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Another Lazy Sunday

Dear Mum,
After our busy week we decided to have a quiet, relaxing Sunday. Deanne did a load of washing and hanging out, Joshua played and I hoovered throughout the house.
Lunch was cheese and tomato toasted sandwiches for us and a ham Sarnie for Joshy. After complaining that if was different ham, when we bought it last week (it wasn’t!), he is now a big fan of the Coles honey roast type, which he’d actually had before at Julie’s house. Funny boy.
We actually took a trip over to Rick and Julie’s house in the afternoon to check the mail and that everything was still secure and okay.
Joshy asked if he could watch Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs again, so he did that while Deanne was making a chocolate cake and I was cooking tea, veggie roll and home made chips with veg’.
I’ve been trying to persuade Josh that he wants to go for a cycle tomorrow, but he’s not too sure after the last time he was out and fell off. Apart from that no’wt else planned for his last day off school. Will try and be home to Skype you in the afternoon.
I didn’t take any pictures today so you get another one from our trip to Freo yesterday.



No Joshua

Dear Mum,
Bob came over this morning and brought his mower then mowed our lawn, which is starting to look like a lawn after a couple of cuts. He also cut back a bush, which was offending his delicate Australian sensibilities, in the back garden.
I cleaned up as he was doing it today, then when he’d had a cup of tea and a chat, and the mower had cooled down again he left and I cleaned and brushed and washed the outside of the house.
In the afternoon I hoovered and cleaned and washed the inside of the house. I also got an email from my friend Nige, from NTU. It was really nice to hear from him and prompted me to write back to him, and Rich and Steve, to let them know what’s happening in the Southern Hemisphere at the moment. I wrote it over lunch while watching Top Gear, which I recorded on Monday night.
Deanne arrived home at about half five and made a wonderful creamy mushroom pasta for tea. I washed up and then Skyped Rich, and then Dad. Hopefully Rich’ll send me an email at some point today (his today) and give me some work to do. Which sounds interesting, I’ll tell you more when I know what I’m doing.
Julie called Deanne while I was with Rich and told us that Joshua had been very good and gone to bed with no problems and was asleep five minutes after his head hit the pillow. It feels very strange not to have him here, in fact it’s the first night he’s ever stayed away from home, although he did stay at Nana’s on our anniversary when Deanne and I went to a hotel last time we were in Aus’. But it still feels unusual.
Gotta go, need to be up early to check the house is clean.


The Big Clean Up

Dear Mum,
After dropping Joshua off at kindy I came home and looked round the house for a bit, trying to decide where to start the big clean up operation after yesterdays three boy playtime at our house. There were toys everywhere!
There were also blankets strewn around the various bedrooms, blankets which should have been in the sitting room over the back of the sofas for when Deanne gets cold.
There were also a number of dishes from the various cakes and biscuits which were made for the occasion.
After everything was back in its rightful place I hoovered up the dirt, sand and dust that the boys had inadvertently tracked in from the garden.
It didn’t actually take all that long and once I’d sorted the cleaning out I made some lunch and got on with some job hunting.
I made soup for tea. Deanne was going to do a mushroom stroganoff but she’s feeling a bit under the weather (a cold, I think), so I chucked a small percentage of the enormous pumpkin Bob bought over last week in a pot and boiled it until it was ready.
This evening Dee is sorting our money spreadsheet out and I’m watching Top Gear, as per the picture. I wouldn’t be but there really isn’t anything else on!

Yay, Top Gear

Yay, Top Gear


Dear Mum,

Have you tried clicking on the pictures I attach to these posts, it should take you to a higher resolution version, which you ought to be able to download. If you click once on the higher res’ one it should show full sized, which ought to be pretty big!

We didn’t get up as early as we wanted today, I think we were tired after yesterday. But after a few minutes of stretching and yawning we had breakfast then got in the car and drove to our new house. The day consisted of cleaning and unpacking stuff. I will take some photos but Deanne said I have to wait until we have it looking respectable so you’ll probably have to wait until we’re online in the new place before you get to see it.

We took a walk to the local shop, which we realised wasn’t all that local after a twenty minute walk there and then back again. We just wanted to grab a large bottle of Diet Coke and some Barbecue Shapes (crisps) to keep us going, however by the time we got back it was past 12 so we ate the crisps then had out Vegemite sandwiches, that I’d made before we left in the morning.

In the afternoon we took a break and headed to the local Bunnings Warehouse, which is the Aussie equivalent of B&Q. We bought some plugs, four way power adapters and a few other bits and pieces we need to get settled in properly. They had a café so we had a quick drink and shared a cookie, then Josh climbed and slid on the little play centre next to the café (inside the shop!!!) for a while before we shopped and paid.

At the end of the afternoon we were knackered, came home and had heated up pasta sauce (from a bottle) and spaghetti, because we were too tired to do anything else. While Deanne was making it (she offered) I attached an Australian plug to one of our English five way adapters, which means we don’t need to change all the plugs on the TV, video, etc. just the one on the power dongle. It was a bit of a fight, but I guess that’s what you get for buying the cheapest plugs! This means that when we get there in the morning we actually get to see if the TV/recorder will pick up the signal here.

Tomorrow we’re actually (probably) going to move in. We have packed a bunch of things into a couple of boxes, but will come back for the rest at some point soon. We’ll leave a few of Joshua’s things here for Joshy/Nana days.