Sunday, 28 October 2007
Thursday, 25 October 2007
Yes it's the new Canon 40d. Neil made the purchase on Monday and it was delivered to his work Tuesday morning. What a beastie it is after our Panasonic Lumix, I'll have to start doing weights to lift it (hehe) or at least have my weeties for breakfast.
So far we have taken at least 300 hundred photos with it, and so far none of them are very good. Just goes to show you can have an expensive camera but if you don't know how to use it, it takes pretty average photos. Lots of practice needed with this one. When you do get it right though the picture is so clear and sharp.
Guess who came for a sleepover last night???? and tonight as well.
Yes its young Bowie Treseder, I call this shot "Why the long face" he is looking a little nervous in this one.
Wendy, Peter and Chelsea are in Ballarat for the calisthenics comps for a couple of nights so Bowie is bunking in with us. Now Bowie has never been to our house before, so he was a little out of sorts last night and I don't think he settled for longer than a few minutes at a time. Of course it doesn't help that our dog Holly is not particularly fond of dogs she doesn't know, so wasn't exactly welcoming.
He just wanted to play and she "DID NOT". I won't even go into what the cat thought.
So today I left Bowie and Holly outside when I went to work and as luck would have it I got stuck at work longer than normal. I was in a meeting and I could feel my mobile phone going off in my pocket again and again and again.
I knew it was Madeleine and that something wasn't right as she kept calling and calling. So as quickly as I could I excused myself and called her back.
Poor thing she was beside herself. She had arrived home from school to discover there was only ONE DOG in the backyard, and it wasn't BOWIE. I had to stay calm and talk her down from her near hysteria. I got her to go around the yard to see if she could see where he had dug his way out. No she couldn't see anything. I suggested she go next door to see if he had gone in there. No he wasn't there. I told her to stay calm and as soon as I got home we would go out looking for him.
Well you can imagine how I felt loosing Wendy's dog in less than 24 hours. Anyhoo I rang a friend of mine Sue who lives in Wendy's Street and asked her if she would go and have a look, at Wendy's to see if he'd gone home. She also offered to go and make sure Madeleine was O.K. after I'd told her how upset she was.
So she went to have a look at Wendy's; NO BOWIE..... Sue and Madeleine went down to the river and the beach to have a look around NO BOWIE........The young boy from next door Jakob also got on his bike and went looking still NO BOWIE.
On the way home I rang the local Vet to see if anyone had brought him in no, NO BOWIE. But they did say they would put a notice up for me. When I got home Madeleine and i went over to the footy oval and playground you guessed it NO BOWIE.
Then I suggested we go and have another look at Wendy's before heading further down the river etc... We got to Wendy's and called for him still no answer. I walked up to the garage and noticed there was a gap between the roller door and the side fence. Guess who was standing there looking at me. YES.... BOWIE. What a relief!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Wendy's neighbour had also sent her boys out looking for him. So most of Carrum was on full alert for him. (lol)
I blame Holly obviously her less than warm welcome had hurt his feelings and he packed his kit bag and headed home. Poor thing, but how clever of him to find his way home. Not that its far between our homes but lets not forget he'd never been to our place before.
Anyway we've brought him home and have given him even more attention,than what he got last night (and that was alot), he has been soundly loved since his return. He certainly is more relaxed tonight and as I type this he is asleep on Holly's bed. He must be exhausted because he hardly slept last night. It's nice to see him relax a little. Here's and example from earlier tonight when he was asleep on the couch.Tomorrow I'm definitely closing the front gates as well. Still not sure how he escaped, he is obviously related to Harry Houdini. He really is such a sweetie and very cute to boot.
Well that's it for me, just wanted to document a little of the drama that was today.
Tuesday, 23 October 2007
It was a fun night, and it was hosted by someone who is also a little bit famous; Peter Treseder. Peter has been on lots of game shows and was a sale of the century champ. He is also famous because he is married to another famous person Wendy T from Paper doll (hehe). I have been to a few Trivia nights MC'd by Peter and I have to say he does an outstanding job, especially trying to keep an unruly crowd entertained and tuned in. Of course as the night wears on Peter's job gets even trickier as the crowd has more and more liquid refreshment
Anyhoo to cut an already long story short. Our table WON!!!! We were very excited. The winning table won a couple of bottles of wine each. It's not about the prizes though....it's the glory (lol).
Saturday Madeleine and I went to watch her netball team play. She wasn't able to play because of her torn ligament. The team won again and are on top of the ladder by about 3 games. They are doing really well. They only have one more game left before the finals start on the 10th November.
After the game my sister and I went off to do a little retail therapy. I brought my first Christmas present, that's one down and quite a few more to go.
Saturday night we caught up with friends of ours Kate and James and Denise and John for a fantastic Indian meal in Parkdale. We went to Sithara and the food was fantastic. It was the first time this year we've been able to all get together for various reasons, so it was lovely to catch up.
Sunday was another day of retail therapy for me. I went up to Southland and made quite a few purchases. Working in an office again has lead me to the realization that my clothes choices for work are very limited. So I brought 2 pairs of shoes, 2 pairs of trousers and two tops. That should keep me going for a while I think.
Fast forward Monday... nothing much to report.
Tuesday......Tonight ....an end of an era in the O'Connor household.
Tonight was the Carrum Primary School end of year concert and for Neil and I our last.
We think tonight's concert was the best one yet. Of course that could have been because as a Grade 6 student Madeleine was in it more. Heres a list of the items she was in:-
1. She busked in the foyer before the concert started. She played a few show stopping tunes on the keyboard and raised money for the school.
2. She was in the Choir
3. The grade 6 students and their Prep buddies sang a song together.
4. As the House Captain for Bass she and her fellow Captain James K. had to give a speech about what the Preps had been studying all year. Their speech was informative, entertaining, witty and funny. Neil and I were both really proud of them both.
I may be a little biased but their speech was clearly the best one. (hehe)
5. She was a mother penguin helping the Preps do their dance routine in the second act.
6. The grade 5/6 item this year was Thriller. They all did a fantastic job and it was really well choreographed and executed . A tremendous performance.
7. The whole school perform at the end of the concert and the grade 6 House Captains lead each of their teams in song.
It was a lovely night and my sister and Neil's sister came along to watch and support Madeleine, I haven't asked anyone to come along the concerts for about 4 years, so I thought as it was her last they might like to come along and be a part of her final primary school concert.
In other news we the O'Connors made another major purchase yesterday. I haven't taken a photo yet, but once I do I will share the new purchase with you. It's very impressive and I was very excited to see it and have a play. Can you guess what it might be????????????
Cheers for now
Monday, 15 October 2007
Thursday, 11 October 2007
Monday, 8 October 2007
I took the photos Sunday morning just before I was heading off to breakfast with Deb, and out of about 15 there is probably 2 I would be willing to share. Anyhoo I had been speaking with Deb earlier in the week and she had suggested we get together for breakfast on Sunday at Fratelli's. They do a good breakie there and it was nice to sit and catch up with Deb.
Rewind just a little to Friday night and believe it or not I actually scrapbooked. It has been way to long. Not that I actually came up with the ideas. I booked into Kim Archers new Rip it and Stitch it instant workshop last week. It is such good value for $10 you get 2 great layouts, and I just love how the layouts turned out. Kim always has some quirky little new technique to share. There is always something new to learn and be inspired by. The photos of the layouts aren't that great, they colour looks much better IRL.
Saturday I headed down to Mornington to catch up with another girlfriend Sue B. Had a coffee in downtown Mornington and I don't think we stopped talking for a good couple hours all up. It never ceases to amaze me how much we can talk. ( I know some who know me, won't be that surprised by that revelation).
Saturday night Madeleine had a hankering for Thai so the 3 of us headed off to Patterson Lakes to Kun Yao for dinner. Even though I'd only been there last Wednesday night I never tire of the food there, and hey if don't have to cook !!!!!!
Sunday afternoon I spent scrapbooking again, this time on Wendy's October No Scraps class. I think the two layouts this month would have to be my favourites. I love Wendy's designs she is so innovative and clever, and what value for money - $10 get you a double page LO, a single LO and a card. Gotta love that and of course No Scraps. I'll share those LO's next time after I've finished the single (just needs the photos stuck down) and I haven't done the card yet.
Ok that's it for me for now, must go and see who will be getting the boot from Australian Idol.
I'm with Dicko I'm hoping Marty goes this week. Not because I don't like him ,he just needs to go.
Thursday, 4 October 2007
This is also the second week of school holidays in Melbourne, so Neil has had this week off to look after Madeleine. Monday they went over to Knox shopping Centre to check it out and do a bit of retail therapy, and Neil whipped up a batch of his famous spaghetti sauce. Madeleine had her girlfriend Laura over to hang out with.
Tuesday they headed off to Point Nepean. One side of Point Nepean is Port Phillip bay and the other is Bass Strait. It has some pretty amazing scenery and rugged coast line. It was also once a military fortress so you can explore a maze of tunnels, lookouts and fortifications as well as enjoy coastal scenery and panoramic views of the Bass Strait, the Rip and Port Phillip Bay.
There is also warning signs like this down there.... Yikes!!!
That night Neil headed off with his mate Allan to see the Waifs perform at the Forum theatre in the city, and Madeleine had her friend Laura's little sister Emma over for the night.
Wednesday was my day off, so I got to make a quick visit to see Wendy, and Angela was there so it was nice to sit down with a cuppa and catch up. Then Wendy's sister Margie turned up as she hadn't seen Wendy for a while. It was nice to see her it must be 12 months since I've seen her an had a chat.
When I got home an old and trusted friend was just leaving. Our old corolla was leaving for the scrap heap. Sad really, Neil brought that car brand new in Dec 1986 after we got back from Europe. We have travelled around the country in that non air conditioned, manual transmission car, and it never let us down. From Melbourne to Cairns and back, Melbourne to WA and back and lots of places all over. It has been pretty much a garden ornament for the last few years so it was definitely time for the old girl to take her leave. Lots and Lots of good memories and adventures were had in that car.
Then we all headed off to Karingal to see the movie Stardust. I really enjoyed it and so did the girls, Neil however thought it was a crock and total waste of money. Ahhh well i suppose not everyone was going to like it.
I also got to go out to my favourite Thai restaurant in Patterson Lakes that night with Andi and Karen. The food was sensational as usual and the conversation never stopped. It was nice to see them with everyone working now it's hard to find time to see each other.
I was supposed to have done Wendy's no scraps class last night, but got home to late so I've printed out all the photos and picked the paper, I just have to find the time to sit down and complete the projects.
Today my crazy husband got up at 5am so he could drive down to Phillip Island (1 1/2 Hours) and do the 1hour each way walk around Cape Woolamai, which runs along' the tops of the cliffs. Here's one of the shots he took. Rugged isn't it? You can almost feel the sea spray on your face.
Tonight I got to do one of my all time fav things to do. Go to the hairdresser that is. I've said it before and I'll say it again I love love having my hair done. Thursday night seems to be the night to go as well. Aside from the usual neck and shoulder massage before they start, there was also chesse and biscuits along with a rather large glass of sav blanc. NICE
Ok that's it for now