Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Canynge Road basement flat - 7 June 2011

Thanks for all our friends around world who want to see more of the kitchen basement flat as the kitchen is being fitted. Will update the blog with more footage as it takes shape. And it is, of course, Emma's flat!!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Liz's 70th - Abergavenny - 4 June 2011

The Kilpatricks used to schlep up to Wales for family holidays, many years ago when the kids were small - how apt then that Avergavenny was chosen by Nic, Jon and Mo to celebrate Liz's 70th, which was early in 2011.

 Manolo like Mum's "big hair"!!

The Walnut Tree was fantastic, in every way. They dealt with an often lively, disperate group of 18, even if we had only booked 15! Ages ranged from the wee Manolo to the ancient Ian. All diets and tastes were catered for expertly. The cottages were very cosy, and the spiral staircases ensured that the residents didnt have too much grog before negotiating the perilous climb to bed. The hearty few went out for a walk, some took the chilled option.
It was the first time in a long while the Kay and Liz's extended families were together in the same room, with all three grandkids - Ewan, Brandon and Manolo. Those present were:-
Liz and Ian
Us, Nicky and Stuey
Jon, Verity and Ewan
Mo and Steve
Kay and Howard
Jenny and Dave
Charlotte, David, Brandon and Manolo

Many family traits are demonstrated on this blog entry:-
Jenny's love of cameras and videos
Kay's cholesterol
Howard's diet
Dave's grey hair
Ewans good looks, which clearly come from his mother
Steve's bravery and good nature - he was thrown into the lions den this weekend, to be sure

KT's 5th birthday party - 15 May 2011

Stuart's last day in Melbourne was Sunday 15th May - there could surely be not better way to spend it than to go to Katie's tinker bell and dinosaur party!! Stuey was seriously considering coming along as a fairy, but could find enough net curtain.

There was fun for the little one and the grown ups. That crazy game where you beat the hell out of some cardboard and crepe paper creation to get at the choccies is always good for a larf. First the kids wear themselves out (often a good idea), then the adults look really stupid as they take over....and fail!!

Musical cushions wasnt without its tears. Some took the lack of cushion and elimination a little like those on Australias Got Talent!

The cake was a barbie doll, sans legs, with a delicious dress.

And Chandelle, the face painter, was very popular with kids and adults alike!

Melbourne - April and May 2011

We were both in Melbourne in early 2011. Nic had a trip to the Kids to continue her cleft project data collection and Stuey did the Opera Australia Autumn (note for Northern Hemisphere readers, April is NOT Spring) season, with Orchestra Victoria. Nic went first, we overlapped by a week or so, the Stuey stayed for almost two months.

Matthew and Thomas will no doubt be on a blog entry in September as we are going to THE wedding of the year in Switzerland. Matty reckons this photo looks like one of the cut out pictures you get by the seaside, where you stick your head thro the hole...

We met the latest huge de Korte male to enter the world, our godson Nick. He might look small right now, but he is on target to be at least as big as Harry and Jack, who a big lads. Its going to cost Ro and Caro a lot in potatos over the years

Stuey had a wonderful time with the OV dudes. Two months may seem like a long time, but its hard to get round everyone - he did his best. Linus clearly knows what to do with an iPhone! And as the remaining shots will attest, Stuey had a good time with OV!!

It was a wonderful trip - Nicky was worried about whether Stuart would actually get on the plane back to the UK. She had every right to be worried!