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Christmas Party – Brisbane

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December 23, 2013






Year End in Brisbane – with Sebastian

January 6, 2013


West End Market

IMG_8602Under the gum treeSebastian, Wanda, Paul

154486_10151307929144346_747341504_n[2]relaxing at the market

16696_10151307928934346_1275565110_n[1]Some dodgy business going on at the edge of the market ?


528487_4924604510885_1941403199_n[1]Graffitti art 

IMG_8606Mount Coot-tha – Brisbane in background

Pre-Christmas Drinks at Birkalla Street

 IMG_0633[1] Bacia, Francisco, Wanda, Charliany, Paul             photo Daniel Santos

IMG_0632[1]the French lesson team


BBQ at Jacek’s

IMG_8608Marek, Gaby, Renata, Sebastian, Jacek and Wanda

IMG_8609the story of a beloved pair of trousers

IMG_8610serious discussions going on

Mount Tamborine

IMG_8616lunch at the Polish House


shot_1356845854308Paul and Wanda          photo Gaby Wheeler

397714_10151313186549346_1106453142_n[1]short walk in the rainforest

550905_10151313186504346_1414155131_n[1] - Copiemother and son


New Year’s Eve

IMG00087-20121231-2020 - CopieGaby and Wanda ready to dive into the new year

IMG00089-20130101-0129Happy New Year – Wanda and Margozata

Christmas on Moreton Island

January 2, 2013


Five days on Moreton Island, just of Brisbane (one hour and half with the ferry), together with Sebastian and our friends Gaby and Chris

Cinq jours sur l’île de Moreton, au large de Brisbane (une heure et demie en bac), en compagnie de Sebastien et de nos amies Gaby et Chris

sand manthe sand man / le bonhomme de sable

224895_10151314460374346_2084795307_n[1]releasing air off the tires / dégonflage des pneus


strandedstranded truck/ camion ensablé

03IMG_8533rescued / sauvé

Christmas Eve / Veille de Noël

04IMG_8536 - CopieGaby, Wanda, Sebastian, Chris and the Christmas tree

05IMG_8538 - Copiel’arbre de Noël au premier plan                 574939_10151314460319346_243166989_n[1] to the beach

???????????????????????????????On the beach, viewing the sunset /sur la plage, au coucher de soleil





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Christmas Day/Le jour de Noël  

16IMG_0589 - CopieYellow Patch, close to North Point

17IMG_0592 - CopieGlasshouse Mountains on the horizon

18IMG_0598Sebastian and Bruce, our old (and brave) Landrover

19IMG_8568 - Copiepicnic on the east coast, very hot

20IMG_8569 - Copiepique-nique improvisé, il fait bon chaud



528561_10151310804899346_1797739168_n[1]Reading on the terrass of our bungalow

Another Sunset

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22IMG_8577mother and son / mère et fils



25IMG_8585 - Copie (2)Wanda, Gaby and Sebastian

Wanda’s I-phone photo file

249843_10151302676144346_1802027299_n[2]sunset on beach

528495_10151300305754346_441464538_n[2]Paul testing his new snorkling outfit at the Chrismas table

550509_10151300807784346_187834652_n[1]on the beach

603200_10151304465744346_1356027355_n[2]Storm on the way back home, from the ferry

Sebastians Files – The Bunker on the Beach







Tai’s Second Farewell

December 30, 2012


It is the second time that colleague Tai is leaving us. The first time was a year ago, when he still was in Houston. After only three months we  asked him to come and join us in Brisbane. We therefore wonder if this will really be the last time, there might be a ¨boomerang effect” bringing him back to us. So, as we say in French, ¨ce n’est qu’un au revoir

Morning Tea at the Office

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modest gifts including peanuts and signed boomerang

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John, Paul, Tai, Sharon and Jarod 


John, Scott, Sharon, Tai, Paul and Jarod


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Scott, John, Linda, Richard, Tai, Wanda, Paul


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Scott, John, Linda, Richard

Paëlla at Birkalla Street


the three cooks: Cris, Wanda and Gaby


Tai, Linda, John, Jarod, Sharon, Gaby and Cris

Lone Pine


Tai, unable to get rid of his peanuts

Noosa revisited with friends

November 25, 2012


Relaxing week end in Noosa together with the Santos family

With family Santos

Wanda, Charliany, Samuel, Daniel, Francisco

everybody happy

Noosa beach

feeling safe

1946 Ford Woody – on the street in Noosa

on the way back

back home, impressive thunder storm


November 23, 2012



Week end in Melbourne, visiting family and friends

Week end à Melbourne, visite de cousins et amis

Wanda with Yola, Chen and their granddaughter Anabelle 

Our friends Yola and Chen put us up for a couple of nights. This was very helpful since all the hotels were fully booked since many weeks. The famous Melbourne Cup was taking place the same week end.

Nos amis Yola et Chen nous ont hébergés chez eux, dans les faubourgs de Melbourne. C’était bienvenu, vu que tous les hotels de la ville étaient complets depuis plusieurs semaines déjà. La fameuse Melbourne Cup (course internationale de chevaux) avait lieu ce même week end

 Downtown Melbourne / Centre ville

Central Station / Gare Centrale


Chinatown – cheep barber shop / coiffeur pas cher

Chinatown, with Yola and Chen 

Victoria Market

Lygon Street


Hats in the city

After the Races

Hats heading home after the race, some of them slightly tipsy (maybe)

Durant la Melbourne Cup, les dames portent leur plus beau chapeau et les hommes leur meilleur complet veston

Grégory Porter in Concert

At Toff in Town

Great singer, great concert, great public

Wanda relaxing in Yolas house and protecting herself of the ¨cold¨

Frederic Valton and family

Shelly, Frederic and little daughter Chloë, almost 2 year old

Paul and Chloë

Chloë and Shelly


Frederic, Wanda, Paul

Shelly and Frederic

Albert Park (Fred’s neighbourhood)

Tapas Party at Birkalla Street

October 14, 2012


Wanda, Sonia, Bacia, Margot, Murka, Pawel, Tai, Chris I, Steve, Chris II

later in the evening, the remaining core team

Margot and Bacia, tiny glass of water (?)

Murka’s shoes

Murka, Bacia and Wanda

August in Amsterdam

September 28, 2012


Passing by Amsterdam, before and after Switzerland. Good to be there again and visit some friends

Deux courts passages à Amsterdam, avant et après la Suisse. Bon d’être la à nouveau et de revoir quelques amis

like a tourist in my own town/comme un touriste dans ma propre ville

Amstel River

American Hotel

just landed, pretty much jetlegged

Pete Purnell

my portrait by Pete Purnell

Frankufter Wurst auf der Autobahn – on the way back from Switzerland

Thai restaurant, in our street – with Karolyna

Paul Wanda, Pete – just before my departure to Australia

Le Trétien – Wanda’s Birthday

September 24, 2012

L’Anniversaire de Wanda

Réunion avec des amis, des connaissances et la famille au Trétien, notre petit village dans les alpes valaisannes

Big gathering with friends, acquaintances and family in Le Trétien, our little village in the Swiss Alps

14-16/08 /2012

The Days Before – Les jours précédents 

Arrival in Geneva, Central Station – Arrivée à Genève, Gare Cornavin

Ferran, Johanna, Wanda

Martigny  – Sebastian, Karolina, Ferran

Martigny, Place Centrale

Relaxing at Place Centrale 


August 17, 2012

Johanna, Wanda, Karolina

breakfast on sunny terrace

Kinga’s tailor-made T-shirts

Kitchen party – Karolina, Kinga, Milka, Anemique


Ferran et Christian


Party Day

Arrival of The Queen – Johanna, Queen Wanda, Karolina, Yves, Ferran

Romain, Raymond, Sébastien, Yves, Jean’François, Giovanni, Serge, Paul, Hanny, Ferran

Les chapeaux australiens sont arrivés

Polish-Pyrenées connection – Martha, Kinga, Karolina, Annie, Johanna, Milka

Mado, Martha, Kinga, Wanda, Karolina, Annie, Milka, Johanna, Danièle, Anemique 

Christian, Raymond, Marie-France, Paul et Wanda

Christian, Raymond, Marie-France et Paul

Wanda, Ferran, Mado, Wanda

Mado: tu fumes beaucoup….

Serge (elektra), Phedora, Wanda, Paul

Danièle, Pierre-André, Serge

Milka, Kinga

Jean-Marc et Pierre-André

Ferran, Jean-Marc, Pierre-André 

Jean-François, Yves, Damien


Pierre-André et Danièle

Alchimistes préparant les cocktails

les cocktails sont en route

La râclette (photos de Mado)

Serge et Annie

Serge, Phédora, Christine

Hanny et Jean-François

Phedora et Christine

Fred et Yanneth

Marie-France et Raymond 



Romain et Ferran

Wanda and Sebastian

Christine et Paul

Damien et ses neveux

Master Chef Christian

La Fête

Martha and Wanda

à la tienne

two dangerous witches

“Maître Râclette” en pleine action

Le second “Maître Râclette” en action

Romain et Karolyna

Kinga and Peter

Sex a peal (Fanda and Kaolina trying to sing)



19/08 /2012

The morning after the day before /le lendemain du jour d’avant

piscine des Marécottes



Partie de pétanque

Dushko, très intéressé par les amuse-bouches

A remain of the party hangover? – un restant de gueule de bois?

palabres intenses, la passion de la pétanque…

Christian, Mado et Typhanie soirée émotion chez Damien, découverte de veilles lettres


Le Trétien – Wanda’s File

Team Build Up

June 22, 2012

Go-Kart Team Build Up

At Kingston Park Raceway, with colleagues. It was raining like hell. Never got so wet in my entire life. But it was great fun. Shall never forget. Very successful team build up.

Impossible to take photos of the race itself . Too much concentrated on the action, too much rain and on top of it it was dark. So here are some group photos instead, taken after the race

Peter, John K., Scott, Richard, Tai, Paul, John C., Michael B. and Jarod

Wet, wet, wet. Trying to warm up under the heater

i purchased a T-shirt, just to have something dry to wear

The official team photo

The winners and the looser

 We ended up in a South End restaurant, with our soaked clothes. Everyone started by ordering a cognac, to try and warm up

Peter Magoulick

John Cooper

Richard Stewart

 jarod and his girlfriend

BBQ @ Birkalla 

BBQ at my place with my colleagues. Master Scotsman did a great job

Tai, Jarod, Richard, John, Sharon, John K, Linda, Ralph

Mister Roco 

Tai, Jarod, Richard, Scott, John C., Sharon, John K, Linda, Ralph, Kelly

same, less Tai, +me

Multiple Teams @ Restaurant Cha Cha Char

3 tables, 3 different teams

John, Jarod and Richard

Excellent dinner. Great steaks. This place is highly recommended.

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