Monday, August 27, 2007

An update (at last...sorry)

We've done a lot since we came back from Qld. Not surprising, since that was 4 months ago!

We visited Pat, Jenny, Aidan and Rohan in Tasmania during June. We flew into Launceston, picked up a hire car (Nissan X-Trail, I don't recommend it as it was too gutless), drove the Axeman's Hall of Fame (very underwhelmed) and then headed south for Brighton and Pat & Jenny's house.
It was great to catch up after 11 years! Last time we met it was at Pat & Jenny's wedding and neither of us (unsurprisingly) had children. We took a couple of days trips around Hobart and nearby national parks before heading up north again and exiting via Launceston.

The week before we headed to Tasmania, Owen was in hospital with asthma bought about by a virus. He and Karen spent the night. About 6 weeks after we returned from Tasmania, Owen was again in hospital.
This time, since Viv and Brian were down, Karen and myself escorted Owen to hospital late one evening. We were released the following morning after more ventolin and observation. The Angliss hospital at Upper Ferntree Gully have been great.

I was lucky enough recently to win a double pass to the Melbourne premiere of the Simpsons Movie. I took Patrick and we even got to have our photo taken with the cast.

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square is currently exhibiting the Pixar collection. This has many hand drawn sketches, cells and clay models from several of the Pixar animated movies - including the desk lamp from one of the original short films. Here are a few shots.

And here are a few random shots of the kids in the city, at the museum and Carlton Gardens.