We spent last weekend being introduced to our newest grandchild and first grandson, Orin Sugiura-Wilson, in a visit to see David and Yuki in Perth, WA. We flew over from Melbourne but stayed in town as we didn’t want to be too much of an imposition on them as a new mum and dad who were getting reduced sleep with a baby frequently awake during the night.
Orin is now 5 weeks old. He was born January 24 weighing 2.85kg. He’s only a little bloke (takes after his mum) but since his birth he has added 1.1 kg in weight and about 6 cm in height. He has long skinny legs and arms like all the Wilson men! He’s growing fast. Actually, he’s a very good baby and in a few more weeks when he is old enough to focus his eyes and smile, he will be very captivating indeed.
According to Wikipedia his name means;
- “Pale green” in Irish. (derived from Odran or Ohdran)
- “Pale-skinned” or white in Scottish.
- “Pine tree” in Hebrew.
- “Song” in Scottish.
And in Japanese, his kanji (or characters) are strong and bold. Yuki’s name in Japanese can mean ‘snow’ and her surname, Sugiura, means ‘cedar’. She uses this combination as part of her email address. Perhaps meanings of ‘pale’ and ‘pine tree’ for Orin are quite appropriate.
We had a good time over the weekend having lots of cuddles.
In between our time cuddling Orin, we managed to help with some cooking, do some gardening, and we visited the Saturday farmer’s market at the school just across the road. David and Yuki live in a nice part of Perth with shady tree-lined streets and with the local primary school (for later on) is virtually across the road. Directly across the road is a park.
The market at the school on Saturdays is very popular. There were a wide range of stalls selling fruit, local produce and some craft items. It even has has its own resident ukulele band. We pottered around the stalls buying some things for lunch along with a nice Jarrah timber serving board for us to bring home. It will supplement another one that Cathy once gave me for Christmas as I work my way through Jamie Oliver’s 15 minute cook book.
During our visit, the weather was quite hot at 36C degrees, or so. Perhaps this was normal in summer by Perth standards, but we found it to be a bit warm. On one day, we drove up to a little town of Lancelin, about 90 minutes north of Perth, to see some of the northern coastline. We were surprised a the amount of development taking place up that way – especially at Yanchep where there is some major housing development taking place. On a hot day, the coastline looked dry and barren but this area is a favourite holiday and fishing place for the locals.With my fair skin and propensity to get sunburnt, it is a little underwhelming. The grass trees in the local area, however, looked much more in keeping with the dry and hot climate.