|Hey, what's this? It's cold outside. That must be a source of warmth. That container looks suspiciously like a drink mix that will give us nutrition and warm us up.|
|Milo to the rescue!|
|No liquid here, but boy, these are delicious. Elder D is quite a cook - coconut, chocolate, smashed cookies, sweetened condensed milk, and now you have little balls of deliciousness! Good job Elder D and thanks for sharing with your entire zone.|
|This was one of the Elders wanting to use our camera and practice. That was the most pictures we have had taken of us at the temple - 6 to be exact!|
|had fun taking pictures.|
|Companions, companions, companions. How many companionships can you find in this picture?|
A moment of FUN. They keep us smiling. Maybe our next mission will be photographing Church members around the world; or better yet, grandkids around the US of A.
We made certain that we had plenty of fresh apples, oranges, popcorn, and hot chocolate to keep them healthy and happy. Actually, they all head to lunch at Carlingford Court after the Temple and before they head back to their area for preparation time.
This zone is in the more populace suburbs south of Sydney. They include a Tongan Ward as well as another University area so the teaching is varied in age and background. They speak 6 languages - English, Tongan, Samoan, Korean, Mandarin, and Cantonese. All of the missionaries from other countries are learning English and if they choose, they can take an English proficiency exam online with BYU and get a certificate. Of course, if you count Australian, and New Zealand, then that would be 8 different languages. :)
We have worked hard at learning their names and how to pronounce them correctly. They have even learned how to say ours correctly and we love their humor and "photogenic natures". Whatever that means. :)
We try not to be partial with the camera, but some missionaries jump into every picture no matter what we do! Photo Bombing is definitely an art in the mission field. We have observed it and when we come home, watch out grandkids as we WILL Bomb your pictures!
We also enjoy when they ask us to be in the pictures with them. We feel that they are our friends as well as fellow workers in the mission. We wish that our family could meet 200 of our closest friends, but that will problably not happen. Utah is looking farther away all the time.
|Always beautiful are the Blue Mountains and the surrounding valleys and rolling hills.|
|So, here are the greeters in the Lucas Cave. Yes they are real and yes they are alive. It was quite amazing how comfortable around humans the animal life has become. No, grandchildren, we did not touch or feed them. That would be against the rules.|
|The formations in this cave are strikingly beautiful|
|Well, okay, everything in the cave wasn't beautiful :| But everything was old!|
|"Going up"! Anyone interested in an exciting ladder climbing experience? Luckily these ladders are only for the workers to replace the light bulbs. We found that humorous.|
|There were some steep places that the early explorers used. We took the easy and safe way down.|
|Hey! There's a beautiful woman in the cave :). The backdrop is pretty, also. Fortunately for the old guy, she's old too LOL.|
|The earth shifted at some point in time and the column broke. We weren't there when it happened. We are not that old...yet. The lighting inside this cave was wonderful.|
|Old is good, right?|
|The tooth fairy room is quite interesting to view. How about this mouth full of teeth?|
|Toward the end of the tour, Sasha turned on the red, green and blue lights which were strategically placed in order to get this beautiful effect.|
|There are a lot of steps to take on the way down from the tour. The surroundings are beautiful.|
|There are more caves to explore across the way. You could spend hundreds of dollars and hundreds of hours here, but the work is calling and we have miles to go before we sleep.|
|We were Platypus hunting here. It's quite difficult to see them during the day. And it was not our lucky day. Last time we were here we actually saw a Platypus for about 1 or 2 seconds. They disappear into the water so quickly photos are hard to get.|
|This is a Superb Fairy-wren we met along the path. This bird is so hyperactive it was hard to get a good photo. This was the best we could do before he disappeared into the bush.|
|Now here's a performer looking for attention. He was just diving now and then to eat an insect or who knows what. But he wasn't afraid of the big, bad photographer.|
|Duelling cameras! Fun.|