No Brad

Trip Start Dec 29, 2010
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Trip End Dec 05, 2011


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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Having signed himself up for a weeks' Day Skipper course, Brad packed his rucksack and left the family behind on Monday morning.  He is probably at least twice the age of the rest of the group who all seemed to be kids on their gap years working towards their Yacht Masters qualification.
  
Monday saw me and the boys having a very quiet day.  Jamie and Zach wrote letters to their classes to go with books on Australia that they wanted to send.  They did some great school work as well - literacy work on the bbc schools website and some good handwriting practice.  Zach did a brilliant pencil drawing of his view of Australia so far.  He divided the page into 4 quarters and did the view of Sydney in one (with the opera house, harbour bridge, our flat etc in it) , a bush scene in another (koalas up trees, kangaroos etc), campervans and lorries in another, and a platypus in the final quarter.  Jamie did well at some reading comprehension work and practising full stops and capital letters. 

After Benjamin's nap we went to Rushcutters Bay to the playground there, and met yet another Brazilian nanny there.  There must be as many Brazilians here as in London - everywhere we go we hear portuguese being spoken.  Then we went on to the mall at Bronte Junction to post the children's letters to their friends and they chose a birthday present each to give Benjamin when he turns 1 later this month.  

On Tuesday Jamie and Zach started their sailing course at Rose Bay.  Their teacher is a young enthusiastic girl called Mickey and they seemed to have really loved it, and were not at all disturbed (unlike me!) by the fact that they were on their own in a boat with Mickey alongside in a small speed boat.  Apparantly Jamie has taken to it like a duck to water and has a natural 'feel' for the wind.  The children are absolutely paranoid, however, about sharks in the harbour, and I am constantly telling them that sharks don't really want to eat people and that they are much further out to sea where the water is much deeper.  The truth of the matter is that the favourite route for great whites is up and down the coast just outside the harbour to just north of Manly and back down again.  We saw their paths being tracked on screens at the Aquarium last week...and they are close!  

Its true to say that we are all a teeny bit aware of the various dangerous animals out there.  Zach has had a nightmare about sharks, Brad about spiders and I woke up last night convinced that what was just a regular mozzy bite, was a bite from spiders crawling into my bed.  Heaven help us all when we properly get out into the bush!

We have heard from Brad today who is somewhere north of Sydney and seems to be having a good, if intense time.  The sailing seems to stop at around 9pm to give them all time to do some night sailing.  Poor Brad slept in the galley last night - can't have been much fun - but at least the temperatures have dropped to the mid 20s not the 40s we had last week!  

Me and the boys looked after Tom again this afternoon to give Lucy a chance to work towards hitting some big deadlines at work.  Jamie and Zach were superb at helping me out with the 2 babies, who decided to compete for my attention and who were not going to share anything with each other, including the bath which was a disaster!  Still, Tom is a very easy going little boy and a very happy to muck in with our 3, including launching himself off the sofa onto a heap of cushions and boys. 
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Caroline Bishop on

Hi Katherine,

Sounds like you guys are having a great time, your pictures are wonderful so different to the horrible grey skies we have here. Went for coffee with Julie yesterday, Waitrose of course!!!! Not too much to report Finn and Roo are doing fine, oohhhh I found my engagement ring!!!! Spent Tuesday morning trying to sort out the garden, it looked like a bomb had hit it after the winds, moved some of the temporary fencing strips we'd had up and there it was sitting underneath!! Its amazing really, we obviously weren't supposed to be seperated.

Enjoy some rays for me. Its a good job its not me and my boys over in Oz I am soo paramoid about sharks its ridiculous!!

Well you are really missed in the playground, certainly by me anyway. Really glad you're having a great time, will be back on to check out what you've been up to soon, love to the boys from Finn & Roo, Take Care xxxxxx

Sylvia Klemz on

Hi Catherine
It looks like you're having a wonderful relaxing time and the boys are clearly enjoying themselves from the pics. Alastair is missing Jamie and Zach, and keeps asking if they're coming back soon! Please tell them he sends hugs.
Best wishes to you all,
Sylvia

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