Monday, November 10, 2014

Oliver's 12th birthday party

Oliver is turning 12 this week, and was very excited to celebrate with a party last Saturday.

 Creeper cake (Minecraft)

We held the party at Blaxland Riverside Park near the water play area of the playground.





 Grace (Lauren's friend) joined us


 family relaxing in the shade

Sophie


 trying to light and blow out the candles... a bit breezy

At the end of the day we met Batman as we walked back to the cars.
Great excitement!





Katie comes to stay

We have just had Katie here to stay.
She came to Sydney to talk about Maternity Africa.
We were so blessed to have her come and base herself at our place.


 photo on the first evening to send to Martha (a friend in Tanzania)

catching up on emails

Katie with David & Daphne Browning

Katie met some of our friends,



... and we caught ferries into the city and out to Manly,







... and partook in some fine dining at our place.


She has returned to Tanzania now. I am missing her all over again!

Sylvia & Ruth's 70th

In September we celebrated Sylvia (my mother-in-law) and Ruth's birthday - a little late as their birthday is in August.

 a cake made by Sylvia's friend, Edna

 Colleen, Joshua and Sophie





 the 3 daughter-in-laws

 the 3 sons

 speeches - a lot of fun!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

21 & 22 July

Two days spent in the air, or in airports, or in a hotel room (flight re-routed so we needed to wait for a connection), before we finally landed back on Australian soil. 

We ate strange things at ridiculous hours and watched a lot of movies.
I slept so deeply in Jakarta I awoke confused and cross at being told I needed to eat dinner and get ready to board yet another flight (not pretty).

 Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

 at Soekarno-Hatta International airport



 pretty drinks and ice-cream... why not??

July 20

Our last Sunday in the UK - the girls stayed at Tom & Anita's house and watched TV while Andrew, Oliver and I caught a train to see the Tower of London.





One of the first things we noticed on arrival at the castle was the red poppies being installed in the moat. They looked magnificent.

(not my photo - taken from Wikipedia)


 I later read it was an art installation called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, and is a commemoration for all the soldiers who died during WW1.


We decided to join a guided tour, although it was hard to hear at times due to the volume of people visiting the castle.

waiting for our tour to begin near the entrance to the castle


the Traitor's Gate


our tour with a Yeoman Warder

We then lined up to look at the Crown Jewels. Very large and sparkly.

Next we conquered half the Wall Walk before needing a rest.

view of the Tower Bridge from the walls of the castle

Oliver trying out some weapons


Our last visit whilst in the castle walls was to the White Tower. The armouries were truly impressive.


King Henry VII's armour above & below

William the Conqueror's armour

After the White Tower we were completely exhausted and tired of all the crowds, so we headed back to Marylebone Station and Tom & Anita's place.

Katie came to visit to say goodbye :(
We were heading back to Australia the next day, and she was going back to Tanzania a few days later.