Friday, February 29, 2008

Hit The Road Jack

This is 'Hit The Road Jack'. He came from America, spent some time in the UK, and has just been to South Africa, and now is in Australia. He is a little Jack Russell stuffed toy that is traveling the world. Each person has him for a week or so showing him around their home town, and everyone gets to see where everyone lives. He's been on the road for over a year now and still has more ground to cover. He will head back to the 'States after I've taken him to see some of the sights of Melbourne. It's been fun (and a little strange) showing a stuffed toy around town and taking photos of him at interesting places.
For more pics of 'Jack's' trip to Melbourne, have a look here: HTRJ Slideshow

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Ben's 2nd Birthday

So my godson Ben turned 2 on the 20th of February. He is such a little man now! He has such a cheeky smile.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Accidentally Valentine's Day

We needed to go to Yering Station to have a look at a stone wall. It was an option specified by our architect, so we had to have a look and decide if we like it. So we made a time in the week to see it, and it just so happened to be Valentine's Day. A day we don't really "celebrate", but we had a lovely lunch and drive into the Yarra Valley.
Oh and we liked the stone wall.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Below is the wording of the Australian federal Parliament's full apology to the Stolen Generations:

"Today we honour the Indigenous peoples of this land, the oldest continuing cultures in human history.

We reflect on their past mistreatment.

We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of those who were Stolen Generations – this blemished chapter in our nation’s history.

The time has now come for the nation to turn a new page in Australia’s history by righting the wrongs of the past and so moving forward with confidence to the future.

We apologise for the laws and policies of successive Parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians.

We apologise especially for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their communities and their country.

For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry.

To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry.

And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry.

We the Parliament of Australia respectfully request that this apology be received in the spirit in which it is offered as part of the healing of the nation.

For the future we take heart; resolving that this new page in the history of our great continent can now be written.

We today take this first step by acknowledging the past and laying claim to a future that embraces all Australians.

A future where this Parliament resolves that the injustices of the past must never, never happen again.

A future where we harness the determination of all Australians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to close the gap that lies between us in life expectancy, educational achievement and economic opportunity.

A future where we embrace the possibility of new solutions to enduring problems where old approaches have failed.

A future based on mutual respect, mutual resolve and mutual responsibility.

A future where all Australians, whatever their origins, are truly equal partners, with equal opportunities and with an equal stake in shaping the next chapter in the history of this great country, Australia."

Sunday, February 10, 2008

St Kilda Festival

What a lovely day for a walk around St Kilda with thousands of other people.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

E and Baby X

E has been in hospital since Friday.
Seems she has a slight rupture on the uterus and a blood clot on the placenta. Which apparently happens often.
Everyone is doing fine. She's a bit sore, Baby X is a.o.k. G is tired.
E will have to take it easy for a few weeks, when she gets discharged. Very short walks only (max 5 min) and lots of rest. She'll be having weekly check ups with the obstetrician and after 3 weeks they'll see how things are and go from there.