I left Norfolk on Friday the 12th November and arrived in Melbourne early afternoon. I caught up with my two sisters and their families as well as our darling mother. I spent four days in Melbourne, two of which were used up shopping at Southlands! I left Melbourne for Canberra on the 16th.
|My sister Felicity, her husband Jim and twins Fallon and Aiden and our Mum|
|My sisters Felicity and Debbie and Mum having lunch at David Jones|
Fiona gave me the use of her car which was fantastic and I took advantage and visited as many people as I could.
|Fiona and her twins Alex and Joe|
|Having a delicious dinner at Pistachio's at Torrens|
|The girls having lunch at Fiona's|
|Big boss Annwyn and me|
|Former boss Debbie and me|
|My last boss dearest Karin|
|Debbie, Louise and me in Deb's backyard|
|Me and Deb having lunch in Manuka lawns|
On the Friday I had lunch with my bestie Diana and Amelia at the Calwell Club - I had my ususal, Chicken Hollandaise, yum and it was great to catch up.
|Amelia, Diana and me at the Calwell Club for lunch|
|Me and Tom entertaining ourselves during our marathon waiting at the Phillip Medical Centre|
Straight after the doctors I dropped off Tom then raced to my friend Marian's house. Marian and I met in 1974 when we were both new Year 6 students at Weetangera Primary and we were besties all the way through school.
We hadn't seen each other for 12 years or so but we talked and talked like it was days since we've been together. We had a lovely dinner at a Thai restaurant at Griffith Shops then we went over to the other side of town to the Pot Belly bar in Belconnen. There was about 80 or so people there for the reunion and I recognised about 4 of them!
|Marian and me at the reunion|
|Peter and I went to Kindy and Infants school together at Lyneham Primary school|
|Some boys I went through High School and College with|
Saturday night Fiona, Natalie and I went to the Tuggeranong Club at Erindale for dinner - it was very crowded but luckily we had booked a table and we enjoyed our night.
|Fiona, Natalie and me - we've been friends since 1986|
On the Saturday afternoon I popped over the Anne's place in Farrer. She and I moved into our Woden homes within one day of each other. We knew each other as St Francis of Assisi mothers and we've been friends ever since. I renovated my 70's doer upper almost immediately after moving in, but Anne has waited three years for her renovation and I had yet to see them. The house looks fantastic and it is difficult to remember what the house used to look like. They have done a great job and it will look great when they are all completed.
|Anne and me in her new kitchen|
|Ronny, the big kid, with his pride and joy, his train set|
|Tom with his ring on his 18th birthday|
His lovely adopted parents, Gaye and Michael had organised a dinner that night at the Mawson Club where we went for a dinner. Diana and her girls and Adrian were there. Adrian and Tom have been friends since Kindy and Adrian was turning 18 two days later.
Fiona was there as well as the Lindfield family and a friend Matt. Tom Lindfield works for the Hughes Bakery and he had ordered the birthday cake which was white chocolate mousse with orange liqueur in it. It was absolutely delicious.
|Our table of friends|
|The Birthday Boy and his mum|
|Tom L, Tom M, Matt and Adrian|
|Diana, Tom and Fiona|
|Tom and his cake "Legally Responsible" GL: HF - good luck have fun|
|Me with the two Toms|
On my last day in Canberra I caught up my friends from Calwell, Helen and Tracy. I've known Helen and Tracy since our children were at preschool together, Andrew, Carly and Benjamin. Tracy has had a baby since I've been away on Norfolk and I met the appropriately named "Fletcher".
|Helen, me and Tracy with baby Fletcher at the Calwell Club|
|My pride and joy!|
|Tom's Marist friends at APK|
|We had dessert at Goodberry's at Erindale|
In the morning I took a taxi to the airport and was astounded at how different the Canberra Airport has changed in less than a year! It is now huge and looks similar to Melbourne or Sydney. My flight to Melbourne was delayed which made the Norfolk Air ground staff worried that I would not make the flight home.
I was very confused at the airport about where to check in and you could see the relief on the face of the girl at the counter as she was on the phone telling someone that I had finally arrived! I went straight through customs and immigration as I was the only passenger I could see until I got to the gate for my three and a half hour flight home.
Rob and Andrew were at the airport to meet me and it is so nice when staff at the airport say "welcome home" - I just love it here. My two weeks away were fabulous and very busy and I caught up with most people which was great. I had a lovely time but I am happy to be home.