Brisbane, QLD

Saturday, February 22, 2020


So it was Bill's birthday this week. Our darling daughter's surprised him by coming from Sydney and Melbourne to celebrate with him. It was the best present ever. They also bought a beautiful birthday cheese cake with white chocolate. They could only stay overnight and then it was back to work for Carol and back to the boys for Sonya.

Carol-Ann and Sonya

 This was afternoon tea. Later we all went out to our favourite Thai Restaurant for dinner.

We don't often get together as a family so a quick snap before they go home.

The next day it was Birthday Bear Celebrations with our friends from work years ago.
 It's no secret that Bill loves sausages, especially Swiss ones. 
'Snag' is Aussie slang for sausage but it also stands for 'Sensitive New Age Guy.'

 Chris dressed Bear as a sausage maker. He had all the gear and books to tell how to make your own sausages.

 Bill was vey happy with his Birthday Bear and he was keen to get some tuition from him.

 Guess what Bill ordered for lunch at Sunnybank Hotel?

Our group was a little smaller today. Poor Ann has had an operation on her chin for a skin cancer and it was still bleeding so she couldn't join us. Bob had gone to play the "Pokies" just before we all went home tired and happy.The food and wine was delicious. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020


Each year the crowd gets bigger at our village Chinese New Year celebrations. Our CEO,  Chiou See, is a Chinese Singaporean so she knows how to party on this day. There were 250 guests, which included residents families and friends. Chiou See and her staff did an amazing job at preparing and cooking variety of Chinese dishes for 250 people. She also organised a Lion Dancers and treats for all the children.
 The crowd arrives we were greeted by a staff member offering spring rolls, prepared by 3 of the residents.

 Our volunteer bar staff, Eric, Terry and Patrick.

 Chiou See explains how to feed the lions with money in a little red envelope on the table.

 Putting donations into the envelopes for the lion dancers.

 The lion dancers perform the dance with Kung Fu movements to a vigorous drum beat. They are accompanied by the smiling Dai To Fut, who lures the lions with a fan.

 There are two people operating the lion. The Lion Dance shouldn't be confused with the Dragon Dance where there are many dancers in a long dragon outfit.

 After an energetic performance they dance among the audience to be fed with the envelopes.

 They sometimes eat your head.

 Bill is the official videographer. His videos are posted on the Elements Retirement Living at Springwood Facebook Page.

 The dancers are given a challenge of reaching a lettuce that is hanging from the ceiling. Plucking the greens brings good luck and fortune.

 The lion munches the lettuce and spits it out to the audience for good luck.

 The lettuce is flying through the air and the dancer's envelope rewards are bulging in his t-shirt.

 The colourful fun dance ends and it's time for dinner.

We are encouraged to wear red at these celebrations. A good luck colour for the Chinese.

It is tradition for the eldest person at the party gives the children an envelope with money. So all the children lined up and were given ice cream and then their envelope.

Thursday, February 6, 2020


My Story Continued
During the end of year school holidays in 1979 we hired a holiday house at Sunshine Beach on the Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane. We shared with friends, Daphne, Nigel and son Iain. We spent every day on the beautiful beach.
It was a nice house on top of a cliff overlooking the ocean.

 Daphne and me watching the kids.

 I was teaching them how to surf on the rubber mats.

 Oops Carol gets tipped off.

One day we went to Tewantin and tried fishing. We didn't manage to catch dinner.

 On the way home we stopped  at the BIG cow.

Monday, February 3, 2020


We were invited to our daughter's father in law's 80th birthday celebrations being held at the Esplanade Apartments in Burleigh Heads. Carol and her in laws were all staying in the penthouse for a few days so we decided to stay for the weekend too. Lucky they had a vacancy for us on the 4th floor.
 The view was lovely and the weather was hot.

We have stayed here a few times because we like the spacious units all facing the ocean. Each one is decorated differently according to the owner's taste. This one was a bit ordinary but still comfortable.

 At lunch time we went up to the penthouse on the 25th floor to join the 80th birthday celebrations.

 The views south and north are stunning.

Bill and Alma are Carol's in-laws. Happy birthday Bill. My Bill is in the background.

All the relatives except little Billie the only grandchild. He didn't want to be in the photo. Carol and David on the left at the back. David has two sisters and a brother the rest are partners and parents. Bill enjoyed his birthday with all his family.

 That evening Carol and I walked along the beach. One of my favourite activities.

For tea the boys made scotch eggs.

 Jon and Gene brother in laws feeding the masses.

 They were delicious. Gene is famous within the family for making these.

 Early next morning I went for a walk trying to beat the heat of the day.

 Carol and David did their morning RUN and then cooled off in the pool. I dangled my legs in.

Meanwhile my man prefers this activity. Later we went for lunch at a local hotel and returned to snooze and play games.

 On the last morning , I walked towards the headland. It was lovely splashing through the water.

 I liked the way the towers of Surfer's Paradise were peeping around the corner.

It was time to turn back and get ready to return home to Brisbane.
I took all these photos with my iPhone.