[David’s mother] Rosie finally turned up on Wednesday afternoon. We had previously been on high-alert for her arrival on first Monday, then Tuesday, and finally Wednesday. It was a sneaky plan to make sure I kept the house in order for three days in a row, but I was relieved when she had finally arrived so I could let the household disintegrate into its normal state of being-well-lived-in.

Rosie drove up on her motorbike/scooter so Woodoo (David’s father Hugh) could come up later this week in the car. (I’m going to call Rosie’s wheels a “motorbike” because its motor is 400 cc, but it’s really a beefed-up scooter, ridden with your ankles neatly together in front of your body and behind a big windshield.)

David + Brioni, 2yo, October 2008
After finishing for the day, David took the motorbike out for a spin. Now that he's completed the external walls, David's latest project is finishing the concrete verandah around our house. Take the time to admire the new fence (and my blooming garden) in the background of this picture.

David + Brioni, 2yo, October 2008
Brioni was very happy to ride on the motorbike with David.

David + Brioni, 2yo, October 2008

The girls are enjoying their renewed relationship with “Namma”, whom they haven’t seen since the beginning of June. Today we went shopping in the morning (also ducking into just two op shops and stopping to watch a crane work on a building site) and swimming in the afternoon.