July 13th, 2009

If you didn’t know already, the seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are the opposite of the Northern Hemisphere so its currently winter! The moon also appears upside down but that is another story. Nancy organised a weekend in the Blue Mountains to celebrate Christmas, where we had a pretend Christmas day and lovely roast dinners and some delicious deserts.

Fallowfield Retreat, Leura Blue Mountains and MJ Tribute

The first day I picked up Amy from Leura train station as she had been away in China, whilst Amy was resting at home we all went into town and had lunch at a nice little coffee shop and had scones out of flower pots!

As the sunset the hot tub was fired up and Amy, Gail and Marcus went for a dip in the inviting water, here’s a shot of the tub and some vino –

Hot Tub and Vino

Christmas dinner was delicious and dessert was just as delicious, afterwards we retired to the living room and were surprised to see Santa had come round! He obviously wasn’t that busy what with it being July so it was nice to see him show up. It was ashame Marcus missed him arrive –

Santa Arrives to do Secret Santa!

We all swapped Secret Santa gifts, I was lucky enough to get Little Britain Abroad which was very funny. We  had a few more games of poker, put Bridget Jones’ Diary on the TV and ate more food and cheese, just like Christmas.

The next morning (Boxing Day) we walked the 50 meters to a lookout point, which turned out to be the same lookout point that Amy and I went to last year and took some pictures.

Windy at the Blue Mountains

A great weekend now we’re preparing for the trip to Singapore/UK/France coming out in a couple of days!

July 6th, 2009

This blog entry is a copy of an entry posted at the official Australian Kick Ball Down Under blog. Kickball is a game invent in the USA in the 1940ies that is a lot like baseball except the ball is rolled along the ground towards you and you kick it with your foot as hard as you can.

5th of July saw the Sun shining in Sydney, Australia for the third game of the season. A slight change of location due to our normal field being used for a concert. Who do they think they are? The sun was shining and some of the more sensible members of the Sunday afternoon kickball elite were warming up –

The all important warm up.

Sunday’s game was the first to have official kick ball sanctioned supporters, which included Dr. Roberts, Lorraine and Bo a German Shepherd dog.

A few new faces for me at least, at the game who’s names I’ve all but forgotten but very good to see a good turnout. After a few weeks of playing you can begin to see the development and advancement of the teams as tactics for kicking, passing and hitting are used to outwit the opposing team.


After a promising start both sides succumbed to injuries, a couple of quad tension injuries, a knee injury and general bruises caused by a realisation that no one is under the age of thirteen, the median age for kickball in the USA.

After a good couple of hours of kickball with lovely sunshine and no wind we retired to the Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel for Nachos and cold drinks to celebrate our kickball achievement.

Kickball LA Paparazzi Style

I believe the heads of Kickball Australia were talking about a “one week recess” which for non-Americans means there will be a gap and kickballing will resume at 13h30 on the 19th of July. See you there. Peace.