14.1.17

Summer Snapshots

It’s a Summer of heatwaves and thunderstorms. With the kids just about living in the pool, they can’t be far of growing gills.
Hiding inside with the aircon on, for those particular brutal hot afternoons. Anything over 36 degrees (with maximum humidity) isn’t fun anymore.
Making an early morning start to tackle the bitou bush that has slowly started to invade our forest. We want to have it all out before it goes to seed.
Laura is a sure way to cheer up your day, coming to you in full gallop, following like a little puppy, calling out to you the moment you step outside. And being a great friend for Sophie.

At last we’ve discussed all the test results with the specialist. It looks like Sophie is in for many more tests. It’s a long, uncertain road, but we’re hopeful.
 A family picture and it isn’t even Mothers Day!
Waving goodbye to the grandparents, they’re swopping heatwave Australia for a snow covered Holland.
We’ll miss the love, company, eyes and hands that they brought along. We treasured the time and happy memories we had together and look forward to their next visit.

It’s going to be back to reality for me again. Sander goes back to work on Monday, while the eldest two still have another 2 weeks before they go back to school.
The kids have plans, many plans. While I have granola orders, a house to keep liveable and a wobbly pile of admin...
Well, most of that can wait two more weeks.
Time, so precious.
After having dropped of the parents at the airport, we needed something to change the mood. It took us 10 years in Australia, but we finally visited the Clog Barn in Coffs Harbour.
With demonstrations in the making of clogs (wooden shoes), a miniature village, depicting famous Dutch buildings and squares. And a Dutch coffee house, making many Dutch delights.
It might be a couple more years before we’re brave enough to travel 48 hours with our tribe, to the other side of the world. But the taste of kroketten (beef croquettes) was enticing.
 I love the addition of these cheeky, real life (water)dragons to the Muiderslot!
(can you find them both?)

13.1.17

Woopi Camping

With the Summer holidays is full swing, and parents still with us, we spend a week camping in Woolgoolga (or Woopi for locals) where the lake meets the beach. 
A beautiful spot and only a (beach) walk away from town.
With some daytrips to Coffs Botanical Garden and Urunga boardwalk for those rainy days. 
The rain and coolers days were such a relief after another 40 degree heatwave!
While exploring the side roads, we made it all the way at the top of Sealy lookout, overviewing Coffs Harbour and the Solitary Islands.
 Some monkeys only want to eat bananas perched in a tree...
The very entertaining “pop” of squashed bluebottles (jellyfish) on the beach.
Lunch and dinner with a view (and cooling breeze), BBQ plate toasties and tomato soup. 
True campers meal!

 These kids are mad sea lovers and bodyboarders! The eldest three are riding the waves all the way to the beach.
 Going for our morning swim/coffee run.
Exploring the lake

Taking a break from wave jumping and Uno games. Holidays are so exhausting! ;-)

1.1.17

Thank you 2016!

2016, gone so quickly, what a year! 
A recap:
 New Years Day Party.
 Camping holiday in Woody Heads, taking Iluka-Yamba ferry.
 Spending hours on the beach
 Picking JalapeƱos to pickle
 Back to school/work
 Alex, turning 3 
 So many bananas growing in the garden!
 Tim, turning 8
 Camping holiday in Sawtell, looking at rivers intertwining from Urunga boardwalk.
 Sophie, our little ray of sunshine, being challenged with increasing epilepsy.
 Easter, with inspired focaccia 
Curry paste for the farmers markets 
Best friends 
 Playgroup, we’re going into our 6th year!
Launching two new granola flavours: Magnesium & Active 
Tim’s first year of soccer saw us cheering on the sidelines for many weekends 
David, member of the granola test team 
Moony getting a new friend: Laura
 New fences and gates! 
 David after being stung.
After a tough couple of weeks David needed an operation to clear it up.
 Quilt for my niece Vera
Kitchen crew 
 Alex, has been stung with the Lego bug
 Quilt for my nephew Casper
 
Picnic Party,
with the beautiful Fiona Boyes.
 Many tests for Sophie this year, nothing fazes this strong girl.
 Going for a picnic on Suzan Island
 Seeing my little sister Lisa win Henley.
These boys...
 10 year wedding anniversary 
 David turning 2, celebrated with a particular muddy July.
 Enjoying the evenings on the deck with our blanket warmer Tyson.
 Winter holidays, exploring our backyard and all its waterholes.
Seeing my little sister Lisa as a reserve at the Olympic Games in Rio.
 Book parade
 A flourishing Spring garden.
 Finishing the pool deck and rope fencing. 
 Camping with my parents at Brunswick Heads. 
 Just the two of us, enjoying each other and Emerald Beach. 
Jacaranda festival 
 Getting ready for the markets, baking many kilo’s of granola this year.
These Second Chance Jars were a great hit for presents, but more important, this year it enabled me to donate $1000 to the local womens shelter.
November storms saw our “puppy” bolting, swimming a large river and running for 15 kilometres.
Turning 75 (35+40) together 
Monkey Alex
 
 New oven!
 Sophie, turning 7
 Home 
 Morning pleasures
 Playgroup outing to the fire station.
 
Making the most of another test for Sophie, a couple of days in South Bank.
Picnic by the river 
 Oma Evelien
 Christmas!
 Boxing Day on the beach
The front deck needs replacing, David makes a head start.
Front veranda in process.
A festive finish of the year with sticky ribs, 
loving our local farmers!
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