Finlay is our sixth, and latest, grandchild with a lovely, gentle character (so far!).
Maisie (grandchild number 3) has changed a lot since we last saw her at Christmas 2011. She has developed into a beautiful little girl with an endearing smile.
Eve is our first grandchild and is a lovely chatterbox with a twinkle in her eye! She loves to pose.
Here is Hamish - grandchild number 5 - and is as bright as a button, with a mind of his own. There is no mistaking that Hamish is a boy!
Big-hearted Rob with his infectious and positive attitude to everything.
Claire is supermum, with 3 children under 5. It is great that she can get a little bit of a break on holiday from full-time mumming.
It is great to spend some extended time with Dan,Lucy and Hamish. They are loving parents, though are sometimes perplexed that Hamish doesn't always respond to requests!
Maisie and Bob
Umbrellas for Maisie and Eve were great hits!
The holiday house at Jervis Bay is literally on the beach - it is exceptionally well appointed with great views from the balcony and good swimming from the beach.
View from the house
This is an evening view over Jervis Bay - if it wasn't for the four children, it would be very calm and quiet.
Our private beach
On the beach
Eve and Maisie love building sandcastles and Hamish enjoys smashing them!
Kookaburra on balcony
Laying in bed the first morning, Lynne said she could hear monkeys being strangled - in fact it was kookaburras acting normally. This is one on our balcony.
Point a camera at Eve and she can't help posing!
Finlay on beach
Finlay is very happy on the beach - eating sand or splashing at the water's edge.
Dan, Rob and nippers
Two proud dads with two of their lovely children.
Looking up to the balcony from the grass below.
It is strongly recommended to take a professional chef on holiday with you. We have enjoyed lovely meals every evening as well as proper breakfasts and delicious lunches.
They look so sweet and innocent, but wait for fireworks at bedtime.
On the way back from the beach, Eve organised a kangaroo hunt and was successful!
Claire and Finlay
While the three older children were playing in the surf, Finlay looked on enviously.
On the surf beach
Even though the weather was cloudy and windy, the children really enjoyed jumping in and out of the rough waves.
Map of Jervis Bay
Our house is on Orion Beach near Vincenzia.
Finlay on beach (again!)
Finlay is a quiet but busy wee fellow.
Rob, Claire and children
Rob has now had the snip, so the family is complete!
Maisie on beach
There are two Maisies: happy or sad - this is happy Maisie!
Dad and son
Rob tends to throw his children great heights into the air - here he has a firm grip.
Sydney Opera House
We couldn't avoid this photo, taken from a ferry
Sydney harbour bridge
The other great icon of Sydney - again taken from the ferry
A buzz of activity in Sydney - harbour, monorail, restaurants, bars, skyscrapers, etc.
Lionel the lizard
Our friendly 10 inch lizard in Jervis Bay lived under the fridge but particularly liked visiting Lynne in her bedroom
Dan also entered the child throwing competition.
Lynne and Eve
On the ferry from Circular Quay to Darling Harbour
Out for a jog
This would have been by far the best photograph of the holiday.
Whilst jogging around Queens park a pack of young adoni - bronzed, topless males in skimpy shorts - jogged towards me; it was a wondrous sight to behold!
By the third lap we were on speaking terms and I thought I was in with a chance - but then they were gone!
PS - According to Rob they were the Bondi Beach Lifesavers who train in Queens Park
Finlay and Grandpa
He made a beeline for my wallet, ignored the National Trust, Blood Donor and Senior Rail cards and went straight for a debit card to chew.
Rob and friends
From left this is Rob, Rob and Chris - the other Rob and Chris have a one year-old each and on our last day we met on Balmoral Beach in Sydney. The three boys (men) are all equally obsessed with fitness.