Thursday, July 31, 2008

Capri, Italy

We went over to Capri from Sorrento on the hydrofoil.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Ruby Tuesday - Flowers on the wall

Counting flowers on the wall, that don't bother me at all
Playing solitaire 'til dawn with a deck of fifty-one
Smokin' cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo,
So don't tell me, I've nothing to do...

My mother Marcelle at one of our fabulous family fancy dress parties when I was a little girl. She was a big hit in her "feed sack" dress - she came as an 'old bag'.

Friday, July 25, 2008

PhotoHunt - Hanging... up the green blazer

This is my latest entry.

Alessandro got back home safely from his fabulous trip. We have hung up the Australia blazer...

Australia versus the world. Game over - for now.

- OK, I am a big fan of Cheezburger so I recommend y'all go over to Archie's and have a decko at his PhotoHunt entry for this week after you've looked at mine.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Ruby Tuesday - Ferrari in Dubai

This is my contribution to Ruby Tuesday:

Got something RED that you've photographed? Ruby Tuesday is hosted by Mary over at Work of the Poet.

It was a hot afternoon in Dubai - 40 degrees, and I had just left Alessandro at the Wild Wadi Water Park, next to the famous Burj Al Arab hotel. He had a fabulous time, then brought himself back to our hotel in a taxi.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The towers of San Gimignano

San Gimignano has to be seen - to be believed... And Alessandro agreed with me after I took him there last year.

Solitary Flute by Irene Alexeeva.

Friday, July 18, 2008

PhotoHunt: What IS that?

This is my latest entry.

What is that? Why, it's a carpark for Smart cars here in Canberra.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Alessandro in Blackpool

Alessandro and his friend Brent spent their last day in Blackpool at the Pleasure Beach theme park riding roller coasters.

In the words of Alessandro, "It's all good, trust me!"

Friday, July 11, 2008

Carabinieri in Florence PhotoHunt: Support

Alessandro with the carabinieri outside a bank in Florence, October 2007. His great grandfather was in the Carabinieri. They are are a great support to the locals and also to tourists.

And here he is with them in Venice a week earlier.

This is my latest entry.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Looking Smart

Alessandro and I went to Florence this time last year.
This was taken on the way to show him his great grandmother's apartment, near the city centre.

Monday, July 7, 2008

PhotoHunt: Pointed - Alessandro, Australian Representative in pool

This is my latest entry. His pool cue is VERY pointed. Pointed: 1. Having an end coming to a point.

STOP PRESS! Alessandro has beaten the current Junior World Champion in the first round of the Junior World Masters! Oh dear, then after that he got beaten. And thus endeth the games.

- He and his friend Brent both won their first match but then were knocked out of the Mens World Masters in the second round.

Next up is the Junior World Masters and the World Masters Plate.

- He is through the first round, he beat someone from India, 7-5. Next round is in 7 hours and I think there is 100 pounds prize money. But - he is up against the 1999 World Mens Masters runner up.

- Crikey! 4.23am the mobile phone rang - "Mum! I'm playing in the Mens World Masters in an hour and a half!"
"Hello, do you KNOW what time it is here!!"
I was a bit cross. Now that I am awake, and it's three hours later, I wonder how he did? I can't find a result on the internet.

- In the Junior World team events, out of 50 players, he ended up with the 10th highest percentage in the world junior teams.
In the upcoming Junior Masters event, he is up against the current Junior World Champion, in the first round. Uh oh!
In the upcoming Mens Masters, there are 400 competitors.

- They beat Northern Ireland. And India. And Malta. This was the junior teams event.
- Sadly, he got knocked out at the final 16 of the Junior World Championship. He was doing well - 5-3, and ended up losing - 6-5. But he did do the best, out of the Australian juniors.
- The play list is up for who is playing whom in the Junior World Masters that starts on Monday! Oh, and yes, the website talks about it being televised - sad me won't be seeing it.
- Crikey! His name is also on the list for the Mens World Masters - right at the very bottom of the page.
- The Australian team just trounced India. Just Northern Ireland to go. I'll have to get the result tomorrow morning.
Alessandro is at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool.
- He has played against the Channel Islands, Malta, Ireland, England and Scotland! He is about to play India, and then Northern Ireland. These have all been "team" events. Um, in these team events, the Australian Junior team beat Malta. As an individual in the team events he has had 8 wins and 7 losses so far.

He is also playing for the title of Junior World Champion! It is a knock out, that began with 64 players. He is one of two Australians in the final 16. Then he has the World Junior Masters and the World Mens Masters still to go. Way to go Alessandro! It's very exciting!

- Just having fun playing non-comp pool for two days. The competition starts either tomorrow or the next day. Funny text message to his brother in the middle of the night, as he was worried that people might be driving his blue Rex while he was away. Well - as it's in my school carpark right at this moment - I would have to say, "Yes, they are!"
- He says it's still daylight at 10pm and he's still playing pool.
- Well, he's in Blackpool, and is playing pool. He starts competition on Tuesday.
- Right now he has arrived in Manchester and is on a bus to go to Blackpool.
- Alessandro (17) is in a plane, nearly at England. I got a call from him last night at Singapore airport - he was in a cafe eating dinner.
And now - have a look at this:

Monday 7th July 2008

Imperial Hotel

Blackpool England



Monday 7th July



The Salute, Venice

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Making photo books

Double click on the picture to make it bigger. If you are following the DSP discussion on size of pages, these are 11" x 13". And you can see the border around the pics.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Lucky, you're with Aami

Have I told you TODAY how much I love my car? Well, it's lucky-y-y that I'm with Aami. I am booked to drop my beautiful black Lancer, with the shiny alloy wheels, the big back fin and the electric blue gear stick - into their Car Service Centre early next week. They will return it it to me as good as new - they promise, in fact, probably even better.
You see, I got rear ended on the way to work this morning!