Sunday, April 12, 2015

Tennis is back Pilates is not....

Congratulations to my Pilates teacher Karen on the birth of her first baby, a son named Edward. My intention to keep stretching at home has fizzled out without her direction. Kaz said she would be back soon but I hope she enjoys being at home with little Eddie for quite a while.

We had a really good game of tennis on Thursday night, we just had one week off for Easter but it felt like ages and it was really good to get back into it. A win for Paul and I (our first as a partnership) and a close loss for John and I.

Next weekend a new adventure for Running Buddy and I as we prepare for our first city trail run.

And I saw that the injured cyclist recovered to compete in National waterskiing championships and win several of her age divisions. Good recovery Lucy, well done.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Jogger witnesses cyclist hit by car...

Yep, while I was out 'jogging' I saw a girl get knocked off her bike at the roundabout. I ran over to help her and luckily she wasn't badly hurt and was more distressed about the damage to her expensive racing bike than the grazes on her arms and legs.
It was quite disconcerting to witness but was glad I was able to comfort her until her Mum came to take her and her mangled bike home.
Hopefully she is out on the road riding again soon.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hayley moved out...

I am slowly reclaiming the house after Hayley moved out.  She found a one bedroom flat in Ascot Vale so will be close to her job in the city and her friends. The first time for her living on her own, and she is liking it already.

Amazingly it next door to a block of flats that Big Sister lived in about 35 years ago.

We packed up her small amount of furniture and belongings and helped her settle in. I am resisting the urge to take over and fix things up for her. She is now beginning to feel grown up as she organises things for herself and establishes herself as an independent person. Erin was asking what would be left for her to take when she moves out. My mind cannot comprehend that concept just yet but I reassured her that there would be just as much help for her as there has been for Hayley. For Callum too if and when he is ready to be independent.

She is such a gorgeous girl and we will miss her big presence in the house everyday. Somehow I feel differently than I did when she lived locally. This is a different feeling than when she was overseas for all that time too. This feels a bit more permanent than previous arrangements and I need to step back and appreciate the job we have done as parents to get her to this point and to recognise her part in it as well.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Run 4 the Kids 2015

A sunny warm day greeted us for what was to be my 3rd time participating in this big event. I wasn't going to do it again but it was the 10th  anniversary of the event and Melissa's first time.

We had half heartedly trained for this one knowing the hills and bridges pretty well. My race was not spectacularly good and the Bolte bridge beat me again. I am yet to conquer it and may never. It will be my nemesis from here on.

When people ask me how was the race was I say it was a great day. It wasn't a great run but I am still grateful to be able to run, grateful to be part of such an iconic event.

Monday, March 2, 2015

New shoes...

and course they are running shoes.

My Asics shoes were worn down by the 700kms I've run in them since last January. It was time to hang them in my hall of fame. Time to get more support for my pronating feet

I had an excellent day at the Running Company store in Geelong where the attentive salesgirl had me running on the treadmill first with bare feet then in my old shoes then in new shoes. Based on Claire's recommendation and video analysis I am now the proud owner of Brooks Ravenna shoes.

Many more kilometres to come.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Wyndham Fun Run...

This is the kind of running photo I like.

we pulled out the matching City2Sea tops to look the part

We look good. We look ready.

We ran our first 10k for the year. It has taken us til the 1st of March to go this far. Fitting as this is the beginning of Autumn, the hard Summer running will become a memory. Running in hot windy weather is hard work and not my favourite kind.  But we had a good day and have got our heads together to plan out a few more runs. Next one is Run 4 Kids in just 3 weeks. Some more matching tops to come.

Last night we experienced the closest thing to a cyclone/hurricane I've ever had. The wind was phenomenal, We had branches come flying off and a back fence down. I was amazed the big gum tree didn't come down. Our other smaller trees were parallel with the ground but managed to spring back up. The sound of chainsaws and mulchers echoed around the neighbourhood today. Thankfully no injuries or major damage. Quite scary and intense.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tennis & running & heat...

Running Buddy & I have struggled to get back our form after Christmas indulgences and the hot weather hasn't helped, not that we have had that much hot weather but it seems whenever we have an opportunity to get out and run it turns it on.

We have started doing Parkrun on a Saturday morning. These free timed runs are held on Saturday mornings around the World and a brand new group was launched in Melton. I had been wanting to participate in a Parkrun but the closest was Point Cook. We attended the launch and ran 5k along Toolern Creek on a very hot morning.

this is indicative of current form and the hot morning

2nd time was a bit better
we are working towards longer distances and avoiding photographers. Part of Parkrun is to volunteer in a role to keep the event going and free. I'm going to do my stint on Saturday as Running Buddy has to work and we are participating in the Wydham Fun Run on Sunday morning with Mel. This is our first 10k for the year so hopefully the conditions will be right for us to achieve that.

Cardio tennis is back on and I've also played a couple of tournaments on very hot days. Club championships were a test of endurance and we didn't end up as champions...except in our own minds.

Friday, January 30, 2015


The house is bursting at the seams, there doesn't seem to be any space and it's noisy and busy. The girls are reacquainting in a noisy way. We had gotten used to the quiet.

Hayley has secured herself a full time job so will be moving closer to the city when she has some money behind her.

And the house will return to normal.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A big event...

A big event has passed by quietly. It probably deserved a big celebration and some great photos. But neither happened.

We marked our 30th wedding anniversary in a bit of shock. Shock that this momentous day had arrived. Shock that we had made it. We spent a good part of the day saying to each other '30 years hey, can you believe it?' or 'did you imagine 30 years ago that this would happen?'

We're now up for another 30, we'll be in our 80's so with good health we could manage it.Strong possibility that we could still have our children living with us still...

best most recent pic
We had a funny conversation recently with our 'children' ..."but we are not children" they protested but what to call your offspring when they are adults??? I will always refer to them collectively as our children. Having Hayley living with us has been fun and we have had quite a few good laughs at different things. The house is bursting at the seams with 5 adults living here and when Erin goes back to school this week and Hayley starting her job the morning routine will have to be slick.

Monday, January 26, 2015

We had a holiday...

We set off in high spirits

and set up our camp site in with a bit of help.

The first day was sunny but cool for our after dinner beach walk
The next day was a bit warmer and when Liam arrived we headed to the beach. I put my bathers on but was not quite tempted to go into the water. It looked nice but when they ventured back out

 they were frozen.

The sunset that night was lovely as it sunk beyond the Moyne River.

 The next 2 days saw strong winds that battered the tent until it was laying sideways and rain storms saw us mopping up drips inside the tent. We retreated into the annex and did puzzles while keeping an eye out for flapping things.

After an exhausting 2 days of being bombarded the sun did come out again and we headed out to the Lighthouse to do some rock hopping. Some of us did better at that activity than others but refused to go for an Xray stating he had already seen the inside of the Port Fairy Hospital.

The fireworks at midnight topped off a quiet New Years Eve.

In the morning these little friends had appeared, seems someone had a pretty good NYE.

Some rain on New Years day did not stop us from visiting the market. The rain cleared so we could enjoy the duck races

the queue for the icecream shop was insane

One more hot day and then it was time to pack up and head home

and leave these guys waiting for the next campers...