Monday, January 26, 2009

All Along The Water

It's Australia Day today and although I don't normally do anything special to celebrate it I decided to tag along with Danielle and the kids as they were going to Wollongong beach to check out the Australia Day activities.

The morning started off cooler than the previous week has been (thank goodness) and it was quite overcast for most of the morning.

We parked the car nearby and caught the shuttle bus down to the beach where the fun began! Rides and stalls stretched all along the water and I couldn't believe how many people were either carrying flags or were dressed in something with the Aussie flag on it - not too mention all the face paint and temporary tattoos - very patriotic!

Madeleine braved a ride which I certainly wouldn't get on, I'm too much of a wuss, and then she had a turn on on a trampoline which she had to be harnessed into first - she's wanted to try it for ages!

There were lots of freebies too, bands to watch, sand sculpture competitions, volleyball games and dancing etc. By afternoon the sun had come back out and it was getting really hot so we decided it was time to head home to the air conditioning!

I made sure to load myself up with sunscreen before I left home but of course I forgot one spot, my neck, which is now lobster red! Thank goodness for after sun lotions!


A patriotic Mason



Beautiful Wollongong Beach


Maddy and Inari on a ride


Being strapped in


Ready to jump!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Kiss Goodbye

Aaron's Mum passed away this morning, around 2am, so we're feeling pretty sad today - especially Aaron who is inconsolable.

The family got a phone call to say his Mums breathing had changed so they went to the hospital to say their final goodbyes. I am so sad for them all as she was such a lovely lady and she was only diagnosed with cancer about 7 weeks ago so they never had time to prepare themselves.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Out Of My Mind

I have finally done it! Noel and Danielle bought me a jigsaw puzzle for Christmas and I have been going out of mind trying to finish it. It's bad enough that it contains loads of waterfall pieces but to make it worse it's in black and white - just to make it that little bit harder!

Today I finally finished it so now I can stop obsessing over it.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Hothead

This is my third and final week of holidays and I have to say I am fed up with the hot weather (7 or so days straight of temperatures over 30 degrees Celsius)! I know most people go in search of warm weather but not me; I'm strictly a winter girl!

Madeleine came over today to spend some time with me and it was really hot so I asked her if she wanted to have a splash in a pool that Aaron got for her and Mason to use. It was so warm I decided I could do with a cool down as well...

filling the pool

posing for the camera

cooling off

Sandy decided to stay away from the water and found a shady spot in the old barbecue!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Taste The Summer

It's taken a while but Summer has finally kicked in! Aaron and I sit outside a lot, not just during the day but most evenings as well as we don't really watch TV. We decided to put in a new garden so that when we are sitting outside we will have a prettier view.

I wasn't feeling very well on the day we bought the plants so I was told to 'relax' while Aaron did all the work. I felt guilty watching Aaron working away in the heat so I at least made up the hanging baskets - but mostly I just watched (and annoyed him by taking photos all the time)!

When Aaron was removing the turf and turning over the soil he discovered tons of broken pavers that were buried in the ground - perfect for garden edging!

It took a few hours to achieve but I love the end result! In twelve months time when everything has grown the garden will look fantastic.

Job number 1; remove the turf

Adding blood and bone to improve the soil

The plants are in and the mulch has been added

Hanging the baskets

The final touch; Aaron's hammock is put up!

All done

When his hard work was over Aaron relaxed in the hammock with Sandy!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Buried in the Sand

There are new additions to the household! Felix, Fred, Ginger and Whiskey... our new goldfish! Technically there are actually 6 fish in the tank as there are two bottom feeders buried in the sand somewhere but we never really see them unless they climb on the ornaments - and they're quite little.

I've always wanted a fish tank but couldn't have one because of the cats so when the opportunity to get one with a lid came along I jumped at the chance.

Ella is very intrigued but at least the fish are safe (I hope)!



Felix and Fred

Whiskey and Ginger


An inquisitive fat Ella

Mmmmm, looks like dinner