Sunday, 27 May 2007

another special Mothers day

As the children are growing up, they are become more aware of these special occasions that mark the calender year, and how I, their Mum, treasures each event as a celebration of being here with each other, actually, I like to celebrate everything, it doesnt matter where I am, and I love to spend time with family and friends. Life is too precious not to celebrate everything.

On this years Mothers day, we were invited to join our Norfolk family for lunch by Bernie and Mary who had booked the homestead restaurant near 100 acres, this happens to be one on our favourite restaurants on Norfolk too.

If you come here, Homestead is a must! The food and service is 5 star, classy and friendly at the same time, while the children are served first thing and eat all the delicious salad and fruit on their plates, they use their linen and lace napkins, then can roam the safe gardens or play with lego on the floor!

It was a very special Mothers day for Kim, as it was her first, so it was fitting that I took some monochrome photos of her and baby Liam, now 8 weeks, as Kim loves Black and white and browns, compared to me, I Love COLOUR, usually the brighter the better.
But, back to the food! I love these garlic prawns served with little handmade potato scallops, they are fantastic, but Brandt and I always have to save room for a CHOCOLATE BOMBE.
They are sooooo good, I dont know if it is the combination of cold icecream, cake and chocolate merangue flamed at the table, but I do know that I always asked for its similar sister dessert, the baked alaska for all my childhood birthdays growing up.
This time though, I chose something different, a handmade tartufo, handmade icecream with a honey and macadamia gooey centre and coated in dark chocolate,YUM.
also pictured is Kims berry crumble, it also looks delicious.

It was a lovely day, finished off by watching Brandt play Rugby in the Golden oldies for the Norfolk team, the creaky convicts, vs a New Zealand team, the Dannvirke derelicts on one of the most picturesque playing fiels in the world, right by the old convict ruins, among the restored Historic georgian buildings, and looking over the coral reef towards the magnificent Philip Is.
I will have to include the photos next time.
In the meantime, enjoy your families, stay safe and happy and we hope you can join us at the Homestead for lunch sometime, or we will just have to enjoy it for you.

Saturday, 26 May 2007


Here are a few of the beautiful sunsets here.

These are all taken from our front door.

Everyday is a different view, some are more spectacular than others, but each one is unique and special.

And what better backdrop to have behind a majestic silhouetted Norfolk Pine.

Sunday, 20 May 2007

hair today gone tomorrow

What a difference a day makes.

I can't decide which way I like his hair, I know when I am busy Teddy's hair grows long and then he gets to sit in the race car chair at the hairdressers to get it all cut off again.

I think Ted looks younger with his hair short, either way he is still my lovable boy!


I just had to share these photos of my beautiful children eating my favourite food, at a recent birthday party.
Look at those lovely chocolate brown eyes, couldn't you just melt in them.


Monday, 7 May 2007

Number plate fun

Hello everyone, I had a bit of a break while Mum, Dad and nephew Nic were here, of course, now there is triple the workload to get back into.
I just wanted to show you something that Nic and I had a bit of fun with while he was here.
I love the Norfolk Island number plates, they are small and recognizable, once you meet someone, you get to know their 'number'. This is Mary's number plate, which those who write have noticed that it is also our P.O Box too.
I have my own birthday number plate, which is on a big gold 'Pine tree tours' bus, which is now, my birthday bus, with its 1809, translating to 18th of September.
I Challenged Nic, while here to find his birthday plate, being 26/11 or 11/96, we looked with camera in hand to capture it, but didn't have any luck, although we had fun searching, we really didn't know if the plates even existed.
Then on one of his last days, we found 1996 leaving the RSL carpark, while we were picking and eating cherry guavas of our hedge, we had to run over in time to snap this.
With a victory in the challenge stakes, the next challenge was laid.........
To find and photograph as many plates from 1 to 200 as possible, Nic asked me what would I do if I saw 201(which I have, many times), I guess that will be the next challenge, from 201 to 500.
If I dont get very far, at least it is fun trying.
I liked this 123, and then in the afternoon, 456. What are the chances of finding 789?
We also found Brandt's birthday plate on an orange 'sports' type car, so we are keeping our eyes open for the kids now, well, I guess Uncle Bernie has Sienna's plate 4/9, now to find Teddy's 20/6.
The most frustrating thing is when they drive past you, and you think, wow, there's the number 3, but, at least you know that they exist and will always see them again sometime, as there isnt anywhere else to drive to, everyone will turn up in town sooner or later, it just depends, if I have my camera on me(I know, it is rare not to...).
We always recognize our guests out, as their cars match their apartment numbers, no.1 is 501 and so forth until no.14 has 514, it is a very handy way to see who is home if the phone rings for them, or if you see them out, you can associate their unit and name with their car number, if all else fails, at least we have had a bit of fun amusing ourselves(or myself!)