. ;)
otherwise, i'm trying to go through my stuff and get rid of things.. i've re-organised my kitchen (with some help *grin*) and am getting rid of the purple crockery and cutlery (but i'm keeping the black stuff!).. and going through the lounge may be next.. and then the junk room.. ;) and then i'll have to have a garage sale or something to get rid of everything.. heheh..
anyway.. i'd best go.. i've got another HUGE day tomorrow - got to get the van to work for 7am or thereabouts.. blah!
hope everyone is well (now)..
Sunday, 23 July 2006
Sunday, 16 July 2006
Tuesday, 4 July 2006
Eurostar isn't as cheap as I'd originally thought, unfortunately. £150 for a one way ticket on a Saturday, from Paris to London. On the other hand, I think it's only £90 for a return ticket ... go figure. Chris should also get a discount because of his Eurail pass, so that looks like what we will do. It's still extravagant, but how often do you get to go under the Channel in an underwater train? Doing 180 mph no less -- that's 300 kilometer per hour.
Which is fairly fast.
It doesn't include us getting from Edinburgh to Brussels at the start of the trip, nor from Paris back to Edinburgh at the end, but we figure we can fly from Glasgow to Brussels for cheapish (hopefully!). I want to take Eurostar under the channel when we're coming back (it's only about £40 for second-class, and it means we don't have to face Charles de Gaulle again -- it was quite harrowing the last time we were there, what with giant French policemen with even bigger automatic rifles tellings us (I assume) to go back the way we'd came (we were just looking for a taxi!).
I'll be looking at that tonight.
Monday, 3 July 2006
However after they left it came back, and continued to wax and wane, so Cheryl booked an appointment for me at the Medical Centre for the morning. We went along and i got checked out, hooked on an ecg machine and had blood samples taken. Everything seems to be normal.. I was worried there was something wrong with my heart, since the sensation started there, but they checked everything and it's healthy. In fact apart from being sick, i'm pretty much healthy overall - the only thing wrong was that my good cholesterol levels were 0.1 under.. but my overall cholesterol levels were low anyway, so that's ok.
Unfortunately that does kind of leave the possible cause open, but the doctor thinks it's a result of the cold which i've had for the last week, so i've got some antibiotics to help with that and hopefully the two will pass together. All up it's not the nicest way to start the day.. hopefully tomorrow will start a little quieter and less stressfully.
Sunday, 2 July 2006
The problem, of course, was that we're in the UK and therefore don't qualify for the Eurail tickets -- Foxxy, on the other hand, can't get an Interail ticket since he's all the way over in Australia (and they cost more anyway). And of course, whilst the Eurail tickets are first class, the Interail ones aren't.
So Tracey looked at our timings, listened to our predicament, and vowed, "As is my solemn duty, to protect and serve travellers and wayward children, I shall PRICE for you the individual first class tickets!"
Tracey clearly has a flair for the dramatic. She's getting back to us tomorrow. Yay!
Thursday, 29 June 2006
Turns out that the tickets we wanted to buy -- £300 for 16 days 1st class travel through all the places we want to visit -- are only available for people who haven't lived in Europe or the United Kingdoms for 6 months. The tickets that WE are allowed to buy are some £200 more expensive ... and cattle-class. What, the British are so used to paying too much for trains that they're just going to take it?
Anyway, it means we have to figure out what we're going to do, and figure it out soon. We don't really want to travel separately, so we might look at buying each leg of the journey separately. Dee's going into STA Travel to get their advice today.
Wednesday, 28 June 2006
When we moved, I rang up to get my account transferred to the new address. Nope, can't do that -- I need to cancel the old one then reapply for the new one. So I do that (or so I think). It takes weeks to get the new connection, and then I finally logon to check my old account ... and I still owe £5.66 for the last four days of the month. When I wasn't in the house. How does that go again?
The customer call centre has been outsourced (can you guess to where?) and they don't have any connection to the finance department ... even to the point of transferring my call. So I get a double-dose of the 15 minutes waiting on phone whilst inane pop music rings tinnilly in my ear. I'm just glad I've got a headset, and can mute the microphone and actually continue working.
Why must it be this way??
Tuesday, 27 June 2006
Here are some photos, as promised. We put in the one of us with Trinity to demonstrate what happens whenever anybody else but Lisa Carolynn or Jared tries to hold her. Mum and Dad look like it's under control, but she was on the way out :)
And here's a photo of Jared making a silly face.. I told you i'd put it on the internet ;)
Finally this fine photo is William in the hat I made him :)
Monday, 26 June 2006
We 'celebrated' Trinity's birthday first, (by opening the pressie from Uncle Damien and Aunty Cheryl) Then it was Cheryl's turn (she got to open a pressie from us) Trinity got a big book of first words with great pictures (of trousers and pants heheh) We gave Cheryl a set of knitting looms. It was really cool, she and Damien got some wool from mum and had a go. Damien made a hat for William and Cheryl started a hat for Charlotte (Damien finished because he used the smallest loom) I'd bought a set for us as well, and Carolynn and Jared have been loom knitting too. I couldn't resist getting a photo :)
Friday, 23 June 2006
Wednesday, 21 June 2006
Lots of love from Mum and Dad
Monday, 12 June 2006
Another day, another header. This one is to celebrate the World Cup (Australia v Japan tonight, 10pm on SBS, watch it!). For your own reference, here's the countries each of you are wearing:
Adam - Trinidad and Tobago (Trini-dad.. heh), Trinity - Ukraine, Lisa - Poland, Glenn - Mexico, Carolynn - Portugal, Danielle - England, Nana - Australia, Dad - Argentina, Mum - Netherlands, Jared - Switzerland, Dayna - USA, Cheryl - Italy, and I'm Germany.
As with the others, Cheryl and I take turns drawing people :)
I'm sitting once more in a little café in Stockbridge, drinking Irn-Bru (it's good for you!) and playing with the world-wide-web. Dayna is next to me, writing emails and looking at photos and stuff, and Dee's outside in the nearby park reading a magazine. We're all waiting for the next bus to Ocean Terminal, a shopping centre by the Firth of Forth.
It's been fun having Dayna over here -- we've gone out, gone shopping, gone crazy; drank ales in an old church and cherry-flavoured beer on the balcony; talked and laughed and spied on Edinburgh through the Camera Obscura. In short, we're having a blast.
If only we didn't have to go to work. Dayna's been catching up with her friends and doing touristy things (like getting sunburnt at the beach) while we've been stuck in our offices, chained to a computer terminal! Awww, no fair!
She's takes a bunch of random photos, so at least we can live vicariously.
Still waiting for an Internet connection at home; hence not updating this very much (it's hard to be inspired to write when the hum of fans drowns out the music on the radio, and the computers are all stuck on little desks with uncomfortable slide-out keyboard rests and equally uncomfortable (but not slide-out) "bum-rests" (AKA chairs).
Anyway, Dayna can write a full break-down of what she's been up to. I'll just say that we've met a couple of her friends, and she's scheduled for a dance-off with a Scot named Gregor sometime this evening. Heh heh heh.
I've got some photos, but not heaps. Try to take more and upload them to Flickr!
Saturday, 10 June 2006
Auntie Denise would love a blog type picture of her family. Nana has a photo that would be a good start, but they want to include Nana (and she's not in the photo). We can give you the photo when you come in a couple of weeks.
Next weekend we're going to Talbot for the opening of a new community library. We're to have lunch with the Hazelman's. Chris is back in Australia and working at the Aquarium in Melbourne, but Michael is still in Vietnam.
Dad used the old wooden posts from our fernery to reinforce and stabilize Nana's fernery. Today we went back to tidy it up. Nana was out but noticed the difference as soon as she arrived home.
one more week until holidays.( and no pay- oh well the rest will be nice and we're looking forward to seeing Damien and Cheryl and Dayna over the break.
Val Loomes was to have surgery in Albury on Friday, Hoping all went well. I guess chemo is to follow.
Kerry and John are to call in over the holidays on their way to Adelaide and a trip on the Ghan. Both are still off work after the bike accident.
love to all
Sunday, 4 June 2006
anyway.. best get a move on.. hope all is good, and i look forward to seeing everyone when i get back..
jared, hope footy is fun still (and you don't get tackled..)
carolynn, hope the flute practice is still going well - before my holiday i was playing my guitar every day, so i hope we still get to have a jam!
everyone else, be good and have fun.. ;)
Saturday, 3 June 2006
Last night was the Bendigo Instrumental Music Program concert (phew, that's a mouthful) Carolynn was going to 'music camp' from Tuesday to Friday this week, and the concert was to showcase all the kids had learnt. Mum, Dad and Nanna all came too, and it was good, if a really long night. Carolynn said she messed up one song, but I didn't notice so I'm sure no-one else watching did either.
And finally, Jared had a 9am footy game today, which they 'lost' (it's just for fun, remember) I think the other team got 13 3 to White Hills 1 point (on the bright side, Jared kicked the point) I hope they win a game this season, just one would be nice *grin* Although I did think in the future Jared could become a footy star, and his story would start "We lost every game the first season I played" That would be funny!!!
Tuesday, 30 May 2006
3 more years and i should get an art-name :)
Sunday, 28 May 2006
Cheryl and I have had a busy couple of weeks. Last weekend we decided to check out Brighton Beach.. Cheryl had heard it was a bit quieter than Glenelg, and had some nice cafes. I've added a couple of photos at the end of this post. Then in the evening we headed to Melbourne St, one of Adelaide's restaurant streets. There was a restaurant recommended to us, Boca, which was good. Then we went to a cafe type place called The Elephant Walk.. it was a long room partitioned up on each side by wicker dividers. Each section had a small table and one or two two-person couches.. it was very dark (lit by red lamps) and cosy. And they had nice coffees and cakes. And hot chocolate. And wooden elephants. We got here just before it opened at 8pm, but 8:10 they were turning people away. Popular place :)
On sunday.. well, i'll come back to that.
Yesterday we went to see X-Men 3, which if you were a fan of the first two is well worth seeing. Then in the evening we went to a pub to see Augie March.. they were great. The pub's function area was packed, we were expecting seats for everyone, but there was just a few booth-like couches around the edges. We got one of those and stood on the couch to watch the band over everyone's head :)
Today, as with last Sunday, I started the day by going to Iaido. Then at 4:30 we went to the Unley Oval for what I like to call Henry Gooden's Boot Camp. Henry, my boss, invited us out there.. basically we run a few laps around the oval (about half a km each) and then do some hill and stair climbs, and shuttle runs. It's about 45 minutes all up, and for me that means after the first lap, 45 minutes of trying to catch my breath doing everything else. Still, it's good, Cheryl and I both enjoy it (well.. "enjoy" probably isn't the right word) and hopefully over time we'll be able to see improvement. Yes, this is in addition to going to the gym.. but yeah, it's good to keep active, and it only hurts for a few days ;)
Well, that's been our weekends.. I think the plan for next Saturday is to have no plan :)
Friday, 26 May 2006
Jared won another encouragement award at footy, this time he gets a free 125ml Coca Cola. I think awards should have been given to everyone once before someone got two, might have to mention that to the coach?? or someone...
And next week Carolynn has music camp at Flora Hill. She has a friend who is also going so we will work something out so both lots of parents don't have to do the trip twice a day.
3 weeks until school holidays! yay!
Wednesday, 24 May 2006
yesterday i played tourist for a while.. got a ticket for a hop-on hop-off bus and travelled around with an Aussie i met on the plane trip over here.. it was kinda fun, and i've a got a few photos that i'll upload when i get to G&D's place.
highlights for me include:
- the tour guide on one of the buses - he just picked on EVERYONE! first it was me and Canberra (he lived there for a little while and said that the best part of Canberra is the airport!), then it was Aussies in general (his joke [apparently told by a New Zealander]: At Customs, on the way in to Australia, the Kiwi was asked "do you have any criminal convictions?", to which the Kiwi answered "I didn't know that it was still a requirement!".)
- passing Trafalgar Square MANY MANY MANY times...(the bus must just have looped that place or something.. hehe)
- the initial walk from Kings Cross station to Victoria station. i had to meet JD and Erin at Victoria at 10.30am, so i left the hostel (near Kings Cross Stn) at about 8.30am.. and wandered roughly south west until i got there.. it took me about the two hours.. and because i didn't stretch properly afterwards, my legs are REALLY SORE today.. d'oh! o well.. ;)
anyway, to finish this post i was going to post a picture of the coat of arms I made at the Victoria & Albert museum today.. but i can't seem to do it (ahh, internet in the hostel) - so i'm going to send the pic to Damien and see if he can put it in this post.. *grin* i also spent a few hours at the Science Museum today - it's SO DIFFERENT to Questacon! but i guess that's to be expected. ;)
hmm.. what else..
i'll try to send some of the rain to Bendigo - there's certainly plenty of it over here! it's funny to think that it's actually spring here.. but i guess in a 'normal' year (read 'non-drought') we'd have a lot of rain around september too.. hmm..
i look forward to trin's "belated" birthday for me in august.. *grin*
hope everyone is happy and healthy.. i'd best keep moving (time limit and all that...)
Damien's Edit: Here's the Coat of Arms
Monday, 22 May 2006
so.. i survived the LONG travel day[s].. after leaving for Sydney on the bus at 9am Saturday, i touched down at 8.15am on Sunday and got through Customs by 9.30am [yes, customs took ages.. and remember that the UK is 9hrs behind AEST].. so.. LONG.. i napped a bit on the 12hr leg between Singapore and London.. but not really the first leg.. so i'm not feeling too bad. it's 4.15pm now.. i've arranged my bed for the next 4 nights [*phew*] and i've been wandering around for a while.. just checking out what's going on around Covent Gardens.
unfortunately, the weather means that the track pants that i've got [that i was going to wear to bed] are wet and dirty.. so i may have to find some alternate clothes.. actually.. considering it's quarter to five.. maybe i should go and sort that out before everything shuts.. it IS a sunday afterall..
anyway.. hope all are well..
*big hugz* across the globe.. and *big hugz* across the country for Glenn and Dee.. i'll see you guys soon.
Friday, 19 May 2006
it's late on friday night and i catch a bus tomorrow at 9am.. ..i've not finished packing yet, so this one will just be a quick one..
i've "shared" my calendar with everyone, so you can see where i'm going to be when.. and just in case you can't see it.. the general plan is:
- london for a few days
- head to doncaster to visit paul and tess (first weekend)
- head to bath and bristol to see what's going on there
- head up to glenn and dee (second weekend) and hang out with them for a while.. maybe have some day trips..
- then spend the third weekend visiting steve (not sure where yet)..
- and head back to london, possibly via warwick to visit claudia and ralf
- and then fly to germany on the 15th june to visit bjoern and check out munich
i'll take lots of photos, so i'll come and show you all when i get back..
..except for glenn and dee - i'll have to show you in the next few weeks!
looking forward to seeing you guys!
i fly tomorrow!!!!!! (no, it's not quite sunk in yet..)
Thursday, 18 May 2006
Wednesday, 17 May 2006
Tuesday, 16 May 2006
Sunday, 14 May 2006
Saturday, 13 May 2006
Monday, 8 May 2006
In other news, Trinity has cut another 2 teeth, her top ones, so now she has 4 teeth...wow!!
And Carolynn has one of her costumes for the production "Cinderella", she is in the chorus. Mum heamed the dress up for us with the overlocker...thanks Nanny!
Wednesday, 3 May 2006
Tuesday, 2 May 2006
Sunday, 30 April 2006
Happier news is that Kimberley (nee Roche) had a baby boy on Tuesday. Mother and baby doing well. Warwick sent photos. Cheryl is in Brisbane playing grandma.
Today for lunch we are going to Nicole (nee Mason) for Uncle Ron's 70th birthday. We enjoyed Peter Loomes 60th last weekend.
Decided against the Bigpond broadband at this stage. I'm going to look in to other options and try to find out what sort of limit would be minimum for us. in the meantime we know where we stand with dial up, even if it is slow.
Dad's progressing well with the fernery. Rain over the weekend has given him some time off.
I've worked extra hours this week because a workmate was off sick. this week has just flown, but I did manage yesterday to swap my winter wardrobe and summer one, so i now have warmer clothes available.
Hope all of you are well.
Lots of love
Mum and Dad
Friday, 28 April 2006
Tuesday, 25 April 2006
Here are some photos we took. I'll put more up at Flickr at some point.
Saturday, 22 April 2006
Thought I would post some photos from Easter and this weekend. Over Easter Jared was involved in Spring Festival, the lion team did a couple of performances at the Chinese Gardens, I managed to get a good photo of him there. He was also in the Awakening and the Parade. This weekend we took the kids the the art gallery, because there is an exhibition called Larger that Life and there has been a spider on the front of the gallery that we all wanted a closer look at.
Friday, 21 April 2006