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Friday, December 23, 2016

A Graduation

This December two of DH's daughters graduated with Masters degrees; DsD1 in Education Studies and DsD3 in Social Work; Advanced Practice. Unfortunately DH was in hospital for his elder daughter's ceremony and it looked like he would miss DsD3's a week later.  The second ceremony was in Port Macquarie, NSW, and weeks earlier we had booked a 2 bedroom unit and the plan was that we would take DsD3 to her ceremony, a 6 hour drive.
Well, when it looked like DH and I wouldn't be going, DsD3 asked her mother to take time off work and go with her and use the unit. And then DH got clearance to travel that distance as a passenger, so the trip was on again. But we couldn't very well tell DH's ex wife she couldn't come, so the four of us headed off.
So we sat in the back seat and were chauffeured.

The lovely town of Woodburn was our lunch stop.

Another stop was at the Big Banana at Coffs Harbour...there's a stand downhill from the iconic banana where you can slot a mobile phone. Set the timer and then dash up to stand in front of the banana for a photo.

It was a long drive and it was good to reach our destination. And we all had an early night! 
The next day was ceremony wasn't until mid afternoon so we spent the morning exploring. First stop was Tacking Point with its old lighthouse, the remains of the lighthouse keeper's cottage and some magnificent views.

The cottage

Then a stop at Town Beach Park...
Now the uni only allows 2 guests and I had given DsD3's mum my ticket so I didn't expect to see the ceremony. But we were able to buy a ticket.
So I got to be part of it after all.


Jackie said...

So very wonderful that you got to attend the graduation ceremonies after all.

God bless.

Kate said...

Wonderful, Maria!

Cat Lover said...

Looks like a wonderful time. Glad everything worked out!

angela said...

Congratulations to both the girls. And so happy you were all able to be there for the occasion

Nanna Chel said...

How lovely, Maria. You must have been thrilled with how things worked out in the end after hubby having a health emergency. Have a very Happy Christmas with your family.

margaret said...

DH must be so proud of his girls and so good he was able to make it to one graduation. Small world I have great friends who live in Port Macquarie.

Have a happy christmas and hopefully DH will be fully recovered and driving etc soon after his heart scare

Vireya said...

Congratulations to the two new Masters, and the proud family.

Happy Christmas to all, and best wishes for 2017!