West toward the Blue Mountains is a suburb called St. Mary’s. Blake, from our Chinese Branch, owns a townhome there that he has been renting. He has decided to move in himself and has begun painting the whole house. President Kwok, who leads the Elder’s quorum, organized a work party to help Blake.
Left is Elder Ross on the ladder, right you see Elder Chen. The style of front door you see behind Elder Chen is very popular here. The horizontal windows go the full length of the door and have frosted glass.
We arrived in the afternoon after going to the temple, so changed when we arrived at Blake’s place. We wore the oldest clothes we brought to Australia. Elder Kinghorn wore some sweats we found in the Tolman’s flat, but rolled them up because it was hot! Right is Ian from our Branch presidency. Blake is his Mom’s boyfriend.
I can’t remember the last time I painted! Blake was brave to let all us amateurs loose with rollers and brushes! You can see from the picture on the left how small back gardens can be.
Blake was very pleased despite the mess we made. There were so many brushes and containers of paint so we all could be working.
I rolled the paint on the center part of the wall by the air conditioning/heating unit. Dave painted the cornice (crown molding) because he was the only one who could reach it.
Here is darling Isaac and his Mom, Sophia. When Isaac was napping in his stroller, then both Mei and Sophia could paint. Isaac slept in the bonus room back of the garage, similar to the one we have. But it is connected to the house through the laundry room. Mei is Ian’s Mom, Isaac’s grandmother and Blake’s girlfriend.
Here is Brother Yang. He is the quiet one in the Branch who brings lots of food for our meals and cleans up afterwards. He is always serving others. Here is a better picture of Ian, Sophia’s husband.
How did Brother Yang get paint all down his side? Dave set his paint on the ladder briefly when he was done with the cornice. Brother Yang decided to use the ladder, but didn’t see the paint. He is such a good man, he didn’t get upset at all.