2015 weeks! #21: all the fun of the first week of June

2015-06-02 08.33.24Jude looking resplendent in his Tasmanian Devil hat as we walked to school together on a frosty Monday morning. There was plenty of ice everywhere as I made my way from Turner Primary into work.2015-06-02 08.53.29George enjoying the heater and the new couch. 2015-06-02 21.33.42Winter had definitely arrived in Canberra, but at least winter was starting with the lovely blue skies and sunshine of our favourite types of Canberra winter days (unless it is possible to stay in bed with a book, then the foggy winter days can be quite attractive too.) 2015-06-03 07.48.38That regular exciting part of work life which seems to regularly occur on Sebastian’s birthday happened again on Sebastian’s birthday – Senate Estimates. 2015-06-03 15.15.44On the way out of the building we took a wrong turn in the basement and found the secret cache of Australian flags, ready to be wheeled out whenever an announcement about terrorism is made. 2015-06-03 16.37.00Fortunately I escaped from Parliament House in time for a birthday dinner with Sebastian et al at Akiba. 2015-06-03 18.15.54It was world negroni day, so I had to have a special one. 2015-06-03 18.09.47And for dessert, Frugii. 2015-06-03 19.19.38It was an orange night. 2015-06-03 17.58.44For Sebastian’s birthday celebration with his friends, we had a night of shooting and pizza at Zone 3. His first birthday party of high school was the first chance to meet his new friends, and it was strange after so many years of knowing all the kids at the party to have a band of completely new friends to contend with (as well as a couple of regulars). I also learned that gifts for high school friends tend to run to gift vouchers and indeed cash, which will make birthday present purchasing a great deal easier!

The weekend was all about sport, with the Quad Save the Queen tournament on and the DHRs competing as well as Sebastian playing in a regional hockey tournament. We started the weekend with a DHR team brunch. 2015-06-06 10.49.22Jude stole my phone and took selfies… 2015-06-06 11.14.52…so I figured I needed to take one of my own. 2015-06-06 11.15.05 HDRWe had a tough draw for QSTQ but that never stops us playing hard.

On the first day we just lost to S2D2 and got beaten by Perth, but in the Perth game particularly we played really well for two thirds of the game and pretty much went point for point with them in the second half which was a pretty good effort against the seventh best team in the country. 2015-06-06 15.45.45Zac bought himself some new sunglasses and was pretty damn happy with his purchase.

Back at the other end of the Tuggeranong Parkway (which I would travel 12 times in the course of the long weekend), Sebastian was playing hockey. His u13 team was playing the u15s – this seemed like a grossly unfair match up. The difference between 12 and 13 year olds and 14 and 15 years in terms of height and strength and subsequently speed etc is gigantic. The boys put up the best fight they could, but struggled constantly.

Sunday at QSTQ the DHRs ended up playing the SRDL Assassins twice – technically the third best team in the country, but ultimately the winner of the tournament. We played brilliantly in the first game and, while being thoroughly beaten, achieved what we wanted to – we scored twice as many points against them as S2D2 did, and kept them to a lower score. In the second game we played against them, the number of points we scored was the only thing that mattered for progression into the next round, so we tried some different tactics. We actually ended up scoring quite a lot of points, but people didn’t feel good about preferencing offence over blocking and it was a challenging game from that point of view. Everyone was pretty exhausted in the end, and not unhappy that we didn’t manage to progress to the next round. It was a good weekend of derby though, the team acquitted itself well against some tough opposition and the opportunity to learn was not wasted. 2015-06-07 18.58.55After all that though, a g&t never goes astray.


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