The Tans in 2010



2010 was pretty full on.  We discovered cruising – did a trial introductory 4 day cruise on Superstar Virgo from Singapore to Phuket and Langkawi in July; and then in Nov/Dec, went on a river cruise down the Mekong from Siem Reap to Saigon, visiting Angkor Wat over 2 days and many villages along the way.  On both trips we stopped at Singapore to catch up with family; and, in July, to attend reunions with Arthur's old school friends and Cheryl's ex-colleagues. Cheryl also joined Greg, Andrea and Ainslie on 2 international cycling events in Australia – the Tour Down Under in January in and around Adelaide; and the World Cycling Championships in Geelong in Sept/Oct.  (followed up with a few days in Melbourne and Hobart). Both cycling events were interesting, exciting and enjoyable, but poor Ainslie was very sick in Adelaide and really missed the action totally.  Our friends Yew Kee and Poo Chin came to Perth in September in search of wildflowers, so we travelled south (basing ourselves in Margaret River) and north (up to Kalbarri) to find the wildflowers and were not disappointed – even managed to see whales close up while whale-watching. 

Cheryl stopped work end-July but this was followed by about 2 weeks with casual work associated with the Federal election in August, including at a polling booth on election day.  Arthur has bought a ukelele and guitar and enjoys playing them both. Nick and Devon have commenced divorce proceedings and Nick moved back home in May; Arthur flew Melbourne and both of them drove to Perth in Nick's car with his dog, Zhaan.  Nick has a contract job in IT and has taken up cycling (his brother's influence at work!), and is currently dating a really nice girl.  Flemington turned 10 this year, and gets on well with Zhaan, who is now our new little pet.  Greg and Andrea are expecting a new baby in April. Ainslie is growing up fast and getting cleverer and more sassy by the day,  questioning everything she is told or hears, forming her own opinions, and making her own decisions – a complete little person in character and personality.  She goes to pre-school once a week and is looking forward to being a big sister.

Just three house projects this year – a synthetic lawn in the front yard (no more watering, weeding and mowing), new security screens with doggy doors (no more manual opening of doors to let the dogs in and out), and electrical works (lighting and fan for the patio, smoke alarms and new safety circuits).  Our solar panels are finally proving their worth in reduced electricity usage.  Cheryl’s mum Esme has moved out and is happily living on her own in her nephew's house not far from us, so we see each other daily.  This year, besides travelling to Adelaide, she went to Austria and Germany and attended the Oberammergau passion play.