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Dinner, By Deanne

Dear Mum,

Today was a pretty quiet day. Deanne is feeling a bit better so we both did some housework, washing, vacuuming, etc. while Joshua cut some shapes out and coloured them in. While I was hanging the washing out I asked Joshy if he could get my sunnies and he came back laughing, as per the picture. For lunch I made little Pizzas, just tomato sauce and cheese on the bases you can buy from Coles.

After lunch we went to see a house in Bull Creek, but it wasn’t quite as nice as a one Dee saw the other day in Leeming, so we’ll probably put an offer in for that one and see what happens! We had to visit Coles next because I accidentally bought top-loader washing powder instead of front-loader, like our is. They gave us our money back without questioning my stupidity so we bought some more and also some Tim Tams, because they were going cheap.

Joshua did some more Maths Seeds when we got home and then he played in the garden while I did some weeding, as we ned to get the house in decent shape for when we move out.

Deanne was feeling well enough to make tea, and a fine job she did of it. We got polenta topped with a mushroom ragù, which tasted fantastic. Josh had beans and toast as he didn’t fancy it, although he did have a try of the polenta but wasn’t too keen.

Josh would like to take his bike to the park tomorrow, apart from that nothing planned.

Love

Dan

Sunnies

Sunnies

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Science Fair

Dear Mum,

Deanne decided early on today that she wasn’t well enough to join us for any activities, so I tried to make her as comfortable as I could and then got Josh and I sorted for the day.

Our first outing was to view a house in Leeming, maybe a little over our ideal price but the estate agent told us that the market is slow and we can probably get away with low offers. The house was really nice, not dissimilar to our current place but much (much) closer to Joshy’s school. I’m looking at a couple more on Monday and will then decide what we’re going to do.

We headed home and I showed Deanne the video I made on my phone of the place, she just about managed to turn over in bed to look at it, the poor thing, and agreed that it looked a very good house.

Then Josh and I went shopping and bought some things to top up the cupboards, including some cartons of real orange juice with straws for Dee to drink while laying down, and a couple of jelly mixes, one of which you can add 200ml of a juice of your own to flavour it. Joshua decided he’d like to try one with apple juice. After which it was time for lunch, so we all had cheese sandwiches, Deanne and I toasted, Josh’s just bread.

After eating the two of us drove to the train station and went into Perth. It’s National Science Week over here at the moment and there was a science fair on in the cultural centre, which is near the museums. We saw the end of the Scitech show, which involved putting liquid nitrogen into a big tube of warm bubbly water which then shot a spout of foam in the air. When that was over there was about an hour before the next “act” so we went and looked around the WA Museum for a while, inspected the stuffed animals then looked at the fossils and the reproduction prehistoric fish.

We headed back to the stage area where Bizircus were just setting up. They were a science and magic act, if you can get your head round that. they did magic tricks and circus-type tricks, which they explained with physics and humour. It was very funny and Josh as absolutely transfixed after their first trick, which was the bloke making the woman hang in the air. I asked him if he could figure out how they did it and he said no, I agreed that I couldn’t either and it was pretty clever. The only thing that bothered me was that the guy looked and acted a lot like Glenn Robbins, who is the bloke that plays Kel in Kath and Kim, and Russell Coight in All Aussie Adventures that ToF and I used to watch, so I had trouble separating him from the characters I’ve seen on TV.

Josh had an ice cream before we left and we watched a bit of the Naked Scientist, who is an English bloke who just answers science questions posed by kids. The “naked” is because he doesn’t use any props or e.g. Google to get his facts, they are all in his head. However Joshua did say that he was expecting him not to be wearing any clothes!

I grabbed a Vanilla Diet Coke on the way back to the train station, then we went home to check on the patient. Deanne was okay, but still unable to do anything very much. Josh asked if he could do some of the Maths Seeds, which are the numeric version of the ABC Reading Eggs he has been doing. He seems much more proficient at the maths ones than the English ones, and he’s not too bad at the English ones! He continued doing those from when we got in at five until I had finished making soup for tea at about half six, he loves them.

This evening I watched the rest of a film I have been doing in shifts called Aeon Flux which, upon reaching the end, made no more sense than it had done at the start. Good effects but a loony story!

Tomorrow we have nothing planned, although there is another science and sustainability thing on, somewhere near Canning Bridge I think, so we might go to that. Deanne is Skyping Rich in the afternoon, as she has a few questions for him about an upcoming interview she has been invited to.

I liked the picture of the earring you sent, looks a little tarnished but practically good as new for 1,600 years old! Deanne likes the sound of the tea and we hope the finger isn’t hurting too much.

Sorry for the long mail but it’s been an exciting day.

Love

Dan

Science Fair Ice Cream

Science Fair Ice Cream


New, Faster ‘Blog

Dear Mum,

Well, we’re finally back online! Hooray!!!

These last two weeks have seemed very long, in a nutshell we arrived at the house on the morning we moved in at exactly the same time the guys turned up with a big container with all our stuff in it. They were very efficient and were out again before we knew it. We spent a couple of days still staying at Julie’s house but coming over to unpack stuff in the daytime before we actually moved in.

…and I tell you what, having our own place again feels so different to being lodgers in someone else’s house. It was so kind of them to let us stay all that time but being in a house on our own again is a-mazing!

It’s a four bed place, we’re in the master, with an en-suite, next to us is the computer room, then a spare room, currently mainly inhabited by things in a transitory state. Books which need to go back in to boxes, bits of old toys and other stuff which were packed with other things we actually needed.

The phone line and broadband have been a bit of a mare, apparently the company couldn’t do anything until the old bill was settled with the previous provider…which took ages. Then they couldn’t set up the broadband until after the phone line was sorted, and now we’re still waiting on the little box, which will hopefully provide us with a means of decoding the, as yet, undecipherable Australian television signal we can’t get on our old TV or recorder-box. Still at least we’ve now got our DVDs and UK recordings again.

Joshua settled in really quickly and decided he’d have the second biggest bedroom, it’s at the far end of the house to our room, but on the bright side it’s also right down the hall from the sitting room and kitchen/lounge so at least we don’t disturb him when he’s gone to bed.

Josh is also pretty happy that he has a whole playroom to himself, it’s the far end of the open plan kitchen dining room bit so he can play there while we’re making food or tidying up. All his toys are out and he’s having fun playing with all the things he hasn’t had since they were packed up in England.

We’re also pretty close to a (big) park which is where I took the picture of Joshy cycling this afternoon. The other picture is of him when we left school yesterday. It’s the first time it’s rained at the same time as I picked him up, so he wanted a picture of himself with the umbrella.

Gotta go, it’s getting late and Bob’s coming round in the morning to pick up his shears, which he leant us to cut the hedge out the front with.

Love

Dan

Rain, rain, keep raining please. Fill up our dams thank you.

Rain, rain, keep raining please. Fill up our dams thank you.

Josh cycling through the park.

Josh, cycling through the park.


New House

Dear Mum,

Today was the big day. We set off to pick up our keys from the estate agents, who had kindly allowed us to get them a little early, and arrived at the house at almost exactly the same time as the big truck with a container full of our worldly goods on it.

At first the two blokes, called Mick and Nick, just removed all the stuff and put it in the rooms Deanne told them to. I was cleaning the kitchen. However after a couple of hours they had got all the stuff in and took a quick break, then they started putting our furniture back together for us. They started in Joshua’s room and went through room to room until they were finished, then they took off.

Bob took me to the shops and bought us some lunch, when I got home we sat at OUR table and ate the small pizzas (Dee and I) and the cheddarmite twist (who knew, cheddar cheese and Vegemite in one twisty package!). It was very strange to be using our own stuff again, so much so that I took the below picture of Joshua while we took a swift magnetic fishing game break in the afternoon.

We haven’t actually moved in yet, we’re probably going to do that on Saturday night after getting the house completely ship-shape and Bristol fashion over the next couple of days. I’ve sorted out our phone line, which should be active on Monday, then our internet should follow two to four days later. I might have to visit Julie’s to apply for jobs, etc. but on the bright side my rubbish phone actually seems to work pretty well there, so I can at least call the agencies to beg them for employment.

By the way, your not-pasta sauce sounds quite a lot like the chilli-pasta I once made. Tasted fine, but our mouths couldn’t quite cope with the chilli flavour along with the pasta texture.

Love

Dan

Our Lovely Table...And Our Son!

Our Lovely Table…And Our Son!


Bingo, I Mean House, I Mean…Oh, Whatever!!!

Dear Mum,

A BIG day today! Joshua and I got dressed and headed out towards Deanne’s old school on his bike. He is so confident now, as you can see by the nonchalant way he’s not looking where he’s going, although still a bit lazy and asking me to push him more often than is strictly necessary. We got to the school and he rode around a bit, then parked his bike and played on the playground, pretending to be animals – giraffes, lions, tigers, monkeys, etc. We stopped for a snack and a drink and played a bit more, then he cycled home again.

After lunch we packed ourselves up and headed for the hospital at Fremantle for my diabetes appointment. I was a little worried Joshua would get bored and be naughty but he sat and ate a packet of biscuits while we were waiting, introduced himself beautifully to the nurse who weighed and measured me. Something he has only really picked up in the last couple of weeks, before that he mostly ignored people who spoke to him.

When we went in to see the doctor (I felt very old because she must have been ten or fifteen years younger than me and a consulting endocrinologist) I gave Joshua his Dinosaur Search And Find book and he sat quietly in the chair next to me, looking for and counting the animals.

My actual appointment was fine and my control seems to be pretty good, especially considering I’ve recently emigrated. HbA1c of 7.0 mmol/l and an unusually handy 5.9 when I did a blood test for the nurse. I have to go see them again in six months time, but that’s just standard procedure, and at least I now have all my NDSS stuff signed off so I can get cheap(er) insulin pump consumables.

After we got home I got a phone call from the estate agents, who said that we’ve got the house we put an application in for. I was extremely surprised and called Deanne immediately to tell her the good news. I don’t think either of us can really believe it but it appears to be true. We get the keys on the 24th, I’ll let you know the address in an email sometime soon. Now we just have to sort out getting our stuff delivered there at a similar time.

I picked Deanne up from work at five, as she had somehow ripped the knee on her trousers and didn’t want to have to come home on public transport. This evening she has been out at a cosmetics party, so I’ve been writing thank you notes for Joshua’s birthday party guests and looking up internet providers, etc. for the move.

Tomorrow is Joshua/Nana day so I’m going to get my job application emailed off and look up other house type things we might need.

Love

Dan

Going To The Park

Going To The Park


All Quiet On The Western Front

Dear Mum,
Both my job application and the house rental we’ve applied for should have got back to us today. Neither has done so! Of course people say that no news is good news but that doesn’t make us feel any better.
Of course, as you always say, this find next year we’ll look back and think it wasn’t a problem. But just tonight Deanne and I are feeling a bit down.
However tomorrow is another day, we’re going to see another couple of houses and heading to Garden City with Joshua, so he can look in the ABC store and decide what to spend his $40 voucher on, that he got from Aunty Helen.
We also have some of Julie’s friends and their kids (and grandkid) coming over in the afternoon so it’ll be nice to talk to some people our own age.
Just out of interest Monique, the one our age, is an archaeologist. So at least we’ll have something to talk about.
Attached is a picture of the egg that Bob bought for Josh. It’s been in water since the party and had started to crack when we got home tonight. Intrigued to see how it develops.
Love
Dan

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Party Time

Dear Mum,
We went and looked at another house this morning, it cost a bit more than the others we’ve looked at but is (a lot) closer to Joshua’s school, etc.
Obviously this afternoon was Josh’s party. He wouldn’t have a nap before we went at three but seemed okay anyway.
There were 13 other kids at the party and they all brought (and bought) him presents ranging from book sized ones to one which was about the size of a pillow, only box shaped and solid…not sure if that makes any sense? Anyway, they were all very generous, but we don’t know what anything is because we’re saving them for his birthday to open.
The two hours seemed to flash by, they all climbed and slid and ran for an hour, then had their nuggets or hot dogs, then played, then had their cakes. A couple of the parents left their kids, but I guess that’s the age they’re at now, so we need to get used to it. Only real issue was I forgot who was missing when it was time to eat, but I managed to find one of the missing two easily and the other one turned up pretty quickly accompanied by another adult.
Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and hopefully it’s made Joshua just a bit more popular with his classmates, not that he needs to be but it’s always useful to be the popular kid for a bit 🙂
Tomorrow is my big day, so wish me luck (again) and I’ll write tomorrow night to let you know how it goes.
Love
Dan

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