Family Matters

We came back today from a two day break up in Perth for grandson number 1’s 21st birthday celebrations.

We had a number of things to do for ourselves in Perth, so the first day was mainly spent shopping for odds and ends for our new house. Amongst other purchases, Paul managed to find himself a good second hand bike. He’ll enjoy zipping up and down the Geographe Bay cycle track overlooking the bay.

Saturday, the day of the big party we put in a few hours around at Alice’s helping her with the preparations. Not that she really needed much help, she seemed to have everything mostly under control.

Then, back to our caravan to get ourselves ready and back to the party.

Tim, ready to greet his guests.

Tim, ready to greet his guests.

What a joy Tim is to be around. Accolades to both of his parents – he’s turning out to be a delightful young man. It’s an absolute pleasure to be in his company.

Alice slaving over a hot stove.

Alice slaving over a hot stove.

Alice must have spent days shopping and cooking for tonights event. Spring rolls, samosas, and home made sausage rolls went down a treat early in the evening. Then, disposable cups filled with either a vegan curry or a delicious tortellini carbonara with broccoli to ensure the booze wasn’t going into empty stomachs.

Pop with grandson 2 towering over him.

Pop with grandson 2 towering over him.

I rarely have a camera at hand when around the boys. I made the most of it while I could.

Having a drink with the 'man of the moment'.

Having a drink with the ‘man of the moment’.

Raksha, Josh's band provided entertainment for part of the night.

Raksha, Josh’s band provided entertainment for part of the night.

Raksha, Josh’s band have recently released an EP called Emerald. They’re getting a few gigs now, and are due to sign up for a three month trial with a manager. No pay for tonight’s gig though, all done in the name of brotherly love.

Proud mum and son.

Proud mum and son.

Paul and Alice

Paul and Alice

I hadn’t expected to be back in the region of Perth until next year. I’m so pleased our change of plans brought us back here earlier. Such a proud night to be with our two gorgeous grandsons.

We had been debating whether or not we should downsize our big rig for something smaller now that we’re only going to be living in it for part of the year. This short trip with an almost empty van convinced us not to even think about such a thing. Travelling and staying in an uncluttered van with room to move – absolute joy, a real pleasure!

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2 thoughts on “Family Matters

  1. Is Paul standing or sitting in the photo with Tim? He looks short next to him. I don’t recognise the boys as we haven’t seen them for years. Beautiful pics Chris & you write interesting blogs. I love reading them. xx

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  2. Josh is much taller than Paul, but Paul had bent his knees to exaggerate the difference. I think Paul feels about that short when he stands next to him. And he takes a size 15 shoe! Josh that is, not Paul.

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