Ella had asked me recently if we could go for another trip on the Circle tram which runs around the city so today was the day! We headed out early and stopped at Mhairi’s work to meet her for coffee & baby cinos only to find she was working from home……typical. Ella, Charlie and I hopped onto the Circle tram and enjoyed the sights. Ella chatted to anyone who sat next to her and Charlie promptly fell asleep (he’s still a bit run down after having the cold all week).
Ella on the Circle Tram
Charlie enjoyed the first 15 mins before he fell asleep
Charlie (still looking sleepy) & Ella on the tram home
On our way home we stopped in at Jill’s so Charlie could see his beloved cats then we headed home for lunch.
This afternoon we met Marie & Frankie in the park. Mhairi was with me so she supervised Ella’s cycling while I pushed Charlie in the pram.
Ella on the swing
Charlie on the swing
Fearless Frankie on the slide
Charlie on the motorbike
Charlie playing with the bark
On our way home from the park Ella got ahead of herself with her peddaling skills. A combination of speed and lack of steering ability saw her fall off her bike for the first time. No injuries and she climbed straight back on.
We were having stir fry for dinner and Alan & I were using chopsticks. Ella asked if she could try using them too and to our amazement she used them with ease!!
This morning I took Ella and Charlie to Scienceworks with Kaylene and Toby. It was my first visit and it’s a fantastic place for children of all ages. There are sections specifically for the younger ones and they darted from place to place not sure what to look at first. Ella was excited to show me the things she’d enjoyed last time they visited with Alan. There’s a ‘building site’ and it’s funny to watch all the children assume different roles from working the conveyer belt to loading the bricks into wheelbarrows and then using the hoists to lift the bricks back up to build at the top. We spent a couple of hours there before grabbing lunch and heading home. Charlie fell asleep in the car!
Thankfully I managed to get Charlie into his bed without disturbing him and Ella enjoyed making a picture for her beloved little Hugh – I’ve to be sure not to damage it when I mail it to Ireland. Later we met Whitney, Maddie & Spencer for a baby cino then some fun in the park were Emily joined in too.
Two exhausted children were sound asleep in bed aroun 6:45……a record!!
Thursday morning looked dull and the forecast was showers but Ella, Charlie and I headed out for some ‘fresh’ air! We walked over to Albert Park Lake to feed the ducks, walked along the waters edge for a bit before stopping for a snack. Ella and Charlie then walked along to the park outside the Aquatic Centre for a few turns on the slides. They didn’t last long as the wind was icy so we headed inside to meet Kaylene with Harvey and Toby for a baby cino. That was the mornings adventures.
After lunch Auntie Jill came to visit and then also Amanda, Olivia and Sophie. They all played in the house for a while then we walked along to Cowderoy Park for the children to expend some energy. Ella’s friend Zoe was there too.
We had two tired children come the evening so it was a quick bath before bed.
I had another business trip to China last week, these trips have been really interesting and it always amazes me just how different our cultures and lifestyles can be. My hosts have always been very, very friendly and I enjoy my time there although I do miss my family and I’m always glad to be back home. I had a bit of an epic journey getting there, nearly missing my plane out (I got my times mixed up and arrived at the airport 25 minutes before take-off – not good for a long haul flight!). We were then told that there was a typhoon hitting Hong Kong which may have forced us to divert to Taiwan – in the end, the pilot stated he would ‘give the landing a go’ and we landed at the first attempt. Then once in the airport I found out that all the ferries to the mainland were canceled, so it was the ‘slow bus to China’ for me. After 3 sets of customs and immigration later I finally arrived quite weary in my hotel – it was also around 30 degrees and 90% humidity.
That was Wednesday and I arrived back in Melbourne on Friday so it was a real ‘flying’ visit.
My training for the marathon in October is progressing well and I’m now up to 21km’s on my long runs, adding around 2km’s per week. The target is to get to around 32km’s before tailing off. I do 1 long run per week, then during the week, I do a range of shorter runs, mixing up different speeds, hills, beach work and also a couple of cycle trips. It seems a lot but because I’ve built up to it I’m enjoying it and really feeling the benefit. It’s just a pity that beer doesn’t help!! – I keep trying but to no avail.
Compared to the last 2 winters we’ve experienced here, this is definitely the coldest we’ve had. It seems a long time ago that we had some warm weather. I was looking at the charts for last year and we had a few days in August into the 20’s and 1 day reached 26 degrees – I wish it would hurry up! Here is an article from the local newspaper today.
Ella had been reading her Fifi magazines and there was a recipe for flapjack. She asked me if we could make some so here we are still in our pyjamas one morning baking. They enjoyed licking the bowl and spoons more than anything else.
Last weekend we took Ella & Charlie to the aquarium – probably the first time Charlie’s been when he’s old enough to enjoy it and he sure did! He ran from place to place not quite sure what to look at first and said “wow”a lot. Here’s a couple of pictures: