Stan and Lorna Hayes (seated) are pleased to have their daughter Elizabeth, son-in-law Jess and granddaughter Ivy home in Rockhampton for Christmas.
Stan and Lorna Hayes (seated) are pleased to have their daughter Elizabeth, son-in-law Jess and granddaughter Ivy home in Rockhampton for Christmas. MEGAN LEWIS Ml

Family swaps snow for sun

JESS Sachania has gone from one extreme to the other.

With snow blizzards causing chaos across much of his English homeland, Jess is safely on the other side of the world.

He’s here in Rockhampton acclimatising to the 30-degree plus days.

Jess has come with his wife Elizabeth Hayes and their six-month-old daughter Ivy Gwendolyn Sachania to spend the festive season with Elizabeth’s family.

It’s proving a special trip as it’s the first time Elizabeth’s family, including her parents Stan and Lorna Hayes, have seen Ivy.

Christmas is a special time of year for many families across the Rockhampton district as they get together.

Elizabeth, who moved to England to work at Oxford University in 2001 and who now lives in Reading, said it was great to be back in Rockhampton to spend time with the family.

“We’re back for two-and-a-half weeks,” said Elizabeth, who works as a public servant with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council in England.

She said she was looking forward to a big family get-together tomorrow with about 30 people expected to attend Lorna and Stan’s North Rockhampton home.

Jess is still getting used to the heat.

“I’ve come from one extreme to the other and I think I prefer the snow,” he said.

“We’ve been hiding in Stockland a fair bit.”



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