Monthly Archives: July 2016

East of Eden – Day 9 – Home

Up early, damn, still can't find the missing key card for the hotel room. Come on, boys, come on, the bags are in the car, we need to be going. Driving, breakfast in Goulburn, driving, feeling drained. Pull over an hour short of the airport to splash water on face and take a cold & [...]

By | 2016-08-15T09:08:45+00:00 July 11th, 2016|Diary, Family|0 Comments

East of Eden – Day 8 – Questacon

I had plans: Questacon, Parliament House, the National Gallery if we had time. After breakfast in Tuggeranong, we made it to Questacon at about 10am. And that was the day. We left when it closed, at 5pm. We did not even stop for lunch. I couldn't shift them. By 4pm I was sitting in the [...]

By | 2016-08-15T09:19:31+00:00 July 9th, 2016|Diary, Family|0 Comments

East of Eden – Day 7 – Walking, Walking

Not the best day, although I suspect that I feel it most. Into the city, and there have been changes in the 20 years since I was last here. The most obvious is the sprawling enclosed mall that now essentially comprises the eastern city centre. It's clean, modern, has good toilets (not a trivial thing [...]

By | 2016-07-27T18:15:32+00:00 July 9th, 2016|Diary, Family|0 Comments

East of Eden – Day 6 – Cousins

I'm going to be brief today - it's already tomorrow as I write. The day started with another breakfast meeting. We must be in Sydney. This time it's Jill, my favourite cousin, with her daughter Rhianna and friend, Nadine. Rhianna, a thirteenish collection of acute angles when I saw her last, is now a poised [...]

By | 2016-07-27T18:11:05+00:00 July 8th, 2016|Diary, Family|0 Comments

East of Eden – Day 2 – Social Climbing

A busy day and late to bed should presage a good night's sleep. Alas for the unfamiliar sounds of a hotel air conditioning system in need of maintenance and the familiar sensations of repeated knees and elbows to the soft parts delivered by a six-year-old who, like a flower tracking the sun, seems [...]

By | 2016-07-04T07:30:27+00:00 July 3rd, 2016|Diary, Family|0 Comments

East of Eden – Day 1 – Three Men and a Vote

Under 7 football (a win), a federal election (result pending), arancini and a flight to Sydney for me and the boys. A fullish day. It certainly started well. The conditions were classic football, Australian version. There had been rain to clean the air and the world, and so the game was played in those fine, [...]

By | 2017-05-17T00:08:34+00:00 July 2nd, 2016|Diary, Family|0 Comments