It’s been three weeks already!

Feeding the ducks

I haven’t really been doing such a stellar job of keeping my blog up to date with events from the last few weeks have I? I guess we’ve been so busy running around doing things that I haven’t really had a moment to myself to sit down, reflect and write. I did manage to shove up loads of pictures of us opening pressies and the like but so much has been going on since then I am afraid that this post may become behemoth in size.

Christmas on the beach

Christmas on the beach

An antipodean Christmas and New Year is certainly different, even if you have your parents around. I’ve had interesting Christmases before but when it’s actually supposed to be the norm it is most unusual to sit on a beach, dipping your toe in the sea on Christmas day.

It’s also very strange having Summer and the Christmas holidays all at once. I don’t envy all my pals back home who have returned to work, I still have another 4 weeks of hols left, but I’m sure I’ll be desperate for a longer holiday in 6 months when I should be getting another, medium size break for either Christmas or Summer.

It is lovely though and although we had to ‘ship’ everything, including the fridge (in the form of an eski) down onto the beach, the day had a very un-chrismassy relaxed feel. Usually, Christmas is a massive job from start to finish, breakfast, present opening, cleaning up from present opening, preparing 3 course lunch, eating lunch, cleaning up after lunch and then keeping everyone entertained all afternoon before preparing a buffet style leftovers option for all the other visitors who may appear during the evening. This Christmas we ate cold meat and salad (probably what would normally be the left over bit) and then wandered off to the beach. Simple and strangely relaxing! I didn’t even have to worry about what my “Christmas outfit” would be. No posh frock.. just my

bikini….

Feeding the ducks

Feeding the ducks

Pretty early on mum established a relationship with Honk and Honk .  She discovered the duck and chicken feed available at Coles and they have been spoilt every day since.  They have been chomping their way through bag after bag of the stuff!  Unfortunately for Matt and I the ‘honks’ like to come to our bedroom window and make loud noises until she goes out to feed them!  Not sure what’ll happen when she leaves on Sunday 😉 Hopefully they’ll return to their bread diet as before.  They’ve certainly been fattened up over the holidays! Matt keeps looking at them an muttering “Good life Pizza, ginger jam.. Hop on!”

Bruce Meekat

Bruce Meekat says "g'day"

Mum and the Pandas

Mum and the fake Pandas

Of course, mum wouldn’ t be satisfied with just geese and ducks and so we’ve visited the Zoo,

Moriala and Gorge Wildlife Park.She’s spent an hour taking pictures of pandas and hogging the panda exibition spots (holding off small children who wanted to cuddle them) We found Bruce Meerkat and she’s even cuddled another Koala. We did attempt to see Dolphins at Port Adelaide but unfortunately – and unusually, they decided to swim the opposite way up the river.  We spent 2 hours on a boat and when we got off we found them under a bridge. We had some pancakes and a wander around the town too. Dad took some piccies of the lighthouse (a strange one it is) and mum found some pirates to talk to.

Light House Port Adelaide

Light House Port Adelaide

No Dolphins Sulk Port Adelaide

No Dolphins - Sulk - Port Adelaide

Pirates at Port Adelaide

Pirates at Port Adelaide

Relaxing in the Hammock

Relaxing in the Hammock

Despite being dragged around all of these lovely wildlife parks (he loves it really!) Dad has managed to get some rest. Whilst hanging about in the hammock or messing about on a sun lounger he has taken the opportunity to be all entrepreneurial and see if he can expand the business out here. He’s even flown to Melbourne for meetings, met with bank managers and accountants and registered websites. He probably now knows far more about Australian business and tax practices than I do (despite having had a business for 12 months).

Mowing the Dust

Chim Chimeny!

I’ve kept mum busy.  She was being annoyed by grass that was not the regulation half an inch in length and really doesn’t understand the concept of a dishwasher.  As a result, she decided to the mo the lawn dust in her new dress and turn into a swamp monster.  She has also managed to get through 2 bottles of fairy liquid (I’ve had the same one for a year now… never use the stuff!) Was amusing to see her very muddy face when she realised what she looked like. Especially after she’d already marched out the front to have a chat to the locals resembling something like chimney sweep.

Windy Penguins

Windy Penguins

Apart from spending time on the river I’ve also taken them to Victor Habour so we could visit the “Little Penguins”, visit somewhere new and let Matt enjoy a bit of the “holiday” feel whilst we celebrated the New Year. Hilariously, it turned out to be a

Up the Bluff Victor Harbour

Up the Bluff Victor Harbour

bit nippy and windy the night we chose to visit Granite Island. Well… that is if you can call 16 cold. I honestly have no idea how they’ll survive when they get back.  Mum has been describing temperatures that are well into their 30s as temperatures “like back home”… Perhaps that’s the air-con working well?… too well?

We walked up the Bluff, a very beautiful hill /hump on at the pinnacle of a lovely sweeping bay, ate fish and chips, “froze” whilst watching penguins waddle about and enjoyed the facilities at the McCracken Country Club. All very lovely.

House Hunting

House Hunting

Some time has also been spent looking at real estate and land. I’ve driven mum and Dad around loads of the areas that we’re thinking of buying in.  We can’t afford anything here in Grange so we’re looking further down south in Port Noarlunga / Moana or slightly further north in Largs’ Bay / Semaphore.  We’ve been approved for a mortgage (yay!) but we’re attempting to be very careful this time… Interest rates are rising, new builds aren’t going up as fast as they were (even though it all looks like it’s booming and the house prices just keep going up… surely that has to stop at some point? Probably, knowing our past history, at the point where we have just finished unpacking the boxes.  It’s fun having a look around though :0) Mum’s fancied herself as a bit of an Amanda Lamb I think!

Parents with Ipad

Ipads... addictive.. apparently...

If you’ve seen my faceache or Twitter status updates then you’ll probably know that one of the gifts I got at Christmas was an Apple MacBook Pro.  I’m using now… 😉 So I’m attempting to be different and try something new and stylish.  Mum and Dad arrived with Ipads in tow.  Picked up in Singapore – because everyone had one – I don’t think they can actually go more than 4 hours without playing with it!

Dad’s got the radio, the papers, his email and the archers on his.  Mum’s got solitaire, tennis (which she plays enthusiastically whilst dad’s trying to sleep – occasionally knocking him with her tennis elbow) and soooo many more apps.  I constantly here ” can I have… it’s only 59p”.  She’s even discovered she can get mild porn Mils and Boons to read on there! She is as I speak, warming up dad for the purchase of Series 1 + 2 of Merlin for the plane home… lol  They’re worse than the flipping kids! 😉

Botanical Gardens SA

Botanical Gardens SA

Motor Museum SA

Motor Museum SA

LOF gets Floaty

LOF gets Floaty

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