A very special visitor over Easter

This blog post is a little bit overdue… I misplaced my flash card reader (again!!).

Over the Easter weekend, we had a very special visitor. Punxutawney Phyllis came all the way from the US, via New Zealand and Eastern Melbourne to spend the long weekend with us as part of her World Tour.

Phyllis receives a warm welcome from Jazz

She arrived on Thursday afternoon and received a warm welcome from my boys as well as Jazz, our blue tongue lizard. Jazz and Phyllis hit it off right away, planning all sorts of mischief to get in to.

Watching the Brisbane vs Carlton match

Mr N introduced Phyllis to Aussie Rules football, watching the Brisbane vs Carlton match on TV in preparation for taking her to the big match at the MCG on Monday. She wasn’t sure about the game but easily got caught up in the enthusiasm of those watching.

Phyllis came to church with us for Easter

As it was Easter, Phyllis came to church with us on Good Friday and Easter Day. It was beautiful and sunny and Phyllis loved the flowers that decorated the church for Easter, as well as the beautiful singing by the choir.

Ready for the football

On Monday, Phyllis went to the MCG to watch the football with Mr N. The match was Geelong vs Hawthorn. She couldn’t believe how big the stadium is and how many people were there, yelling and screaming supporting their teams. She donned the Cats colours along with Mr N. The cats won by two points! She had a sore throat from all the yelling. It was hard not to get caught up in the excitement on the game.

Playing in the park

To round out a wonderful few days, Phyllis went to play in the local park with the boys before heading to the post office for her trip to South Korea.

It was a flying visit, but Phyllis had a wonderful time, and didn’t get up to too much mischief…

Melbourne put on wonderful weather for her, with the typical four seasons in one day – including a spectacular storm on the Thursday night, cold, raining, sunny. Temperatures ranged from 17 degrees to 25 degrees on different days (I didn’t write down the weather for each day!)



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  1. Oh wow! What an awesome visit! I can tell Phyllis and Jazz have become fast friends šŸ™‚ And how cool that you introduced her to Aussie football and she got to go to an actual game dressed in the Cats colors!!! Thank you so much for having her, and showing her such a wonderful time! I know she really enjoyed her visit with you šŸ™‚

    • We enjoyed having her šŸ™‚ Mr N happily shared his hat and scarf with Phyllis, he wasn’t going to run the risk of her going for Hawthorn! lol

  2. Wow, what a well travelled visitor! Love the adventure she and all of you enjoyed together. Shame you didn’t introduce her to Collingwood. That’s what makes a top notch Aussie visit. ;-P

    • ROFL! Don’t say that in this house! Mr N is one eyed Cats all the way, though my Grandpa goes for Collingwood šŸ™‚

  3. Totally Aussie! I loved the football garb…Phyllis can just wear anything, can’t she? Jazz is beautiful and he seems very interesting in reading all about Phyllis. Great post and photos.

    • We had to give her a 100% Aussie experience on her visit. She can wear anything, and had fun getting in to the spirit of the game.

  4. I’m so glad Phyllis likes football! šŸ™‚

  5. Looks like Phyllis had a blast! Jazz is your pet lizard? Thanks for sending her up our way!

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