Redcliffe Pier

Sunday, February 27, 2011

GONE TO LUNCH

Today we were invited to lunch at Henry and Janelle's home in Fig Tree Pocket, a leafy suburb of Brisbane. Those invited had all worked in Papua/New Guinea so we all had something in common to chat about.

Unfortunately, I didn't get a shot of everyone who attended. Here is (L to R) Colin, Josephine, Joseph, Ros, Denis and Bob sitting under the umbrella as it was extremely hot today.

Henry and Janelle have a tropical garden. They have both been sick too. Henry has been treated for cancer and Janelle has just had an operation. We couldn't believe they didn't cancel the lunch. Luckily their daughter got everything organised in the kitchen.

It was lovely to cool off near the pool, we should have taken our togs. I am sitting with Ros who has also been very ill with throat cancer and the aggressive treatment since we last got together. 
It is so sad to hear of our friends getting ill. Since our first reunion of ASOPA students back in 2002, we have lost  friends and many have been ill. The joys of growing old. 
However, today we did enjoy relaxing by the pool with friends and partaking of a delicious seafood lunch and a glass or two of wine.

19 comments:

  1. Good to see everyone setting aside their personal cares for a while and enjoying a lovely get-together outdoors. What a lovely pool and garden.

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  2. Hi Diane, I'm sure it was great to get together with your friends. Sounds like a wonderful time with good food and the wine. Cooling off at the pool looks like fun too. I am sorry your friends are so sick, I will keep them in my prayers.

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  3. Although all the troubled health you had a good time I see. Yes to be healthy is the best way to getting older and the do nice things.

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  4. It looks an idyllic spot. It's good to get together with friends - especially, I think, when we have troubles.

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  5. Hi Diane, I knew this party was coming up --since I had heard from Colin... Sounds like you all met at a beautiful place....

    I'm sure you had a wonderful time with these friends.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  6. Great summary Diane - pity summer had to give us a final blast!
    My three "lost kilos" have reappeared!!! What was that strange erotic entree concoction that you were "game" to try!!
    Hope the "CNduP" safely got home and the b/day boy didn't have a swig in the car?
    Cheers
    Colin (HB)

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  7. I'm so glad you had the chance to have a lovely lunch with your friends and to get a chance to catch up (and just be together). It's so important, that care (and feeding!) of friendships. The older I get the more I treasure my friends.

    And the pool looks divine....

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  8. It's good that you could get together with old friends in spite of illnesses. I hope all of them have a complete and speedy recovery.

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  9. Getting together with old friends is just the best, isn't it?! Looks like it was a great day all around!

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  10. A lovely get-together with your friends. I love the look of the pool and all the natural looking rocks.

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  11. Hi Diane; it all looks so cool and lush in your friends' garden. Glad you got together and enjoy each other while you still can. I love your new profile which I saw on a comment on Gattina's post today. Greetings from Jo

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  12. There is nothing better than spending times with friends (and family). I love the pool and the gorgeous gardens. Hope your friends are doing well...I'm sure the lunch lifted their spirits.

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  13. I am jalous when I see your pictures what a nice day ! we had an awful weekend with two hystercial parents ! We are both KO !

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  14. What a lovely home and yard! Gladly you got to spend some quality time with your friends..enjoy every moment..

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  15. Hi Diane, nice area Fig Tree Pocket. You look very comfortable with your feet in the pool, yes you should have, the water looks so inviting!

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  16. It's important to spend as much time with our friends as possible.
    Prayers for everyone.

    I have to say I love that pool. It looks like it is fashioned to be natural looking in the surroundings. A lovely backyard oasis.

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  17. What a beautiful setting for a gathering with friends. Not cancelling lunch was probably best, having close friends around can do wonders for one's well being.

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  18. Sorry to hear of your losses and friends battling ill-health. Still it is a blessing you still have these precious times together..... yes, age is catching up, and it is days like this we all treasure.
    Hugs, Jan

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  19. Hope you friends recover soon. It's nice that you have reunions with friends. Really lovely. When I was in KL recently, I caught up with classmates that I havent seen in 20 years! It was very nice.

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