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Friday, May 22, 2015

It's that time again...

Yep! Tomorrow is my high school reunion meet up. For a number of years, my year level has met each year for a reunion. The numbers of attendees varies but each year we 'find' some more classmates. Our Grade 8 cohort numbered 200 and over half of these classmates have been traced. 
My high school opened in 1963 with one classroom block and an amenities block...When I started high school, a classroom block had been built to cater for the new Grade 8s.
Building work continued for many years as the school grew. The photo shows the A block which contained Admin as well as classrooms. 

But in the mid 1990s, the school was closed, the site sold and just over 50 homes were built on the land...
The next photo was taken from the primary school oval which was adjacent to the high school site and shows some of the houses in the development. 
So our beloved school is gone but the various year levels still have regular reunions...

My collage shows clockwise starting at top left, yours truly in my school uniform, complete with grey gloves and Panama hat. (Year 9) Next to that is my Grade 8 class photo, underneath that is a uniform on a mannequin. I wore that uniform in Grade 12 and yes somehow I had kept it :-/. Below that photo is the 2013 Maria at that reunion, and the last photo is my Grade 12 group photo.
Some 'new faces' will be at the reunion tomorrow as well as familiar friends. We are all in our 60s now but when we get together it's just like we are back in our teens again...some of the 'stories' have us roaring with laughter. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Last week...

Last week I was a bit of a gadabout :-)...
Tuesday saw me heading off to the city to meet up with Jean, a fellow blogger...we met for lunch at Jimmy's on the Mall. We both ordered the lunchtime steak meal...

It certainly looks a lot on the plate doesn't it?
It was delicious! 
Jean and I had a lovely catch up over coffee and then our meal...then we said our goodbyes and I thought I would go for a wander as the city centre is quite a novelty for me these days...
So it was a short walk up to the Myer Centre. On Monday night my brother and my niece and I had been reminiscing about this Myer Centre which was opened in 1988. We recalled the roller coaster and theme park which used to be on the upper level...but it's long gone now. The ceiling is rather beautiful so I took a photo...and in my mind I could see that roller coaster up there as well as the Pirate Ship ride.
Then I saw the sign for a shop that people seem to be raving about...
So I went in for a look...it's a Japanese shop and it's filled with all sorts of items, especially items to use for storing. It reminded me of some of the shops in Hong Kong that stock Japanese items for the home. I only bought a birthday card for a special friend who is celebrating a special birthday ( one with a zero on the end) this month. But I could go back with DH one day so I have someone to help carry my purchases. 

Wednesday I was out and about again too...a friend had a fundraiser World's Largest Morning Tea so that happened in the morning...


There were lots of raffles at the morning tea and my name was drawn 3 times! But I said 2 prizes were more that enough! Lol. So I took a parcel of kitchen odds and ends from a local gift shop and a complimentary High tea for one...I really wanted the toiletries' prizes so I could donate the items to K4BN...naughty aren't I having a whinge?!! Lol



Then it was lunch with former work colleagues of DH at a local pub, Alderley Arms.
My lunch was delicious!

Thursday was yet another catch up with friends. This time at that lovely cafe at Samford...the Flying Nun. (It's in an old church, hence the name) 
Outside the cafe looking up Station St, towards Main St.

'Friends by marriage', that's how I describe these 2 friends...they have been friends of DH's since they were all teenagers in the same youth club...so when I met DH in 2002, it wasn't long before he introduced me to these friends of his...and they became friends of both DH and I! 


My lunch with its rosy hue from the light shining through a red umbrella...it was an avocado and grilled haloumi sandwich with grilled chicken as an extra...delish! 

Friday was quiet...I just went to that Trivia Night that I wrote about in my last post...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Helping out...

My niece was faced with a dilemma...a new job which required attendance at a training course on a day when her younger child was not in Day Care. Luckily I was able to help out, and so it was that Maximo arrived at our place early this morning. What fun we had!
My collection of teddies, mostly bought on our travels, were 'let out of' the plastic crate that they 'live' in, and Max had a lovely time chatting and playing with them.
I had also borrowed some toys from my neighbour's grandson...and these were very popular, especially the Buzz Lightyear that talked, and a tool set...

We did some craft too, but I forgot to take photos of Maximo's pictures.

But I had a wonderful helper getting ready for morning tea...he used the cutter to make the scones...
Max watched the scones cook and marveled at how they got bigger!
We then invited DH to come and join us for morning tea...

Now Eduardo always hides when little people visit but Max never gives up hope that he will get to pat my elusive feline. Eddie always comes for a pat and ear tickle whenever DH or I hang out washing and Max called out 'Puss, Puss, Puss' but Eduardo was having none of it and ran away into the shrubs and wouldn't budge!

We had story time with books borrowed from the Council Library...
We went for a walk up the street to the former dairy farm where the owner fattens  a few head of cattle...and this is 7km from the centre of Brisbane! Maximo loved it and the walk to and from...

We watched a little TV too...
Max was fascinated with my crocheting and even had a try at doing some too...
At 5pm, Max's big sister Lucy and their mum came to collect him...he was a tired little man...but then again, I was a tired great aunt!!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Signs...

I forgot to put this photo in my last post. It is the sign at our church which is on a busy road. Apparently the spelling mistake is deliberate. Paul, our wonderful quiz master was responsible for this sign...

We had the best roll up in years for last Friday's Trivia night...now I wonder was that because this sign does get attention?? Lol. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

FNSI...

Third Friday night of the month is Friday Night Sew In...so what did I get up to?
Firstly DH and I headed off to a fundraiser for the Parish...a Trivia Night...
As usual each 'Table' brought nibblies...
As well as Trivia questions we played a few games of 'heads and tails'...this activity always raises a few dollars as you pay a gold coin to play...
We answered lots of questions and the brains of our team got a good 'work out' lol! After a couple of hours it was all over until next time. Our quiz master, Paul does a great job! 



After the tidying up it was time to head home for a belated FNSI...

A few days ago a friend left a bag of knitted and crocheted squares on my veranda...there were lots of the small crocheted squares...



I decided to sew the squares into blocks of 4 and then put all those blocks into a blanket. So I started that last night...

There are LOTS of the pink ones so a few of them I have started crocheting more rounds so that those squares can be put with other 10 inch squares and make yet another blanket. I did this one last night...

I'm heading off to a Knit and Natter this morning so will continue making my 'four patch' blocks while I catch up on the nattering :-)
(After 2 years of our team winning the Trivia Night, we tied with another team for second place and the winners had beaten us by one point...it was a great night of fun!)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Birthday celebrations...

DH organised a family get together to celebrate my birthday. I didn't have to cook as everyone was bringing food...how wonderful! 
We set up two tables on the veranda and DH brought out the extra folding chairs which we store downstairs. 

I washed all the rugs and quilts so that our guests could wrap up in them if they felt cold. I first saw this idea in Queenstown NZ where restaurants would put throws over the back of chairs in the outdoor dining areas. We saw the same thing in France last year too. 

A few of my guests were unable to come due to illness...there are a lot of nasty virus infections around here at the moment. The cousin who was allocated to bringing the pre dinner nibblies forgot them...so I quickly put together some cheeses and crackers on a platter...

My brother took over the job of cooking the meat on the barbeque, assisted by my gorgeous (and extremely tall) nephew...

Then it was time to eat...

What a spread everyone brought!

Maximo, my niece's little boy, reminded us a little later on that there was a cake...and he had been waiting patiently while we all sat around chatting.
I put one candle on my birthday cake but my brother had come prepared...he had a bag of candles which he proceeded to put on the cake!



The cake was delicious...Apple and chocolate. My brother's partner was asked for the recipe by everyone! 

Sadly the date of my birthday is also the anniversary of when DH's eldest brother was killed in a plane crash. This year marks 25 years since that fatal crash. Keith was the Mayor of Cairns and the small plane was carrying local government representatives from North Queensland back home from a local government conference at Airlie Beach. The plane crashed to the west of Cairns and there were no survivors.
 Keith's daughter commented on Facebook today that despite it being 25 years, it still hurts. She shared this photo of her dad...

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mothers' Day...

Here in Australia, the second Sunday in May is Mothers' Day. Yesterday DD2 took me out to lunch as she would not be able to see me today...and a lovely lunch and catch up it was! 
Today I was supposed to go to DD1's for lunch but she has a really bad cold, so we postponed lunch for another time. 
DH went off to golf and I've had the most marvellous day 'pottering'...
One 'job' I did was to change the display and mini quilt on the hutch...this time the Blue Willow came out on display...


 Perhaps a closer look at that beautiful little quilt on the hanger...

Illene made this for me in a mini swap in 2013...and I made this one for her :-)


I posted some old photos of my girls on Instagram and Facebook...
On the left, DD2 aged about 18 months with yours truly at her Nanna's Melbourne home, and on the right, DD1 aged 5 weeks at the family party after her Baptism. Her dad and I are cutting her cake but she got none of it! :-)
And what a coincidence! DD2 used the same photo of her and I in her IG post...
With a nice message too...


I see she made reference to my 'perm' and 'Vegemite eyes' brought a smile to my face...I was the only one in our family of 4 who had brown eyes. Miss DD1, as a toddler, told her Nanna that 'Mummy has Vegemite eyes'...:-/ ( Vegemite is a savoury spread similar to Marmite ie dark brown ) 
It's been a little while since I was able to spend time with both my girls at the same time...so this photo from a few years ago is very special...


I hope all mothers had a lovely Mothers' Day with lots of spoiling!