Thursday, November 26, 2009

Our Flat in Wodonga

Grandpa working at the computer.
Our bedroom
The kitchen and dining area.

Lounge room

Our humble abode in Wodonga.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Grandpa leaves footsteps to follow...
We had a wonderful time at the Penguin Parade. No cameras are allowed, so no pictures to share, but it was a delightful, fascinating experience to watch the little penguins come in from the surf and waddle to their burrows and their hungry chicks!

Grandpa and Grandma at the beach at Cowes, Philip Island, Victoria, Australia.
Beautiful beach, warm sand and fantastic scenery!

See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
Australia Melbourne East Mission Senior Couples Conference, Nov. 17-20, 2009.
The Racines, McGraths and Nielsens at dinner.
Elder and Sister Nielsen at Sassafras, Victoria,
a charming little village in the Dandanong Mountains.

oz.e.wildlife Park and a Baptism

November 14 was the baptism of Ian. He was baptized by Vincent (right) who was baptized in June. We are so blessed to work with these wonderful people.
The Albury Branch on Mormon Helping Hands Day at oz.e.wildlife park, November 7, 2009. We worked hard, mowing, raking, and sprucing up the park.

"Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree, merry merry king of the bush is he..."

The kangaroos peek at us from behind the "Patterson's curse,"
a beautiful, but toxic weed in full bloom all over the place!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Lots of animals!

Little calf and little kid want some milk too, and the camel gets it all!
At Cheri's we got to feed the babies, puppies, goat kids, calf, camel, dogs and kangaroos and...

On October 11th we held a musical fireside. Here is the wonderful cast!
Sister Pasina, Sister Staples and the rest of us were thrilled to be a part of Temeka's baptism. She is an adorable spunky gal!
In Shepparton we enjoyed the "Mooving Art" exhibit. This cow is all dress up in her red shoes and necklace.

Sister Nielsen gets to hold a 7 month old joey. Her mum was hit by a car and the joey was rescued and brought to Cheri to care for. "Candy" love to be in this pouch while Cheri wears it around much like the mommy kangaroo carrying the joey in her pouch.

On October 6-8 it was our turn for the flat inspection trip. We enjoy visiting with the missionaries, leaving treats and notes at their flats and soaking up this beautiful. We stopped in Shepparton, VIC and enjoyed their "Mooving Art" exhibit. They have dozens of these unique painted cows all over the town. This mermaid cow was very interesting!

We visited the Kyabram Fauna Park between Shepparton and Echuca. It is bigger than our beloved Oz.e.wildlife Park near our home, but their kangaroos are not as friendly. However they have more variety and a bigger area. We really enjoyed the morning we spent there. These are flying foxes. We spent a long time watching them, but I could never get a shot of one flying. Their wings look like leather, and they walked upside down on the top of the cage and they use little hooks on the end of their wing as little hands. Fascinating.

This lovely cockatoo was pretty cheeky. He grabbed my glasses, snatched Howard's glasses from his pocket, ate a hole in the map of the park and kept us entertained for over a half hour. It is not easy to see, but he has my glasses in his beak. These beautiful birds are eveywhere in Australia flying free!

This friendly emu was checking us out for something to eat. We were very disappointing to him, because we had nothing to offer but some kind words. Emus and kangaroos cannot go backwards. They are on the Australian Crest to signify that Australia is always moving forward.