Saturday, April 22, 2006

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Friday, April 14, 2006

April in the Garden

Although the month has had a few cool days (22 degrees), the weather has warmed up again to 30 degree celcius. The warm weather and a bit of rain has caused everything to have a growth spurt again.
The hydrangeas have new flowers.

The Robinia has begun to drop its leaves, and the deck is constantly in need of a sweep because of a huge deciduous tree that shades it in Summer.

The hibiscus always makes me think of Summer and tropical places.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

April 2006

April began with some lovely news. Jenny's sister, Philippa, became engaged to Brad. They are planning on getting married at the beginning of June, so there is lots of organisation and things to do over the next 8 weeks.

Philly & Brad

We celebrated Andrew's parents 40th wedding anniversary at the Sir Stamford hotel in the city. It was lovely to spend the time with John and Sylvia, and all the adult members of the family, plus the two groomsmen from their wedding.

You know when you are in a swish hotel when there is plenty of sparkly lighting, edible sculptures in the foyer (in this case chocolate), and lots and lots of cutlery and glassware on the table.

Rosemary with a rather disturbing chocolate rabbit.

Andrew, Bronwynne, David & Margaret. Jenny & Andrew admist the glasses.

The wedding party 40 years on.

For more photos of John and Sylvia's 4oth anniversary see

Andrew went to see the NSW Waratahs play the ACT Brumbies in the Super 14 rugby, at the Sydney Football Stadium, as Sean's 'assistant'. Sean was organising the radio microphones between the officials, referees, touch judges etc. This meant that he was right on the sideline with the players, and down in the tunnel and dressing rooms before the game and at half time. Needless to say, Andrew was very excited! The game was a sellout and NSW won, 37 - 14.

We spent Easter Monday having a late breakfast/early lunch at the Arapeta's place. Very relaxing.

The boys at the BBQ and the girls with the drinks.

Then went on one of the famous Wishart walks. I'm sure Heather and Brent have seen more of Sydney than those of us who are native born Sydneysiders. We walked from Bronte beach to Bondi. It was a perfect day.


The walkers - Wisharts, McLeods, Arapetas, Kings and Pocknalls.

Madeleine and Keely looking towards Bondi.

Brent showing Lauren where our final destination will be.

Noah and Oliver enjoyed watching the skateboard riders.

Our great friend Brent turned 41. Heather organised a party for him and Dave, who shares the same birthday (but was at pains to point out, not the same age). For some reason blogger did not want to show the photos, no matter what I did. If you want to look at some you will need to go to

We spent Anzac Day in Corrimal with Jenny's parents. During the afternoon we walked around North Wollongong beach area, stopping at a playground, and to watch hundreds of guys showing off their cars, playing loud music and screeching their tyres (sorry, no photos). Eventually the police arrived and it took a couple of hours to clear the streets and parking areas. We ended up at Diggies Cafe and sheltered inside from the cold wind and the noise outside.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

March in the Garden

Here are some photos of our Tibouchina and our Chinese Tallow Wood trees. Both are a beautiful part of our garden - the purple flowers of the Tibouchina especially remind me that it is March, and that Autumn is really about to begin.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

March 2006
We began March with a lovely dinner at Ripples Cafe with some friends. Beautiful view and food.

Jenny & Vanessa. and Tanya, Sean & Andrew.

Jenny & Andrew. and Brent & Heather.

Tanya & Richard.

This month Henry would have been eight. So much has changed in the last eight years, but he is still in our hearts and minds.

Andrew turned 38. We celebrated with family a week before, and then with friends a little later.

Heather & Andrew. and Doug & Vanessa.

Ivar, Tom, Belinda, Andrew, Fiona, Doug.