Sunday, July 10, 2011


Not until you are truly car-less do you fully comprehend just how much you rely on it. Living as far as we do from the CBD and having access to little adequate public transport for local trips, a car is a must.

With the family in Sydney for the school holidays I am car-less. It's no real hassle as I get the train to work 3-4 days a week normally so 5 days a week isn't that much of a stretch. Where I do notice it is the weekends. I'm very lucky that a bunch of my lawn bowling mates are very helpful in picking me up and dropping me off for bowling engagements, and I'm very appreciative. However, outside of that I find myself walking a lot. Main St for milk, train station fir a trip to town and so on.

It's great to get out and about on foot, but I miss the convenience of a car. Only one more week.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Our first teenager!

Well, it had to happen eventually. Yesterday Patrick turned 13! we celebrated with cake after he got home from soccer training.

He's really enjoying high school and has made some new friends this year. And what's more us he looks like a teenager with his braces ad well :)

Happy Birthday Spud.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Comedy Festival 2011

On Friday night Karen and I went to see Alan Brough at the Melbourne
Comedy Festival. That was not the highlight of the night
unfortunately. While it did makes us laugh in places, it was not a
show I'd recommend. Adam Rozenbachs at Trades Hall I would recommend!

Anyway, we stopped for dinner at Il Tempo in Degraves St before the
show. It's a cosy little Italian restaurant in one the lane ways in
the CBD and the food and service was great. The duck risotto was

After the show we walked around the CBD (it felt like 6 times) looking
for somewhere to have a drink and a chat with the friends we had seen
the show with. We walked not and out of several places after seeing
just how packed and noisy they all were. We're getting old!

We ended up jumping in the car and finding somewhere closer to home -
Switch at Knox Ozone. It was perfect. We had a couple of drinks,
chatted and Karen and I shared a sticky date pudding. It was a great
night and we were all so glad to have found somewhere to kick back
after the show - even if we did discover we're now old :)

Friday, April 01, 2011

First post for 2011

Well, Patrick has started high school this year, and it's already the end of term one next Friday!  He's already been on camp, indoctrinated his new iPad to its life as the possession of a 12 year old boy, and made some new friends.

The three boys are nearing the end of their summer basketball season and have all had a great time.  Patrick will most likely play in the finals and with three rounds to go, Angus and Owen could yet too!

Lily has started at 3 year old kindergarten and is loving it.  She goes on a Wednesday morning and Friday afternoon.  By Wednesday afternoon she's pooped and needs a nap.  She also manages to bring home some sand from the sandpit each day.

Karen is flat out driving the kids between engagements and running the household - with 4 little tornadoes it's a challenge.

And me, well I'm enjoying life back at Computershare and have jumped feet first into my new role.  In some ways it's like I never left.