The week that was…week 1: wines, family and not much else

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Here are the children entertaining themselves on the couch at Rockford while their parents and grandparents taste more wine. After a surprisingly busy New Year’s Day, we had an even busier 2nd day o the year with a Barossa visit and the purchasing of yet more wine.

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There was also the traditional vist-to-Adelaide-visit-to-the-CitiZen restaurant where the food was excellent as always although the service was a little uneven. Sebastian enjoyed hanging with Sam and Tracey, whatever that facial expression might suggest.

We also spent our last day before Kangaroo Island hanging out with Emilie and Scarlett as Lucy and Rowan were both back at work. I assure you this picture doesn’t indicate the level of excitement we achieved.

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Snapshots: Breakfast martini


If it has to be the last day of holidays, why not a breakfast martini? Had this delicious one this morning at the Elk & Pea. Delicious.

A year in the life…day 366: the end


So, New Year’s Eve. A year that began in Honolulu and ended in Adelaide and went a number of places in between. Thank you for sharing the year with me (though I clearly need to go back and audit the entries to get the days right). It has been a big year – I got my own Branch and got to manage it and start some processes of change; I went from barely being able to stand up on skates to having done scrimmage at derby; my youngest started school and my oldest started to show signs of becoming a teenager eventually. I got to travel to Texas, to Delhi, to London. But mostly it was a year of ordinary happiness and frustration, of the joys of family and friends and small daily achievements. Thank you for paying attention – in 2013 I won’t have an entry for every day, but I will try to every week!

A year in the life…day 356: grandchildren


Here are Nana and Poppa and all their grandchildren. Happy to be together.

A year in the life…day 355: wineries


After a few wineries in the morning we headed to Skillogalee for lunch. Lovely to sit under the olive tree and eat beautiful food and drink lovely wine.

A year in the life…day 354: love at O’Learys


James and I left the boys behind and headed to Clare for the weekend. Our first winery was O’Learys where they were setting up for a wedding. Can understand the choice of location given the beautiful view.

A year in the life…day 352: T20


Family trip to the T20 cricket, taking advantage of my family’s member status. The boys made extensive use of the face painting services and the give away merchandise-I think we ended up with eight sweat bands. The game was rather fun and we all had a fun time and unusual for us to be part if a multi-generational family outing.