Monday, 12 Jun - A day for cleaning the flat and doing laundry. FHE was a trip to the VIVID show with the YSA, missionaries & investigators. We had 30-40 in the group. It was a fun time, but it was very much like herding cats.
Tuesday, 13 Jun - A sad & happy day. We said goodbye to the missionaries going home or being transferred and "hello" to the missionaries coming into our ward.
We have been announcing to some people that we are being transferred to Grafton at the end of July. This will be a new experience for us. It is a sad time and a happy time.
Wednesday, 14 Jun - we went visiting in the late afternoon. Early afternoon we went to the NSW police station and had our fingerprints taken for our Australian visa extension.
Thursday, 15 Jun - Mike worked with the Aircon people to get all the vents pumping out the same temperature of air - not warm & cool, but either warm & warm or cool & cool. They started at 9am and by 4 pm all the aircon units were in synch. The tech & I made some recommendations to the Area Facilities people on some rearrangement of duct work, so we will see what happens.
Friday, 16 Jun, We had breakfast with Cristina at the Basket Brothers - well known for their egg & bacon sandwiches.
Saturday, 17 Jun - we were able to go to the temple in Carlingford and attend a session there. It was nice to attend the temple with just the two of us - nice to be in the Temple with Margaret.
Sunday, 18 Jun - The 21st of Jun is Ambica Phillips birthday, so the family (and Haleys) celebrated after Church today. The Zone Leaders held a special zone meeting tonight at 8 pm. The focus of the meeting was to build zone unity and focus on how to build the spirit and unity among the elders and sisters in the zone. The group worked on setting a vision of what they want to do over the next 6 weeks by making statements that start with "In the City we . . . . ". The list is in one of the photos below.Towards the end of the meeting/brainstorming session the spirit was so strong that it brought tears to my eyes. I felt like I was among spiritual giants in the form of 18-22 year old elders & sisters. It was one of the best meetings I have ever been in - as far as being able to feel and be touched by the Holy Ghost. I am so proud to be associated with these great young men & women, and glad they let me associate with them.
Hyde Park - Fountain on the left and St Mary,s on the right
Darling harbour - VIVID with the YSA for FHE
more Darling Harbour
A table runner that Margaret is working on, using Aboriginal design material
Part of the Queen Victoria Building (QVB)
Inside center part of the QVB
Some of the YSA on the FHE VIVID trip
Amy Chang & Margaret
more of the YSA
And more - Zizi, Ka Yi, Sister Chen, Shawn & Deshao
More of the YSA at the Ferry
Getting on the ferry from Darling Harbour to Circular Quay
The modern art museum at Circular Quay
The same with a different video
The Opera House
The Opera House
Sister (Norma) Fata
more of the YSA & missionaries
The Opera House
Botanical Gardens - not sure, but maybe a lotus flower
Sun flowers that move to face the sun
kiwis in the Royal Botanical Gardens
Tree on the left is the tree of life and the one on the right is the tree of knowledge of good & evil - or so one of the YSA said.
Swings of light
The Opera House used as a screen
More Opera House
and the swings - one more time
A Quilt on show at the Morris & Sons quilt & fabric store. Margaret loves the design and colours
The back side of the quilt
The reward for a hard day. After going out on visits we stopped at Harry's Cafe de Wheels near the Capitol Theatre and had a Meat Pie Tiger - meat pie, mushy peas, mash (ed potatioes) and gravy. This is truely soul food and comfort food.
Ambika's dessert table
Food for Ambika's birthday party
and more food
Happy Birthday Ambika
Ambika and her proud daddy
the Phillips clan, less Dennis
Ambika with mum & dad
Dennis, Paulette, Ambika and others
In the City We ------
The Haleys and the zone missionaries - In the City We
Sid Liu & Haleys
Fernando Kamikawachi & Haleys