Mountains Time


In the first week of the New Year, both my boss & I take a sabbatical week. We head up to the Blue Mountains & spend the week at CMS Summer School.

Up we went on Saturday the 7th of Jan. Shona, the family & I were staying at a new place in Blackheath & were a little nervous about what the new pad would be like. In the end, we couldn’t have been any happier with a wonderful house being rented to us at a really decent rate!

The conference itself was grand. William Taylor was speaking, looking at “the account of Terah” which is basically the story of Abraham & his life (Terah was his dad). With the kids all off at their programmes, we found ourselves free all morning this time, which meant we got to go to the missionary sessions too! For the first time I got to chose, listening to an African Bishop, hearing about the fears that come with going on the mission field, as well as the struggles that come with speaking to a “post-truth” audience, plus more!

William Taylor in full-flight

The afternoons were our own and we made the most of our time, going on bush walks, playing games, reading, catching up with great friends and also a little R&R. In the evenings, Shona went off to the evening sessions & I stayed at home with the kids.

It really was a wonderful time & we count ourselves lucky to be able to attend such great Bible teaching, meet so many encouraging missionaries, and spend some time in God’s good creation.

Here’s some more pics! (Do you get the feeling that I’m trying to get more use out of my cameras again?)

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Don't take it away from me
Don’t take it away from me

Granny & Grandad came to visit on the weekend. While we were at the park, we thought we might have an icecream. It appears boss wasn’t happy when he didn’t get more…



So this will be a photo-laden post.

The Gumnut is officially a one year old! We celebrated by taking him down to visit his grandparents in Newington for a night, followed by Taronga Zoo the next day.

Lets face it, you don’t care what I have to write. You want to see a good looking kid!

Singleminded focus when there is food involved

And now he has it!

Pumpkin was pretty excited to play with the gumnut’s toys.

Reading before he can walk… impressive.

I liked Shona’s idea of getting Pumpkin a little present to stem jealousy…

So this one doesn’t include my kids, but I do love mountain goats!

Fennec fox Gumnut

Probably my favourite photo of the day.

Now that’s a kid that is “in the moment”



Happy camper
On the Sky Train

TIme for Firsts
Hot Choc #1

Hot Choc
Pumpkin is an old hand at this…