After a wonderful house sit not far from, and many happy hours spent at, Chateau Versailles, we came home singing it's praises. A dear friend tucked our stories into her memory banks, and surprised me with a copy of The Gardener of Versailles by Alain Baraton for Christmas.
I so love it when the koalas make an appearance in the trees adjoining our yard. I can sit for hours watching their sleepy antics, them moving so quickly from branch to branch, reaching out to touch another koala's hand. I hope you enjoy sharing our view of them.
as a family member's illness has kept us close to home.
This December we said goodbye to a dearly beloved member of our family. A couple of weeks prior to Christmas, my brother, sister and I held our dear mum's hand, as she passed away.
She was always one who loved creating a beautiful Christmas for her family, and so this year we carried on the tradition with her in our hearts.
As this year draws to an end, we wish you joy,
and time with those who matter.
We decided to start going slow on our trips back and forth to Queensland and this time stopped off at Ballina and Coffs Harbour. If you're headed through Coffs, stop off at Coffs Yachties at The Jetty for a treat. Great view, food, service, can't speak highly enough of it.
Facebook does come in handy for some things, a friend posted something she had seen at The Pompeii exhibit, and I was glad she did as I wanted to visit that while we were in Sydney. So we headed off to Darling Harbour. The Maritime Museuem is really worth a visit if you have time, we were so impressed with the area.
The exhibit, as is all of the museum, very well curated. We were a little disappointed to see only a few actual treasures from Pompeii, but the way it was displayed, was excellent. We discovered that a lot of the items were plaster casts of the original. However still an excellent exhibit.
however I wouldn't mind this coming to live at my house.
Time to wander on and out to see if Kevin's grandfather's boat was still at The Maritime Museum...
Rival was in Kevin's family for many years. Rival is a 16' skiff built in 1928 by Harold Griffin at the Spit Middle Harbour, she sailed for more than 40 years at Middle Harbour Skiff club.
It held the record for the most wins in any season, and earned the title of 'ghost ship' for it's uncanny ability to overtake the rest of the fleet in light airs.