And there is still so much to see
29.06.2008 60 °F
Sunday, the day I have been looking forward to this entire trip. Finally I can attend Mass with the Community that Brian and I have belonged to the longest continuous time during our married lives, St Thomas of South Yarra.
I was so excited that I got up early, wrote the previous day’s blog, woke up Annie for brekkie and then headed out for 9am Mass. Annie chose to stay behind for various rationales. Father Barry gave his usual insightful homily, Mary sat in front of me, Tony and Terry Dorset did the readings. Mrs. St. Bernadette was missing from her pew across from me as she has long since passed on. Gavin was missing as he has been ill of late. This was another of those priceless moments of connection and community.
The rest of the day was spent taking pictures of Annie posing in front of various sights per the instructions we received from her Mother to help fill up the photo book with pictures of Annie. Annie’s choice for lunch was our new local place, Tomodachi, for sushi. As this was our third visit in as many days we were greeted as loyal customers!
The afternoon was rounded out by a stop at the Melbourne Sunday Market on South bank. The antique jewelry caught Annie’s eye and a warm moss green hat caught my eye (and pocketbook). The Sunday Market is held around and under the Melbourne Arts Center on the southbank of the Yarra river and is a magnet for local artisans and craftspeople. another not to be missed spot in Melbourne.
Later in the day, Father Barry had invited us around for a short cuppa in the avro to show us the new parish administration center and the refugee//temporary housing shelter that my Father’s (Annie's Grandfather's) bequest had helped finance. I went and have to admit the changes were pretty impressive. It is amazing the depth of social outreach from such a small congregation. Also had chance to spend sometime with Father Barry catching up on parish news and found out he is retiring and planning to take up fishing and sketching!! I did not think they let priest retire, ever!
Annie and I finished up the day with our last chip testing session here in Oz and now we have a tie between the chips at the Sydney Marriott and those at the Melbourne Westin. Amazingly enough we managed to pass on the chocolate dessert as it finally seemed like just too much chocolate in one dessert; white chocolate cheesecake with milk chocolate ice cream with flourless dark chocolate cake AND a trio of chocolate mousses. Yikes!
WOTD: Cuppa = cup of tea