Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Always reading, reading, reading

I have read a couple of books this week that have been great! Totally different styles, one a rambling epic set in 19th century America and Scotland, and a book of contemporary short stories set in Australia, that I got for Christmas. I'll pass them onto Mum when I see her next.

Actually, our friend Richard gave both these books to me. He's a reader too.

Richard and his Mum, Betty, came for a BBQ lunch on Boxing Day, but I forgot to take photos. Betty gave me a hand towel and face washer that she had crocheted around the edge. Love that! And she made a tiramisu with cocoa (instead of coffee) that was amazing!

I've got a pile of books to pass onto Kristie too. I read them during the year.

There's stacks of others that I've read too, but they're doing the rounds at the moment - The Lollipop Shoes, The Shack, The Forgotten Garden, World Without End, The Twilight series. I'll tell you others as I think of them. All highly recommended!

By the way, have a Happy New Year!!

Sunday, 28 December 2008

Trip to Tasmania, October 08

Now that I'm getting the hang of this, I want to post some photos of our last trip to Tassie in the Spring holidays. The beach at Bridport was stunning!

The Tulip Festival in Hobart was spectacular!

And the Japanese Gardens were beautiful too.

There were even some lovely English-style gardens.

So many beautiful places!

Christmas Recovery

Jack has been having a great time on his Blade Board and on my wii fit. He's also been running around shooting everyone and everything with his Tommy 20 and Nerf guns.

Jonathon and I are still recovering from the whole Christmas, Boxing Day, rich food, late nights, long sleep-ins debacle that goes with the Christmas season.

We've pretty much sat in a diabetic coma on the couch watching DVDs, including Semi-Pro, Mamma Mia and Don't Mess with the Zohan.

Christmas 2008

We had a brilliant Christmas!

On Christmas Eve we got the new TV cabinet
and sofa table we'd been waiting on for about
three months. I love them! (Both from BedShed,
by the way.)

We woke up at 7am on Christmas day to open presents.

All the family came around for lunch. (Jack HAD to pull a face!)

Mum did most of the food preparation.
I just had to have her trifle and pavlova!

My sister, Kristie, and her fiance, Dave were there (although Dave was outside when I took this photo, and my camera died when I tried to get a photo of him later!)

Dad and Jane were there.

And my bestie, Emma, her fiance Paul,
and their kids were there too.

It was a perfect day from start to finish!