Family Time Down Under

G’day, Sydney. It’s nice to see you again.

G’day, Sydney. It’s nice to see you again.


G’day from the New South Wales central coast, where we arrived in time to celebrate Clive’s son’s birthday.

Clive with his son and his family

Clive with his son and his family

In between fighting off bouts of jet lag and catching up with the middle generation, we’ve been fortunate to watch various grandchildren activities: swimming, euphonium-playing, tennis, a few school runs and various projects at home.

Swimming

Swimming

Playing the euphonium

Playing the euphonium

Tennis

Tennis

This being Australia, we’re surrounded by various creatures as well as natural beauty. A lizard I thought was creepy but Clive says is friendly hung around our hotel parking lot for a day or so (or probably lives here).

Creepy/friendly lizard camouflaging himself in the grass

Creepy/friendly lizard camouflaging himself in the grass

Sydney autumn dazzles with a purple flowering tree called Tibouchina. Its blossoms are a much deeper violet than my beloved lavender jacarandas which bloom in spring but I love them nearly as much. These trees adorn many properties and streets of New South Wales during the Aussie autumn.

Tibouchina trees by our hotel

Tibouchina trees by our hotel

Cheers and thanks for reading. Next week’s letter will be from Sydney’s southern coast.

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