Footings Poured

I’ve added a couple of interesting links to the Down syndrome links page. One is a report into inclusion in NSW schools, and the other is the transcript of an SBS show about inclusion in mainstream schools.

The concretors poured the footings for the back room today, and the builders removed the brick from most of the walls across the back of the house. They’ve also begun digging holes out the front for the new balcony poles.

The new footings have just been poured!

October 16th, 2002

DSA NSW Conference 2002

Megan and I attended the Down Syndrome Association of NSW conference up at Collaroy this weekend. They had some great speakers talking about things like Makaton sign language, communication and social skills, legal issues, etc. It was also nice just to meet and talk with other parents.

October 13th, 2002

Renovations Begin

Our renovations officially started today! The excavators came and levelled the backyard, and began digging the footings. It’s weird to see the backyard demolished, but it’s great to have things finally under way.

October 12th, 2002

September 2002 Photos

Some more family photos have been posted in the gallery.

October 1st, 2002

Photo Competition Update

I finally got around to updating the images on my photo competitions page today. I’ve won a few awards in recent camera club competitions, which is motivating me to get out with the camera some more.

Yesterday we signed all the home loan forms with the bank, so our renovations will hopefully be starting in a few weeks.

September 7th, 2002

Dinner With Dr Karl

Todd went out to dinner with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and a bunch of friends on Saturday night, after taking part in the Sleek Geek Week science boffin-fest.

August 26th, 2002

CityDesk Demo

If you want to know more about the software I use to maintain this site, check out Fog Creek Software’s new CityDesk Demo (2 Mb).

August 21st, 2002

CityDesk 1.0.29 Bug Fix


Fog Creek Software has released Service Pack 2 of CityDesk to fix a couple of rare but really painful FTP bugs.

August 9th, 2002

American Pumpkin Pie


  • 1 unbaked pie shell
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup strained orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp orange rind
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/4 cups fresh or canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp unblanched almond slivers


  1. Line a 9″ pie plate with the pastry of your choice.
  2. Mix together in a bowl the brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, salt and orange rind.
  3. Beat the eggs slightly. Add to the first mixture and stir well.
  4. Stir in the water, pumpkin, milk, orange juice and vanilla.
  5. Pour into the prepared pie shell. Sprinkle with the slivered almonds.
  6. Bake in a preheated 450°F oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 325°F and continue cooking approximately 45 minutes more, until the custard is set.
  7. Garnish with a crown of whipped cream.

August 7th, 2002

Grace In DSA Newsletter

Grace’s photo was published in the Winter edition of the Down Syndrome Association of NSW newsletter, along with an introduction letter from Megan and I. They put the photos from each newsletter online (hers is the bottom left picture). A bigger version of the same photo is available on this site.

August 3rd, 2002

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