Recently, in a mad jumble of chaos and confusion well coordinated and executed attack, my sister and I surprised our parents for their 60th.
I took a bunch of photos but didn't put them on my laptop due to the constant dramas I've been having downloading photos from the camera (keep losing connection, and the closer I get to finishing the import the more it breaks) and also the internet connection on Christmas Island is so agonisingly slow that photos would have taken aeons to upload anyway. So now having gotten back to Perth and back onto my desktop, after struggling with importing 227 photos for the last two hours, I'm going to do one of those big long photo posts that is going to exasperate my sister.
Don't worry, I'm not posting all of them.
Albert the robber crab who lives under the house came out for a quick visit. I don't know how to take photos at night so apologies for the blurriness.
Cake made by my incredibly talented aunty (Mum's sister). Everything but candles edible.
It was a 60s themed party. I didn't get/lost the memo. Not sure who had my camera.
The spread. Tasty food was tasty.
Not sure but I think they were trying for a disco or something. Looked much better in real life :) (also did I mention my inability to take photos at night?)
Mum makes awesome desserts. Here we have chocolate cheesecake with strawberries. Think it was the 3rd round of dessert for the 60th birthday.
Parents had a collection of 8 pumpkins on the patio. They're all the type that are supposed to be round. This one was not.
Lily Beach. Wrong setting + slow lens = too dark. Exposure adjusted in Pixelmator, avoided blowing sky away, too lazy to do more work :P
Boobies! Taken from the lookout on Lily Beach.
Tao searching for beach treasure
Booby bird with chick at Margaret Knoll.
Exploring the very shallow cave at Greta Beach. Left the kids with the grandparents as it was quite rough. We both got wet and neither of us were geared for swimming
Cave access from the inside
This looked much cooler than my meagre skills suggest
The kids had fun splashing around in the water and building and decorating sand mounds with the insane amount of trash that gets washed onto this particular beach
There was this cool looking fossil at the base of the stairs at Greta Beach. Stairs you ask? What stairs?
These stairs. Back in MY day we didn't have these new-fangled stair contraptions, we got down to the beach with ropes and a rickety old ladder. I exaggerate not.
Was a bit of a fly-by disorganised surprise visit but everything was great as per usual. I really do enjoy being home. Wonder if I can afford another 2 week trip this time next year to escape winter do taxes (was there at the right time to catch the accountants and it was a lot easier for Sprat and I to do our partnership and individual tax returns in one hit).