Thursday, April 26, 2012

Starting at the end

Sorting all the Africa photos seems mind blowing so I am starting with my days in Perth visiting kathy (Tony's daughter) Simon and their 4 kids.
Actually they live in Collie 2.5 hrs south of Perth near Bunbury. It is a small town (where Simon was born and grew up) serving the local coal mines and aluminium processing so a fairly bustling town esp with casual workers adding to the mix.
The children in age are Treyden (nearly 13)  Hudson 11, Miami 8 and Hunter 6.
Treyden & Hudson
As with teen agers and near teenagers did not get a lot of interaction with them also seeing as they were playing computer games all day!
Miami is a girly girl amidst all those boys and can be a tough cookie, Great fun!!
Miami & Hunter
Hunter is the opposite of the two older boys, a dynamo whose most frequent remark is 'I'm bored!" I don't think he stopped moving and or talking.
 Hunter, Kathy & Simon
We went for a drive to the Wellington Dam constructed in 1931 and was a major source of area water supply until land clearing raised salinity and made it unsuitable. Simon says it is a great area for camping and walking with lots of gorges and tracks. He has been camping in lots of great spots.
Rock climbing lessons on the quarry wall
The rock quarry used to build the dam wall

Sunday, April 1, 2012


It is a confronting thing when those you remember as children, are suddenly growing up, and you think about what you were doing at that age and realise they no longer children, or teens but adults!
Michelle & Pauline HARTZ
I traveled to Malmsbury to celebrate with Fran her younger twins Michelle & Pauline's 21st birthday. The photos I have of them as babies are not digital so cannot include one but they are two beautiful young women!
I took photos on my iPhone as the battery on my camera started flashing even though I had checked it before I went (But seeing I forgot it, and had to go back maybe it was as on the ball as I was! ) 
The photos are then very disappointing being quite grainy.
Pauline is now a qualified hairdresser and works on weddings in particular for the Salon where she trained. Michelle is in 2nd year of Fashion design at RMIT and working hard getting excellent marks.
Annemarie was there with Michael home from King island for school holidays and Liam was in fine form!
Tara (Annemarie's twin) is in the Caribbean so she read a letter from her and both Liam and Annemarie spoke lovingly about the girls.

Michelle, Pauline, Annemarie, Liam
A lovely night to share with Fran

Christmas Lights

While Brooklyn Victoria is not on the scale of Brooklyn New York a local street is becoming  the for Christmas lights So we planned a walk ...