The week that was…Week 50: back, sick and busy

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We had one last day of meetings in Delhi, with government and the like, formulating plans for further collaboration. Once that was done, it was briefly back to the hotel before heading to the airport.

2013-12-02 16.36.12We managed to have a drink or two in the bar with some fellow Australian skills types, but had to stop – there was an election in Delhi and for that reason no alcohol was to be sold for 24 hours. We discovered that it was the same in the bar at the Singapore Airlines Lounge, and we weren’t even allowed alcohol on the plane until it was airborne – no welcome champagne.

2013-12-02 19.07.00Anyway, it was goodbye Delhi after a productive and busy week – with a little bit of fun added in.

2013-12-03 19.26.42Arrived into Sydney in time for sunset and got home to find I’d been missed.

2013-12-03 22.15.08A sore throat which I had carried all the way back on the flights turned into a raging respiratory infection so Wednesday was antibiotics and bed. George likes it when you spend a day at home.

2013-12-04 14.22.02Did manage to stagger to Ainslie for schnitzel night. Jude and Zac wore their new Indian shirts.

We have the Star Wars Lego Advent Calendar again this year.

2013-12-04 18.55.42Games night! The boys got to play a new game Paul had bought – “Walk the Plank” before the adults got down to some Arkham Asylum.

Thursday I was back at work and, in addition to catching up with everything, we had a delegation from Korea (including some of the people I knew from Korea – in particular, the delegation leader). Given we have always had such good hospitality in Korea, we took them to Water’s Edge for dinner. Food was fabulous, and it is a great location for visitors.

More staff gifts of food.

2013-12-06 10.45.23And here we are with the Korean delegation after a day of meetings on Friday.

2013-12-06 16.57.32Zachary took it upon himself to teach me Walk the Plank on Friday night.

2013-12-06 20.22.15Saturday morning involved a tennis tournament. Not just any tennis tournament, but Evan’s genius invention – the Wooden Racquet Tournament where players were required to dress in whites and use wooden racquets – found or purchased in op shops. Naturally, as a 60s-70s style tennis event there was Pimms and gin and much food. I didn’t manage to play given my ongoing respiratory troubles, but am looking forward to doing so next time as this will now become a regular Canberra sporting and social fixture.

Sebastian and James in the meantime went and skated around the lake and then skated up to Reid where we were.

2013-12-07 12.44.20And Zac managed to save a strawberry from the Pimms.

2013-12-07 13.32.33Here’s some more George.

2013-12-07 15.05.28Saturday night we took to boys out to the Elk and Pea to celebrate the fact that Sebastian had been voted school vice captain on Monday.

Sunday was Paul’s 60th birthday, so we were at Craig and Fiona’s for a BBQ lunch. If it looks familiar, yes, that is where we used to live.

It was then time for derby training. I really wanted to get back on skates after nearly two weeks and I did, but I limped through training and had to sit out because clearly my lungs were not quite up to it yet.

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