Dad rang this morning from Oz for a catch up chat – always a pleasure even when he wakes me up.
He started the conversation by saying ‘I see that the garden and kids are going well and how are the 2 new neighbours?’
Yup – the man reads my blog.
I think he’s the only one (apart from Marc) in the family who does. The rest of the family prefers to relax outside and leave computers for work.
My 3 brothers, sister and Mum all live in the Northwest of Western Australia. Eamonn & Sean are in Exmouth (about 1000 miles north of Perth) and Liam, Siobhain and Mum live in Karratha – a 6 hours drive from Exmouth.
I visited them all during Late 2007 until February 2008. I get to see them every 2 to 3 years and spend a week or so in each town catching up.
So – here is a bit of a rogues gallery from my Oz trip.
Dad, my stepmum Liz and moi on Xmas day.
My step brother Bruce and his wife Ploy
Dad with Bruce and Ploy’s son Leo. For some reason he always smiled when he saw me.
My truly wonderful sis Siobhain and me. I’m the eldest (49 on July 26 – just send champagne) and she’s the youngest (40). The female bookends of the family.
My Pa teaching me woodwork.
I got to play with the power tools – routers are tricky little buggers.
Liam and Eamonn meeting at a roadhouse hundreds of miles from anywhere. Eam (he’s 11 months younger than me) drove me 3hours to this place from Exmouth – and – Liam (6 years younger than big sis) drove 3 hours down from Karratha to pick me up. Love my brothers.
Eam and his wife Gail at one of the many Exmouth beaches. Being the great brother he is – he’s packed champagne for his sis. Oh yeh – and a chair so I wouldn’t get sandy – God what a Princess!
Life’s not all chairs and champagne folks – I also got to single kayak with Eam. I’m going to buy one and paddle the Ballinamore canal.
Me and Eam – the eldest. The one’s the parents get to experiment on before they give up their learners permits. Eam is a wonderful man and a really exceptional manager. He’s Fire Chief on the base in Exmouth.
Eam & Gail and Sean (3 years younger than me) and his wife Wendy – around their pool on new years eve.
I laughed soo much that night and really loved their company.
Sean – one of the funniest men I know.
Sean, me & Eam. In the 4 weeks I was in Exmouth and Karratha I had to stay indoors during the day as the temps were soooo high – 45 to 50C.
In the evenings in Exmouth we would wander over to Seans pool and I just became the water baby sipping on – you guessed it – champagne.
Dinner on close to my last night in Exmouth. Gail, niece Sam (Wendy’s daughter), nephew Jake (Sean’s son) & Wendy.
Sean dropped us off in his limo when the cab we ordered didn’t turn up – bummer. When he’s not being a firefighter – he and his wife run a bus and limo hire service. He is an amazing entrepreneur who just sees niche markets where other people see – nothing.
First night in Karratha and Liam, his wife Janine and their 2 girls Emma & Jesse came over to Siobhain & Troys (and their 2 kids- Caleb & Bridie) with Mum and me.
Sis, Bridie & Troy
Me and yup – a glass of champagne.
Do you sense a theme? Clever you.
The youngest nephews and nieces – Bridie, Jesse, Caleb & Emma. Gorgeous, bright and really loving kids. A delight to know.
Bridie, me and Caleb- yes it’s official – I am a princess.
More champagne – now.
You know how they say that daughters eventually grow up to be like their mothers?
I’m afraid- very afraid.
The girls got the brains.
Liam is actually very very bright and one of the kindest people I know.
Mum, Liam & Janine on Ma’s 72 birthday – 2008.
Me and bro Marc in Singapore. I hope to be back there doing some SKIL2 and Life Dreaming work in November. Marc gets my champagne theme – for the 4 nights I stayed on my way back to Ireland – he poured me different French champagnes each night.
I’m a lucky sister.
Me & Mary- one of my dearest friends. She visited Ballinamore this year and she and her husband John treated me like a princess when I stayed with them in Perth.
Me & Lisa. We’ve known each other 30 years and have had adventures that would make you smile. This is on the terrace of her home on 30 acres in the hills of Perth.
Both Mary and Lisa have changed their career directions in the last year or so – they are wonderful and inspiring women who take no prisoners.
Is that a glass of champagne I spy? Oh yeh.
So dear reader- there’s a quick glimpse of the people I love most in the world.
I miss them.
And I know that they are living their lives with passion, integrity and a wry sort of delight.