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21 September 2006


Some of the photos that Maurice took when Tilda went to the Mornington Peninsula with Elena.

17 September 2006

David's pictures

Down the Mornington Peninsula

Yesterday was David's last full day in Melbourne, and the weather was nice, so we drove down to the Mornington Peninsula. It took 5 years for me to get down there, and now it seems that I never leave.

The Saturday afternoon traffic along Springvale Road meant that Tilda did a lot of "Are we there yet?" on the way, so the first stop was the beach in Rosebud so that she could have some fun.

Here she is leading me along the beach. She managed to find Rob Sitch and his family; I think she was distracted by his kids, so she wasn't paying attention and almost ran over them.

Talking on the shell phone!

After the beach it was time for lunch. We tried to go to the cafe in Sorrento that has a view, but they were already piling the chairs on the tables at 3 PM. We ended up at a cafe along the strip in Sorrento, with a lovely view of a Range Rover. So many cafes in Australia have a view of the parking lot, I ranted.

I felt a bit silly when we went to the Sorrento back beach and noticed the tea room that overlooks the surf. At least we got some ice cream there. Tilda was sad when the last bit of her popsicle fell off, but I placated her by giving her the end of my drumstick.

15 September 2006

Big day in the city

Tilda is finally well, and was able to go to kinder this morning for the last session of Term 3. We followed this up with a very big day, doing touristy things in the city with David, who is visiting from Sydney.

We first went for lunch at the Observatory Cafe at the Botanic Gardens, which is in a lovely location even if the cafe inevitably annoys me. David went off to see the Picasso exhibition at the NGV, while Tilda and I went to the Children's Garden. It only got to 18 today, so I thought it would be too cold for Tilda to go in the water at the garden (if they even had it turned on), but it was quite warm in the sun. Fortunately I came prepared with extra clothes just in case.

Tilda had a great time sloshing through the water and playing in the fountains. I took some pictures of the two of us while trying not to press too close to soaking-wet Tilda.

We met up with David and tried to decide what to do next. We considered taking a ferry along the Yarra but the only one we could find would have spent 2 hours taking us to Williamstown and back, which seemed like a big commitment. We decided go to the Observation Deck at the Rialto instead, which at least involved a very brief trip on the Tilda-pleasing City Circle Tram.

Then it was time for an early dinner, and we tried to pick a cuisine that would suit Tilda's persnickety appetite. We ended up at a French bistro, which was an excellent choice, as she filled up on bread and butter, and fries and mayonnaise.

14 September 2006

Finally clean

After several unwashed days in the same (Dora) pyjamas, Tilda got fresh and clean to model one of her new shirts from Grandma.

Here's a picture of me when I was 3. I guess there is a family resemblance.

12 September 2006

Flowering in the back yard

Lobelia Rose
Rhododendron The first of the jasmine
Oxalis (a weed: "It is a major indicator of troubled soil") The last of the camellias
Calla lily Periwinkle (another weed)
Abutilon (Japanese lantern)

I'm very impressed with myself that I was able to discover what all those things were.

What I thought were new leaves on the golden elm are actually blossoms. I predict a tremendous mess when they all fall off.

11 September 2006

Another day at home

The leaves are coming out on the big golden elm in the backyard.

Tilda still isn't quite right, but she managed to get outside today for a while. The pavement in the back yard is now beautifully decorated!

I tried to take a picture of handsome George. He got quite worked up from all the excitement of me actually paying attention to him. Poor dog. Eventually he had to run around and find a stick.

10 September 2006

Slowly getting better

So Tilda threw up all Thursday night, and then about every 10 minutes for most of Friday. It settled down a bit, but she still threw up a few times yesterday, and then once this morning.

Since then she seems to be on the mend, as she's started singing and drawing again. I was sitting on the front step talking on the phone this afternoon when I realized that she wasn't quite back to full strength.

I think she's currently trying very hard to be well, as I promised her a few cheese and bacon balls after dinner if she managed not to throw up any more today. There have been tears for at least 2 days over the withholding of the cheese and bacon balls.

08 September 2006


We started our umpteenth cold at the beginning of the week. On Wednesday Tilda started showing signs of conjunctivitis, so it was off to the doctor for eye drops. I put them in every 2 hours yesterday, and her eyes look much better today. She'll finally let me put them in properly.

Last night after dinner she started throwing up, which continued overnight and is still going strong. She was throwing up about every half hour during the night, and more after we got up. She just managed to have a nap for 2 hours, so I hoped that it was all done, but it wasn't.

The first couple episodes were horrific, but she soon got the hang of it, and learned to throw up neatly into a bucket and then go back to sleep. She's a very grown-up girl!

She just asked for some of the lime jello that we made last night before all this started. That should be vibrant on the way out.

I'm washing my hands a lot.

06 September 2006

Catching up

That's me and George in green. This is one of the first pictures of George, I think. She picked this fuzzy outfitNew pink overallsWe found a set of 4 doll outfits for $10, so now Hannah and Titch have a much more diverse wardrobe.

Tilda is learning to swim freestyle in her swimming lessons. Other than that, we're both sick for about the seventeenth time this month.

02 September 2006


My homegrown bouquet.

Spring has officially come to Australia, and surprisingly enough the weather has been lovely. We've painted our toenails in celebration.

Elena slept over last night, and they were both asleep by 9:15. I was very pleased.