Part 2 of our trip to Europe last summer!
The Euro Disney part of the trip was very expensive and the Disney hotel we’d stayed in hadn’t had a renovation or update since I stayed there with my parents in 1992 it was like going into a time warp! Oscar was also a bit too young to enjoy most of the rides (which was ok but it will still school holidays and super busy during the day) – it was also France’s only summer heat wave so we only really spent time in the park during the mornings.
In Megeve we had a great house that didn’t have much in it to break and in Switzerland the house was an AirBnB that was owned by people with a 4 year old so lots of things for Oscar to do.
What the video doesn’t show is how narrow the streets were in France and Switzerland! We got a Volvo as a hire car and it wasn’t long before I put a big dent into it in a car park in Evian!
I’m a big fan of heritage plates – they are numeral only plates that were first issued between 1910-1924 that are quite hard to come by. Shannon’s does a twice yearly auction in Sydney.
Are they an investment though? 3 Digit plates like ‘317’ or ‘960’ appear to have hit a peak, with the average auction price for them staying around the $100k mark, where as 4 and 5 digit plates appear to have doubled in price in the past 3 years – that could be due to the numerals being offered (some of the auctions are from the RTA, they might choose plates that people are more likely to buy i.e. with the number 8 which in Chinese is pronounced similar to ‘fortune’).
We did a mammoth 6 week trip with Oscar (3) and Evie (4 months) to Europe in August. I’ve started to edit the video for the trip here’s Part 1 of 2!
Welcome to the world Baby Evie! Born April 22nd 2016.
We went to Thailand in 2011 it was a great holiday however it rained every single day and it wasn’t even the rainy season! We stayed at a place called Six Senses and I always said to Amy we should go back and see it again without the rain.
So that is what we did! This time however we’ve got Oscar with us which changed it a bit! It was a good plane flight over to Phuket with Oscar being fairly well behaved the entire way which was great. We stayed at a hotel called Trisana the first night which was amazing. It had probably the best dinner and lunch food of anywhere I’d ever been! We then went over to Six Senses for the rest of the holiday where it stayed sunny every day.
I made a holiday movie which gives glimpse into the trip!
One thing we did this time which we didn’t do last is go to the chicken pen every morning to get eggs – none of us ate them but it was a fun thing for Oscar to do! We also did a lot of buggy rides around the island basically to and from the eating area!
We were super paranoid out mosquitoes the entire time thanks to the Zika hysteria but we managed to be avoid being bitten (we think).
I found this historical photo of Curl Curl which looks like it was taken almost from where we live.
Mouse over the image to see the transition.
Amy got my a Go Pro for my Birthday – here’s the most extreme footage yet (a visit to a farm with real pigs and chickens!)
I was going to get someone to paint the garage floor for me but in the end I decided to do it myself. I watched a video on YouTube to show me how to do it than bought the paint and equipment required. Total cost $280 – $200 of that was on paint, the rest was on brushes and rollers and a “mind your head” sign for that tiny shed door.
At the end of the summer Amy organised a trip for us all to go to a place called Vomo in Fiji. Fiji is a convenient 4.5 hour flight from Sydney so it’s an awesome overseas adventure without having to really go very far.
The flight was very easy and Oscar was totally taken aback by the Fijian people. He was quiet and just took everything in as we walked through the airport and onto the domestic airport. The coolest bit was rather than doing a boat transfer we decided to get the helicopter transfer instead. It took us 10 minutes to get from the airport to the resort rather than having to wait for the boat!
Eating is one of the main things that went down at Vomo! The restaurant always had different food each day so you could really try something different. It was excellent and no washing up to do! Oscar really got into saying Bula! to everyone he walked past and they would happily shout Bula! back at him (which is Hello in Fijian I think).
The island was a bit of paradise and you could almost walk around the entire thing. Here’s Amy enjoying the calm side of the Island out of the wind. It was also lovely and warm which made up for the coldness of Sydney.
Oscar is absent from some of the photos as there was a fantastic kids club – where Fijian ladies looked after all of the youngsters for set periods of the day and kept them occupied it was fantastic!
Every now and then a sea plane would come and land outside of our Buree – we’d all site in the hammocks and watch them take off again and do a fly by of the Island as they left!
In the evenings Amy and I would go to the other end of the Island for cocktails and watch the sun set below “mini-Vomo” Island. Here’s Amy taking a photo of it. You can’t see but our of shot we’d be on our 2nd cocktail of the evening!
In front of the Island was a reef that was very calm, although every now and then a small wave would break in it – to keep myself occupied one day after breakfast I got a SUP from the sports centre and tried paddling into the waves. It worked really well and was super fun a few other tried to join me! The day after I tried doing the same thing but on a kayak – I fell out on one of the waves and hit my leg on the reef. It bled for a little bit but then it was fine. However it got worse and worse and I couldn’t walk after a day or two – I had to stay in the Buree for 3 days without leaving which was a shame and a waste of the holiday – poor Amy and Oscar had to do things on their own.
It got so bad that when we left I had to be carried onto the helicopter and into a wheelchair and then board the plane on a wheelchair and then basically drive straight to Manly Hospital, where I spent three days and had to have an operation to get the puss out of my knee. Then about two months of visits to a nurse to get the wound dressed and three months of side effects from the super strong anti-biotics!
Nightmare end to the holiday but a great start if only it had lasted!
Back in the day blog posts used to happen a few times a month, now they barely happen once per year. I was trying to think of the reasons behind that and I’ve boiled them down to –
- Having a baby boy/toddler takes up time
- Running a business full time takes up time
- Facebook/Twitter/Instagram are quicker and easier to use and everyone checks them
Blogs are awesome though, they are not silo’d like networks and if you’ve got the time are great, so, here’s a post that starts off in August of 2014.
We’ve spent a lot of time at New Leaf Nursery, a Nursery which lets you put your children in with animals. It’s a star attraction and totally free!
Matt, Lorraine and Tomas came to visit us, our first guests in our new place and it was a good fun weekend. I’ve got a signature cheese board that Matt said was “one of the best cheese boards he’d ever had”.
Oscar started to really get into babycinos and especially the marsh mellows that come with them!
I spent a lot of time working on the new place. I totally underestimated the amount of work that goes in to maintaining a house. You can get other people to do it but where’s the fun in that? I re-oiled this wooden edge at the front although to be honest it really needs to all be taken up and started again which would probably take me six months.
We had a house warming party and everyone was invited! It was great fun and the pool got some serious use. We lucked out on a sunny day.
We tried out some of the new restaurants in our old haunt of Manly, here is Amy and Oscar at Papi Chulo on Manly Wharf. Oscar at this age has started to get a bit harder to take to restaurants.
A lot of our friends in Sydney moved down to an area called Helensburgh, here’s Oscar with Sonny and Hugo for Sonny’s 2nd birthday – Oscar is about to eat the first bit of chocolate cake.
Another trip down to Helensburgh and we’re at Alex and El’s house for another birthday party for their children. Cake is now a staple food.
Christmas came and we had to get out first real Christmas tree for Oscar’s 1st Christmas at home (and ours as well in Australia, we’d always been up to Brisbane). The tree we got was over the top and we had our Christmas lights up and running in November. The neighbors didn’t say anything.
Diggers for Christmas and a Santa suit!
Nanny and Poppy were down from Brisbane for Christmas which was good fun and Oscar really enjoyed it even though he jumped on them a bit too much on that couch!
For New Years we went to the Hunter Valley for a few nights to also celebrate Nancy’s 40th birthday. We were in a large family house in the middle of nowhere which was lovely and Oscar had lots of friends to play with.
February and my parents (Booma and Boompa) came to visit for a month from the UK. Here’s Oscar having a look at some of the many gifts he got from them on their arrival!
He we all are at Doyles in Watson’s Bay having one of the best fish and chips Sydney has to offer.
We visited the Wildlife Center in Sydney and Oscar got up and close with a devil and a number of snakes, thank goodness for the glass barrier – he’d be in there hugging it if he could.