Showing posts with label visitors. Show all posts
Showing posts with label visitors. Show all posts

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Three Mrs Shahs under one roof!

Sorry it has taken me a while to write about mum and Sudha aunty's visit - it feels like its been a fairly busy few weeks since they left - mainly because we have been making the most of the end of the summer, rearranging the kitchen and catching up with everyone we didn't see much of while we had visitors!

It was really nice to have them here - there was plenty to eat (and some still in the freezer), they kept themselves busy while we were at work and we got to spend some proper time with my aunty... something we wouldn't get to do otherwise.

They managed to fit a lot in in four weeks - the zoo, the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley, lots of beaches, a few markets, Canberra, lots of visits to friends and family, LOTS of cooking (and teaching me a few new recipes) and playing cards and chatting after dinner most nights! We made the most of the weekends too- filling them with picnics and shopping! We hope Sudha aunty had as much fun with us as we did with her and she comes back to visit again soon!

Dinner in the sunshine!

Roadside picnic in the Hunter Valley

Sudha aunty walking at Palm Beach

Sham and mum chilling at Manly

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

My new favourite sport... my Mummy will be so proud!!

Despite my mum, my aunty, my uncle and my father in law being MASSIVE cricket fans, I have never really given it a chance! Usually I jump on the bandwagon of any sport that has a tournament going - rugby and tennis both being recent examples. Football is my only real sport and cricket REALLY REALLY bored me! Or at least I thought it did!

When Baru and Nitin booked their trip, we realised that they would be here during the Aussie/ India test. I didn't fully appreciate this at the time, but this was kind of a big deal... something about it being the SCGs 100th test and some guy called Sachin-something may be getting a century blah blah blah.... Anyway, we booked some tickets as their xmas present and then forgot about it (well I did!)

Then we got to January and it was time to go to the cricket... by this point, we had spent some time with Baru and Nitin while the Perth test had been going on and realised from their regular checking of the scores that they were going to love the day out we had booked.
The day started ok - we had great seats, the weather was glorious and I had packed us a decent picnic. India batted first and we realised quite quickly that it wasn't going to be pretty! I didn't mind though as I was loving the atmosphere and I had Baru teaching me about the game.

By the end of the day, we had seen 13 wickets! All of India and 3 Aussies... my resident cricket experts assured me that this was highly unusual for a test. India went on to be smaashed by the Aussies in what has turned out to be an embarassing tour, but I had discovered thatI quite liked cricket!

India went on to have an awful run - pretty much not winning a single test for the rest of the tour, but that didn't matter cos I was hooked!
At the beginning of Feb, India was playing India again in Sydney - this time it was an evening 20/20 game. The tickets were cheap, so we got a group of our friends together (a mixture or Australia/India and not-a-clue fans!) and as Chris' parents were here on holiday, even his dad joined us. It was a very wet evening in Sydney, but as I was now an expert, I sat between the other girls in the group "explaining" what was going on.

20/20 games are like a cross between a baseball and an ice hockey game with dancers, fireworks, mexican waves and random crowd pleasing music all making it an entertaining and slightly bemusing night out. Of course India lost! But now I had convinced Hels about how fun cricket was... and we have decided that we are Sydney Sixers. We ake this quite seriously - we picked this team as they are our local team and they also wear pink!! Unfortunately, the season is now over... lets see if we are still this excited when 2012/2013 starts... I think we probably won't be!

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Our youngest visitor yet!

It was lovely to meet little Aaron Blackshah!
At 2 months old, the little man is already a jetsetter - his trip to Sydney got him on planes, trains, buses and trams!
We got to have a few dinners and drinks with his mummy and daddy cos he was very well behaved all week and was happy sleeping or talking to himself in his buggy.
So now he knows his aunty Kunj and uncle Sham, we are looking forward to getting to se him again in November on home turf - and I am sure it won't be too long before Kay and Ajay will be sending him over on his own to visit us!

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Wheels and visitors

We have a car!!
It all happened quite suddenly, but within a week of our first test drive, we drove home our new car!
The idea is that we are going to see more of Sydney, and eventually Australia... we will keep you updated on that ..!

May is also Sham's birthday month, and this year, he had his best friend Ajay and his cousin Asha and her hubby Nik here to help him celebrate! We partied like we were 21 even though it was the tenth anniversary of Sham's actual 21st! The night ended in the same way lots of Sham's birthdays tend to - with him being asked to leave! Luckily for us, we were near the infamous Pancakes On The Rocks, so we managed to get fed before getting home.

We had a lovely breakfast the next morning cooked by Nik and Ash - just what we needed!

Having visitors here gave us an excuse to do all the touristy things that we haven't done for a while. We went back to Manly for the day - this was the first time I have been there since we moved last October!

It was really nice to have people from home here and it was sad to see the kids go!
There are no visitors booked yet... no pressure guys, but who is coming over next?!

Thursday, 9 July 2009

The calm after the storm...

... or at least whirlwind!

We are still recovering from my uni friend Selina and her new husband Chris and Bansi's (Shams sister) visit!
The Edis' were with us for a week and B's was a flying visit - just 2 jam packed days!

Its been fun being a Sydney tour guide, but as I said to Sel, I felt more tired than Sham who was working the whole week!

It has been great fun - and they managed to cram a lot into the week - Hunter Valley, Blue Mountains, Shopping, Sky tower, Manly ferry, Botanical gardens as well as various drinking holes and restaurants in Darling Harbour, The Rocks, Manly and the City!

We even managed to introduce them to the Aussie tradition of a barbie...

We got to meet some of their other friends that are living/ visiting Sydney too!

Sel and Chris - hope the rest of your travels are awesome... and hope we might have convinced you to come and live in Sydney!!

Bansi, hope you had as much fun as we did! And thank you sooooo much for bringing us all the goodies!!

It has been really nice spending some time with everyone - its been hard saying goodbye, but hopefully, we will have some more visitors soon??

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