Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Melbourne Cup Day 2015

No photos this year (cannot explain how that happened - it just did) but we had a fantastic day. Surrounded by family and friends, good food, laughs drinks and of course the race that stops the nation at 3pm!

Winners – well no major cash for the Murray’s. Alex and Sarah run the sweeps for all the guests and did a great job at it. Not that we are huge gamblers as we just have little flutters here and there. Which reminds me I need to renew our membership at Balnarring Picnic Race Club as I am sure we will get down there this season for some local (not so high staked) horse racing.

Actually there is one photo I took… it was a before shot of lunch! LOL

Friday, September 12, 2014

Our little furballs

Heston and Garfield... best mates!!

Smile she said.....

Sums us up


It's been so long.....

Well we certainly have been busy and I have tried to sit and blog wondering where to start?  Do I back track to where I left off or just pick some highlights or should I just start up again from this current minute?  Needless to say this is a conversation I have had in my head for awhile now especially with all the ups and downs that have happened in the the last 9 months.
My job changed, my world changed, we needed as a family to change as did I as an individual.
There is is in a nutshell....
So I decided I will start with the here and the now.....
If I can get extra spare time to back track I will as there are many many beautiful memories I really need to write about to have that keepsake that hopefully one day when I am long gone be treasured by our future generations.  A little melodramatic... oops sorry!!
So here's to creating more special memories and looking into the future.....

Friday, July 11, 2014

Hellooooooo HESTON

We have welcomed this adorable bundle of fluff into the house....

The kids both adore him - he is only 9 weeks old and his legs are so small for his little chubby shaggy body....

Garfield however doesn't really think much of the new family member.

'Mexican cat stand off" under the dining table.... hhhmmmm this could be interesting.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Elephant woman...

Tooth infection..... 3 hours later at the Dentist ending with an extraction, work on the root canal I started a few weeks ago and a lot of agony.....

Antibiotics & pain killers & tears......

Thursday, May 01, 2014

McClelland College "Bake Off"

Well done to Alex for achieving the Silver Baker Award through the McClelland College Academy Program.  Alex attends this class every week and is in the Bake Off against students from all year levels in the school - she has done really well considering she is only in Year 8.

We are all very proud of you.... every week you put 110% effort into to this subject and I must admit that we are all enjoying the yummy food you bring home also.

Keep up the wonderful work xxx

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Garfield - our new family member

Meet Garfield...... our new family member.

He is 11 weeks old and so gorjus. 

Noel and I both vowed NO more pets after the hermit crabs, fish, frog, rabbits and guinea pigs as both Noel and I ended up looking after them all but after weeks of the kids wanting and pleading for a kitten guess who won????

He has definitely made himself at home and I have to admit that we all are mesmorized by him even Noel.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Blood Tests all clear......

Today was my third day off work due to tiredness and not feeling well at all.  As I mentioned on Tuesday I had blood and urine tests to ensure that nothing awful was going on in this body of mine. 
So off to the Doctor's I went......  The results had returned today and although I was sitting there feeling sorry for myself out of tiredness and stress the results were actually quite good.  Thyroid all good, no signs of any infections, cholesteral perfect, yes perfect, my blood sugars are way too high. 
Needless to say that it was quite a relief hearing that I wasn't facing anything life threatening except for a DIET to help lower my blood sugars without changing my current Diabetes medication. 
Some things in life need to change a little for this member of the House of Murray.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sick is not a choice I normally make....

Months and months of long hours and burning the candle at both ends has finally taken it's toll I fear....... I have found myself feeling tired every morning when I get out of bed and of late have had a general feeling of being unwell.

I deided to bite the bullet and go see the doctor to explain how I felt in hope there would be an explanation allowing me to get some "you-bute" medication that would be a wonder cure.

Instead I was told a full blood test would be in order........ bloody fantastic!!  I hate blood tests.  It's not the fear of the needle as needles do not bother me at all. Believe it or not it is actually the few days waiting for the results. 

The waiting makes my mind wander, imagine, and presume that all the tests will come back showing some horrendous disease...... yes I am my own worse enemy!!

So the wait begins...........

Friday, February 07, 2014

It's nearly the weekend.....

It is nearly the weekend and for once.... yes doesn't happen very often.  So we as a family are going to make the most of it. 

Tonight some of my favourte ladies are coming over for drinks... Heather and Bernie cannot wait to catch up tonight.

Then Saturday and Sunday we actually do not have any plans - but saying this it always changes without notice.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Touring Tasmania - Day Six: Bruny Island - A day of Food and Adventure.

During our first family trip to Tasmania I had already had my mind made up to take the Bruny Island Safari even before the family set foot on the Apple Isle... not only am I am self-confessed foodie but so too is my husband and our kids have been raised to appreciate food.  I am really not sure what the family actually thought I was obsessed that we were going.....


From the minute we were picked up from our designated location, our tour guide Scotty made us feel welcome.  Once everyone booked was onboard and accounted for the fun began.  From important local information, history and the humorous stories of his past experiences and adventures we made our way from Hobart to Bruny Island.  More importantly he made us all interact and get to know each other by involving us all in conversation.

The places that we visited for tastings were amazing... the Bruny Island Cheese Company, our first stop, got the tastebuds rocking and of course we purchased some of the amazing cheeses that we sampled.  Scotty soon realised why the Murray family came prepared with an esky!! 

The Bruny Island Berry Farm was very interesting and we were amazed at the amount of berries that Graham was growing although sadly January isn't berry season.  The morning tea was delish especially the freshly baked scones served with jam and cream.  A necessary purchase of "Jostaberry" jam was made. 

Lunch was also a treat, local produce and freshly caught fish served at Hotel Bruny - the staff were friendly and very helpful.  Not only was the lunch yummy, so was the Tassie wine and we came away with some souvenir wine glasses. 

Next stop was Get Shucked - fresh oysters.  I like oysters, couldn't really say I was a fan... but that was before today.  I now have a new found love of oysters as does my 15 year old son who has never eaten one.  He not only tried the tasters but went into the shop and purchased two massive oysters, one for him and one for his dad.  I do believe an oyster monster has been born!!  Get Shucked also make their own Homemade Worcestershire Sauce which is delish.  Needless to say 2 dozen oysters and a bottle of sauce made their way into our ever filling esky.


A quick stop waiting for the ferry to return the local store was interesting and also boasting the use of fresh local produce.  None of us were hungry, trust me we hadn't stopped eating all day but the lure of the Wallaby Pie was too good to resist.  Yes we purchased and ate and enjoyed.

Our last stop was Nutpatch Nougat Chocolates was a hidden treasure.... I definitely felt like "a kid in a candy shop".  The chocolates produced were amazing, the tasting of different chocolate was amazing and we left privileged with the fact that we had a bag full of these perfectly crafted little masterpieces in our possession. 

Besides the food.... yes we did take notice of the beautiful scenery rich in history and wonder.  Resolution Creek, where Captain Cook came to shore which also had squeaky sand that was so soft to walk on, Cape Bruny Lighthouse and it’s museum, the National Park, the Rainforest, the wildlife including the white Wallabies and all the coastlines were magnificent. 

For such a small island amazingly our day was full of much more than expected and we had a fantastic time.  For our first "foodie" adventure we had the best time and today has definitely been a highlight of our Tasmanian holiday.

Finally I have to say, and my family will agree, Scotty - you rock!!!  You made our day so memorable, enjoyable, relaxing and very exciting.  Not your average tour guide there was never a dull moment even though you filled our heads with information and made our imagination run wild.  It was a pleasure to meet you and spend the day in your company.  We all extend our thanks to you for an incredible day.

Friday, January 03, 2014

Burgers for lunch

During our tour of Canberra we went to Grill'd for lunch in the City Centre....  we only wanted something light but obviously that's not really available here.

I had the "Hot Mama" beef burger.

Grandma had the "Almighty" beef burger.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year 2014

We farewelled 2013 quietly.... we were heading off to Canberra the next morning so no big parties for us.  Importantly being together as a family is very special to us.

Dinner was a nice relaxed steamboat dinner just the five of us. During dinner others in our neighbourhood were letting off fireworks.

The Murray family wish you all the very best for the New Year...
May you be surrounded by family, love, happiness and lots of laughter.
Jo Noel Ollie and Alex xxxx

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