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One of my goals in life is to watch a first-class cricket game at each of the main ovals in Australia (dream big, jess! dream big!). So far, I've managed to watch a game at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Bellerive Oval and Adelaide Oval.

It was about this time last year that I checked Adelaide Oval off the list. Andrew and I road-tripped down to Adelaide especially to watch the 2nd Ashes Test. We spent days 3 and 4 of the match on the hill in front of the Clem Hill stand. That's where all the hardcore cricket fans hang out.

You actually do have to pretty tough to sit there. There isn't much in the way of shade and with temperatures in the mid 30s both days we were in serious danger of overheating. I was pregnant with Evie at the time so I often retreated to the shady area out the back to watch the game on the big screen and to reduce my core body temperature. Luckily, it rained a bit on both days. Play was stopped but it did cool us all down.

In the end it was actually a pretty depressing match to watch. Australia ended up losing by an innings and 71 runs. We had the option to go to the 5th and final day but decided instead to do the tour at Coopers Brewery. We figured it was a much better option than witnessing such a humiliating defeat.
Adelaide Oval

Making our loss even more distressing were the taunts of the English fans at the game. Day 4 was a Monday and so was attended mostly by English supporters. It was so bad that it felt like we were at a game in England. They cheered when they did well and jeered when we didn't (which was pretty much all day). The Barmy Army were also in full voice over on the hill.
Australia vs England

Tash was the one who convinced us to join her for an Ashes test. She was also there for days 3 and 4 (and like a true supporter she also turned up for day 5). Tash had a seat in the members stand but she did join us on the hill for a bit. On Day 4 her time with us included a little bit of a nap. She'd hosted a blender party at her accommodation the night before and was a little bit under the weather.
Tash needs a nap

Tash and I were reminiscing about our Adelaide fun just recently and now have hatched plans for the Ashes Series in 2013 / 2014. Tash and I are thinking the WACA should be the next oval on the Wilson agenda. If I write about it on here, will that make it more likely to happen? We shall see.
Selfie: Tash, Jess and Andrew

More photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

Andrew and I travelled to Adelaide especially to watch the 2nd Ashes Test at Adelaide Oval. On our trip we also visited Ballarat, Naracoorte Caves, the Coonawarra, Hahndorf and the Barossa Valley. This is the first entry from this trip.

jess - 28th Nov 2011, 21:57 tags: travel pensieve adelaide ashes cricket nablopomo nablopomo11


Just a quick one tonight as I have been struck down with a vomiting virus. I had a horrible Saturday night and then have felt miserable all day Sunday. Poor Anne is also suffering. Luckily Daddy, Dum Dum and Grandpa were there to take care of Evie.

Here are a couple of nice photos of Evie with the birthday boy.
Grandpa and Evie
Grandpa and Evie
Happy birthday for Wednesday Grandpa, hope you have a great day!

jess - 27th Nov 2011, 18:33 tags: evie goulburn nablopomo nablopomo11


Another weekend away for Evie. This weekend we're visiting Grandma and Grandpa in Goulburn to celebrate Grandpa's birthday.

The weather on our drive down was horrible. It rained almost the entire way and visibility was very poor. There are three cars in front of us in this photo. Can you see them?
Miserable weather

As we drove down into Goulburn the weather turned. We drove out of the rain into a glorious spring day with beautiful blue skies.
Blue skies

The weather behind was still grey, dark and miserable.
Grey skies behind us

Evie enjoyed sitting at the table with us for lunch.
mmmm lunch

Grandma's tasty butterfly cakes. Evie was eyeing these intently but I'm not quite ready to let her eat cake yet.
Butterfly cakes

Here is a happy Evie with Grandma.
Evie and Grandma

jess - 26th Nov 2011, 21:11 tags: evie goulburn nablopomo nablopomo11


Nothing unusual to report from last night's trivia outing. Nan and TD babysat Evie for us. We came second. Move along everybody.

And as per usual here is your chance at this month's questions. You know the rules:
  1. Who was Patricia Arquette's first husband?

  2. Who was the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year from 2005 - 2008?

  3. What is the collective noun for a group of cheetahs?

  4. Harare is the capital of which country?

  5. True or False: ruby is the birth stone for the month of July?

  6. Which band covered Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" in 2001?

  7. Phillumeny is the hobby of collecting what; calendars, matchboxes or coasters?

jess - 25th Nov 2011, 22:08 tags: trivia badgers sydneyrowers nablopomo nablopomo11

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During our trip to Normandy we visited Monet's house and garden in Giverny which have been preserved as a museum. It was in this garden that Monet painted his famous series of paintings, Water Lilies.
Monet's house

We visited on a warm summer's day and it was lovely walking through Monet's beautiful garden. Of course, the place is packed with tourists clamouring to get a photo of themselves on the Water Lily bridge (I can't complain too loudly; I wanted a photo there too). So sometimes you have to close your eyes and block out all the noise to imagine the tranquility that Monet would have experienced while he was painting there.
Monet's Garden

Even though it is quite crowded it's still worth the trip. The flowers in the garden are beautiful and it's special to be able to visit the setting for such an iconic series of paintings.

More photos (slideshow) on Flickr.

Our visit to Monet's Garden was part of our trip to Normady and Champagne. We visited France in August 2009 to celebrate Jess's birthday with camembert, croissants and bubbles. Other entries from this trip include: Mont St Michel.

jess - 24th Nov 2011, 23:07 tags: travel pensieve france giverny monet j-bday-09 nablopomo nablopomo11


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