Posts Tagged ‘family’

Longforde – the Video

// March 28th, 2008 // 5 Comments » // Life

My mum has made this fantastic video of her house in Greytown. It looks gorgeous! And a few piccies of Sam & Jessica’s wedding for ya right at the end.

Greytown House for Sale

// March 13th, 2008 // 5 Comments » // Life

LongfordeMy maman is selling her house in Greytown as she is coming over the Tasman also. It’s an absolutely gorgeous property.

“Longforde” is a spacious 5 bedroom Victorian homestead, encircled by verandahs, on 3 acres of established gardens and pasture with uninterrupted views of the Tararuas. The house is bordered with white roses and green lawns and framed by two large walnut trees.

See more photos and deets here and pass it on to anyone you think might be interested.

Our house will be back on the market next week too after the whole Joneses debacle. Stay tuned!

Me Me Me

// March 3rd, 2008 // 1 Comment » // Life, Study

I’ve had a crazy few days – the sadness of losing Nana last Wed, then the joy of the Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday night, the nerves of starting uni today, and now heading off to NZ tomorrow for three days for Nana’s funeral.

Mardi Gras was wonderful. We had tickets to the BGF Glamstand so there was seating, a bar and most importantly, toilets! Worth every penny of the $120. It was so heartwarming being back amongst the gays after four years away. And we got to catch up with our dear Melbourne friends Julie & Georgia – also realising it was 10 years since we met them when we were all Marching Xenas together in the 1998 Mardi Gras (and you too Lynne!). I think we will have to go in it again next year – I can ride my Honda Spacy in the Dykes on Bikes. Then we met up with ACP & Den for late night Japanese and a ride home.

The first day of university went pretty well. I did seem to be the only mature aged student in my physics lecture however! Uh oh. Physics seems pretty dry, I was having flashbacks to sixth form when I was bored out of my mind with forces and masses and velocities. Oh well, gotta try and ace it this time! And I got the credit I was after for my VUW courses, all except one paper I will now have to do in the second semester. I’m pretty happy though.

Then tomorrow at 5am I have to be at Sydney Airport ready to fly to Auckland with my brother Jake. We’re driving down to Hamilton for Nana’s funeral on Wednesday. Hopefully I will get a morning in Auckland on Thursday and then back to Sydders. I’ll try my hand at some mobile blogging while I’m away!

RIP Nana

// February 29th, 2008 // 3 Comments » // Life

Margaret Clothier, 1939

My Nana, Margaret Walker (nee Clothier), passed away peacefully yesterday in Hamilton, New Zealand. She was a grand lady who was passionate about religion, politics and her family. I have so many childhood memories of school holidays spent at her and Poppa’s house in Woodstock Road, Hamilton. She always fed us so well! The most delicious porridge ever and grapefruits from the tree in the back garden.

Nana and I were on opposite sides of the political spectrum – she was a diehard fan of Robert Muldoon and was shocked when I went on a Springbok tour march at the age of 12! – but I always appreciated her deep interest in politics. In another era, she would have made a great politician herself! I was always afraid to come out to her because of her firm Methodist views, but when I finally did (much too late!), she was very accepting and embraced me and my relationships. She loved her great-grandchildren Archie & Harry and had a great respect for Jan.

I will be attending the funeral in Hamilton next week. It’s the end of an era, and means I now have no living grandparents. It will be a sad occasion but good to catch up with the extended Walker clan. And I know that Nana wanted nothing more than to go and join her husband Andy.

Happy travels Nana! We will miss you.

Little Dragon

// February 29th, 2008 // 2 Comments » // Kids, Life

Taekwondo Harry #1

Harry has signed up for preschool martial arts classes. We’re hoping it will teach him a bit of self control and discipline, not to mention having lots of fun kicking things. He’s going to Little Dragons Taekwondo. I went along for the first lesson and it was so cute! A great female instructor who was wonderful with the little kids. He got a free uniform and he is very proud of his white belt. Next lesson tomorrow morning – I will post some pics of him in his uniform. [Updated 3 March with uniform pic!]

Post-Emigration Update!

// February 22nd, 2008 // No Comments » // Kids, Life

Uniform Archie #2We’re settling in pretty well in the new land. In some ways it’s like we’ve never been away! The new house is a ramshackle beast, very roomy, set amongst a tangled jungle of weeds and exotic plants. I spotted a blue tongued lizard yesterday near the letter box but it quickly vanished into the undergrowth. There will definitely be some lizard hunts! On the downside, the landlords seem a little reluctant to spend any money fixing a couple of glaring issues (dishwasher doesn’t work, flooding in hallway when it rains). If we could get those sorted out, it’d be damn near perfect!

Archie has started at his new school, Marrickville West PS. All going well so far though he is only attending 2 hours a day over this transition period. It should start increasing soon. Harry is lucky to have found a spot for two days a week as there is a real shortage of preschooler places in the Inner West. He’s going to a child care centre which is a little more pricey but he can attend longer hours for those two days. We’ll see how it works out.

I have been working pretty much as usual, though as we haven’t had teh internets at home, I have been travelling into the city to a desk kindly loaned to me by a mate in Kent St. It has been great being in the hustle and bustle but the commuting is a bummer – either a half hour walk to the train station and then another half hour on the train; or a fifty minute bus ride, standing up most of the way. Still gotta suss that out, there must be a better way! Finally we have teh internets now so I am setting up shop in the basement room.

The BeastHave been enjoying all the stuff Sydney has to offer such as Ikea, much fun with the gays (Fair Day and Mardi Gras Parade coming up), slow traffic and the Marrickville Metro. Haven’t really caught up with any of our mates here yet but that will come now that we are finally settled!

Oh, and we have a nice new car nicknamed “The Beast” (or sometimes “Shrek” as it is large and green). It’s a 4WD Mitsubishi Delica van, seats seven, all the seats fold up to make it a van, or fold flat so you can sleep in it. We love it! But have to pick our parking buildings carefully as it is very tall – doesn’t fit in a 2m high gap.

New Residence

// January 15th, 2008 // 1 Comment » // Life

Our new house on Google EarthThanks to the efforts of my darling Sydney side of the family, we have a house to go to when we arrive there in a couple of weeks’ time. It is slightly disconcerting that we have seen NO photos or plans of it – the estate agents didn’t put any up. The best I’ve done is the view to the left, taken from Google Earth. Nice roof.

However by all accounts it is very big with a huge garden and even a view of the Harbour Bridge from the master bedroom. And the name of the street is Wellington Road, so it’s clearly destiny.

We’re very happy and looking forward to settling into the lovely suburb of Earlwood. Much appreciation goes to Dins, Ned, Rosie & Jake!

Merry Festive Wishes!

// December 21st, 2007 // 1 Comment » // Life

Hope y’all have a spankingly good festive season, wherever you may be. We are going to my brother’s wedding on Sunday in the Wairarapa and then sliding right on into Christmas. Hopefully everyone will be able to relax a bit once the wedding is past. At the moment the extended family is in rather a state of stress! Archie & Harry are really looking forward to Christmas though of course, so t’will be fun to experience it with them.

Elf Yourself

// December 4th, 2007 // 3 Comments » // Internets, Life

Some festive family fun! Click to view

Elf Yourself

Big Announcement

// November 30th, 2007 // 2 Comments » // Life

Jems Migration

Well, most of my readers probably already know the news, but I think it’s time to make it official.

We are moving back to Sydney! In January. I have decided to try and achieve a dream to go to medical school. Unfortunately Wellington does not have a medical school, so the options were either Auckland or Dunedin, or to return to Australia. And financially it makes a lot more sense for us to be across the ditch.

We are very sad to be leaving this fair city and will miss all our friends and family heaps. But we are also excited to be returning to become Sydneysiders again and to see all our family and friends over there! Especially now that Little Johnny has gone and our Kev has taken the reins of power.

Now it’s just a mad rush trying to sell houses, rent houses, pack things, ship things, ship pets, find schools and all the associated issues.