An Epic Journey

Kirstin, Ella and Charlie are going to Scotland for a two week trip. They arrive on the 15th October and leave again on the 28th. We’ve been planning it for a while but it took a long time to get the passport and visa sorted out for Charlie.

It will obviously be a challenging trip for K on her own but she is really excited about seeing her Mum and Dad again. I’m sure she’ll also be delighted to show off both Ella and Charlie as they’re both wee crackers! (although I may be biased somewhat).

I’ll miss them all terribly when they are away but I’m sure the time for me will go quick and I know how much Kirstin wants to make the trip. It’ll also be the first time that my mum and dad will have met Charlie and also Kirstins granny. I’m sure there will be tears when she arrives and tears when she leaves. It’s always difficult going back, it’s something that you long to do but is quite unsettling too.

Kirstin and I were reflecting on it last night and we were saying to Ella that she was going home to Scotland, but of course home for Ella is Melbourne and I’m sure it must be a bit odd for her working it all out.  Typically, I’m going to China on a business trip next week, so more time away from them!

Alan

An Epic Journey

Almost Crawling

We can hardly believe that little (???) Charlie is almost crawling. He has quickly mastered the art of ‘commando crawling’ to get to wherever he wants to be and is very determined once he has a particular toy in sight! Every day he is up on his hands and knees rocking backwards and forwards – we’re just waiting for him to take off to a proper crawl. Ella won’t know what’s hit her and I’m sure he’ll keep us on our toes. Here is the man of the moment…..

Charlie Boy

Kirstin

Almost Crawling

Fun in the Pool

Ella has become really confident in the water over the last few months. She happily jumps in and swims under the water to us and is the source of much amusement to the rest of the class at swim school! She appears somewhat fearless and would spend the whole class jumping in and climbing out if she had her own way. Alan took her for a swim this evening – I think he had more fun on the flumes than she did!

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Mhairi, Charlie & I were watching and we realised what a stunning backdrop the city is overlooking the outdoor pool.

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Kirstin

Fun in the Pool

Redbacks and Huntsmans

We’ve had 2 spider incidents over the last few weeks. Firstly, we had a Huntsman spider on our garden gate, these guys are big but pretty harmless. It would be uncomfortable if they bit you but they aren’t poisonous, this is the fella here…..

Huntsman on our gate

Then today we found we had a Redback in a storage area in our back garden. Kirstin and Mhairi took great delight in blasting it with the insect spray. The Redbacks are particularly dangerous if you get a bite from one and very common too.

Spider Chart here

Alan

Redbacks and Huntsmans