Two weeks after our return home from skiing 3 continents it was time to set off on a family trip to see Mich and Liam in Darwin, Grant, Mira, Arif and Dillan in Bogor, Indonesia and finally Brendan in Melbourne.
Met up with Liam in Darwin where we stayed at the Argus Apartments. The art in their public space had Balinese similarities. Liam and I ‘hung out’ at the pool and in the city spaces while Mich spent her days at a nearby education conference.
This crocodile sculpture is at the Darwin waterfront where we enjoyed an early seafood buffet dinner on our last night.
Fortunately the crocodile is only a sculpture.
Darwin has the most beautiful sunsets in the wet season.
Happy couple here at home in Bogor with this Batik designed cake.
The family spends lots of time here in their large sparkling pool.
Grant and Ra’s home in Bogor is like an oasis in the desert. It is spacious and comes with home help and a driver/maintenence man. Life is very easy until you venture out onto the overcrowded roads!
The lego room is well utilised by Arif and Dillan.
Sunday morning we caught up with family friends at the Novotel for a brunch and a swim for a few hours in the hotel’s exquisite grounds. The four boys had a wonderful play together in the pool.
Little boys having fun with water at Bogor Novotel.
Big boys having fun too!
Ra enjoying her swim in the hotel’s lap pool.
Ra’s Mum came to Bogor to see me. We had great fun enjoying traditional street foods and went out for breakfast and lunch most days – as well as shopping!
Breakfast was chicken congee – delicious!
Lunch was Pecel served in a banana leaf.
The soccer team players are drawn from many nationalities, cultures, religions and ages reflecting the diversity of families at the International School.
Bogor’s Party for the People street parade involved the diverse cultural groups that make up Indonesia. Here Javanese dancers do their stuff. They were followed by Chinese dragon dancers in keeping with Chinese New Year activities.
On the night, most children, including Arif, got a Chinese dragon with illuminated eyes.
Each morning Grant walks the boys to school. Fifteen minutes of exercise for everyone can only be good despite the potholed roads and uneven and absent footpaths which add their own challenges to the walk.
Enjoying memories of a mispent youth and feeling 20 again riding pillion with Grant to the mall.
Returning to Australia Peter and I travelled to Hobart Tasmania for the Servas board meeting and AGM fitting in a visit to the top of windy and cold Mt. Wellington, overlooking Hobart, with Lauren the organisation’s new secretary and her hosts.
Mt. Wellington rises behind Hobart and provides a superb view of this charming city. It seems to have everything you could want except the sun!
Servas current and past key workers, Helen (SA), Nancy and Di (Vic) met up with us for lunch at the MONA gallery overlooking the Derwent River the day after our meetings ended for a post board meeting meeting!
Modern art inside MONA!
An outside art installation in MONA’s grounds.
Modern art again – this time paper.
Very different (and artistic) playground equipment sits here for patrons use.
John and Peter setting off on a demanding bushwalk to Hartzs Peak to look out over the Tasmanian south west wilderness area. It was an iconic rock scrambling day out in the bush with magnificent views and silence.
Dinner at home with Aileen Lynch and family and SI friends. They are now producing wonderful Pinot Noir from the vineyard on their 100acre farm and we tasted quite a bit there. It went well with the local roast lamb, rosemary potatoes, brocolli au gratin and local raspberries for desert. Tasmanian cheeses followed – it’s a great foodies paradise here in Tasmania.
In Launceston we spent a wonderful night with Glenys and David Rich’s at their modern take on a mansion overlooking the Tamar River. So many good friends have found their way to Tasmania and seem to be thriving in this part of Australia. It’s been so good to see old friends from the mainland to share each other’s hearts and lives again.
Returning to Hobart for our flight to Melbourne we stopped for lunch at the spectacular east coast seaside town of Bicheno. A landscape just waiting to be painted!