Showing posts from January, 2014

A Catch up

Before Celia left after her whirlwind visit we managed to fit in a visit to the ever hospitable Andrew and Lynne. We went home from the airport to greet Mary who had been looking after Spencer, then headed off to Patterson Lakes.
Bridie and Dylan were there and Celia was able to give them her Christmas Presents Dylan's were all on a Pirate theme, and he went and planted his pirate flag in the stone garden and buried the treasure box! Then he was in the pool for the rest of the time!
After they went home we had some home baked Pizza and then a spa!

The Wedding and King Island

What a great few days Celia and I had as we went to previously unvisited King Island, for the wedding of her god daughter Annemarie Hartz to Michael Francis.
We made our bookings back in July when the Invitation came and Celia was home to plan. We flew with Rex airline from Tulla but people came many ways by air. Over 90 people flew in from the mainland and when the friendly King Island residents asked 'are you on holiday' they all said 'Oh the teachers' Wedding!" Annemarie and Michael work on King Island at the campus in Grassy.
Annemarie and Michael did all the planning and preparation as there are no caterers on the island except a woman who does salads. Michael caught all the crays we had (rationed amount caught each day!) and they roasted pork and lamb in fire pits
They had a lot of help but planned everything to the last detail.
The wedding was on the beach at the back of a rental house one of two fabulous adjacent properties ( that h…

Flying Ants

The week I got back form Santa Fe we sponsored the Flying Ant Regatta at Port Melbourne Yacht Club. These are a small dinghy sailed by young people usually 8-15yr olds. They have 2 crew with a spinnaker and a Trapeze.
The weather was definitely not friendly the first 3 days but after that they managed to get a regatta of 9 races completed. While the weather started windy ++ it ended up HOT so a typical Melbourne week.

The organizing  drive was from the Hunt family whose kids had been some of the early Port Tackers at PMYC  All 3 children, now living in Perth are sailing.

A fruit Crop

I was  sure that when I got home all my lush nectarine crop would have fallen .
But only a dozen or so fruit were on the ground
The birds had had a nibble at some on the tree, but the heavy leaves (usually ridden with curly leaf) seem to have protected a lot.
 I have had stewed nectarines on my cereal, fresh nectarines and nectarine crumble!!

Christmas in Santa Fe

the plan to meet up with Celia in Santa Fe proved an excellent one!
While there I didn't have a means to load photos to my iPad so didn't blog the progress and this far off it seems less urgent. But see for progress reports!
I  will list the highlights.

1. Celia's company on a relaxed holiday (not racing from one place to the next)

2. The hotel.
Inn of the Governors I stayed overnight here in 1974 for a huge sum of $20 per night) and it is not how I remember (I remember nothing really) but it was charming friendly, comfortable, and a short walk form the central Plaza.

3. The weather.

Expecting to be cold I packed many layers .I was trying to pack in Melbourne when it was 40 degrees, so hard to imagine being really cold. But while needing gloves scarf coat and hat it was 5-6 degrees every day and bright blues skies and sunshine, and no wind and.........SNOW!!!

4.The Food.
While I am a terrible chilli eater (mild is even hot to me) i was surprised how …