we have landed for Christmas in gorgeous Melbourne, 33 Green st...
Alex met us at the airport...wearing an apron with a kilted scotsman on the front- he got some funny looks, but we appriciated it!
Andree (sister), Jo-Ann (mum) and Bella (dog) were all here when we ariived at the house. They are really great, friendly, good to chat to and a nice wee family to be with! Last night Rose and I found out that the family isn't so wee, we went to a christmas family dinner and I was Chatting to the Italian grandfather, who landed in Australia years ago, with a family gathering of 27 people, so you can imagine how that has expanded! last night was just a small gathering however!
We met with Rose's sister's godmother's son, Charles, yesterday... Rose found it pretty crazy to see him on the other side of the world! we all went for a drink and a good bit of catching up was done! the night before we had a BBQ at Alex's friends house, and we all took a stroll down to the beach before food was cooked.
we would also like to mention that we visited Taronga zoo in Sydney last weeek and it was Amazing! so many strange and wonderfull creatures... creepy and slimy ones too- but at least they were behind glass!!! Rose, Hannah, Ed, Rosie and I all went, so we had a group of us to enjoy the day with! we saw a sleeping coala(haha how unusal of them to be sleeping =p) the seal show was fantastic, and the bird show was really cool...! 3 meter wing span vulture flying over your head- bit of a shock! but the coolest by far was the Kangaroos, we got to walk through there enclosure and that meant you could get pretty close... but we stayed on the designated paths and took pictures.. I tried to give one a hug, Rose brought me to my senses haha!
Our last couple of days with the Freemans were well spent, checking out watsons bay, eating calamari (very tasty) and looking around parts of the local area! Rose's other 2nd cousins, Elizabeth and her daughter Katherine were also staying with the Freemans last week, just for two nights, it was nice for me to meet them also, and great for Rose to see them again! We have both loved Staying with the Freemans, a lovely family, and great way to strengthen up some family bonds, we are looking forward to seeing Isabella over our way in the near future!!!
now we are deciding on New Year plans, so it's all pretty exciting at the moment, but before that we have christingle (I would call it secret santa if that helps) with the family, and Rose has one of the cousins, so we are working on what to get this person we havent met yet!!!!!!!!!!! 17 year old boy in a band... any clues?
Anyway, it's a nice sunny day, so will catch up again soon
much love xxx