the best thing about being surrounded by farms is getting fruits and veggies straight from the tree/ground/vine etc. after many weeks of watching the apples grow and redden on the trees, its finally time to eat them! we went over to a farm close by and picked a ton of them with our very own hands. to call them delicious is doing them a disservice. they are the best apples i have ever tasted. we took home about 10kgs (22lbs) three days ago and we’ve eaten them all!
and some random cuteness:
and lots has happened, but as usual i find myself overwhelmed at the prospect of writing about it all. so here’s a quick rundown: somewhere in between posts i turned 32, hana came down for a surprise birthday visit, and i got a job in sydney! you know, just a usual week around here 😉
obviously the biggest news is our impending move to australia. we’ve been on the road for 14 months and the time is right to settle down for a little while. the company i am going to is called dr. d and they do special effects for movies, much like weta does. i’m going there to lead the team that will build the pipeline for the next mad max movie. this is the studio’s first live action film and they don’t have much of a pipeline in place so i am both excited and scared. it feels like a lot of responsibility! we’re leaving some time next week – i think thursday – and spending three days with aya in los angeles before going down under. its weird to think that i’m going to be back at work within two weeks, but it feels right and i’m ready to do my programming thing again.
with all of the hurly burly we haven’t had much time to take photos, so i’m afraid there isn’t much to share. but somethin’ is better than nothin’ so here’s what we got.
and here is nayou showing what happens to young children when they are exposed to too much european radio:
if you have no idea what nayou’s talking about, click here.
oh, and today i was extremely manly and chopped wood for a few hours. i even did it shirtless, for extra manliness!
i’ve got lots to write about but not enough time, so here is something to distract you all. hana and i spent the afternoon digitising some old family photos. some of them date way back to what we estimate are the late 1800s! i’d love to get all of them in digital form if possible, but there just isn’t enough time… which is a shame, because they are so cool!
first up is this awesome ninja guy whom we’re related to in some uncertain way.
and this is my great-great-great-grandfather. apparently he used to go to school with a sword. now that is old school. this is the photo that we’re estimating was taking sometime between 1880-1900. which isn’t really *that* long ago when you think about it.
check outthese photos of my dad when he was young. he had (and still has) an impressive set of ears!
some more photos of my dad when he was a young pup:
hana and my favourite set of photos are from dad in his heyday. he was a young diplomat living the high life in various parts of asia. the shots imply equal measures of business and mischief, which is just the way it should be. the photos have faded beautifully and i think they would be gorgeous even if they weren’t part of our family history.
we sort of wish that he had kept his clothes from this era. i mean, how can you tell me that his pants are not the boldest, most courageous fashion statement ever made? fierce!
its not just my dad whose earlier life is being put on public display either. check out my mum!
this is a photo of my dad with me, around the same ages that nayou and i are now. ah, the cycle of life…
and here is my mum again with aya and myself.