Brisbane, QLD

Thursday, October 21, 2021


It was our village monthly dinner again. We had a choice of Chicken Kofta with corn and vegetable potage or Lamb Kofta with cous cous and vegetable broth. Dessert was Orange Almond Cake with Chocolate Gnash. I had the lamb and Bill had the chicken and they were both delicious. 
We also had a great guest speaker. He was Patrick Pickett, owner and conductor of Queensland's Pop Orchestra. He was tall and very funny making jokes about his size.

We are ready and waiting to be served but this night our highschool helpers couldn't come because it was their graduation night.

It is time to catch up with friends and make new ones.

Guest speaker, Patrick

Volunteers helped serve the meals. Ivy doesn't look happy but she really was concentrating.

Pozz the chef had one helper and our Managing Director, Chiou See helped too but she is getting into trouble for being late for work.

Dessert was delicious. I forgot to photograph the mains.

Chiou See and Patrick having fun with their sizes.

This wonderful group of residents organise the dinners every month.

More volunteers help clean and rinse the dishes before they go into the dishwasher.

Saturday, October 16, 2021


 The residents of our village organise a Happy Hour every Friday night. Everyone brings their own nibblies and drinks. When it is someone's birthday they often have a birthday cake too. Last Friday there were five birthdays to celebrate. Liz who turned eighty sent a message out saying don't bring any nibblies this week as she was going to provide a grazing board big enough for everyone. 

Liz and her amazing grazing board.

The party goers digging in.

The five birthday people, Eva, Ron,Liz,Bill and Eric. All enjoy celebrating at Elements Retirement Living Springwood. (All photos from Julie McGregor)

Sunday, October 10, 2021


Bill relaxing at home.

The women wash the dog, Ricky, who hated having a bath.

Carol does a good job.


Sonya earned lots of badges in Brownies.

Carol enjoyed participating in the Girl Guides Swimming Carnival. She is on block 3.

She came first, she and I were both very proud.

Getting her place recorded.

She came first in the fun race too. She was eleven years old.

Thursday, September 30, 2021


We have some talented people living in our village, who get together a few times a year to organise a social dance. Ian is a professional drummer and June's son, Randal also is a musician. These two with two more friends form a band especially for this event. The Social Committee and Workshop Committee work together  to organise a sausage sizzle for the guests. Many residents are keen dancers and they enjoy the evening immensely. Also friends who follow Ian's other band also join in with the dancing. Everyone had a good evening.

Ian is one of our residents and the Resident's Committee Chairperson.

June and her son, Randal, who plays in our band.

June at 93 enjoys dancing.

The Social Committee Louis, Diane G, Leslie and Margaret wasn't present.

The boys do the cooking.

Friends of the band join us for dancing.

They join the residents in line dancing.

Residents Dot and Len give us a performance of "Hit the Road Jack"

Our Managing Director, Chiou See joins in the fun with us.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021


When we were in Switzerland over the last Christmas Holidays, Bill was interviewed on the radio about living in Australia. After the program, Bill was contacted by Peter, who wanted to migrate to Oz and asked us many questions. When Peter and his family arrived in Brisbane we offered to help them get adjusted. They rented an apartment on the Gold Coast and their son Jan started school at Southport. He quickly learnt English. Peter and Yolande spoke English already.
We took them to Lone Pine. Carol, Jan and Sonya.

We took them to the rainforest at Mount Tamborine.
Bush walking in Lamington National Park.

Peter and Jan loved it here in Australia but Yolande found it hard to adjust to the different way of life, the different food and customs. In fact she was very homesick. Eventually, they packed up and went back to Switzerland for the benefit of Yolande's health. We remained in touch for many years afterwards.

Jan and his family came to Sonya's ninth birthday party.

Carol, Sonya, Joanne and Adam.

Blindfold game of trying to hit each other with a sock.

Sonya and best friend, Joanne.