Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Boots gets a cuddle
Dora in the straw
Audrey with the guinea pig run (unfortunately Dora and Boots opted not to appear in this one)
Friday, November 20, 2009
Manuka pool is a lovely outdoor art deco place, built in 1930. It is absolutely heaving in summer as hundreds of Canberrans seek solace in the cool waters there. Fortunately as it was a Friday morning there was a bit more space. There is a lane pool and a smaller paddling/wading pool.
We'd tried Eli in the (much warmer) indoor pool at Audrey's swimming classses (at CISAC) the weekend before (he'd hated it) and similarly he screamed and screamed as I plonked him in the chilly waters. Disapproving mums watched me as I cajoled him for about 5 minutes until he got used to the temperature and stopped crying/screaming. In the end he really loved it and Audrey showed off her swimming skills in the shallow water.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable morning, except perhaps for the moment when we watched a little boy stand on the other side of the side of the pool, pull down his red trunks and wee into the water we were sitting in. We were a bit more careful about swallowing the water after that.
Eli and Audrey on the picnic rug
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
He was one of the leaders of the Warsaw Jewish Ghetto Uprising in 1943 a futile resistance by Warsaw's jews against the might of the Nazis. Incredibly he survived the conflict (300,000 jews from Warsaw died in Treblinka), and he returned to fight in the Warsaw uprising in 1944. I'm not sure why after that you would choose to stay in Poland, but he became a cardiologist and was then a key member of Solidarity. His life was a remarkable story.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
As I mowed my lawn on Saturday I looked over at my neighbours beautiful grass turf (which had until a couple of weeks ago been dark emerald in colour) and noticed that it had been parched far more by the sun than our own weed infested lawn. Despite the sun's bombardment, our lawn still maintained a slight green hue.
Clearly therefore the adage 'the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence' isn't such an accurate proverb after all...
(I did however notice a whole lot of identical looking birds flocking together in the garden, but that's another story.)
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
There was a lot to keep us occupied - sandcastles to be built, fish to be caught, slides to go down and kangaroos to spot. It was our second visit to South Durras - this time we stayed in a cabin by the sea. It was lovely to sit outside and look at the ocean. Although it was whale watching season we didn't spot any (although Trevor wonders whether he spotted a couple on the horizon!)
Here a few snaps of the holiday.
Pebbly Beach (not a pebble in sight)
Eli dips his toes
Audey feeding the deer and kangaroos in Mogo zoo
It felt a lot bigger reeling it in!
another monster catch!
South Durras Beach
Narooma beach (Ivor, Audrey and Wendy)
Audrey on the slide (click here to see how it looked in February!)
Bateman's Bay Botanic Gardens (children's discovery walk)
On the beach in South Durras
Our holiday house