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Karin, Bianca and the boys stayed in the car (bub's were sleeping), which is why they are not in the pictures.
From there we drove to Martin Place and found parking for only $2/hour, which is not bad considering we are talking about smack-bang in the centre of Sydney.
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Werner busy ordering a Lindt chocolate milkshake. Man, they are nice!
Karin, Karla and the Kasselman's enjoying a desert. While taking this pic Eugene was grabbing at the camera, so it took some doing.
Karla + Chocolate = Happiness
Dad & Eugene at the Lindt shop (and yes, I gave him some choclate when mum wasn't looking...)
From here we drove to the Queen Victoria Building (QVB to the locals), which is just one of those places that oozes character and yesteryear-charm. One needs a full day to do this (relatively small) mall justice. Karin loved it; I think we'll be back soon.
The tip of the 3-storrey high Christmas tree in the QVB.
A wide-angle view looking down into the mall. Click on the image for a better view.
This is the kind of thing for sale here. A set of Montegrappa pens for the bargain price of only $18,300.
....but, true to form, the folllwing three images (and items) were my favorites on the day. They remind me of my dad, as he also makes these kinds of figurines. When they move over here this is what he and I will look like on evenings when the Bokke play (and annihilate) the Wallabies...
This one reminds me of my brother-in-law in PE, Andre. He is always in the bush in some form of 4-wheel drive transport. If they ever move to Aus, I will buy him a hat just like this bloke is wearing. C'mon Andre & Elaine, for a hat like that moving to Aus is a bargain!
Going Down. On our way down to the carpark and then home. The elevators are inside the building and "open", so you can see the mall as you travel up or down.
He may have an Aussie passport, but Dad will make sure he grows up a Bok supporter (although I think he may well change his mind at ~13).
Some Marlborough (NZ) and Margaret River (Oz) "whites". Mmmmm!
...oh, and the usual Eugene pics....~END
Anyway, we then stopped at the Upper Crust Pie shop near Collaroy beach. The pies are expensive, but as any Sydney-sider will tell you, worth every cent and even the hour’s travel. Once we had finished brunch Karin and Karla went for a walk to the Collaroy lookout, a headland with a spectacular golf course built on it. Eugene and I stayed in the car as he was busy falling asleep.
Once home he was back in good spirits and promptly started tearing up my (now superfluous) Tower Hobbies catalogue. I was saving it for Nigel at work, but this plan was well and truly foiled by “the shredder”. Anyway, that’s all for now, settling down and getting ready for another week of work.
Following the visit to the beach (including a sand-tasting session) we had to give him a quick bath to remove sand from those strategic places).
Click on any picture to see a larger versionYep, as with all young men, Eugene today discovered the joys of ice-cream. I has had some previous minor tastes, but today was the avalanche of discovering a "Streets Tim-Tam Cornetto". The pictures really tell the story; I need not add another word...
Sale Room 1 - Newcastle 5 Nov 08
Philipp at the AWTA Newcastle office/MTS site
This past weekend the weather and planets aligned, allowing us to have a "lekker" braai. Some (read "too much") beer and brandy & coke was consumed, resulting in some of the pictures you'll see below. My mate Werner and I allowed Karla to dress us up a little, something she really enjoyed. Baby Eugene and Collin also had their "angel wings" on, so were no trouble at all (or were they; Werner and I aren't quite sure...)
Anyway, here are some snaps and commentary.
The Van's and the Kasselman's this weekend.
Karin with Eugene. He is now changing from "baby" to "toddler".
KWV 10-year old brandy...and so the trouble began....
Karla with Werner. This must be where she thought "..wonder if dad and uncle Werner would mind playing Art-Deco dress-up..."
..yep, looks mischievous, so that must have been exactly what she was thinking!
Eugene was one of the first "victims".
...followed seconds later by Collin...
...yes, and then me. Werner also got "the treatment", but I was threatened with death should I publish the images here!
Eugene had an afternoon nap for ~1.5 hours, and woke up a happy-chappy.
Here he sits (all by himself; our BIG boy!) in the AFSPRAAK AFRIKAANS camping chair.
At the end of the evening, once all the ice had melted and the brandy had "gone", Karla and her friends provided some entertainment. I bought THE HAKA from iTunes and played it for them at full volume so they could "get into the zone".