Wednesday, 18 April 2007

Our new aussie tradition!

For years Kym and I have envyed our friends from ethnic or 'more cultured' backgrounds with their traditions and celebrations. Some of our friends have large European families that they catch up with regularly, sharing religious festivals, feasts, passing of relatives, weddings....there is always something to celebrate or a reason to throw a party.

I have Italian friends, who every summer have a huge cook up of the tomato harvest from all of their relatives backyards, they make sauce, have a lamb or pig on a spit, get drunk and dance to Elvis...sounds great to me.

Now us 'culchared' aussies, what do we have? Gee...BBQ's, cricket, the footy, the pub, not too much there for the family. I guess there is christmas on the beach, but with global warning winter falls close to December, January these days, so that could be out of the question. We have horse racing, not really a family day out though surely?

So Kym and I decided to start making our own family traditions, but we are not going to tell them what we are doing. We kicked off our first new yearly tradition with our newly invented Easter game, Easter Pinada. Not sure what the mexicans had this activity for anyways, so we are now claiming it to be an Australian tradition OK

So heres Phobes first effort, she made the pinada by the way, used so much glue on it, it was like a ball of concrete shaped as a rabbit (papa in the background waiting his turn)

Then it was Kazzas turn, snapped it in two, wasnt so strong after all! Love the look of determination on her face for this! haha!

Well at least there was chocolates in it! Two hit Pinada, must work on that for next year if this Tradition is going to take off :)

So there you have it the beginnings of a 'LANO' family tradition, See what else we can come up with for the rest of the year.

Now GP was interested in the work mates in my office, more the ladies I would imagine, so below are a few pics of them all in various positions and stages of alcholism. I love my job (sometimes)

Hannahs and Babs at Clipsal 500 car race, before it got ugly

Two of my clients, I look after them well.......oh dear

Parks and Tonks, two of the biggest legends you will ever partners in crime - (eeew, they have had better days!:O)

Till next time,

Thursday, 12 April 2007

OK Sharon OK!

Well after a few failed efforts, looks like its time to take a day off work and create 'another' blog... so pick a font, new topic - ok, now what to write about? Well to start off, this is me, 37 married, living in mostly sunny Adelaide. I am a keen windsurfer, of intermediate abilities, I am a very keen footballer (the round kind) also am a mad Adelaide United fan.

Gotta thank Sharon and Giampaolo for giving me the inspiration for this blog as I have very much enjoyed their handy work over the last year or so. I don't feel that my blogs are going to be as interesting as theirs, so much colour and so much more going on in Maui than little old Adelaide....anyhoo

This is the Lanomobile, loaded up as usual with 4 complete kits! You can never be too prepared!

Spent the weekend away with Kym (wifey) and Phoebe (legend daughter) and the in laws and the brother in law and his wife and their child, was a pleasant Easter long weekend, no wind so no sailing, but plenty of R and R which was much appreciated. We were staying at Beachport about 4 hours south of Adelaide in a nice little cottage just back from the beach, was cosy but comfortable with all the peeps in the house.

So with no wind, surfing was the go, but waves are required for this as well, damn! 1-2 foot dumpers at the long beach near Robe were the only option that was sort of family friendly. Still was fun to get in the water, get wet....I even surfed in my boardies and rashie, no wetsuit, which is not common in these parts, water temp is chilly at best.

So Beachport happened again for another year, another year of frustration with no wind, but I still rate it as one of the most relaxing places I have been too. If only we could cut the 4 hour drive out it would be perfect :(

So back in Adelaide now, back to the grind.....if you can call my life that, I cruise along really.

So there you have it folks, my first blog post,