Our first summer at Merricks…

These past couple of months have probably been the busiest in my entire life!

We’ve moved into the new house and had builders, painters, carpenters, electricians, plumber, gutter repairmen and gardeners traipsing in and out every week.

Not to mention nannies coming and going, school starting for Finn and Sean, fruit ripening in the orchard, mildew attacking our grapevines, trying to find someone to help us make our wine, university starting last week, some last-minute apartment hunting for a place in the city so that I can spend a couple of nights there during school term!

Here’s a quick summary:

Mark bought me this little car to zip around in. The licence plate reads “MANGO 9”, which is his nickname for me. The ‘9’ is supposed to mean “enough” or “abundance” in Chinese, so I think there’s a message there…

We had to buy hundreds of metres of netting for the vines and put them on ourselves, yes, that mean 1.62m little me and 1.78m tall Mark jumping up and down in between the rows like dwarves on trampolines trying to pull the nets across the 2m tall vines. What a workout!

Chinese New Year came and we nearly forgot about it. Dylan toddled to my handbag and grabbed this red packet out of it, yelling “BA!!!!”. Sharp little cookie!

Mark got me a hammock for Valentines Day, and of course he and Finn were the first to test it out…

We threw out and recycled lots and lots of stuff. Ourselves. Because in Australia, they don’t have karang guni men or daily rubbish removals!

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We saw George Michael in concert at the cavernous Etihad stadium, which was fun, but also a bittersweet experience. Can you believe it’s been 17 years since “Too Funky” came out?
I was 13 then and remember watching the music video over and over again. Those supermodels!

Our garden flourished in summer and we had a profusion of flowers and fruit that nearly knocked me out (literally) because I was allergic to these little fuschia beauties in our front garden….


And now, it’s the start of autumn and the veraison. That’s the turning of the leaves. Look at those beautiful red colours!

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Goodbye, first summer in oz!

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