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The Family Bandwagon
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!!!