Coburns Down Under
A great holiday - er business trip - in Australia. Sydney in February is
glorious compared with grizzly old England. The need to gather good data on cyclones in
Queensland took Coburn diving on the Barrier Reef.
Helen made a site visit to the new Homebush Bay Stadium under construction for
the Sydney 2000 Olympics - she has been involved in ventilation modelling for the project
this year. The children got to enjoy a lot of blissful swimming and cuddled up to a koala.
We got one of those hats with corks round the brim of course.
We ended the year with a blockbuster family holiday to Orlando, to
track down the elusive mouse and his compatriots. There were 18 oz T-bone steaks for
Grandpops Coburn, space-shuttles for Uncle Nick, stingrays to stroke for Alice and a ride
on Dumbo for Henry. Helen enjoyed the Alien Encounter and Andy got into blueberry pancakes
in a big way. The pool, the palm trees, the azure sky, the alligators...
The summer brought a new addition to 2 Rock Road Incorporated. From Finland we
welcomed Sanna, (shes the one at the bottom) our indispensable au pair. Alice and
Henry had a wonderful time perfecting their cartwheeling technique, acquiring lots of
Finnish vocabulary (if not the fiendish grammar), and even learning to appreciate
Alices friends were delighted that a top storey to Plum Tree Cottage was
inaugurated on her sixth birthday, in June. The ladder was in place, the guardrails
securely fixed, and small objects (like Henry) could be hurled with glee from the
Theres a seven in the year so its our big anniversary time. Helen turned
40, Andy and Helen celebrated their 10th anniversary and Edna, Helens mum, gave a
big party for her 70th. Also ten years ago, C.A.R. was founded (see Business Section) and
Ph.Ds were finished. What a year 87 was.
Suddenly in mid-July the garden was filled with monster arachnipods spinning
giant webs. Daily stock-takes revealed that they didnt get any of the children.