So now you know..... stroke my ego and I shall provide blog-fodder! :-)
A little news before I carry on with the catch-up. A promotion finally came through for Scott! One of the Project Supervisors resigned and they asked Scott to fill his shoes. This guy has been supervising a really large project for one of the major insurance firms (think Old Mutual) for the past year or so. Scott took over the position last Tuesday and has already been given 2 additional projects to oversee and they're talking about another one. He's having a blast! He's now finally in a position to effect some of the changes which he's been thinking of since we arrived. So, it took him just short of 4 months! LOL! We all knew he'd make a huge success of this!
I took on a half day job at a plumbing company down the road in the middle of last month. Zero stress, half decent money, great bunch of people and okay hours. The only real complaint is that the hours are are from 10am to 2pm - right smack bang in the middle of the day. I would've preferred to start early and finish early - that way my "free" time would've been a large chunk of time in one go instead of two small bits on either side of my 4 hours of work.
So when a South African businessman offered me a job last week, I went in to see him and today accepted his offer of a job as production manager for his manufacturing line. The business manufactures bags and outdoor lifestyle stuff (tote bags, cooler bags, BBQ kits, loungers, camping chairs, etc) which it then sells on to promotions companies. Basically the promo companies order for their clients and the company then sorts out the artwork and manufactures to order. The company started in ZA and still does most of the stuff for Pick 'n Pay, Makro, etc. The company's also just landed the contract to do all of the FIFA-branded stuff worldwide (this includes the 2010 world cup stuff). So it's not a small company! I'm quite excited - it's going to be a great challenge and the money's not half bad with a review in 3 months time. I start next Monday. Tomorrow's going to be difficult - I have to hand in my notice at the plumbers. They're a wonderful bunch of people and I feel terrible doing this to them. But as they say...... gotta look after numero uno!
Our container arrived! Woooohooo!!!! :-) Now this place feels a bit more like home. All that hard work paid off - scrubbing bikes and shoes with toothbrushes and meths, vacuuming camping gear inside and out, etc. We cleared customs and quarantine without a problem but Pickfords charged us a bit extra because the access to our apartment was difficult. But everything went smoothly and not one breakage! :-) I managed to unpack everything in one day - it was exhausting but extremely rewarding.
And two days later, my folks arrived for the start of their Aussie holiday. They stayed with us for just over a week before they took the train up to my brother on the Gold Coast. They both arrived with bad head/chest colds. Scott & I were just getting over mild colds of our own so there was much coughing and spluttering! I'm actually not going to get into this now 'cos I've got pics which I'll post further down the line as part of a catch up post.
This coming Friday we've got our ex neighbours from Pinelands and very good friends - Penny & Tony - stopping over in Sydney for a few days. They've been hanging out on a beach in Bali somewhere and are on their way to Perth. Tony's a successful writer and extremely knowledgeable Egyptologist. Unfortunately they're only here for 4 days but we'll make the most of it!
And then my folks are coming back down to Sydney on the 19th of July. We're off to see Cirque du Soleil's latest show, Drallion - can't wait for that!
So all in all, a very exciting time for us (within an overall exciting time!) at the moment!
Saturday, 10th May 2008
We met up with Nike, James and Thomas at Bobbin Head for a picnic and a walk through the mangroves and on to the rain forest.
Setting up for our picnic opposite the kiddies playground - chicken salads & beer shandy on the menu!
A view of the river - it's one of the tributaries of the Hawkesbury River - Google Earth has it as Mooney Mooney Creek.
Checking out the mangrove roots - apparently the roots send shoots up to the surface to grab oxygen (because the soil is constantly waterlogged, the roots can't grab it from the soil).
Thomas digs Scott! It was very cute to watch him even mimicking the way he walks - hands in pockets and all.
Thomas has got some strange quirks! He also digs his dog which has been in quarantine for the last few months. So he mimicks what his dog does too.......! He sniff stuff too! :-)
My boat is parked at the Bobbin Head marina. I can't take it out yet 'cos I still need to do my skipper's ticket....... (I love dreaming!)
This is the Ware's driveway - it's unbelievably steep! Scott's van couldn't even get past the letterbox at the bottom. Anyway, because a wheelie bin is pretty heavy when full, they've devised an ingenious method of taking the bins down..... Yip, that's james in the boot of the car! LOL!
Just a pic to show you how steep the driveway is - the letterbox is behind me on the right. Scott nearly burnt out the clutch on his van trying to get up the hill!
Cheers for now!