Monday, 29 August 2011


Another flying visit to Sydney. This time to go to see Gurrumul at the Opera House. Jack and I also managed to catch up with Soph, who has been quite unwell, and we also squeezed in a lovely little jaunt to the beach. It was so warm, especially as we are not officially into Spring yet and
Jack couldn't resist a quick paddle in his undies. I wanted to roll up my jeans and join in too but couldn't...damn you skinny jeans!

We also couldn't resist Fish and Chips for lunch....

and Jack finished with every boy's dream, an ice cream as big as his head (well almost).

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Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Happy Birthday S

Yesterday was S's birthday. He had a 'relaxing' day at home with Jack (who was sick) and then we met up for dinner at Mudgeegong. Diane made some delicious curries and I made the worst sponge cake of my life. S had had a hankering for a sponge (we should have gone for the echidna ice cream cake that Jack was plumping for) and I made one on Monday night. but it sank in the middle. I used a scone cutter to cut out small sponges so we could all have individual ones with cream and jam or lemon butter. It was not one of my finest culinary moments but Jack still enjoyed blowing out the candles. Probably why he blew them out three times.
Happy Birthday Mr B!

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Sydney fun

About a month ago we visited Sydney. Jack and I went early by plane (Jack was v. excited and even loved the turbulence) and S followed later. The highlight of our trip was a visit to the zoo by Scarlett, Jack, Mum and myself.

After some transport hiccups (the special free mosman whale bus broke down) we finally got to the zoo and Jack and Scarlett were champing at the bit to get going. Scarlett wanted to see the seals but patiently visited the snakes, giraffes, bears, tigers and lions and elephants and the bird show before we finally got to see the seals.

I was worried that the bird show would be a bit lame. My Mum was very keen to see it so we did and it turned out to be amazing. Jack loved the birds swooping down over us to the stage, including an enormous condor with a wingspan of approx 3 metres.

He also liked the bit where he had to hide his morning tea behind his back so the buzzard wouldn't try to take it. Everyone got along very well with any disagreements avoided by Jack and Scarlett having their own maps.
After the seals we made our way to the skyride to take us to the top gate and onto home. We didn't get to see the meerkats because they had 'gone on holidays'. Whoops. Bad parent!
Jack and Scarlett however were reconciled by the purchase of a new meerkat each. Thanks Ganma.

busy busy

Apologies for the long pause there. Things have been busy. I've been sewing items for a promise auction to raise money for Jack's preschool and attending meetings for the subcommittee of the subcommittee of the auction. And doing some 'visual merchandising' (window dressing) to advertise the auction and well, you get the idea.
The items I made for the Auction were a Mum and Baby pack with a nappy bag with matching changemat, rug, toddler hat, toy elephant and giraffe, a painting of an elephant and giraffe and some board books.

The other pack was for preschoolers and contains a pencil apron, library bag (thanks Mum), a painting of a gorilla and some bath crayons and books.

At the moment they are on display in the chemist but hopefully they will be snapped up on the night. And then it will be worth it, especially going to work with a big lump of stuffing stuck to my hair (Did anyone tell me? no).