The Foundations are Laid – Flagstaff Green

The Foundations are laid at Flagstaff Green and even more exciting there is a Crane…so things are progressing.  This trip was a family visit with all four of us…I seemed the most excited!!!

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Em Takes a Break in Singapore

After spending Christmas 2017 camping in the Grampians and New Years Eve with friends down at the beach at Queenscliff, Em made her way to Kuala Lumpur for a few days with me and then we both went onto Singapore…me for work and her to relax.

She mainly came up to get some alone time to get her study done in between her rowing camps…but while up we got to go to the gym most nights and also I took her out one morning on the Mountain Bike at TTDI. 

She was very nervous on the bike the first time around and took some convincing to do a second loop…but she was glad she did as she then had her confidence and enjoyed it.

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In Singapore she took some time to do some tourist things heading down to China Town and Orchard Road.  She registered for the bicycles and showed me how to scoot round the city on them.

One evening we cycled down to Marina Bay Sands and the Gardens By The Bay.  We walked through the iconic Supertree Grove which are the 25 to 30 meter tree-like vertical gardens.  We took a drink at the top of one of the Supertree’s to take in the view.

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As always she had no trouble travelling by herself and in fact her flight into Kuala Lumpur landed several hours before mine and so it was great to rock up to the apartment with the shopping all done and food in the fridge.

Em also took the sheets off her bed and folder her bed up the day we left Kuala Lumpur…more often than not she is a good girl.

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Emily Movie – Age 7 – 2007 to 2008

This is the seventh instalment for Emily and follows her at the age of seven through to her eighth birthday. The #1 Single when she turned seven was “In This Life” by Delta Goodrem from her “Delta” album. Unfortunately due to copyright the version of the video I have uploaded does not have the single playing, instead I have kept the original video sound in place.

For some reason I did not have a lot of video of Emily throughout 2007 and 2008 and so nearly all the video is from a major 6 week holiday we took throughout UK and Europe (Netherlands, Germany, Austria, France and Belgium).  I was on 3 months gardening leave being in between employment Accenture and Booz and so we took the time to tour.

In the opening scene we had just landed in Heathrow very early morning, jumped in a car and were on our way to Stonehenge.  A stop over at a Little Chef for breakfast shows a jet lagged Em.

We were actually on our way to Bath to visit the Glassock family.  Long time family friends on Naval deployment to UK.  That is Ash Glassock running around with Em.

A stop in Ormskirk for Easter Egg Hunt with Kerrie’s parents before flying out of Liverpool to Schiphol Airport, Netherlands, for bike riding, pancakes and hot chocolate.

We then headed down the Rhine Valley and the Romantic Road to Bavaria where we saw some of the largest snow flakes one evening….to go with the oversized Pretzel’s that Em had been enjoying.

I put in a Nintendo Gameboy in bed shot…mainly because these kept both girls entertained for several years on our big trips….nowadays I guess it is iPads!!!

Shifting to a very frustrated ski instructor at Jungfrau, Switzerland, the girls had a great time and he took us down the Slalom cause with Em between his knees.

Some time at Euro Disney, our second visit, before heading up to Belgium and back to UK and Ormskirk.

Her 8th Birthday Cake was back at Heysen Street with my mum and dad signing as always.

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A Week in Dublin and Ireland – The Perfect Pint

The week before last Kerrie and I had a great week exploring Dublin for the first time and taking in day trips to The Giants Causeway, Wicklow Mountains and Kilkenny.  This was a stop over as we were on our way to Ormskirk for Bill’s Funeral and it was cheaper to fly into Dublin and then eventually catch the ferry across to Holyhead, England.

I will do some detailed posts when I am back in Australia and get my hands on Kerrie’s photos but as an initial post I have my snaps from our morning at The Guinness Storehouse where we learnt how Guinness is made and got our chance to pull the perfect pint.

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Of course the Guinness Storehouse is a must that everyone will do and it is worth it.  You need to allow a good 3 hours or so to do the self guided tour and then enjoy your pint of Guinness with the awesome views of Dublin from the Gravity Bar.  Also I totally recommend getting their early so that you can do what we did and head to an afternoon of fine lunching afterwards…we went to Mr Fox and had a relaxed afternoon with Cathy, an old Accenture friend…Dublin has an exquisite fine dining scene.

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My take away facts that definitely means the Guinness tastes better in Dublin are:

  • The water is extremely soft and hence no minerals etc. to affect the taste
  • They roast their barley on site at a temperature of 222 degrees Celsius
  • In 1959, when they started using nitrogen to draught the beer, the creamier and smooth Guinness was born

We learnt in our tour that the head is very bitter and so it is important to always ensure you taste through the head and into the creamy ruby brown liquor.  Throughout the week many taxi drivers would also give us their take on how to get the perfect pint and where was the best pub in Dublin for this.  To me every pint tasted great!!!

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Our Tokyo Disney Gang

The reason we were in Tokyo and Tokyo Disney was largely as a prelude to Frank Hobson’s 13th birthday.  So it is appropriate I put up some photos of  the gang enjoying themselves at Tokyo Disney.

The girls and Frank ready to start the day at Tokyo Disneyland…

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Enjoying Splash Mountain and then onto Thunder Mountain…

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One of my favourite shots…waiting for the daytime parade…from left to right…Bruce, Em, Moo, Frank, Clark and Ezna.

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All doing the “Where to Next” Disney Huddle…

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With the McPherson’s family o the first day at DisneySea…

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On a Magic Carpet Ride….as it is all Magic at Disney…

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Loving what is Unique to Tokyo Disney and the Characters

I don’t like to compare Disney Parks as they are each a slightly different experience.  Tokyo DisneySea is of course unique to Tokyo and Tokyo Dinseyland also brings some Japanese uniqueness to the Magic Kingdom. 

Em really got into the spirit of much of what is unique to Tokyo Disney with the popcorn…chasing down the many and varied flavours (Honey, Soy Sauce & Butter, BBQ, Caramel, Curry, Milk Tea, Salted and of course Chocolate) to refill her Minnie Bottom.

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Japanese Moshi Disney style…

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…and Pooh’s Honey Hunt is a trackless ride unique to Tokyo Disneyland and a must do.

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Of course she also kept up her chase of Characters and Photo chances.

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Looking Good and Matching at Tokyo Disneyland

Day 3 in Tokyo was Day 2 at Disney for us and our first time to the Tokyo Dinseyland park.  We observed from our day at Tokyo DisneySea that at Tokyo Disney the thing to do is to either dress up as your favourite character or to go in matching shirts – so we did the matching Ariel T-Shirts!!!

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Looking bright and beautiful in our shirts gave us plenty of chances for more Disney selfies…plus as you can see by the next photo we found some “shirt buddies” heading into Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters.

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