A much warmer morning today.
Murray & Sebastian left soon after 6am to go north to pick up Murray’s new boat.
Jesika had an 7am client so she left early too, but she came back to have breakfast with Evan afterwards.
She dropped Evan off at the train and then went to her next client.
Azzan & I got ourselves ready for the day and waited for Phoebe & Sapphire to wake up and get themselves organised.
We loaded the buggy in the boot and the necessary gear you have to take with a baby.
I took the gorgeous girl out to put her in her seat.
Love her new hat 🙂
We had several things we needed so after dropping Seb’s suit in to the dry cleaners we found the Rockingham Mall and Azzan & I ducked in and zoomed through Woolworths and then ran up to the other end to Boost to get some smoothies to take with us.
Phoebe stayed in the car with Sapphie.
It took me a bit of fiddling around but I managed to make the Gamin work and we followed ‘her’ instructions all the way to Kings Park.
Arrived there at 12:30pm, parked up and went to have lunch at the Botanical cafe.
Food was pretty darn good.
Beautifully presented, nutritious & good value.
I ordered Rocket & feta, quinoa, roast pumpkin salad.
They presented me with a huge plateful.
Azzan & Phoebe ordered the Prime beef 180g burger, swiss cheese, beetroot & tomato.
Azzan didn’t want his chips so I intended to eat them as I thought the salad would not be very filling!!
Phoebe ordered extra guacamole & egg and devoured the lot 🙂
Sapphire was sure that the tray of food was for her!
Nathan & Errilyn arrived with the boys just as we were finishing so they went off to have their picnic snack outside.
We meandered out to find them.
Exploring the park as we went.
Fraser Avenue was planted originally in 1898 to honour Queen Victoria’s jubilee.
This replacement avenue of red flowering gums was planted in 1929.
Found the picnickers – what a glorious spot.
There are wonderful views of the city and Swan & Canning Rivers from the park.
Loads of really interesting flora & fauna are represented in the park.
South-west Western Australia is famous for its unique mix of plant and animal life.
It is Australia’s only global biodiversity hotspot and is of world conservation concern.
This region has a third of Australia’s 25,000 plant species, many of these are found nowhere else on earth.
This 750 year old boab tree was transplanted and transported 3200km from Telegraph Creek in Northern WA in July 2008.
The construction of a new bridge on the Great Northern Highway required the tree to be removed so the Gija people of the East Kimberley gifted the Jumulu to the people of WA.
The soft green rolling lawns were so inviting Azzan lay and tumbled about on them.
The elevated walkway and glass bridge is so super cool.
Nathan was in charge of the buggy.
He decided to show us how to transform it into a boys derby cart.
Errilyn thought he needed some assistance in the braking department but she was quickly moved off that duty!!
He went scooting off down the path narrowly avoiding other tourists with Josiah in the rear seat and Malachi trailing behind.
Beautiful water areas.
Memorial to Australian Women’s Suffrage.
You find all sorts of weird and wonderful artworks in this park 😉
There was even a wedding underway which delighted Errilyn who loves brides 🙂
The Acacia Steps.
The Pioneer Womens memorial area is so restful and beautiful so www took time to stop and sit and relax and enjoy.
The fountain plays to honour the pioneer women of WA.
The figure symbolises their courage, strength & tenderness.
Mother & child move through the bushland of surging jets towards their destiny.
Errilyn took a turn with carrying Sapphie.
We then meandered back to our cars and drove around to another part of the park.
I was awake around 5am.
So decided to get up before the alarm and take my time getting ready before waking up the troops.
Woke them all around 6:45am.
They just had time to have breakfast, do final packing, while I packed up the car.
Then we waved goodbye to Elizabeth & Robin at 7:30am and drove around to meet up with Seb & Phoebe at Oxford Road.
Nicky drove us all to the airport.
Nathan & Mira took my car and headed into the city to go shopping.
But I discovered my sunglasses and Azzan’s man bag were still in the car so they swung by the airport to give them to me.
We left early because we were warned that the traffic into the city on a Monday morning was often bumper to bumper out to the Rangiora over bridge.
As it happened we missed the early rush and the later rush and made it in to the airport in less than half an hour.
We were trying to do an electronic check in when a flight attendant came to help us.
She was concerned that Seb should have a seat to fit him so she adjusted the seats and gave him an exit seat which left the three of us sitting back further and Phoebe had a spare seat to spread out on.
Worked well, plus she had a lovely lady from the Sounds sitting near her to chat with.
Nicky & Jasper decided to stay and hang out with us for a while.
We got a table in the food court and all went in different directions to satisfy the varying dietary wants and needs.
While we were sitting there I noticed the view seemed somewhat grey through the far windows.
Wondered if the windows were tinted, and then Seb came over and commented that it was snowing outside!!
The boys sat in the window and watched the flakes falling.
Then they sat near a plug and charged my phone for me.
But they couldn’t help themselves from playing on it as I found out later when I discovered a heap of selfies on it 🙂
Nicky had to leave as her parking ticket was expired so we cruised through immigration and wandered to the departure lounge.
We met my cousin Steve as we were queuing, on the same flight, so we were able to have a few minutes to talk which was lovely.
The flight to Auckland went smoothly.
Views of the Southern Alps were spectacular as they are covered with snow now.
Didn’t have to worry about our bags as they were consigned directly through to Perth.
We chatted with Steve again and then caught the free bus over to International and meandered our way to the Departure area.
We had time for some more food.
The guys were concerned they wouldn’t get enough on the plane!!
I was feeling a bit squidgy so just had a mochaccino, but it made me feel worse
We were rather pleased to find that we were all seated in the same row when we boarded.
I knew Seb & Phoebe were to be in the bassinet row with Sapphire but was expecting for Azzan & I to be quite a way behind them.
However we were just across the aisle so were able to take Sapphie a few times to ease the load somewhat.
It was a bit of a giggle though, she was too long for the bassinet so that was a bit of a waste of space!!
I made the most of the time on board and watched two movies I have been wanting to see for a while now.
‘Saving Mr Banks’ was excellent.
Intense and emotionally absorbing.
Loved it through the tears.
’12 Years a Slave’ was also very intense.
And extremely moving.
I had a very interesting companion in the seat between me and the aisle.
He slept most of the way, but we chatted whenever the food came around.
He was a NZ marine engineer flying into work at Barrow Island.
He also had an insatiable appetite so was very happy to clean up all the food that Azzan & I couldn’t manage to eat!!
We had a few laughs – fun 🙂
We landed right on schedule, but it took ages to retrieve our bags and then get through immigration.
They cleared us pretty quickly – most handy having baby and Azzan with us as they shove families through quite fast.
I was just turning on my phone to message Jesika when we walked out into the airport and there she was – waiting to greet us all with open arms and big hugs 🙂
Evan was waiting further away at a free parking area.
It took ages to get the rental car sorted.
Even though it was me that picked up the phone to call for an attendant to the rental booth once she arrived I got pipped at the post by a very large extended Singaporian Chinese family who barged in front of me
I was so tired by this point.
The others went off to find fresh air and toilets etc while I waited.
We eventually got sorted and made our way out to find our car and meet up with Evan.
Jesika drove me & Azzan in the rental and Evan took the other three in their car.
Its close on an hours drive south to Rockingham.
We beat them back because they took a different route.
Lovely to be greeted by Murray & Hazel.
They had only just purchased this house when I was last over so I had not yet seen it.
We sat around talking and eating for a while.
Seb enjoyed discovering the contents of Uncle Murray’s man shed 😉
Sapphie was just happy to not be travelling.
She had done incredibly well but finally packed it in, so Phoebe gave her a shower and tucked her into bed.
The 4 hour time difference was telling on me though as I was nodding off.
So packed myself off to bed and left the others to talk longer.
I was awake at 7am so got up and had a shower with the intent of sorting photos and catching up on my blog.
However, after breakfast I received a devastating phone call from David.
He was calling to let me know that our cousin Hayden had been killed at 2am this morning.
He was only 34 and the father of two lovely wee boys who he just loved to bits.
My heart just broke for the wee men & Jane.
I then spent the next hour calling my kids to let them all know, talking/crying with Hanne, and finally managed to get through to Val.
It was really good to talk with her.
Val & Lloyd are my aunt and uncle but are so close in age to me that Lloyd was like the older bro I never had.
And their kids are the similar ages to my older ones, so we cross generations a lot.
Just all too much really.
So gutting and heart wrenching.
Nathan & Mira surfaced sometime later in the morning and eventually some decisions were made re plans for the day.
Mira was peopled out so wanted to stay put.
Azzan & I dropped Nathan off to spend time with James, and we carried on up to Loburn to have lunch with the Wenborn & Lupi clans.
They were cleaning up leftovers and celebrating Bethany’s birthday.
It was freezing cold up there.
Definitely feel like you are under the mountain there, and it is only 20 mins from Rangiora.
We socialised for a while.
I showed Beth and the others the videos I had taken, just wish I knew how to load them on here!!
Will get that figured one day.
Then Azzan & I drove back to Rangiora after 3pm.
Stopped off to say a quick g’day to Emma and then I left Azzan at the house while I went to fuel up the car.
It was blowing a gale and so incredibly cold.
Zipped up to Andrew & Christine’s to give Seb & Phoebe their flight details and then back here to have dinner, shower and pack.
Nathan & Mira went into the movies with James at The Palms for the evening.
They arrived back just before 9pm.
We are all packed now and ready to throw everything in the car early in the morning.
Just praying that tomorrow will not be so feisty in the weather department.