Sunday, 27 June 2010

Bravo Jasper!

Jasper learns to ride without training wheels...a little more practice still needed, but he's off to a good start

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

End of year update

There's not much time for blogging now what with birthdays, end of school activities and organizing to be done for our first trip back to Oz in three years. So here is the short photo version of the last couple of weeks....

Lily's 7 year old birthday cake

Pin the tail on the donkey at the Maternelle fête

Father's day

Jasper learning to ride without training wheels (a little more practice required)

Our new parasol

As usual all the kids in the Maternelle sang a selection of songs for the parents that they have been rehearsing all year. In the interests of privacy I wont post the videos but here is one of my favourite tunes that they did...

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Summer gardens

The town gardeners have been very busy removing all the spring bulbs and planting the summer flowers. This photo was taken in the Square de l'Eveché, a favourite park. Obviously, its got some growing to do but I think its nice.

But look closer...what is that strange feature shrub in the middle...could it be?

Yes, it is! Lantana! A favourite bush when I was a kid, due to its strong smelling flowers that come apart easily and can be chucked all over your friends. But oh, the hours I spent in my garden in Ashgrove digging out this bloody bush only to have it grow back time after time...

Friday, 4 June 2010


I woke from my drug induced sleep this morning at 7am to the sound of a circular saw. At first I thought it was the work starting on our roof. Our building is covered in scaffolding and they are due to start the roof next week. But it wasn't. It was much worse.

When I went downstairs I saw that the building across the canal from us had been gutted by fire overnight...the restaurant, at least two apartments, one of which I had watched them restore over the last few months. Luckily, it appears no one was seriously injured, although 13 people were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation and 40 were evacuated. My neighbours tell me the flames were horrifying. Apparently the firemen were on our balcony but I didn't hear a thing. I am almost glad I slept through it and only have to see the aftermath. But my heart goes out to those poor people who've lost their homes and jobs this morning. I know this is one of the risks of living in the old town but seeing this poor burnt building really brings it home...

Thursday, 3 June 2010

First party

Little man got his first birthday party invite from a schoolfriend last week. He's growing up! Here he is ready to go to the party with the obligatory present from Jouet Club...

I feel better already

Just looking at this big pile of medicine prescribed by my doctor made my two day atrocious headache start to ease*. I love you France...a true hypochondriac's paradise...

*It could also have been my doctor reassuring me after a thorough neurological exam (close your eyes and touch your right knee with your left ankle and so on) that I only had a sinusite and probably not a brain tumour!