Sunday, May 28, 2006

Melbourne in May
Jenny went to Melbourne with two friends, Lou and Kirsten, for some shopping and sightseeing. Lou collected everyone very early on Friday morning and it was off to the airport. There was a short delay to plans as the airport in Melbourne was closed due to fog.

Travelling from the long term carkpark. Coffee at the airport.
Philippa had booked a hotel right in the city (thankyou for Qantas connections!) so it was a short walk to everything that was needed for a great time - shops, trams and restaurants.

Dinner at an Italian restaurant on Lygon Street.

Friday was spent shopping at the Victoria St markets and the outlet shops along Bridge Rd.

Kirsten and Lou outside Flinders Street station.

Saturday began with a sleep-in (7.40am!) as there were no little people appearing at the bedside in the dim first light of the morning. A very yummy breakfast was eaten in a narrow, paved laneway, before some more serious shopping and sightseeing began.

Breakfast and then heading into Myers.

Lou knew that there were many cake and pastry shops along Acland Street in St Kilda, so a visit by tram was planned. While walking along looking at all the delights in the windows a pigeon got into one of the displays - heaven for the bird, terrible for the shop owners. There were footprints in all the cream and icing, not to mention feathers and other yukky stuff.

Walking along the water's edge at St Kilda was lovely, and the pier and boats provided a chance to take lots of photos.

The Yarra River

Exhaustion had set in by the time the two days were over. It was wonderful to sit in the hotel bar, relax and look at purchases while waiting for the bus back to the airport.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Oliver's Hair
You may have noticed last month (April) that Oliver's hair decreased in volume and length dramatically. This saddened his mother greatly, but was done in the interests of Philippa and Brad's wedding approaching in June. The theory was that it would please the older generation to see 'neat' hair, but be cut far enough away from the event to not look like a new haircut.

From lovely thick curls to very conventional.
It was noted at a family lunch today (by a very astute family member) that there are some curls becoming evident again. HOORAY!!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

May in the Garden
The garden beds out in the backyard are completely covered in leaves that have fallen this Autumn. There aren't many flowers blooming, but bulbs are beginning to poke their first shoots through the soil and leaf mulch.

The Oyster plants have lovely, shiny new leaves growing.
The Claret Ash has begun to turn a lovely reddish brown.

The Snowflake bush has flowered properly for the first time since we planted it.

Friday, May 12, 2006

May 2006
We were very privileged to attend a dinner at Eden Gardens to launch our 'Build to Reach' program at church.

Andrew & Tim and Debbie enjoying the atmosphere of the gardens.

It was back to Ripples for another delicious meal, teamed with a fabulous view and fun company. The occasion was to celebrate Peter's 41st (&40th) birthday.

Jenny & Linda and Vanessa & Andrew

Richard, Brent & Peter and Heather

Linda, Brent & Peter

Unfortunately Jenny had a car accident mid May, but no-one was seriously hurt. Just a bit of whiplash for Jenny. The kids quickly forgot the initial shock of it and were keen to get to school as it was 'Open Day'. The upside of the accident meant that we were both able to attend Madeleine and Lauren's performances and visit their classrooms (work was out of the question after dealing with all the paperwork, doctor's visits and phone calls necessary after an accident).

Lauren showing us her work.

Oliver organising Madeleine's classroom furniture, as she shows Andrew her work.

Jenny organised a 'cellar tea' (really brunch) for Philippa two weeks before her wedding. It was at 'the Barn' in Roselle. Philly received lots of bottles of wine for her and Brad's cellar, and Brad has promised to make a wine rack to store it all in. It was lovely to meet Brad's sister Jo, and see Philippa's friends together for a time of celebration.

Philly, Nicole, Ronit, Penny & Nicki and Jo(in foreground), Jane, Martina, Debbie & Abby(in pram)

Sue(her hair anyway), Catherine & Penny and Naomi, Janine & Jenny

Philippa and Robyn & Naomi

Martina, Philly & Fran and Naomi, Philly, Janine & Thomas(Philippa's godson)

We had a Sunday family lunch to celebrate David and Stephen's birthdays. David is turning 34 this month, and Stephen 24.

David did look a lot more excited to receive gifts than this photo would lead you to believe.

Stephen waiting patiently for his turn.