Party Wrap Up

Thank you to everyone who came to the party. I had an absolute ball – even though we didn’t have a chance to talk to anyone all day! Mark and I were so busy being social butterflies, there wasn’t a moment to just sit and enjoy the love. And there was a lot of love. So many people turned up that we ran out of chairs in the first hour, and we probably ran out of food too (not that I was capable of noticing!).

Apparently, we do have more than nine friends 🙂

There were knitters, and non-knitters. And they even talked to each other.

And since I completely forgot to take pictures, check out Donna’s post for some great pictures of the beasties, and Kate’s extensive coverage.

Once again, thanks to everyone who made it such a special day.

Wednesday Deadline

You’d have to be dead not to realise that the election has been called, and we have until wednesday to make sure you are on the electoral roll.

There are a whole lot of reasons to vote, and no valid ones not to – so get thee to a polling booth on election day (if you’re not giving birth), and do your bit for democracy.

Don’t for get Wed is the deadline for enrolling to vote or changing your details.

The election will be held on November 24, but unless you act quickly you may find that you are ineligible to vote. You must enrol now to make sure you have your say about Australia’s future.

You have until 8pm Wednesday October 17 to fill out, sign and return your enrolment form to the Australian Electoral Commission.

If you are already enrolled but have moved house and changed addresses, you have until Tuesday October 23 to update your details.

The instructions below are a definitive guide to enrolling, so please forward them to your friends and family to make sure they can have their say this election.

Enrolling for the first time or updating your enrolment

1. Download your state’s form:

2. Fill it out. You will need to provide ID or find someone to vouch for you. The instructions are on the form.

3. Send in the form immediately.

How to send in your form

FAX: Enter your postcode and it will tell you your nearest Divisional Office, fax it there., or

SCAN AND EMAIL: Scanned and email the completed and signed forms as an attachment to, or

POST: Mail your form to your nearest Divisional Office of the AEC. Reply paid envelopes are provided at Australia Post shops/offices).

Checking your enrolment is still current

* Check you are enrolled at your current address by filling out your details in this form:

* If your name and address details are still current – you are enrolled. If not, you need to update by October 23, by following the instructions above.

The Australian Electoral Commission is in charge of looking after enrolments. If you require further information please telephone 13 23 26 or go to

Good Behaviour!

Home now.

I made a plea of guilty, and the judge found the conviction “proven but not recorded”, and gave me a good behaviour bond for 2 years.

David Reidy questions whether I can behave myself for that long, but I am pretty confident 😉

Thanks everyone for your support and good wishes, this is a HUGE relief!

PS. Yes, I do get to keep my licence. Thanks for all the happy comments, and I think Sally’s idea of a bad behaviour party in 2009 is a winner!

How to rescue a crap day?

So, Monday is court day, and I spent today finding a lawyer.  Looks like I’ll probably lose my licence for 12 months.  There is a chance I can escape a conviction – but I can’t afford to bank on it.  It’s been an emotional roller coaster, and I left the last solicitors office in tears today. 

As well as the isolation of being without a car (and with a small child – the concept of which is completely doing my head in), there is also the risk that a criminal conviction could jeopardise my accreditation as a celebrant. 

I also managed to lose my phone (and assume it was stolen), which added a certain something to the day.

So a big thank you to Justine, who  timed the arrival of her gorgeous gift perfectly.

I will take pics soon, and also of the beautiful gifts from Emma, when I find the card reader for my old camera.  My beautiful new camera has been misplaced in the move, and I am trying desperately not to get hysterical about it.

So the big news (we’ve been pretty short on news here at Merrylands Manor), is that we have come pretty close to deciding on a name.

I    N    I    G    O

Of course, we may still get a better idea – or we might meet him and decide that he is definitely an Ernest, not an Inigo.  But I have done a subversive cross stitch of the name, and it’s looking good.

And in PARTY news.  We only have nine RSVP’s so far.  Surely I have more than 9 friends?