Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Little Audrey in Abotsford, Melbourne
Friday, March 20, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
It was a bit of a strange watershed to be honest as I think I've spent the last 20 birthdays elongating my birthday into about a week of celebrations. With this one I was happy to let (my age at least) pass relatively un-noticed. Hopefully I won't be having a mid-life crisis anytime soon (Amy says I'm not allowed one).
Amy organised a lovely garden party for me on Saturday morning, although to be honest the amount of children there meant that it very quickly became obvious that it was really Audrey's party. I think all that was missing was pass the parcel/pin the tail on the donkey etc. There was a good turnout of people, although they were probably considerably out numbered by the flies.
I must admit it was a tadge strange to be surrounded by Aussies (ok there were a couple of Brits there) and I certainly missed friends back home, but the nice weather and good company meant my birthday was definitely a Reason to be Cheerful.
Audrey prepares to help her dad eat his cake
Tim, Hayley, Ted and Alex made the track from Sydney to help celebrate
Friday, March 13, 2009
Tim had managed to scrounge 4 tickets to the big rugby game at Canberra Stadium, so for the second time in as many weeks I made the trip to north Canberra along with Andy and Simon.
If I'm honest the rugby had a lot more atmosphere than the football, perhaps because Brumbies (the Canberra team) attract a regular crowd whereas the lot watching the football were all strangers to each other.
Tim started in fine voice with his support of Waratahs, the Sydney team (causing the guy in front of us to change seats!) but grew steadily quieter as the game moved in favour of the Canberra team.
After some awful kicking by the Waratahs, the Brumbies emerged victorious (21-11) and we headed into Kingston for a (very rare) pint (or large/pot/schooner or whatever it was) and the obligatory kebab.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
It doesn't have much longer to run (it finishes on 22nd March), but if you are in Canberra before then I'd recommend taking a look
It's a really big exhibition with paintings sourced from across the world, tracing the Artist's early paintings through to sculpture and his later photographic work.
The exhibition was packed on Canberra Day, and there were multitudes of people filling the gallery. It didn't really take away from the exhibition though and we spent quite a long time looking round.
One of the best things about the exhibition was the childrens' room - a small annex off the main gallery. It was well staffed and the kids that ended up in there had lots of Degas-related activities laid on for them. These ranged from Degas books, through to toy horses and clothes allowing children to dress up as ballerinas or jockeys (Degas was pretty keen on painting both horse racing and dancers)
We put Audrey in a (too big) tutu and she really loved parading in front of the mirror and looking at herself - unfortunately she kept treading on her skirt and falling over, so I don't think we'll see her at the Royal Ballet for a little while.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
We got Audrey out of bed (normally it's the other way round) and took her down to Old Parliament House. There were around 35 balloons taking off, and it was great to see them. The morning was crisp and the sun was just coming up.
Audrey really loved watching them, and we stayed for quite a while before heading home for breakfast.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
TC eat your heart out
Thursday, March 5, 2009
...or perhaps not
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
We had an early start on Saturday morning but Audrey proved herself to be a consumate jetsetter. She woke up in a lovely mood and was happy to amuse herself on the plane by playing with the lights, tray table and studying the emergency landing card. She grinned all the way in the taxi to the apartment. I think she sensed that she had landed in the 'big smoke' and that she was in a for a fun few days.
We managed to see the aquarium, zoo and the Wildlife Park while we were there. Audrey loved seeing the hoppies (kangaroos) again and fell in love with koalas too. Perhaps though the highlight for Audrey was the playground at Darling Harbour which had two slides - I think we spent quite a few hours there going up and down (with her precious doll 'baby' in tow).
Here are a few pics of the trip.
Audrey spots the penguins in the aquarium
Audrey does her best Dugong impression for the camera
On board the cablecar to the zoo
Audrey wishing her mum had packed more snacks so she didn't have to pick her own!