Thursday, 30 September 2010

1st UK Visitors.

3 months to the day since we landed and we had our first visitors from the UK

Ian and Kylie (yes with that name she is Australian) came for dinner yesterday. They are actually over for a friends wedding. Within the last week they stopped off in Singapore for a weekend on the way over, have been to Sydney for 2 days, attended the wedding and looked at buying a property here in Perth!

Makes me realise that I have slowed down to the Aussie way of life more than I thought.

Great to see them and really enjoyed the traditional baked Marble cheesecake they brought from the Mamuska cheesecake shop!

Who's coming next?

Wednesday, 29 September 2010


Confess your sins to the Lord and you will be forgiven; confess them to man and you will be laughed at.

I know I am forgiven and hope his brings a smile to your face...

I was just driving out of the car park when a lady (unnecessary detail but I am painting the picture) was trying to drive in. Seeing she would struggle to get through the gap and being a gentleman I decided to reverse backwards and give her space.

Sadly I did not check my review mirror and so drove into another lady (more unnecessary detail) who had sneaked up behind.

The kangaroo bars and the tow bar on the back of my vehicle ensured I had barely a scratch though I had left my mark on her car...

Lessons learnt include:
Being a gentleman does not pay
It is better to stand your ground and go forward than go backwards
People matter more than possessions

What lessons have you learnt today?

Monday, 27 September 2010

Count me in.

Yesterday morning we had to have a church AGM (apparently it's the law in Australia).

It was a great time.

There was a brief report on the last year but most of the time was looking forward.

I did a review of the book 'If you want to walk on water you have to get out of the boat' and we have agreed to buy a copy for anyone in the church who wants to read it.
We also talked about the step up in the budget (a 60% increase this year, followed by a further 50% hike next year).
In our desire to think bigger and go forward we are starting teams: welcome, song pro, kids, set up, refreshments... and it was great to see people keen to sign up afterwards (my son Isaac signed up for 4 out of the 5 teams!)
We have agreed the need to change the location of where we meet on Sundays and also to seek God for another name.

A significant day made exciting by people saying 'count me in'!

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Size matters...

I hope you have begun to realise what a BIG country Australia is and how spread out everything is.I was told the other day that Perth is the second most spread out city in the world! Think BIG.
I thought you might like to see the size of our kitchen appliance:

I brought the Fridge Freezer brand new just under 3 months ago. It wasn't long before I noticed that the food in it was going off; it was 28 degrees today and the beer in the fridge was not cold!

At the start of the week we called out an engineer to see why the milk kept going sour. He arrived today and told us that the fan is not working. Although we thought the freezer was OK he said it is not really cold enough and we needed to sit down and consume all the ice cream in it! He promptly left telling us that he needed to order a part (may be in by the end of next week)...give him a call if we have heard nothing by next Friday.

Despite now not having a working fridge or freezer as the outside temperature begins to rise - on the bright side I must have one of the world's largest Kitchen notice board.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Under Attack!

Snakes! I know this country is home to many deadly snakes and I have been running round a lake where Tiger snakes are known to dwell. (I had a sore ankle this week and wondered if I had been bitten and not realised but I am still here typing so I guess not!)

Today when out running I was attacked for the first time by Australian wild life - not a snake or a spider - but a magpie!

As I am puffing along, out of nowhere, this bird flew straight for my head. I ducked and picked up the pace a bit. Then it came after me a second time chasing me down the path and seemed determined to have another go at my brain! (The bird was focused on nipping, scaring, flapping at me and did not release the mess it can cause via a bird missile; which I have been hit by on many other occasions.)

For the rest of the run every time I saw a bird shadow approach I thought I was being hunted down by this crazy animal. One time I even flinched when a butterfly floated by.(I used to think my fear of dogs was bad!)

Just to reassure you I ran back another route and safely made it home.

I am sure the bird has forgotten me and is now having a go at another random passerby.
I have not forgotten the bird. Fear can last longer than the attack.

I wonder if you are running from something you are afraid of?

I will try that running route another time - but I may wear my cycle helmet just to be on the safe side!

Monday, 20 September 2010

No Worries

No worries was recognised as the national motto of Australia in 1978.

According to Wikipidea it can mean 'your welcome', 'sure thing', 'thats alright' or 'do not worry about that'.

I have noticed that people churn out this motto anytime anyplace...
On the phone
In the shops
When chatting
Printed on T-shirts
Even splattered across a car

If you had a motto what would it be and why?

Friday, 17 September 2010

H.M.S. George & Lizzie

In August 2009 we hired Kayak's in Mandurah and went for a paddle along the river. It was great fun, lots of photos and happy memories.

As soon as we decided to move Josh has talked and planned about buying his own Kayak.

Well we have bought 2! We found them in the local second hand paper, The Quokka.

We borrowed a friends UTE to take the Kayak's to the River Swan for their maiden voyage. After the short speech we poured Solo over them (it is cheaper than champagne) and decided to name them H.M.S. George and H.M.S. Lizzie.

I am getting some roof bars for the car this Saturday so we can transport the Finn Gizmo's (their official name) around, but in the meantime the kids have been playing on them in the pool.

I thought you might like to see Josh and just reassure you that despite his expression this happened in our back garden not in some shark infested waters!

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

U2 in Perth

My son Isaac sent me a text the other day telling me it was only 107 nights sleep before Christmas (and I thought I got excited!)
Anyway I am proud to say that I have already brought Nicky's Christmas present!

The band U2 are bringing their 360 degree world tour to Subiaco Stadium Perth and we have managed to get tickets for Sunday 19th December. It is great idea here that the ticket price also includes transport to the event (not a limo but a ride on the train)

It makes me want to ask the question - 'Should U 2 be in Perth?'
I am not referring to the band - but thinking about you.
It would be great to have some other folk come and join us who are committed to Jesus and His local church. People not just here for a nice life but radicals wanting to use their short life to make an eternal impact.

Let me ask again - Should U 2 be in Perth?

Thursday, 9 September 2010

The Best Book of All!

Despite having been around for centuries the Bible remains a best seller.

I try and read a portion every day and often find it so helpful during that day.
Martin Luther said "The bibles is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.”

As a family we read from it over breakfast in the morning.

My 2 sons have decided to take on the challenge of reading through the whole 66 books.
I started on 1st January this year and have just finished reading it from cover to cover.

What about you?
What have you read this week and how is inspired you?

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Josh Cornford 15 Today!

Happy Birthday Son!

Great this morning to watch Josh open presents... Top Gear Challenges 3 DVD and a Top Gear board game. (Apparently in a years time he will be old enough to drive a moped!)
After school we are going to assemble a table tennis table he was given and then watch the Top Gear programme on the TV (can you detect a theme emerging?)

I know that we will enjoy a Mexican meal together and have fun as a family. Birthdays are a great occasion to generate special memories together.

But without wishing to sound old - where did those years go?

I cannot believe it was 15 years ago that my first child was born.
Each birthday we have is really a way of keeping count of the years we have accomplished.

Life can seem short; it moves too fast and there is no pause button on the remote control of time. The challenge is that I don't just want to count my years but make my years count.

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Fathers Day 2

My 3 kids are twice as good as others....

In the UK in June we celebrated Father's Day and they brought me chocolate and wrote thoughtful words in a card etc.

In Australia today is Father's Day - and they have spoilt me again!

I received a Toblerone, dairy milk chocolate bar and a Yorkie (they know the way to a man's heart is through his stomach!)My kids also generously loaded me with lots of other presents including a home made trophy and an inflatable chair cushion.

For lunch, which we ate outside, I had a hot curry and a cold beer.

I love my kids.

We also had a brilliant time at church today when we remembered our Father in heaven. We listened to a 29th chapter song 'Man up' and I showed the attached youtube video. (It was our biggest Sunday meeting so far - 61 including kids!)

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Walk on water!!!

John Ortberg's book 'If you want to walk on water you've got to get ot of the boat' grabbed my attention when I first read it back in 2001.

He brings the superb challenge from the story of Peter and the disciples struggling against the storm in the middle of the night. Afraid and exhausted these rough men see what appears to be Jesus walking on the water. Impulsive Peter cries out asking if he can join Jesus on the water. Peter does not ask for a guarantee - just an opportunity. Peter does not receive a promise from the Lord - just a command, and over the side of the boat he goes!Leaving comfort and facing failure he puts one foot in front of the other.

I have decided to re-read the book this week!

Stagnation is often the result of unrealized potential and nothing stinks like that. Fear is often the thing that hinders our growth. There is danger in getting out of the boat - but there is a danger staying in as well.

How about you?
When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone?
When did you last try something for the first time?
What are you reading this week that stirs courage in you?