5/5/2018 – Queensland

On 30 April 2018 my mother passed away in Bundaberg. A sad occasion for all of the family, although we were relieved that she is now at peace having suffered with Alzheimer’s Disease for a number of years.

I flew up to Queensland to be with my sisters and father, a small respectful funeral was held at my parents local Baptist church.

While in Queensland and waiting for the funeral, we just had to go fishing, and for once we actually managed to catch some decent sized fish.  In mum’s memory I say.  She also enjoyed going fishing once dad had retired.  And I do remember teaching her how to cast her fishing rod back in South Australia.  (This was done on dry land and a few trees got in the way.)

Here I am showing off the ones that I caught.

Hey, they look even  better like this.  And they tasted good too.

Here is Chris enjoying hers cooked whole.  Some of us preferred fillets, although I only got to taste the flathead and not the bream. Hmmm.

While on the subject of Chris, here is one of the most amazing photographs in her collection.  I am so impressed that she managed to get this photo, both birds keeping still.  National Geographic eat your heart out. I think it is the blue breasted wren but not sure.

One last photo, totally unrelated, me on my new Stand Up Paddle board – learning to surf with it…..   Well you have to start somewhere, and I know the wave is nowhere near me but there is always next season – it is getting too cold now.

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16/12/2017 – Lane Poole Park Tree Adventures – Dwellingup

I have written about the wonderful Tree Adventures, in two previous blogs (In the Trees Part 1 and Part 2).  I was really keen to get Jamali down there for a go, and his birthday provided the perfect opportunity, except that it was a few months after his birthday that we actually managed to find a date that suited everybody.

Here are Sasha, Jamali and myself all kitted out in the gear with smiling faces.

Just hang on and pull yourself backwards, what could be easier?

Just walk on the moving wooden thingeys.

Just walk along in the V of this net.  By the way, I think Jamali and Sasha spent more time photographing themselves than using the equipment!  But then that is the younger generation eh?

Prime example!

View of some of the equipment.

Jamali ready to do some ziplining.

Jamali and I at the end.

Now here’s a treat for the die hards.  A few videos that I have put on youtube, one of me getting stuck in some ropes, Jamali descending to ground then falling over (much to Sasha’s delight), and one of me descending.

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20/08/2017 – Tom and Phillip in the real world

This is the one and only photo I managed to get of Phillip on my last visit to Adelaide.  He is very happy working at Supashock, Magill,   for anyone interested, making shock absorbers for racing cars and military vehicles  Phillip is in his second year out of University as a Mechanical Engineer and is loving the work, the responsibility and the design.  A very busy young man, he has taken the transition from student to employee and run with it.  Go Phillip.

Tom is working on turning his Honours Project into a small business.  Called Stemtap, the system provides a platform for play and problem based pedagogies to teach children in a meaningful way.  Seems to involve a lot of coding, which is the current catch phrase in education these days.  Above photo is Tom and his colleague giving a presentation.

Here we have Tom in his office, looking busy. Although I do think that is a big jar of coffee on his desk!  Anyway he is very busy this year and only just has time to play footy.

Here he is kicking a ‘booter’, how well I remember the days when Tom, Phillip and Jamali played footy out the back of the house, Jamali was always convinced that every kick of his was a ‘booter’.

Here is Tom, showing us that he can run as well.

And this is what you do after your game of footy, a tradition since they were four years old.  Go Tom.  The twins will turn 24 in October, where did that time go?

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19/08/2017 – Up to date report on number one son

Jamali and his girlfriend Sasha took me out to lunch on Mother’s Day.  It was lovely meeting Sasha, and great to catch up with Jamali.

Back to my place for a few photos.  Jamali is living in Perth now with Sasha, but he is still working up north, near Karratha, but has a pretty good swing of 12 days on and 9 days off.  So really no excuse to not see him MORE OFTEN JAMALI!!!!

One of the pluses of Jamali having a girlfriend is that I get sent some beautiful photos, thanks Sasha. (and there are so many more photos, just lovely).

Foreston, South Australia.

Quite the fit, cool couple!

Jamali showing us he can cook?


Last but not least, this is Coco, Sasha’s companion when Jamali is away.  That was Coco in May.  And wait for it …….

This is the latest photo of Coco in July.  Grown just a bit!!!  But what I really love is that Jamali and Coco are ‘dressed’ in the same colour scheme.  You know what they say about owners and their dogs???

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