We’ve moved into our “permanent” residence for the rest of our stay here in Australia. The first place we were was only for three weeks or so while we waited for our current house to become available. Michael was adamant that I would like this house better, which I doubted when we moved into the first house because the first house was very, very nice. Now that we’re in the second house, I will totally admit that he was correct. Both houses are huge and close to the beach, but this second house also boasts this:
My kids are so finally learning how to swim.
The other side of the backyard looks like this:
See that big tree bush thing in the middle? It is a haven for birds. There are multiple birds in that thing every minute of the day, slowly waddling along the lengths of the branches, sucking the nectar out of the weird honeysuckle-like pods that grow on it.
My favorite birds that visit are the Rainbow Lorikeets. They usually visit in pairs, and we’ve seen as many as five at a time making their slow searches through the branches. We eat lunch out on the patio almost every day now, just so we can watch these beautiful creatures as they eat. Lunch has never been such a quiet event in our family, ever. Even Monkeyboy silently munches on his sandwiches while his little eyes follow the Lorikeets’ movements.
|I was trying to get a good picture of this guy’s underside
to show how colorful their bellies are, and he was scooting along
and totally bumped his head on the intersection of that branch! Hee hee!
Because this place wasn’t beautiful enough, right? Goodness me, it’s just wonderful to just look at the world here. You can’t get enough of the light, the trees, the colors…it’s just gorgeous. Hopefully I can get some photos of some of the other insanely-colorful birds flitting about all regular-like each day.
These are my favorites, even when they’re squawking their little heads off at each other. Michael tells me that there’s “Lorikeet Trees” in various parts of the city where big flocks of them go to roost at night and you can’t hear another person yelling at you right next to you because the birds are so ridiculously loud. I’m glad we don’t have that problem, just the occasional squabble every couple of hours. It’s worth it though, to look at those brilliant feathers. So pretty.
Hello there. You’ll have to excuse my punctuation and other errors, because this post coming to you strictly from the voice recognition software of my phone. The pictures my Instagram account, and it looks this may be the only way that I can update the blog while we are Australia.it turns out that the internet connection we have here isn’t very good, in fact, it’s rather ancient.I’m not sure there’s much we will be able to do about it, so I’ll try my best to post updates, but…yeah.
our flight to Sydney left Los Angeles at 10 p.m. And they served dinner at midnight, which three of the kids were still awake for, and then they turn down the cabin lights and everyone on board went to sleep. I got 6 hours of horrible sleep, and everyone else seemed to do fairly well with their sleep. I woke up while we were flying over Christmas Island, but because it was the middle of the night, I didn’t see anything. I slept a bit while we flew over summer and Fiji, and then most of all of us were up and just watching movies on our little screens. The flying was easy. Like, the easiest part of it all.
while I had been excited about all the knitting I was going to accomplish on our big, long plane flight, I ended up knitting and sewing nothing at all. I was simply too exhausted. I guess with the swimming, the full day at Disneyland, I’m a general all-around poor sleep, I just didn’t have anything left over to concentrate. It felt like work to pay attention enough to understand a movie.
once we landed in Sydney, it was a mad rush to get to our connecting flight to Brisbane. We had two hours to make the switch, which included picking up our ten suitcases, taking it all through customs, checking the 10 suitcases into domestic flights, and then taking a bus to our departure gate on the other side of the airport. You know, while towing four crazy children. We made it to the gate about a minute before they started boarding the plane.
we then flew from Sydney to Brisbane, and then later took another flight from Brisbane to Bundaberg. the Bundaberg Airport is tiny. It’s just one conveyor belt for all the luggage, housed in the same room as the ticket counters. Michaels company’s office is at the airport, so our car was ready for us and a couple of people from his work walked across the street to greet us when we arrived. After the enormity of everywhere else we had been, it was so odd to be in such a small place. We loaded up our baggage, some in our people mover, which is what Australians call minivans, and the majority of it on a workmates flatbed pickup truck, and then we set off for our temporary home, driving on the left side of the road, which makes me think we’re going to die at any given moment.
and so we’re here. We will live at our current house for one more week, and then we will move into the house we will be staying in until our departure in December. The ocean is one block away, and we tried to walk down there at least once a day to enjoy the waves and the sand. The kids are loving it all! It is quite beautiful, the birds make very different cause here, the wind blows through the palm fronds, and the sunshine is warm and delightful.we’ve had only a few days here but already I love it quite a bit. Hopefully I can figure out a better way to update the blog, as this way has taken me far longer than I would like to admit. Until then, I am updating and posting to my Instagram account usually a couple times a day. Unless I can find another way to make this work better, that may be the route I choose to go with Laur while we are here. I hope your summers stateside are going well, and hopefully I can resolve this ancient internet issue quickly.
|Waiting for our shuttle at LAX.|
Hello dear ones.
I fell victim to a little pre-moving anxiety last week, as showcased by last week’s post. This week I’m in a far better frame of mind, now that we have visas, plane tickets and hotel reservations for all phases of the big trip. THANK YOU so much for your “fast visas” prayers–it normally takes at least two weeks to get visas, ours came in less than a week. Prayer works, period. Thank you so much.
So yes, this is really going to happen! I’ve waited for some email to arrive all this time saying, “Sorry, we changed our minds,” and it never materialized. I’ve now re-focused that worry onto more productive areas, and we’re moving along at a snail’s pace in regards to packing, cleaning, and tying up loose ends. (FYI–kind of a pain in the neck to get six months’ worth of prescriptions filled at once!) As evidenced by this darling photo, our luggage arrived yesterday, and the kids found the event rather impressive. I had a mini heart attack when I opened my door and found it partially blocked by the boxes, but I recovered quickly. God bless our UPS delivery man…we’ve put him to work these past few weeks!
One of the nice things about all this prep is that I’m having to do a lot of waiting in random offices and other places, which grants me extra time to work on Junebug’s “Star Spangled Diamonds” quilt. I’ve completed ten full diamond units, which means I’m about 1/7 done with the piecing.
It looks like I started working on this on May 20, so I’ve averaging five a month. At that rate I should finish piecing this up in August 2015. Hmm. Oh well, the time will pass anyway, and I’d like to have a gorgeous quilt mostly pieced next August, rather than nothing. Then there will be assembly, quilting, binding…I don’t see this particular quilt reaching its finish until January 2016 or thereabouts. But it will be BEAUTIFUL and totally worth the time.
My knitting mojo has been returning, thank goodness, and I’ve put a little work into a few projects, and started THE project, my “unicorn” project that has kicked my butt three times over the past five years. I’m going to take it easy, only allow myself a certain number of rows per week, and if it sticks this time, I should finish it up in March. It’s a teeny little strip of knitting at the moment, so I’ll wait for something more impressive to show you a picture of in the coming weeks. (I get a little jealous of the full-time crafters sometimes…a full workday to work on creative pursuits? It’s almost enough to make me think about sending the kids to school…oh, how fun that would be!)
And then there’s the packing, of course. Always. 🙂
By this time two weeks from now, we should be on the other side of the world. That is weird to say.
I’m moving to Australia in a month, and my main concern is around crafts at the moment. I guess I just need something else to fixate upon, now that passport applications, check-ups, dentist appointments, and optometrist appointments are complete. I’m trying to get all my projects to whatever place they need to be before we leave, and I’m just about to the point where the constant reviewing of my plans in my head is starting to cause headaches, so I’m going to write it all down and let that list live somewhere else.
- Junebug’s Star Spangled Diamonds Quilt
- Baby Girl Quilt #1: Meadow
- Monkeyboy’s Rocket Age Quilt
- Friendship Braid Quilt
- Storybook Hexagon Label
- Baby Girl Quilt #2: Pink
- Baby Boy Quilt: Cowboy
- Aspen Frost Runner
- Storybook Hexagon Label–I always space the quilt label. Do this immediately before I decide it’s not important anymore. (I’m a historian at heart, and think there is significant historical importance in regards to labeling quilts.) The main hold-up on this is buying a fabric pen for writing the information on the label.
- Baby Quilts–all three need to be completed and delivered before we leave for Australia.
- Rocket Age full blocks need to be assembled before leaving, so I can applique the hexie blossoms to them while we’re away.
- IF the above are done, I can finish the Braid Quilt before we leave. It’s so close to being done, but it’s a random side project that I started working on because I was waiting for supplies for the other quilts.
- The Star Spangled Quilt will be pieced completely by hand, and it’s portable–work on this while at softball games, park day, etc. It’s going to take a loooong time to complete, don’t worry about progress at this moment.
- Aspen Frost–this can wait until we come home from Australia.
- Piece Meadow top
- Bind Penguin’s blankie
- Purchase: Fabric Pen, Meadow backing, Meadow batting, thread, binding fabrics for all three baby quilts, supplementary gift items to include with quilts
- Pre-wash fabrics
- Piece Meadow backing
- Create quilt labels for Storybook, Meadow, Pink, Cowboy.
- Applique label to Storybook, Pink & Cowboy; machine stitch label to Meadow
- Finish quilting Pink
- Quilt Meadow
- Create binding for all three baby quilts
- Purchase gift wrapping supplies for baby quilts
- Bind baby quilts
- Wrap quilts & ship
- Cut foundation papers for Rocket Age quilt (40)
- Start piecing Rocket Age blocks
- Finish piecing Rocket Age blocks, pack for trip.
- Finish piecing Braid strips. Pack for storage. Will have to finish when we return.