I was terribly busy at the time, our project was gearing up rapidly but I managed to throw a huge tantrum and get three days off so we could see a bit of each other and show her about the city where I was living temporarily.
This included taking her down to visit my son and daughter in law south of Wollongong, to meet their first baby, Nicholas.
We had such a good time, she was such fun and lovely to spend time with and I treasure my memories of those few days so very much.
We did spend a day at the zoo and we did see her pandas, indeed, we sat near the leafy enclosure and ate our picnic lunch while enjoying watching the one animal on view settle down for a doze in his tree...
The names of the Sydney red pandas amused us...one was called Meesing (because she was a great escape artist and frequently went "meesing" from the zoo), another was nicknamed mayhem, because of his bad behaviour when staff were trying to film him for a nature programme...it was a lovely day.
This photograph is not my own, my photographs from our zoo visit were all too distant to show the lovely colour and appealing face of the little animals, so I borrowed this lovely image off the internet. It was taken by Lisa Cyr...(Thanks Lisa).