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