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The Family Bandwagon

Our family is spread out across the country and across the world, and what better way to keep in touch than a collaborative digital journal?

Sunday, 27 April 2008

Clare Valley

Hey all, just another quick update from me. This weekend to celebrate our anniversary Cheryl and I visited Clare Valley. It's a nice little wine area further north from Barossa, probably two hours out of Adelaide. You can see the photos here.
Clare Valley is known for it's bike trail, the Riesling trail, so in the spirit of the thing we hired a couple of bikes and went cycling. Rather than stick to the trail, which is flat and easy and boring, we went for the more exciting so-hilly-you-think-you're-going-to-die loops instead. At one point we were a bit confused as to where we were, but we found our way eventually. We probably rode about a 20km round trip, stopping for lunch at a winery along the way. We had plans to cycle to more wineries but unfortunately the weather had other plans, catching us in the start of a deluge that continued the rest of the day and most of the night. Still, we got to enjoy staying inside in front of the fire toasting the occasional marshmallow, so i'm not about to complain.
As well as the cycling we also got to Mintaro, which has a hedge maze (and giant chess!). Cheryl beat me to the centre of the maze, but I won the chess game, so we had to call it a draw.
Anyway, that was our long weekend. What about you guys?
P.S. Cows!

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary to Damien and Cheryl.

Lots of love from Mum and Dad.

The card is in the mail.

Monday, 21 April 2008


Hey all,

I thought i'd do a quick update. Last weekend Cheryl and I drove down to Kingston with Sam and Carlie. Sam's brother Josh and his girlfriend Belinda have gotten engaged, so there was a party there. Of course we couldn't visit Kingston without a stop off and standard pose at Larry the Lobster's place :)
We stayed at a really nice Beach house with five others, so it was a full house. It was only after we made two guys share a small futon that we realised there was a second double bed mattress under our bed. Whoops
The party was great fun, lots of beer (but I was designated driving, so I just got to enjoy the drunken dancing later), huge amounts of food.. Bel's mum didn't emerge from the kitchen until well into the evening :) And the next day we were invited around again to share in barbecued bacon, eggs and tomatoes. We drove home on Sunday and Sam and Carlie flew out that evening. I don't think I've recovered from all the food yet.
There's a few more photos on my flickr stream.. although most of them are of the giant lobster :) There were photos from the party as the night progressed, but I think everyone is hoping they never make it onto the internet..

Saturday, 5 April 2008

I love my mobile phone

Yes, it's true. Why else would you have a mobile phone if not to take those on-the-spot photos :P
Here's a few I've taken over the last few months...
Trinity and I went to the park after dropping the car off at the mechanics. You don't take the camera out when you're going to the mechanics, right... but you do take your phone!

Here we were out shopping at the Marketplace. Why would I have a camera? But the phone was perfect for catching Trinity's enjoyment of a choc chip muffin when we stopped for a break.

And finally, a day at the pool. Adam never came with us, so it was great to be able to take a photo and send it to him so he knew what he was missing LOL