Friday, April 06, 2012


When Riker was born we started to get to know our neighbors. We lived in a terrific little neighborhood on a cul-de-sac street where everyone would gather for barbecues several times a year but we never really got to know any of them until I was on maternity leave and found myself pottering about the yard with a baby. It was only then that I started to realize what a great little block we had.

An older couple originally from Greece lived next door and Anna started to bring us food and sweets that she would make.  She came to adore Riker and gave him chocolate every time he came to visit.  Though we started to joke that she would have to come over and put Riker to sleep on those nights, we just couldn't deny her the pleasure of seeing his face light up.  He would wander over to visit her whenever we were outside and she would squeal with delight when he said her name.  The photo below was taken on the day before we left Australia and Anna sent us off with gifts - a set of beautiful table scarves for me and money tucked into Riker's hand so that he could buy himself a toy kangaroo.  She cried as she kissed us both and waved farewell saying we were always welcome to come back for a visit.

Bill, Anna and Riker

It was only when baby Oscar was born that we got to know our other next door neighbors, Robyn and Leigh, who let us stay in their home while they traveled in China.  We were happy to see them one more time on the day they returned and will miss bumping into them and having collective dinners in the backyard.  Big thanks to them once again for their generosity. 

With Robyn and Oscar who were happy to sit on a grassy lawn after travels in Hong Kong and China

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