Friday, 25 April 2008

Back to work
So this is the scene here at Schloss Zed, now that our lovely week-and-a-bit of family visits is over. Sunny but sad!First to arrive last week, from Australia, were David's brother and sister, Jeff and Heather, and Heather's husband, Peter.Then Lily flew in on Saturday night, so for the first time in a while, most of the Zeds were all together, for brekkie at the Hotel Del Coronado, above and below ... ... dinner at the Bondi (of course!), walks along the Mission Beach boardwalk ... ... and with the dogs on the beach at Del Mar ...... cricket at the park (hard to believe they're brothers, isn't it?)... and lots of family yarning.
Then, just a couple of hours before Lily left, my cousin, Duncan, and his partner Amy — below — arrived from British Columbia on their way to New Mexico. Here they are in the weird and wonderful desert garden at Balboa Park in San Diego yesterday.
It was only the second time we'd ever met — and the first time was over sixteen years ago — so it was great to meet this branch of my family and discover such similar interests in music, art, books and lots more. They were such easy, enthusiastic guests, and needed just time and sunshine to thaw out after their Canadian winter, and a chance to unwind after busy jobs and the stress of packing up and driving south down the interstate-5 for a couple of days to get to us.
Now Lily's back at college in Olympia up north, Jeff's back in Perth, Heather and Peter are in New York on their way to Hong Kong, and Duncan and Amy are on the interstate-8 heading east for Arizona.
But it was so wonderful to see so much of our family!


Natalie said...

You are enticing me to get out and see the town. I am so happy you have had such a full and happy time with family.

Anonymous said...

How wonderful to have such a large family and be able to get so many of them together. I'm so pleased you've had such a great time.

Karen said...

Such a beautiful picture of Lily and the dogs!