Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Garden in November
One of the wonderful joys of being on long service leave means that I (Jenny) have been able to spend hours in the garden. It is starting to look loved again with all the mulch I have put down and the seedlings I have planted.
My silk tree (yes, I claim ownership of it - we all have our own tree in the garden somewhere) has pretty pink puffs of flowers all over.

And the hydrangeas are displaying beautiful ranges of pinks to blues. A friend of mine claims they are 'granny' flowers - but I don't agree.
Aquilegas are one of my favourite flowers for the garden. They come up again year after year.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

A very busy month indeed.

In this photo Noah, Lucas and Oliver are attacking Brendan with their light 'savers' at the Bradshaws. Those of you who know the Bradshaws will note what a brilliant job Richard and Doug have done with the paving/landscaping. Richard has planted pole apple trees, roses and lavender along the first terrace and it looks wonderful. A truly beautiful garden.

Grimace visited us during Oliver's McDonalds party. A definite worry to some children, including Oliver!
We found cicada shells outside on the trees... a sign that Summer is definitely on the way.
Lauren performed in her end of year dance concert. Here she is in her 'tap' costume with Andrew after the first show.

Jenny, Lou & Heather.

Adults relaxing, kids playing.
Dave & Sean.
We had the CCC Ryde staff Christmas party at the Brady's house. A very warm evening, but that didn't stop the children all playing non-stop on the jumping castle. The adults were more content to sit and talk. Richard and Cathie were absent as they have begun their long service leave - after 20 years! Happy holidays to the Greens!
And it was our beautiful sister-in-law's birthday. Happy birthday Bronwynne!!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Oliver's 4th Birthday
Oliver turns 4 today. We celebrated with our family yesterday at Perkins Street (Grandma and Grandfather's house). He is having a party next weekend with friends.
Oliver with Stephen.
The Pocknalls and Deftys.


Playing with a gift at home.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Last night we joined 80,000 other people (give or take a few) in the stadium at the Olympic site to see U2. It was the long awaited concert that had been postponed back in March, and was worth every cent. Although we were quite a way back the huge 'screen' meant that we were very much visually entertained, as well as hearing fantastic music. Brent brought along a pair of binoculars which was handy too.
U2 opened with 'Vertigo' and went straight into 'City of Blinding Lights', which certainly had us singing along at the top of our voices. All the old favourites were played...'New Year's Day', 'Sunday Bloody Sunday', 'Pride' etc. Jenny's favourite song remains 'Beautiful Day', but thought that 'The Fly' was the winner of the night, and Andrew loved 'Where the Streets Have No Name'.
We have some other photos taken on our little camera, that don't do justice to the spectacular light show and stage, but may give you some idea of the atmosphere...go to more photos of the Pocknalls in the side bar.