26 January 2009

On the weekend Katrina and Leigh (and Hugo) came to stay with us to celebrate Robert Burn’s Night (a Scottish tradition- Katrina is Scottish). Basically this involves celebrating Robert Burns (A scottish poet and song lyric writer: ’Auld Lang Sine’, ’My Love is like a Red, Red, Rose’), toasting many different people (i.e. having a few drinks) and eating Haggis! I don’t think we celebrated it the traditional way but it was a lot of fun!

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Ben (Chef at Rodger’s of Slyfield) cooked an excellent traditional dinner:



And of course we ate Haggis- provided by Katrina and Leigh. It looks disgusting but is really very tasty! I can’t describe it very well except that it tastes like flavoured mince with an offal aftertaste...you’ll just have to try some!


haggis collage

It was boiled for a couple of hours then Katrina cut it open with the traditional ’Address to a Haggis’ poem.

’His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An cut you up wi ready slight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like onie ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reekin, rich!’


So, there you are, a traditional Scottish Burns Supper. We had a great night...hope all the Aussies enjoyed their Australia Day!


Keep your eye on the Haggis!

16 January 2009

Mum would be proud

I made stewed apple and rhubarb this week just like my wonderful Mum (Jan) makes.

Speaking of our families....we get to see them in 24 days - not that we’re counting!





Clever Ben


How clever is my Ben!

He made us these beautiful photo book albums for each of our holidays. They are awesome.


Just Because


I wanted to show you my Christmas present just because they are so beautiful!

I had these when I was a kid in Die Schweiz.


12 January 2009



It has been very, very cold for the past week so that every morning we have woken up to a thick layer of frost on our windscreens which we have to scrape off.

On Saturday the frost was extreme and stayed around all day covering everything in a snow-like whiteness. It was so beautiful that we braved the cold and went out to take some photos.


Ben- wilderness photographer extraordinaire!




On Saturday night we had the gorgeous Liv and Magnus over for dinner. We haven’t seen them since our wedding and it was great to see them again and hang out like old times.

Of course, after dinner Ben gave them some self-defence lessons.....


2 January 2009

Bring on 2009!

New Years Eve was spent with Emma, Danny and Kylie at our house in Guildford. We had a fantastic night and really enjoyed having Dan and Em staying with us for a few nights.

Obviously we had a little bit to eat and drink....I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking.

By the way...I was the New Years Day poker champion (sorry Benny!)





New Years