My brother Alan came down from Darwin to visit for ten days or so, and we had a great time while he was here. Soon after he arrived we went to the Dutch Festival at Sandown and met up with the Oakleigh and Glen Waverley branches of the family. Stinken hot but enjoyable!
Doortje took this photo in a bird hide at the Briars, Mornington, where we were looking at birds and hoping to have lunch (the restaurant was closed!).
The portrait of the little egret was also taken from the bird hide.
On the weekend, the whole clan came to Derna Crescent to "hang out" with Alan, and to celebrate his birthday. Daniel was probably in the kitchen (as he often is) and Andrew and Sarah in Alice of course. Ronja and Mason were here with the adults, the other grandkids out playing. (Some grannies reckoned they had two grandpas!)
Needless to say, we enjoyed ourselves! Happy birthday, Al!
We took Alan to Max's restaurant (rated with lots of stars) at the Red Hill Estate winery. Two grumpy old men had lots to say; eg they wouldn't give us free water (not connected to the mains!), the table was wobbly and the acoustics were bad.
However, the meals were beautiful, and for that, we were very grateful. (Note the monogrammed plate!)
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All in all, we had a great time. Thanks, Kim, for letting your man off the leash!