A long time coming, I was finally able to introduce my family to my Grandma. This was the first time she had met any of my loves, including Errol!
Grandma had moved house since I last visited her and the home of my childhood memories that my grandfather built wasn’t there. But my soft and funny grandma and many of the things that I remember in that lovely old home were. The strange things that trigger your memories of childhood like a spinning wheel and half finished tapestries and the soft, happy chuckle of my grandma, cooing at my children exactly in the same way I remember her doing to me.
We drive from Sydney to Canberra and stay with online friends become real life friends. On the drive Florin is unsettled so I move back to sit with him and watch him, wondering what he’s thinking about. Sometimes I feel so perplexed by this son. Someone I love so much but don’t know so many things about. The older two I’ve gotten to really know, I feel in sync with how they might respond and what delights their hearts but this one? A mystery in many ways yet. As his character emerges and he grows more like his boy version and less like his baby version I feel almost enraptured watching him wondering quietly (and affectionately) at his side “who are you?”.
By some force conspiring to make me think creatively, the two last times we visited Sydney, we’ve done so without a battery for our DSLR. How this happens twice in the same city we’re trying to be tourists at – I do not know. But I am happy to report that unlike last time, no time was wasted being melancholy. A quick snap on our GO PRO and then adventures on ferry’s, in restaurants and eating desserts.
Amy & Stefan don’t have a TV or an iPad but one of ours sneaks in and I love the relaxed way our families pile together to watch goodness knows what. Easy going friends who always welcome us (and our errant devices) into their home and don’t mind watching some Aladdin curled up together.
Because of any cool cats that read this here blog we were given the amazing opportunity to drive a brand new Ford Territory and report back on it here. It’s surreal that these sort of opportunities are given to us and I am so thankful to everyone here who makes that possible, we feel pretty damn lucky that you all haven’t gotten sick of us yet.
I thought what I had to say regarding our experience driving the Ford Territory would be best said “in person”. So here we all are in video version. You should watch it! (choosing HD makes it better).
Thanks to Kidspot and Ford Australia I also have a $500 Temple & Webster voucher to bribe you all with to comment below saying that Ford should let us keep the car. I am joking. To enter, simply let us know in 25 words or less in the comment section below: where would you like to road trip to?
Entry is open to Australian residents 18 years and older. Entries will be judged on level of awesomeness and creativity, so be fun! Giveaway closes at 23:59 AEST 27th October 2014.
For full T&Cs look over here.
* edited to add *
The winner of this giveaway was Em Casey x
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