Brisbane, QLD

Thursday, September 28, 2023


 One of our energetic, vivacious residents organised a Pink Party to celebrate her 70th birthday. It was a fun night with everyone wearing pink and enjoying dancing to the band and eating the delicious food, which she cooked herself.

Annie and her husband Herbie.

It's great to see the oldies up and dancing.

Everyone wore pink.

We sat with Tony and Lois. I used to teach with Tony's daughter, Donna.

Wishing Annie Happy Birthday under the pink flamingos.

So great to see Bill enjoying himself again.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023


 Thank you to those friends who wished Bill a speedy recovery. Once he got home and had me looking after him and physiotherapist visits he did start to recover some strength. He still uses a walker  for confidence and stability. Luckily, he was fit enough to attend our village's 13th Anniversary Dinner.

Our managing director, Chiou See's husband, Brendan, decided to provide the entertainment instead of hiring anyone. He wrote an interactive play similar to a murder mystery dinner. He called it "Murder Most Foul", which was about the murder of a promiscuous woman in our village.(fictional of course) He chose some villagers to take parts in the play but we were sworn to secrecy before the night.

Bill made a powerpoint presentation of famous detective shows on TV to be run on a loop on the screen. He also took video footage of the play to make into a short video for the village residents.

Everyone was encouraged to come dressed as a detective or police officers and many did. I had the role of police crime scene photographer and suspects photographer.
Taking photos of a condom at the crime scene.

Bill was back on deck.

Many residents dressed up.

I'm photographing Kathleen, the first of five suspects. Eric was the arresting police officer.

I took a mugshot of Bill as a practise shot before the show started.

Brendan was the investigating detective. (He is a real one in his day job)

The suspects are arrested and put into a holding cell.

Then they are put into interrogation rooms.

The set is changed and it becomes a courtroom and Brendan is the prosecutor. The residents who go to the workshop every Tuesday made the sets. 

There was a twist at the end. None of the suspects were found guilty but another well known resident who was in the audience was found guilty. He had motive and blood on his coat besides his phone calls gave him away.

It was a fun night. Chiou See cooked dinner for the 120 guests because the chef was away. It was Osso Buco and almond cake or poached pears. The dinner committee and the highschool students helped out.

Friday, September 1, 2023



It was sad to see Bill in hospital but he is home now and I'm looking after him. But when he was in hospital I went for a walk with my buddies into the forest early in the morning.

The Wattle, our national flower, was blooming and the Eucalypts were reaching for the sky.

That evening I walked down our street to visit a friend, who invites the neighbours for Happy Hour drinks. The sun was setting and lighting up the forest.

Now that Bill is home I go for short walks around the village. My mailbox is getting swallowed by the lavender bush.

This big Blue Tongue Lizard paid us a visit on the porch. They are beautiful and harmless.

One of the residents had another kind of visitor, A wallaby with a full pouch.

It's the first day of Spring today but these beautiful Magnolias were flowering early this year. They are in village Zen Garden.
We have been warned that it is going to be a hot summer with a high chance of bushfires. Not looking forward to that but I'm loving the beautiful Spring day today. Bill even went for a short walk on his wheelie walker. His knee is getting better and his cough has gone.