Chris

FAREWELL TO MUM

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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FAMILY IN QUEENSLAND

January 2017 – Bundaberg, Queensland

Some family photos for relatives and close friends.

Chris swimming in Rosie’s pool.

The three sisters, together for once.

And again with dad.

Dad with his first cousin Ruth, who flew up from Melbourne to catch up with us all.  And a big yeah to dad who is turning 90 years old next month.  10/7/2017.  Looking good dad.

My personal favourite. Everyone is fed up with having their photo taken, Ruth thinks we have finished and starts to walk off, while Rosie and Chris have a quick giggle.

Here’s a nice one of mum and dad.

Me and Chris with mum, and yes I know I had had a bit too much sun.

Last one, me with mum and dad.  Now I need to try and get some decent photos of my sons to put up on here, it has been a few years since I did that, and they have grown up somewhat!

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A WALK THROUGH SERPENTINE NATIONAL PARK

4/12/2016 – More Fun with Chris and Bruce

Having seen this beautiful area once before, (going home from Dwellingup) I thought it would be a great place to take Chris and Bruce for a bush walk near the city.

There were some pretty wildflowers out (as above) that I haven’t been able to find the names of.  I am very frustrated, and I have a book of Australian Wildflowers but they don’t seem to be in it!

Early on, Chris and Bruce notice this shy lizard that was hiding by the side of the path. Any excuse for having a practice with the camera. The next two photos are Chris’s.

Beautiful close up.

Showing us what he had for breakfast!

Moving on, some lovely purple flowers I can’t find the name of.  Sister, Chris tells me these are Mulla Mulla!  The picture in the book is less rounded, but they do look similar.

And this is my close up that I am very happy with.

 

This is the Grape Grevillea (Grevillea bipinnatifida).

Chris and I wanted some photos of us together, “Just walk naturally” she is telling me as we both start clowning around.

Here we are in a less guarded moment, hats and sunnies on, enjoying the Australian bush.

We finally get to the top where there is a great view of the river and dam.  See the gorgeous orange tree to the left.  These are definitely bee attracting trees.

And I got a close up of the bright, attractive plus a couple of bees.

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PADDLE BOARDING UPSTREAM FROM KENT STREET WEIR

3/12/2016 – Finally my sister has arrived from Queensland

I have waited about ten months for Chris and her partner Bruce to get here.  They have been traveling around Australia with 4WD and camper trailer, and appear to have been having a ball.  Bruce managed to pick up a kayak along the way, so with that, Linda’s canoe and my SUP board we are set to go.

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I took them to Kent Street Weir, it was quite windy so we decided to go upstream, which turned out to be a very good choice.  You can just see cormorants in the tree drying out and a couple of nests.

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Here is a closer view of the nests, the bird noises were very loud and raucous, young birds crying out for food and older ones squabbling.

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Chris and Bruce had got ahead of me as I was taking photographs.  Another great spot in Perth.

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Bruce on the camera this time.

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Messing about on the river again!!!

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Chris looks like she is heading for the bushes as I look on.  Lots to explore and experience.

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