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Camping 26th- 29th Dec 2009

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Christmas Day I was still umming and aring whether I would drive with the kids to Warnnambool (7hrs) to camp at the beach. I got up boxing day morning and said to Dad did he and Mum want just to go locally, so i whipped out to Granthems bend and found a spot. I raced home and got the boys tent and the shade area to put up and claim our spot. went home and packed to go and we set up, nothing like spare of the moment decisions….Gwynfor worked boxing day but had the Sunday and Monday off , so he got to have a chill out as well.

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The ooohla accomodation, and the NOT so ooohla !

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Lots of swimming, relaxing, bikeriding, and game playing was done by all.

On Sunday we went over to a near by winery for lunch, that does woodfired pizzas and of course great wine!

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Last night Dad went and got his boat ,and we went for a sunset cruise from camp.

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Then thismorning, the worst bit about camping ,which is the packing up and washing when you get home.

Christmas day 25th Dec 2009

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Ella woke at 4am to go to the toilet, and saw the present at the end of her bed, I heard her opening it and we told her to try and go back to sleep. The others got at 5.45am so early start for the James household.

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Santa was very kind to the James children, they got lots of surprises. Rhys’ main present was an ipod nano, Ella got her long awaited little pink camera, Jack got Lego police HQ, Aislin got Lego house, along with other bits and pieces.

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at 8:30, Evan and Tan, Nana and Pa arrived for more presents and yummy breakfast. Gwynfor went off to work at 10, and we spent the rest off the day at our house building lego, flying remote control helicopters that, Jack, Rhys, Evan and Pa got, there was a bit of sabotage with frequencies that they were flying on etc. There was alot of chocolate and lollies consumed as well. Nice and relaxing afternoon. Gwynfor got home from work at about 4:30pm the the next phase started which was at Mum and Dads for Tea.

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We had some lovely food and nice wine over our three courses.The day was just perfect.

Friends Chrissy drinks 19th Dec 2009

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Wow ! we have grown with 20 children between us, now, The kids love getting together as much as the adults do which is lovely, to see. They danced and mucked around all night.

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A nice catch up for the Adults too!

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We were quite controlled tonight, sometimes it can get way out of hand.

Year 6 farewell..15th Dec 2009

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Every year the year 5s put on a farewell for the year 6 students, it’s a very big deal, what your wearing and how your going to wear your hair etc…

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Our year sixer and our year fiver, looking very smart and gorgeous.

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They had such a great time ,and danced the night away….

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This is Rhys very good friend Ashley. Rhys receiving his year 6 graduation certificate.

OMG! my first baby to head off to high school….

better late than never……Rhys’12th Birthday.Dec 12th 2009

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Well I am skipping a few months in between, but I thought if I don’t get December up to date, it’s going to be another 6 months before I get any done….so here we go.

Rhys’ Birthday landed on a Friday, but he had his birthday on the Saturday at the Corowa pool(beauty of having his birthday in summer). I can’t believe how grown up being 12 is….


Everyone arrived at our house and scoffed some food down then they walked down the pool where I met them.

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there were lots of acrobatics off the diving boards…

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plenty of testosterone while the piggy back wars were on….

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all the gang.

Rennie Ball 1st August

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How funny, Petrea rang and said that she was coming home from Adelaide with hubby and little Belle. While they were here, the Rennie Ball was on. I hadn’t been to a Rennie Ball since late teens! My girlfriends and I used to hang out there when we were teenagers. We organised tickets and Gwynfor managed to get the night off and came as well. We had a really great night and what a blast from the past, nice to get spruced up as well…..


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Cairns and district ,13-23 July 2009

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Awesome! We get off the plane and it’s blue skies and a gorgeous 28 degrees……There was  a slight delay as our transfer was also picking up others that their flight had been delayed half a an hour or so, so we sat and enjoyed the sunshine. When we got to our apartments I was expecting a two bedroom and it was a three, fantastic. The MItchems and the Jacksons were poolside awaiting our arrival. I didn’t sit down , I got changed and unpacked everyones clothes so I could then sit and enjoy the cocktail Kate had promised me……mmmm it was good too. Clifton Palms is where we stayed, and perfect for us with 3 families. We went for across the road and checked out Clifton beach, WOW! it was more beautiful than I had imagined, took the opportunity to take some sunset photos…….and sunrise, just beautiful.

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The first full day we decided to go up to Kuranda by skyrail and back down via the Scenic railway, it was a great day. The skyrail was amazing, we went up and over the rainforest, it was built not by having road acess but , they brought everything in by helicopter. We had two stops on the way up one at Red Peak and one at Barron Falls.

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When we got to Kuranda, we just wondered around the shops and had lunch until 3pm, then went to railway station and left from there.On the way back we were pretty tired, early start and still unwinding.

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The next day was a quiet day, went across to the beach in the morning and we were only going for a walk but the kids ended up going in to the water and played around so we stayed until lunchtime.

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We loved getting up and walking on the beach,at sunrise, two mornings we saw dolphins in the sea.Lovely way to start the day.

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The next day we went into Cairns itself and had a look around, we went to this water playground called Muddies and had lunch there.Then we went on and explored the lagoon area,really well done.

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The next day we took the ferry across to Green Island, it was a little choppy on the way over and back ,and a few of the kids were a bit sea sick. It was well worth the ride out there. we had a fantastic day. The kids thoroughly enjoyed snorkling , next time we would probably go more on the outer reef.

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we had a quiet day the next day, bit of beach cricket and of course they end up in the water….

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We hired cars for a few days and went for a drive up to Port Douglas and to the Mossman Gorge, both very beautiful places and the drive from Palm Cove to Port Douglas must be one of the most beautiful drives in Australia.

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the girls and I in Jay Jays dressing up….girls will be girls…


We went to the Hartleys Crocodile farm via Palm Cove Jetty.

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Jack was selected out of the audience to help with the snake demonstration….

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This very game zoo keeper showed us the death roll and get extremely close to this croc!

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Good Bye Clifton Palms and to Cairns and the Northern Beaches.We will be back!

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Garath, Sandy and Bryn Visit

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Garath and Sandy arrived in Corowa  Wednesday 1st July. In between work and time off we took them around to some of the local attractions. They enjoyed the wine and cheese tasting in some of our local  wineries…… .

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and lunching at our favourite lunch spots…..

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a visit to the Ettamogah PUB….

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Bryn loved songs that were sung around Jacks Cub campfire…..


Woolshed Falls…….

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A picnic by the lake ,Beechworth…..

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Garath and Sandy had 5 days with us, then went on to Sydney, then we met them in Cairns on the 23rd July.

Girls weekend away in Bright, 28th June

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11 Girls together in a big house far away from normal responsibilities,leads to huge amounts of FUN!!! Our yearly retreat, is left to 2 each year ,to decide where, when and how. We go somewhere different each year, but this year was a leisurely drive into the hills to the beautiful town of Bright .

This the view of the back of the house,and from it.

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The first night we all stay in , and have drinks have a meal and generally just catch up. 3 of us were still singstaring until 3:30 am.

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started playing pool the ended up dancing on it ,as you do!


We had really pretty views out the back.

DSC_0339The Saturday night we all went out for dinner and some of us went to the pub ,a really fun night out.

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It was quite interesting arriving in the car with 5 people and putting luggage in the back ,then to fit 7 people in the car on the way home ,with 7 peoples luggage. It’ s all well to seat 7 people, but we had a slight oversight as to where all the luggage was to fit…..yes we all nursed cases and and had bags piled up as high as we could, not so funny at the time when it wasn’t going to fit, but HILARIOUS now!

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til next year…….

Empty Lake Mulwala. 21st June

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We went for a drive over to Yarrawonga, as I had heard that the Lake was empty , so I thought it would interesting for the kids to see it like that. It was quite a site, it had a certain eeriness about it. Boys thought if we still had our metal detector it would have been great going around with it.


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