Meanwhile there were worrying headlines out of Echunga, “residents from the small Adelaide Hills town of Echunga have evacuated to the local football club” as “a dam wall in the Adelaide Hills town of Echunga is still at risk of collapsing and residents will have to spend at least another 24 hours away from their homes, the South Australian State Emergency Service (SES) says”. Uh oh, we attemped a live cross to our Echunga correspondent, Mini Sophie, the situation was not looking good. Delilah had already been shipped off for a jolly in case of an emergency, thanks Mary.
It was a morning trip back to the local library for Story Stars. After books and songs the kids decorated their own ships. They were both eager to rush home and show Dad.
The UK continues to self destruct as “British pound has been in the headlines this week after it plummeted to a record-low value against the US dollar”. A blessing in disguise, “it’s good news if you’re planning a holiday to England, because a weaker pound means it’s cheaper to purchase British currency, which means your Australian dollars can go further”.
Thursday morning we woke up to the good news that “a dam in the Adelaide Hills town of Echunga has been declared safe, and locals are returning home a day after they were evacuated due to a flood risk”. It was time for the Grandparents to unpack and repack. Next stop… In a few days… Glasgow.
With little food in the house and grandparents in bound we stocked up on Scottish treats, Lachlan was losing his mind without his hourly nibble. Worringly, he had found Eloise’s headphones and thought this meant he could “honk” even louder.
In the local community magazine the like minded mummas were starring in the Senior Savvy column. Since the change of venue and time it has really taken off. Hopefully Grandma Nichollls has the netball shoes ready to hit the ground running.
Friday morning, we dropped Lachlan off to Emma’s house for playdate, thanks Jo. We were then off to Eloise nursery orientation session. There has been a lot of chitter chatter about nursery the past few months to get her excited. Perhaps we have over cooked it, she was jumping up and down at the door ready to go, she could hardly keep still, excited to meet her teacher. Eloise will be starting at the local nursery next month when she turns three. Nursery/ child care in Scotland is free for 3 days a week for citizens/ residents/ whatever we are. Sounds like a good deal. In fact, even univeristy in Scotland is free. Look how excited Eloise is below.
Emma was doing an exceptional job looking after Lachlan, making sure he stayed fed, not a simple task. It is tricky enough to keep tabs on his general location. He looked like he had a terrific time.
Australian National Cabinet announced that “Rules forcing people to isolate for five days if they test positive to COVID-19 will end from October 14 for everyone” as they try to catch up to the UK levels “Covid infections rise by 14% in UK and now top a million”.
Saturday morning, Dad was back at Football Buzz, between Denmark, the man flu and Manchester it had been three weeks. Eloise had noticeably improved, her dribbling is much better and even just being a bit older came with more confidence, she was off and away.
The rest of the day was spent fixing the house and spring cleaning for the special guests checking into Hotel FIK tomorrow.
This morning the clocks moved forward an hour in Adelaide. The change in timezone must have confused Lachlan, he was up early for his morning call home. Perhaps he was just excited, we were all excited. The Nicholls Grandparents were inbound. The kids were buzzing, Eloise could not wait to meet Becca at the airport. The only issue was, Becca was not on her way. There has been some confusion the past couple of weeks, after telling Eloise it was the Grandparents coming, Eloise insisted that Becca was also on the flight. We swung past ASDA to pick up a balloon for Becca.
Just after midday a loud 777 flew overhead and we rushed off to the airport to greet the Grandparents. There was a lot of squealing along the way.
We were interested to see how the kids would react to seeing the Grandparents, there has been a lot of FaceTime calls but would they recognise them in real life. Eloise and Lachlan were only 21 and 2 months when we left Australia. After a couple of confusing doppelgängers they were finally here! The kids were on the ball and charged towards them, there was no stopping Lachlan who jumped up into their arms.
After Grandma squeezed her way in between the two misfits they set off, both Eloise and Lachlan were smacking Grandma with the balloons while laughing their heads off all the way home. Liam was on the Brompton as the car was packed to the rafters. Luckily it was a nice day for a cycle. Although this did mean he had to tackle the River Clyde tunnel. That is an experience I am not going to rush back to.
There were lots of hugs and kisses. The Grandparents could not believe how much bigger they were. Eloise was a chatter box and Lachlan kept on doing his signature happy dance. They had arrived bearing lots of Aussie gifts: Fru Chocs, Caramello Koalas and Vegemite. The magneitc drawings boards were a real winner.
We are not sure who was having more fun, the kids or the grandparents. Luckily they are in town for the next month and a half. Eloise has a fully packed itineray drawn up. The real qusetion is, will they be able to keep up with Lachlan.
After Grandmas usual fourth coffee for the day they had found some energy and it was to the ducks. It has actually been a few weeks since we last checked in on them.
Packed to the Rafters was an Australian family-oriented drama/comedy television program which premiered on the Seven Network on Tuesday 26 August 2008 at 8:30 pm. The show continued on Tuesdays in this timeslot for its entire run. The drama series features a mix of lighthearted comedy woven through the plot. It revolves around the Rafter family facing work pressures and life issues, while also tackling serious social issues. The Logie award winning series was the highest rating to screen on the Seven Network in 2008, and the show was consistently among the top 5 shows of the year throughout its run in Australia.
This afternoon it as announced that “King Charles will not attend climate summit [as Truss continues her bid to become the shortest UK Prime Minister in history ]”.