It rained on Sunday when we were outside and some distance from our car, I grimaced and pulled my hood up, but as the wet drops fell onto our heads Audrey turned to me and said, "I love the way the rain smells."
Eli and I had a lengthy kick around with an AFL (Aussie Rules) ball on Saturday afternoon. It didn't matter to Eli that the other two boys who joined in with us, Matt and Max were three or four years older than him. It mattered even less to him that they both had down syndrome (Matt could kick the ball a hell of a long way, even though Eli often scampered to get to stray balls quicker than both of the other boys could).
It's times like this when I miss you most dear Amy. I know you would have been so proud of our children.
I often think of you 'watching over us'. I sometimes look up when I pull our car onto the driveway of our house expecting to see you waiting for us at the window, or bending over, pulling up weeds from our lawn. But of course I never get to see you smiling back, and my heart sinks again for the millionth time.
On occasions though I realise how much you live on through the kids my love, I can see so much of your beauty in their characters and how much they are shaped by you.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Our good friend Kathy (who used to be Amy's boss) is our jam guardian angel. A few months ago, she taught Audrey how to make our/her own strawberry jam and Audrey really took to it.
Last weekend, armed with two buckets of strawberry plants Kathy came round and helped us build our first strawberry patch. There's a fair amount of horse poo in there and I'll have to make sure there's plenty of mulch in the summer to prevent it from drying out, but hopefully...come the summer we'll have our own strawberries to make jam with. Watch this space!
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
|Eli made a Wolves boomerang which while not entirely culturally sensitive was pretty good.|
|Chilly (but sunny) Canberra day|
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Audrey's quite a decent skater (I'm not). Amy skated pretty well too - I remember skating together one snowy evening in Warsaw by the rink that is set up by the Palace of Science and Culture every year.
Canberra now has its own outdoor rink (running until the end of July) and Audrey skated around with some competency (while Eli and I watched on the sidelines)