Summer at home in Daisy Hill

Monday, January 18, 2016

ENTERTAINING VISITORS

Back in 2002 I attended a college reunion, the first in 40 years. We rekindled many old friendships. We have kept in contact with Peter and Margaret from the Hunter Vally, NSW and Ros and Dennis from north Brisbane. Peter and Margaret came to stay with us for a few days.The first day it rained so we went to the movies as they love the movies. We saw "Suffragette" It was a good show. Amazing what women went through in England to get the vote. I had no idea it was so brutal.
The next day it was very hot and humid so we went to the Gallery of Modern Art at the Cultural centre.
We had lunch at the State Library Cafe and then walked through the library to the Gallery. It is school holidays so there were many children enjoying the cultural activities provided for them.
This was one of my favourite installations. It is by Min Thein Sung from Myanmar.

I also liked this huge construction made from timber collected from demolition sites around Brisbane. It was created by Asim Waqif an architect. The installation is embedded with electronic sounds of building construction and encourages interaction.

The next day we went on a City cat ride up and down the Brisbane River, stopping at South Bank for lunch.

Historic Newstead House Gardens and Breakfast Creek 

Portside

Soon it was time to take Peter and Margaret to Ros and Dennis' house where they will stay for a few days too.
They have a beautiful house with a huge deck area and acres of land.

We all had a delicious lunch overlooking the geese on the pond.

It is great to keep in touch with old friends. Peter, Dennis and I were at college together in 1962/3
Bill, me, Peter, Margaret, Ros and Dennis.

20 comments:

  1. I'm so impressed with how you keep up old friendships, Diane. Looks like a fun day and lots of happy smiles as you spent time together.

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  2. What a nice time with friends! Ros and Dennis have a gorgeous house--iI'd love to sit on that with you all for awhile and enjoy the view!

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  3. Great to get together with old friends. The tour you took us on was great and I loved all the photos.

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  4. There's nothing like seeing good friends and enjoying what looks like a beautiful afternoon.

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  5. It looks as if you were perfect hosts. It's wonderful that you had time with friends and could show off your beautiful city.

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  6. You always have the best times with old friends Diane. The trip to the museum and lunch was the perfect choice for a hot day, always something interesting to see. Haven't seen the movie but yes, the history of the suffragettes is pretty intense, in some ways women are still fighting for equal pay etc.

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  7. Oh yes long lasting friendships are wonderful ! I will go to Germany in March for a few days to see my oldest friend, I know her since 1951 !!

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  8. You are all looking happy, fit and well. Wonderful to catch up with old friends..

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  9. Hello Diane, what a great time with your old college friends. I would like to take a ride on that boat, looks fun! Wonderful photos! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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  10. What would we do without 'old' fiends, I love reminiscing :-) Sounds like you had a great time. T'other Diane

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  11. I think all teenage girls should see that film. Just think, the women in Saudi Arabian have only just got the right to vote.

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  12. I would like to see that movie one day, as I think not only teenage girls but all females should see it so see what so many went through to have what they take for granted

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  13. I think New Zealand was the first in the world for woman to vote. I think woman here are quite strong. I love the art gallery and nice city I love that deck area in your friends house. nice to relax. Still a happy New Year. Hope it is going well for you

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  14. I love the horses and the timber. true talent there. and i like the place where you had lunch looking out at the geese. sounds like a really good reunion

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  15. You are so good at keeping in touch with old friends... and your home and city are certainly welcoming to visitors.

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  16. You had busy days with your friends, very interesting and fun too.

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  17. I like your banner, beautiful and well done. Artwork!

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  18. Hmm. I doubt that any of us who didn't go through it realize what women dir to get the vote. It's hard to believe NOW that women had to fight so hard. We truly have come a long way!

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  19. i've heard the movie is very good. lovely shots of brisbane. my friend went to brisbane for a few days recently and loved it. it's always nice to catch up with old friends

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  20. I'm sure you had lots of catching up to do! It's wonderful to keep up with old friends and you seem to do so well at it.

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