Saturday, October 14, 2017


Lovely to see the kids here at Saint Germain (in Campbell, not Paris) today for lunch and a play in the park afterwards........

Ella, Jody & Josh played their first game of Boule on the front lawn (Joshy won much to Ella's disgust).

 While Abi decided to display her prowess on the fitness equipment ......

 .. which really impressed Grannie Bobbie .....


We visited Floriade for a second time this week - a perfect outing with Grannie Bobbie who is visiting us from Brisbane.

We all know Floriade is a bit naff, but there is nothing quite like the sight of thousands of iridescent coloured tulips jousting for attention under our sunny, bright blue Canberra skies.

 Floriade is only a short walk around the lake for us - and so easy then to head to our local, The Pedlar, for a delicious lunch.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

End of holidays

With two long weekends in Coogee, these school holidays passed in a flash for A & E. Another 10 weeks of school ahead, warmer weather, back to swimming classes and gymnastic and counting down to Christmas and another New Year break in Bali......... Abi is already working out how her darling Sniffy will fit in her hand luggage!

 Ella scored her summer sunglasses on a shopping expedition to Bondi Westfield during their holiday break. But were they a need or a want??

 This beautiful meal last night was in honour of my birthday. Very lucky me!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Birthday BBQ

Rob and his mate David hosted "a big Aussie Barbie" this morning to raise money for prostate cancer research (the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Aussie men!). They hosted 24 of our friends for a slap up bar -b-que breakfast in prefect Spring weather in David and Irene's back garden, and raised well over $800 for this great cause in the process. Fantastic work!

It also happened to be my birthday today (and Colleen's too - another guest). Irene surprised us with a birthday cake each and a celebratory bottle of champagne.  A beautiful day, in the company of good friends, yummy chocolate cake and two glasses of champagne before 1.00pm - birthdays don't getter much better than that! 

Spring is busting out all over here in Campbell. The pic below (view from our winter garden) was taken on the 19th September...... 
 and this one was taken a week later on the 26th ..........
 And this one below was taken on the 30th - what a transformation in just over a week!!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Coogee notes

Just a few random notes from our stay in Sydney over the weekend.........

We love the Korean - Japanese food at Fujiyama (it's always our first meal stop on arrival in Coogee).
...... and now there's Andersen's ice cream right next door... perfect for dessert.
Australia is in the grip of a most ridiculous survey process that may or may not result in our country finally achieving marriage equality. The eastern suburbs of Sydney - home of Mardi Gras - comprise the heartland of our country's YES voters. So what was this skywriter doing spreading Vote NO over the skies of the eastern beaches yesterday morning???  (biggest waste of money ever) 

Spring has sprung in Sydney too - you never see pointsettias like this growing outdoors in Canberra.
And the new Lifeguard headquarters and change rooms at Coogee Beach are finally finished and open for business.
The beach looked gorgeous yesterday but the water was only 16.8oC so not many people were in swimming.
And we are wondering if the Sth Korean branch may be staying in an apartment in this building in January?? (please confirm Joel!)

Catching up at Clovelly

We couldn't have picked a better place for a family catch up than Sea Salt Café at Clovelly Beach on Saturday morning. Plenty of FREE unrestricted car parking, good coffee and a sweet little kid friendly beach on the café doorstep.

We hadn't seen Leo for a long time. He's 2 now and quite a personality in his own right.

Zoe and Alex spent hours on the beach playing on the sand and in the water, doing cartwheels (Zoe).......

 And engineering works (major and minor - Alex) .........

With the kids happy we had a lovely extended time to catch up on all the news with Clare.......
 .. .... although Zoe and Alex were absolutely soaked by the end of the outing (but happy). Beautiful Clovelly!