Monday, August 26, 2019

Life in the way

I am a bad blogger. I have half written the first day of our UK tour, but it is unfinished because it was family time today.

Saturday night we went into town for a quick, cheap and delicious Thai meal and then on to White Night Festival, well to what was on in Treasury Gardens. It rained down upon us but we were stoic. Trams had stopped well short of the city so there was a lot of walking. My new puffy jacket bought at the the uncollected rack at the dry cleaners kept me warm, but I struggled to find the zip pull for the hood to keep my coiffure dry. R examined it with an inscrutable scrute and said, it is a zip on hood and clearly it is missing. Well, for $18, it was cozy but no hood and so I had wet hair. I didn't die.

We were absolutely done in by such a late night at White Night when we arrived home at 8.30pm. 

We had to be out of bed at the ungodly hour of 8.30 Sunday morning (and I thought I was a morning person but what time I wake and what time I get up are two different things. I like to have an online chat with the smouldering hot Paulo in Brazil early morning), and out by 10 to see Oldest Niece, her husband and her two daughters Little M and Little Em, along with their six week old brother Little L, and gosh he is little but putting on weight nicely now with a combo of breast and bottle. He is just gorgeous. Before we arrived Oldest Niece wanted to rush off to shops to buy something to have with coffee, but her husband said, don't worry, Andrew and R will bring something, and we did.

Then it was on to see Hippie Niece, and her two year old latte coloured twins, ex Sis in Law and her husband, and Tradie Brother turned up. Tradie Brother has an alcohol interlock system on his car now after not having a driving license for six months. He was very flat and not his normal infused by a drink or two self. The twins alternated between being delightful and screaming banshees. We still can't tell them apart but they can now tell us who is H and who is W. We had cake for them too, although at the last minute R bought meringue sticks for the twins. What a sugar hit, but still, they were sleepy when we left in good time to be home for R's nanna nap and my online chat to the ever so weird Wolfie in Germany. Ex Sis in Law's pug dog had eight pups a couple of weeks ago. Eyes not open but how cute they are. She is a good mother.

It is Fire Fighting Nephew's wife's birthday and they must be in New South Wales as they put up a photo on FB of the Dog on the Tuckerbox Five Miles from Gundagai.





23 comments:

  1. Goodness you were busy.
    Love the White Night shots, and am glad you survived getting wet.
    Did you know the Dog on the Tuckerbox was vandalised recently (but has been repaired).
    I am an early riser (just before 4 this morning). Late nights are difficult.

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    1. EC, I did hear about the Dog. 4 is a little early for me. 6.30 is ok but I have been up earlier and of course had to get up often enough at 5 when I was working. I really don't like late nights though. They knock me around.

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    1. Cheryl, they are all an hour away, Sister 1:30 away but it is not so bad. R's family in Newcastle, England, a large city, all live within a couple of kilometres of each other. Than would be good. Yeah, well, I know about farm visits. Fun the first time. But I wouldn't put it back on yourself.

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  3. I think it is so wonderful to be so close to your family and that you all make time to get together for things. I have the two grandchildren here at my house and it is wonderful!

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    1. Maribeth, we are really the ones who have to make the effort, but that is ok.

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  4. I like the sound of the uncollected clothes at the dry cleaners. That could well become my 'tailor'.

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    1. Cro, indeed. I am tempted to go back for another look, but will check for hoods first.

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  5. You sure had a busy weekend. It is great that you keep up with family.

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    1. As you do Diane, even when the distances are extreme.

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  6. 1: you are not a bad blogger
    2: you have a large family and you must see all of them after you've been away.
    3: we all love hearing about them.
    4: why not have the identical twins dressed in different colours with an initial on them somewhere?
    5: can you tell I like making lists?

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    1. River, tick to 1 and 2. 3, I am never sure about talking about family is interesting or not.

      4, we can distinguish them in photos from yesterday because they had different clothes and one had her hair pulled up.

      5 Lists are terrific because you can tick things off.

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  7. You are so lucky to have your family close and great you all get on well.

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    1. Cheryl, I have done it myself but this is your second comment.

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    2. Sorry, I get it now.

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  8. My goodness, you've been a busy beaver! I absolutely love those pics too! Hugs, RO, and no you're always a fantastic blogger.

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  9. We love hearing about the family Andrew. My family, apart from my son, his wife and my grandchildren, all live within 10 minutes of each other.. P and I left Africa and they all followed 😁

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    1. Grace, that is so good. What a shame your son and grandchildren are so far away.

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  10. That was a busy day! I like people posts :)

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    1. Jenny, thanks, but don't encourage me too much.

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  11. So nice that you make the effort to visit the family and get them all together too.

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    1. Sami, given our age and our connections to them, I think they do hold us in some respect. But we are never pushy towards them. We instigated the family meeting this time, but it is perhaps the first time we have done so. Plenty of family fun time to come late September, and before then see Little Jo on stage again.

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