Monday, September 30, 2013

Merimbula weekend with the family

Canberra had a long weekend at the end of September. We took the opportunity to stay down the south coast at Merimbula. From Canberra it's about a 3.5 hour drive via Cooma and Brown Mountain.
All the family came. We booked two apartments.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Floriade visit

On Wednesday afternoon of 25th September, I visited Floriade by myself....after teaching for a half day. It was a very pleasant, warm day and most enjooyable to wander around looking at the flower displays.
There have been several other days at Floriade this year, that have unfortunately experienced a combination of wet, cold or wild and windy weather. I took a few photos as I wandered.

                                            Mirror reflection....

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Lois has a sleepover

Lois stayed the night with us on Friday night, so that we could head out early on Saturday  morning to the huge Canberra Centenary Picnic at Government House. Rick had two choir performances. One at Govt House with the Men's Choir and then with Strange Weather Gospel Choir, in the city, to open an art show. Lois and I tagged along. The choirs sang well.

It was a lovely sunny and warm Spring day. Lois enjoyed patting the farm animals and watching a sheep being sheared at Government House. Then a trip into town, where she had a couple of rides on the classic Civic Merry- Go- Round.  Forgot the camera! We took a few with our phones.

Lois and Grandma

Lois feeding a lamb at Govt House Open Day

Lois would not budge until the lamb had eaten every last piece of food in the bowl. The other kids just had to wait!

Lois riding  Pharlap on the merry- go- round. Lois patted the wooden horses and kissed a few on the way out. She loved it, but it's hard to catch her smiling when you have a camera these days.

In the afternoon she helped Granddad with distributing the eucalyptus chips in the garden. Lois was very determined to stick to the task and helped empty the entire load of eucalyptus chips. She had a big day.

       The white camelias are blooming once again in our front garden.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013

Spring is here

They tell us that it has been a mild Winter, one of the mildest, or the mildest, on record ; but I felt that it was long and cold. Could have been the frequency of grey skies and wet weather days that made it seem colder.

July and August have been busy months. We had two weeks holiday in July, which was wonderful. We went to the Red Centre for the first week and to the Gold Coast in the second week. In between we celebrated Cameron's 30th Birthday with a brunch at our place.

Then back to work for both of us. Rick was fortunate to get a new 6 month contract at the same place... till Christmas Eve.
I filled in at school for almost six weeks of term 3. Now I am back to doing day to day relief, which I prefer.
We've just bought a new car...... a Skoda Yeti. We then waved goodbye to our little Honda Jazz, which we'd had and enjoyed for ten years. We have also just celebrated Fathers' Day with a picnic at the lake.

PHOTOS TO FOLLOW when I get a chance..

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Fathers' Day

We all enjoyed a picnic at the lake to celebrate Fathers' Day.