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A Bit Of Baking

Dear Mum,

Life is still hectic as anything, for Deanne, Joshua and myself. Deanne is putting an awful lot of hours into her University work, as you’d expect, I guess. She seems to be getting on okay with it and is enjoying the practicals.

Josh is powering along at school and appears to be teaching himself to read, mostly through the medium of dinosaurs. Not, you might think, the easiest of words to start with but he knows the creatures so well that he can start reading the words and guess from his immense knowledge of terrible lizards.

Because last Monday was a bank holiday and he was meant to be starting his new term of gymnastics, it meant he had both gymnastics and swimming yesterday. I was quite surprised to find he didn’t sleep in the car on the way home from the swimming, but I suppose he is growing up and becoming a bit more resilient. After getting home we had to shop, Deanne had a long day at Uni, then had coursework to do, so it was Josh and me all the way. Before we shopped we stopped for a drink and a snack, Joshua had a doughnut man and a babyccino, I had a Diet Coke and a hedgehog slice. The first picture is the boy enjoying his food and drink.

Today Josh and I did various bits of cooking, first of all I did some bread in the bread machine so we could have sausage sandwiches for lunch. I was so excited by this that I took the second picture, it’s been ages since we had homemade sausage sarnies! In the afternoon we did a big bake, made some oatmeal raisin cookies, followed by some lemon biscuits. That doesn’t sound like a lot but it took most of the afternoon. Joshy also wanted to watch the making of the Walking With programs, after I accidentally put the wrong disc in the DVD player, he asked me to play it anyway. He was entranced, then ensconced!

Gotta go, back to work tomorrow.

Love

Dan

Saturday Shopping

Saturday Shopping

Sunday Sausage Sandwich

Sunday Sausage Sandwich


The First Of Several

Dear Mum,
I’m still not quite used to this five days a week lark. I feel like I’ve been awake since Monday. On the bright side, it’s the weekend!
We don’t have a great deal planned, although it is my work Xmas party tomorrow night. Joshua is rather excited, and he doesn’t even know about the new part of the park, as per the first picture below.
In other exciting news Julie and Rick recently spent some time tidying up the fern bed in their back yard and, as you can see, the baby brachiosaurus finally turned up amongst the leaf litter.
Love
Dan

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Party(s) Time

Dear Mum,
Sorry I’ve been quiet, as you can imagine I’m still recovering from working five days a week!
Our weekend was really good, on Saturday we did some bits of shopping, washing and tidying. Sunday was spent at the zoo, hence the picture of the tree kangaroo!
Joshua is still loving doing dinosaurs at school, the second picture is him wearing the dinosaur hat he made.
Yesterday an email was sent out for my work Xmas party. It’s an evening do at Adventure World, a water park with roller coasters, etc. near our old house at Bibra Lake. Joshua is VERY excited! …and he doesn’t even know yet that a new dinosaur themed bit is meant to be opening a couple of days before the party.
Deanne’s birthday weekend is also looking a bit on the hectic side. There is a film night, hosted by Joshy’s school on the Friday night. Either Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, The Lego Movie or Rio 2. All of which meet with Joshua’s exacting standards. On the Saturday we’re having a family get together at a café near the river. Then Sunday is the Tyco (where Rick works) Xmas party, which we’ve also been invited to.
Last night I went to our local pub to meet up with one of the guys from my writing group. He and I are being handed the reins by the outgoing chairperson/boss man. We chatted for a couple of hours, had a couple of pints, and came up with a whole bunch of ideas for how to proceed.
Gotta go now, nearly bed time.
Love
Dan

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Early Days

Dear Mum,
I’ve been trying to get to work good and early the last couple of days, a 7:15 start and 3/4 of an hour lunch means I can set off for home at four and be home before five. It’s quite nice to spend a bit of time doing housework before tea, so I have less to do in the evenings.
Joshua is having a great time at school at the moment as the theme for this term is…Dinosaurs!!! Deanne got told yesterday that he was correcting the teacher’s pronunciation and telling them about the different prehistoric behemoths. I wish I could have been a fly on the wall for that.
The picture is of one of his pieces of schoolwork that he brought home today. His writing is coming on leaps and bounds, so much so that his teacher told him that she could see he’d been practicing at home.
I’m dropping the boy off at Julie’s in the morning then heading to work, so it’ll be a slightly later start tomorrow.
Nearly forgot, I’ve also been asked to help run my writers group, which is nice. Suspect I’ll mainly end up creating a website for it, but it’s quite nice that I’m considered worthy of being a part of the committee/quorum/argument.
I also attended a talk last night by the guy who is (amongst other things) the editor/writer for the literary supplement in the Weekend West, the Perth weekend newspaper, more or less. It was about writing and how to get into doing it as a job. It was very good and gave me some interesting ideas!
Love
Dan

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Here We Go Again

Dear Mum,
I start my new job tomorrow so been a bit busy getting ready.
Visited Bob today, as we had to go in his direction to get some bedclothes. Last night Josh stayed at Julie’s because we went out to our friend Jodi’s 40th birthday party. All the best people turn 40 this year!!!
We also went to Garden City yesterday, there was a dinosaur thing on, as you can see.
With the new job I’m guessing we won’t speak until next weekend, but if I get a chance I’ll write about what’s going on.
Love
Dan

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Dinosaur Discovery

Dear Mum,
Just a quickie as I’m tired out.
Scitech was great, Joshy loved it! In the dino’ bit he got to dig for fossils, make a fossil and look through some dino’ poo.
The picture was taken before we watched Titans of the Ice Age on the big, curved screen.
The rest of the day was spent playing with all the experiments.
I’m at work tomorrow.
Love
Dan

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He’s Out

Dear Mum,
To say we didn’t have much planned today if turned out quite busy.
After getting ready this morning we went to the library, to drop off Deanne and Josh’s books, and so Joshua could get some more. He picked two dinosaur books and one about ancient amphibians!
We went to the shops on the way back to get some presents for the twins’ birthdays on Wednesday. Bob met us there and then came home with us, where we had drinks and some biscuits. Dee had made them beforehand and frozen the mixture so just took the block of dough out, cut it into slices and baked it. Lovely.
Toasted cheese sarnies for lunch then we went to the local shops, Dee and I walked and Josh took his bike as it’s not that local. When we got home we let Snugs go out into the back garden. He was a little nervous and we bought him back in pretty quickly, but I think it won’t take him too long to get the hang of it. He did have another quick sojourn after tea but seems a little agoraphobic and came back pretty quickly.
Tea was risotto and garlic bread. This evening I’m going to read my amazing proof copy of The Long Mars.
Don’t know what we’re doing tomorrow yet. Might Skype you if we’re home in the afternoon.
Love
Dan

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Dinosaur Day

Dear Mum,
Another busy day today. I dropped Josh off at school then drove to the iiNet office/shop-front in Subiaco and they took about half an hour to swap the broken power supply unit of the TV box for a new one. I was slightly worried that whatever had blown the PSU might have fried the actual recorder too but thankfully after getting home and plugging it in everything worked as it should do!
I spent a good percentage of the day doing a cover letter for a job application that looks pretty interesting, even though it’s in Mount Lawley which is a bit of a hike. It’s another Uni’ job but more of a leadership one than the others I’ve been for. Haven’t finished yet but well on the way!
I picked Joshua up, arriving in time to hear a dinosaur book being read to his class. On the way home he told me that his teacher had got a couple of the names wrong. When I asked if he’d corrected her he told me that he had, a few times! I wish I’d heard that.
We went to the library to drop his books and Pooh DVD off, as they were due back tomorrow. He picked a couple of new books, one of which I’ve taken a picture of because he chose it all by himself and we’re never going to read all of it before it’s due back, and another Winnie The Pooh DVD. Then we headed home so I could make tea and he could watch the new video.
Tomorrow Deanne is dropping Joshua off at Kindy, so I think I’m going to go out for a run, if if isn’t heaving it down with rain.
BTW, you’re absolutely right. We do need the rain. However what I’ve worked out is that the rain isn’t just constant, like in the UK, you get a lot of dry patches, then small but incredibly heavy bursts of rain. Which means that you can’t hang the washing out, as it’s never dry for long enough for the clothes to finish drying before it rains again and everything is soaked through. It’s okay though as we seem to be managing to dry stuff on the airers.
Love
Dan

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Australovenator, Etc.

Dear Mum,

Tomorrow is the big day. We pick up our keys early-ish and hopefully the truck with all our stuff turns up at nine o’clock. We are suitably excited.

Almost as excited as Joshua was today at seeing all the dinosaurs. There was, of course a muttaburrasaurus. Also a bunch of other ones we hadn’t heard of like australovenator and minmi (which we only found out about when Joshua bought his new I’m A Dinosaur video the other week).

We shopped first thing, just for some cheese but we relaxed a little after that. We had an early lunch at just before 11 then set off on the bus and the train. We got there just after 12:30, which was when the afternoon session opened, however the queue was already very long. The person who sold us the tickets said an hour and a half, but we only actually waited about three quarters of an hour, which was quite long enough standing in the hot sun.

On the bright side there was a pretty big brachiosaur outside which Joshua enjoyed watching when it moved it’s head and tail and screeched. When we got in there were a host of moving dinosaurs, all pretty big. The spinosaurus was probably the most impressive one, along with it’s youngster, although Josh liked the deinosuchus, which was a massive alligator thing, having a fight with a styracosaurus.

When we had finished there was a “play-laeontology” tent outside where there were some big puzzles and also the chance to dig for fossils, which is what the picture is of below. I thought you might like to imagine it was historical relics, rather than fossils he is digging for 😉

With our house move tomorrow the posts might become a little sporadic as our internet may not be up and running for a bit. However the package we’ve bought includes international calls to the UK so we’ll give you a bell as soon as we’re online…so to speak.

Love

Dan

Joshua The Palaeontologist

Joshua The Palaeontologist

 


Afternoon Tea

Dear Mum,
A more positive day today!
We went out this morning to look at the house we’ve applied to rent in Bibra Lake. I’ve seen it already but Deanne wanted to check it out. She liked it as much as I did. As we were leaving and we’d had a chat to the agent doing the viewing she came to catch us just as we were about to go out the front door and asked our names, then said that she’d talk to the client and let them know we would be really good tenants. So that’s quite good. Of course doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll get it, but has to help.
We then went to Garden City so Joshua could spend his vouchers at the ABC Shop. He had a good look around and was torn between a bunch of things, but eventually settled on a boxed set of Octonauts toys for $25 and a DVD about dinosaurs for $15. Then we stopped for a drink and a bird to eat at a little cafe before coming home for lunch, after which he had a nap.
Dee and I went to look at another house, in Leeming, and when we got back it was time for the guests to arrive. Julie has known Thelma and Sam for years, and therefore Deanne and Monique have known each other for ever. Joe is Monique’s husband and they have a baby called Xavier (they’ll have to excuse my spelling!).
I didn’t get to talk to Monique about archaeology, but we all had a good chat and I got a hold of the young ‘un, so that was nice.
After they went we did the washing up, watched the latest Pooh Bear DVD Josh has taken out of the library, then got him ready for bed.
This evening we watched Death In Paradise, very good, and are now in bed.
Big day tomorrow as Deanne and I are going to the Blues and Roots festival to watch the Dave Matthew’s Band, along with Jake Bug, who’s from Nottingham.
This means I might not get to write as we’ll be home late.
Love
Dan

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