Monday, 20 April 2009



After a rush trip with a 2 day drive each way and 4 days staying with my dad it was good to be home. At nearly 86 my Dad is doing ok - he has cancer that they won't bother to touch - he wouldn't survive the operation. He can't walk very far on his own so uses a walking stick and a walker - even then he can't go far. I guess it is just the cycle of life.
I can't believe that my first baby Melanie turned 32 on Friday.
We went to a restaurant called 'Soy' in Mornington - very yummy.

Here is Melanie pictured with Riley.

Riley kept himself amused watching videos of himself on his Mummy's (Amy) phone. He had nobody to play with as Lachlan and Chloe were with their Dad for the weekend.


Wouldn't you love to be able to just shove your food in your mouth like Riley - maybe just once.
Saturday night we babysat this little treasure as Amy and Ryan went to see Cirque De Soleil.

I think this dirty faced urchin will wonder in years to come how come his Grandma put a girls bib/feeder on him.


Found this insect on my lemon tree on the weekend.

Love the colours of Autumn/Fall


Lori said...

i hope your baby had a wonderful birthday Alison...i am sorry to hear about your dad...your Riley is so adorable, he looks like he is really enjoying his meal!!! what a cutie:)

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LiLi M. said...

Congrats to your baby! Today 30 years ago my husband and I kissed for the very first time. At that time I thought 30 years was aged, not to say super old. I couldn't even think that anyone could do something for 30 years! Good to hear that your dad is still doing ok given circumstances. And yes I can see the circle of life very clear here. As you enjoy the autumn colors we are enjoying the fresh greens of spring. Have a nice day!

Laura said...

That little guy is adorable. Those babe's remind us to live with gusto! Congrats on your daughter's Birthday. Great photos, the color is beautiful. Glad that you had a chance to visit your Dad. The circle of life indeed.

Unknown said...

A long trip, but a much needed one...
I cant believe how big Riley is now, and so cute! A great photo of him enjoying his food.

Gail McCormack said...

Glad your Dad's OK, I was wondering how things were going. As my 82 year old Dad would say - the not being able to get around is All Part of the Aging Process, as long as they're living somewhere they want to be, that's the main thing.
Happy Birthday to Melanie!! Little Riley is growing more adorable everyday.

Loved your Autmn photos, looks like another beautiful day here today

Lori said...

Alison! Hi dear! Even though we are into Spring here which in Indiana is cold and wet, that leaf was so beutiful! It was kinds funny to see it cause when I do here my daughters wedding day will be drawing near!! Nothing like a hungry little boy to make you smile!! Lori

Stephenie said...

I'm glad you returned safely...I feel horrible for your father.. I hope his spirits are okay...I know often times at work the elderly get very frustrated when they can't walk. It's so hard for them..I hope you're doing okay also... Happy late Birthday to Melanie...That little Riley is just so darn cute...
Have a wonderful week..

NeereAnDear said...

Welcome Home!

Glad you were able to see your dad and had a lovely visit.... Wishing him the best ....

Congrats to your daughter on her Bday ... Riley is adorabel and the life of the party I am sure!!

Hope you are well... your Autumn photos are lovely!!

I too have been going through some rough spots and have been slowly getting back into blogging again...


The Pink Poodle said...

dear alison.....give your dad my love first of all..

Happy birthday to your daughter..seems like april is THE birthday month!
Riley is just sooo cute...(wish they could stay that age for ever..well maybe not!!).

glad you are home safe & well..
(in a bit of a flurry...byron has just rung me to say he has fainted at the optometrists!! of all places..what tha??)..
take care..gotta go...
xx andrea

vicki archer said...

Alison, my Dad is in the same place as yours although he is 93 - somewhat frail but totally together mentally. Riley is adorable as is your daughter, xv.

Anonymous said...

Hi Alison,
I hope Melanie had a great birthday, looks like you all had fun.
I was wondering how your dad was going, I know that the situation in not fabulous but as least he sounds happy.
Riley is such a cutie, although I am glad that my two are past the hands in food stage...although it is rather funny to watch as they squish their way through a meal.
Sarah xxx

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

I bet your dad enjoyed your visit Alison. Lovely family photos too.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

abeachcottage said...

hope your dad is ok and more that you are ok, it's stressful when family has illness, even if you don't think it is, I am dealing with a similar thing right now...

a lovely post, don't you just love those little ones like Riley, i am so broody but thin actually at 38 and with 3 already I just have to wait to be a grandma now


Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Beautiful photos! I love the colors of Fall, but I prefer Spring/Summer weather! Hope all is well with your father.

Alicia ~ Time Worn Style said...

happy birthday Melanie! Love the photos from your garden, supposed to be autumn but feels like winter today!!

Natasha Burns said...

Wow that was a long trip ~ well, short trip but long travel time. I hope your dad is coping ok.
Riley is such a cutie, I can't believe how much he has grown!

Anonymous said...

I am sorry to hear about the condition your dad is in. I hope they can make him comforable!

darling PICTS!

cherry said...

So sorry to hear about your Dad! Your outdoor photos are breathtaking. cherry