Brisbane, QLD

Sunday, October 27, 2019


Once a month we have a special dinner at the village. This month we had a German theme.
 The tables were covered with Bavarian colours and bibs were on the chairs for us slobbering seniors.

 Brian Pozzey is our visiting chef. He came out of retirement to do this for us.

 When we arrive we are given a glass of wine and we mingle with other residents and check the noticeboard to see where we are to sit. Each month we are seated with different people so we get to know everyone.

We sat with new residents, George and Coral from Scotland. They were an interesting couple. Others were Lyn, June (our oldest resident at 92) and her son Randyll, who plays the piano for us.

 This month the meal was served on a huge platter for six of us to share. We had Pork Hock, Chicken Schnitzel, Medley of German Sausage, Warm Potato salad, Pork Crackle, Pretzels, Sauerkraut and Sprouts. Bill was happy to be having a European dish.

 Black Forest cake, Cherry Mascarpone Cream, Chocolate Gnash,White Chocolate Praline Crumble for dessert.

 It was the last dinner for the year. The residents thanked the Chef, Staff and Rochedale High School students for their work throughout the year to make these evenings a success.

We had a detective, guest speaker, who told us about how cold cases are being solved these days. Then we finished off the night with the Chicken Dance. (A blast from the past).

Chiou See Anderson, our Owner/CEO, presented the students and teachers with a gift for helping Poz in the kitchen and serving us all year.

Saturday, October 19, 2019


It is a happy/sad time when a mother says goodbye to her babies when they start Kindergarten and school. In the winter of 1978 Sonya started Kindergarten and Carol had been in school for nine months. It was lovely to see them growing up and being independent but a little sad to have no babies at home all day every day.
Sonya starts Kindergarten
Big sister Carol, was in Year One at school.
On the weekends they play with Ricky
 in the bushland behind our house. 

Sonya is Four. So is her little friend Troy,
 who shares the same birthday.
Enjoying TV together
Sisterly love

Saturday, October 12, 2019


It was June 1978, when my parents came from Sydney to Brisbane to visit us and celebrate Carol's sixth birthday. It was always lovely to see them as Dad was still working and they could only come once or twice a year.
This was our whole family in Australia except for my nephew, David and his wife Julie. My brother and his wife and other children were living in England. We are a multicultural family. Mum, Dad and I are English. Bill is Swiss and the girls are Australian but they can also travel on Swiss and British passports. Bill and I are also Australian citizens. My parents did their bit to help populate Australia.
I had the best Mum and Dad. Dad was 64 and it was around this time that he started having problems with pain in his legs. After a long time they found the cause was a malignant tumour on his spine. He died of bone cancer five years later. Far too young. He hardly got to enjoy his retirement. Mum was retired and she enjoyed dressmaking. She made her own dress and mine and the girls'. 

Carol's 6th birthday party with the neighbours