A Big Trip for Mamma

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 Beautiful Perth

I know, it's been a whole year since I last posted.  Don't take that as a sign that there's been nothing going on around here -- couldn't be further from the truth!  So much has been going on, in fact, that I'm afraid I will never catch up with myself on this blog.  But, never mind -- I'll just quickly show you a few things I've been up to most recently :)

I went to Australia, by myself, for five whole weeks -- a bit of June and the whole month of July.  Can you believe it?  Daddy, Grandma and Grandpa held down the fort here and gave the kids a most fabulous summer.  Proof of that was the fact that few of the kids actually wanted me to come home, if it meant that the wonderful summer trips were over and school would be back in session with boring old me.

Anyway, sooooo much happened on my trip.  It had been five years, so five weeks was barely -- no, not even close to -- enough time to catch up with my wonderful, large family.  A sister, brother, nieces and nephews and cousins I'd not seen for five years -- unthinkable! and lots and lots of gentle, homey, welcoming things I'd missed for so long.  The sunshine, the grapevines, the ocean, the stars -- the Milky Way stretching like a long thin cloud across the crystal-clear night sky.

My youngest brother got married and my youngest sister had her seventh baby while I was there.  The kids were all on school holidays, too.  It was such a joyful trip and felt like one long celebration.

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The ferry that takes you across to the Zoo.
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Surfers at Scarborough
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In Jeremy and Thi's back yard
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Jeremy and Thi
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Thi's sister and dresses of her own design and construction
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Nieces and nephews
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Beautiful sunny-morning brunch reception in the Swan Valley
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Sweet-E
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At the hospital, my favorite! Salad Rolls
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New baby W
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A get-together with the awesome ladies of the Down-to-Earth forums
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Inspirational knitting -- Waldorf Doll and wardrobe by one of the DTE ladies
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Escaped alpacas visiting mom and dad's
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Breakfast out with Jeremy and Thi
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Fremantle
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Kailis fish and chips -- the best on the whole trip
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Cooking out with Josh and Paula
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Me, my sisters and mommy

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Out for Devonshire Tea -- Lavender scones, strawberry-lavender jam, clotted cream, and tea.
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