Tuesday, 26 April 2011


Despite the last time we bounced across by boat to Rottnest (literally stood over by the staff who were handing out sick bags)...we decided to brave the waters again!

This time we had a much better crossing...even managing to keep a hold of my breakfast (TMI!)

We snorkeled from a South Beach in the morning and did the same again from a North beach in the afternoon!

We stayed on for dinner in the evening before catching the last ferry home - fantastic!

Whilst there we saw the legendary Quokka...one is pictured next to my son Isaac. Can you tell which is which?

Friday, 22 April 2011


I feel so privileged that my brother Phil, his wife Mel, my nephew Harri and niece Sarah would come and visit us in Perth.

These guys have flown all the way from Liverpool England to spend 2 weeks over Easter with me and my family (he will be here for my birthday so I am hoping for a present!)

It is great showing them around
Wonderful to have time to talk together
Fantastic just to be with family!

Thursday, 21 April 2011

The Difference

I grew up in a home with 2 brothers. A great place to bundle and compete...its all I've known.

I have loved the challenge of having a wonderful, beautiful daughter. She is sporty and has a go at anything - I am so proud of her.

Yet when she has some spare time with her cousin visiting from England - this is what they get up to....

every fingernail a different colour.

I am so glad that we are all unique!

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

The Last Supper

My in laws left England on their post retirement world tour last September. They have been in Perth for 4 months and are about to leave to return to England via South Africa. (I can't wait till I'm wrinkly and loaded!)

We recently went out to a hot chocolate shop to enjoy drinks and churros together before they move on.

I was shocked after looking at the photo to discover that whilst my kids have shown self restraint and are smiling for the camera that my mother in law grabs the opportunity to get ahead on the eating stakes!

Seriously we will miss them when they leave next Wednesday:(

Tuesday, 19 April 2011


I am now in a dilemma...

I have been an Arsenal fan since aged 9.
My local team growing up was Brighton & Hove Albion. On the playground we used to sing 'he shoots, he scores it must be Peter Ward!'
Arsenal have been first choice and Brighton second.

This weekend Arsenal went into the lead by scoring a goal in the 8th minute of extra time against Liverpool, only to draw the game 1-1 by allowing Liverpool to score 12 minutes into extra time!
Meanwhile the Seagulls won Division One with 4 games still to play.

Who should now be my first team?
In our individualistic society is loyalty still a value?

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Bieber Fever!!

I know that this 17year old Canadian born singer is making quite a stir....

Isaac and Lois went to see the film 'Never say never' on Friday.

I was informed that Lois would dream about marrying the guy.

She loved the film so much she invited her friends to go and watch the film with her on Saturday...she actually saw the movie twice in less than 24 hours.

She watches him on tube.

She has consumed magazine articles regarding him.

She now dresses like Justin Bieber!

Who knows where this passion will end??????

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Disc Golf

I do own a set of Golf clubs - all pastors should! (Let's be honest I have not used them since I got there - but my father-in-law has!)

I have often found it hard to justify the hours a round - especially the 19th hole - takes. It would cost me too much to buy the equipment and get the whole family into the swing. Part of the attraction of golf is the quiet and time to think; so if the 5 of us were to play I believe it would be a very different game.

I have discovered a solution....Disc Golf On a recent day out we had our first ever game of disc golf.

We played 9 holes. Teed off and after either walking the fairway or searching the woods made it to the greens. It was great that all ages could play.

The other thing I really liked about the game - I won!

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Western Force

Another day, more sport!

Yesterday it was great to take my 2 sons in the morning to meet the coaches for their new soccer teams as the season here is just about to kick off.

In the evening the 3 of us went to watch the local Rugby boys... Western Force!

Sadly it felt like boys against men as our team was hammered 31-3 by the Waratahs.

I was too small to play rugby at school (and too chicken!) I still struggle to understand the joy of being flattened by a charging rhino - but great to have time with Josh & Isaac!

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Chocolate Lovers!

It has been absolutely wonderful to have some friends come and visit us from the UK.

Every effort has been made to show them a good time in Perth as we catch up and enjoy each moment spent together.

Sam & Anna have visited Mandurah & Rockingham. They have caught a boat to Rottnest Island and had a sausage sizzle in Kings Park. They have stroked a Koala and seen wild kangaroos. They have been to City Beach and wandered round Freo. We visited a winery in Swan Valley and they have splashed in the pool in the garden.

But look at the smile on their faces when we took them to the chocolate factory!

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Lead by Example

The school Isaac attends have selected 5 students that they see as potential leaders: I am proud that Isaac is one of them!

Recently they have sent him on 2 one day leadership courses (I wish someone would have done that for me when I was 11!)

One day was run by World Vision and Issac now wears a badge on his school uniform 'I am a Global Leader.'

The other day presented him with a badge he also proudly attaches on his chest - 'Lead by example'

2 thoughts struck me in this:

People rise to encouragement and responsibility.

What kind of example are you?

Monday, 4 April 2011

Happy Mothers Day

'Drat, drat and double drat' as they used to say on the Wacky Races TV show. Often there was good plan, success was round the corner until something unexpected happened and it all went wrong.
Now -please listen to my excuse about Mothers Day...

I am sure that many of us genuinely appreciate all that our mothers did and still do for us. The idea of one day to express thanks is welcome - even if if help us get over the guilt of not saying thank you more often.

I was not aware until this week that Mothers day is not the same date all around the world. According to Wikipedia there are at least 30 different Internationally celebrated Mothers Days.

Australia has settled for the day similar to most other countries - second Sunday in May. England has not.

Last week I realised this but it was too late to send a card. Never mind I had emailed and agreed to chat with my other on the phone. (she calls me as it is free from here end!)

I was surprised when I did not get the call and assumed she was at my brothers being pampered over lunch.

Bit of a blow this morning to get an email from her asking why I never picked up the phone and that it kept going to answer phone...the whole hour she tried to get through. ( I have since discovered the phone was bust and it should now be fixed)

I think my mother may be the only one who reads this blog - so it's a long worded way of saying sorry and HAPPY MOTHERS DAY.

I even included a picture of flowers cause I know you like them.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Fremantle Dockers

Despite being a West Coast Eagles fan, on Saturday I took my friend visiting from England, to see the Fremantle Dockers play.

Sam likes American football and wanted to see an Aussie Rules game.

We filed into the stadium along with the other 37,000 folk and made ourselves comfortable, eager to watch those on the field battle it out on the name of sport.

The game is fast and fun - I enjoyed it - though I still do not understand all the rules.

What I do know is that the Dockers cannot miss that many chances in front of goal and expect to win (they lost the game to Geelong 78-89).

Afterwards I reflected that life can feel like a fast game of Aussie Rules: it feels like a team of tanks stand nearby wanting to hinder your progress. Teamwork is essential. Get up quickly from the knocks. You must take opportunities when they present themselves. Time is ticking.