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Last Sunday of March 2015

29 Mar

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Today is Palm Sunday. Another year gone. I took the top picture several years ago. Today I did not take any pictures at the church. But it was pretty impressive again how many people turned up for the Mass. For Easter there are probably going to be even more people at the church.

Yesterday we went by train to Sydney for a matinee at the GRIFFIN THEATRE.

We were lucky that Caroline could meet us again for lunch at the Mad Pizza place were we had been once before. It is quite convenient to go there for the GRIFFIN THEATRE is close by.  The play we were to see was CARESS/ACHE by SUZIE MILLER.

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Before the start of the performance we had some time to sit in a little park area near the theatre. Here I have the play’s program in my hand. This play shows quite a few problems that people in our society can come up with. The actors were very good as it turned out, showing so much heartache.
There really was not much joy in the lives of the characters on stage.

But back to the little park where Peter took some pictures with his tablet.

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These regulations apply to this little park.

These regulations apply to this little park.

Another Morning Walk

26 Mar

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There's a new building on top of that hill.

There’s a new building on top of that hill.

Here it is to be seen a bit better.

Here it is to be seen a bit better.

It is in this picture too.

It is in this picture too.

And here a bit of cropping gives a better view.

And here a bit of cropping gives a better view.

At the beginning of the month we drove to the top of the hill where this new mansion stands.

At the beginning of the month we drove to the top of the hill where this new mansion stands.

From up there we did get a good view of some new developments.

From up there we did get a good view of some new developments.

Now, back to Lakelands Park where I went this morning for my little walk.

This is the little playground in Lakelands Park.

This is the little playground in Lakelands Park.

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We would like to take Lucas to this park one day.

Morning Walk

23 Mar

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I feel proud of myself. I went for a twenty minute walk this morning. And yesterday morning I walked all the way to the Catholic church.! Peter came to pick me up after the 9,30 Mass. That was great that I finally can walk a bit better again! :-)

Sunday, 22nd of March 2015

22 Mar
This is Mount Kembla among the clouds.

Mount Kembla as well as a lot of clouds.

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Since last night it has been raining off and on. Today the temperature is only in the low twenties (Celsius!). Still, we decided, it would be good to have lunch at the Forest Grove Cafe. Last time we went there after lunch and had only coffee there. But we like the place for we can sit there in the open with a view onto the lake. And it is only a very short drive from where we live!

So today, we went for lunch to the Forest Grove Cafe. One of the lunch specials was grilled fish. Both Peter and I ordered this dish. It came with baskets of chips as well as a good selection of salads and a dressing of our choice. We were served a huge platter of food. It was really a bit much for me. After the meal I finally remembered to take a picture of our table with Peter’s camera. Peter had taken the photos of the lake before the meal arrived.

This is only a picture after we had finished our meal.

This is a picture after we had finished our meal.

Yesterday morning I cut  once more a bit of grass  using the big scissors while Peter was doing in the house some vacuuming-cleaning for the weekend. When he was finished, and it was my turn to wipe the floors, I suggested to Peter that maybe he could finish the cutting of the grass while I was wiping the floors. It did not take Peter long, to cut some more of the tall grass. Then he decided, he could really use his push lawn mover to finish cutting the grass properly. By the time I had finished with the wiping of the floors in the house. he had already finished his outside job! From inside I observed how he took to pushing the lawn mover. So I took some pictures of it through one of the windows!

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The above is a view through our kitchen window (facing westwards).

I like it that we did get a bit of rain overnight, as well as a bit of drizzle today. Hopefully, very soon our little grass area is going to show a bit of green again. This grass never grows at all when it doesn’t rain enough. It is at the northern side of the house and a lot of very tall trees take the sun away from it in winter. I hope some more grass is going to grow before the dark winter months are upon us! :-)

Carnival Spirit

19 Mar
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Around a quarter past eleven a.m.we arrived yesterday at Circular Quay Railway Station in Sydney.

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From the top of the railway station Peter immediately took some pictures of this huge ship that was anchored in Sydney Harbour.

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Soon we met Monika, our daughter, as well as Mark and some friends of Mark. Mark’s mother and sister were already on the Carnival Spirit. Monika, Mark and his friends had already booked in for this cruise.  They were expected back on board by around 3,30 p.m.

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Mark and Monika suggested we could have lunch with them at the German restaurant in the rocks area. It was a lovely walk towards the Rocks. It was promising to be another beautiful warm summer day in Sydney. The temperature actually soon reached thirty degrees Celsius. We had only a very light lunch.

On the way to the Rocks we came a bit closer to the Carnival Spirit.

On the way to the Rocks we came a bit closer to the Carnival Spirit.

Monika and Mark posing in front of this ship they were soon going to board for their twelve day cruise.

Monika and Mark pose in front of the Carnival spirit

This is where we had lunch.

This is where we had lunch.

Just a little beer before lunch arrives.

Just a little beer before lunch arrives.

In this courtyard we had afternoon coffee and cake. Sorry, we did not take pictures of the cake.

In this courtyard we had afternoon coffee and cake. Sorry, we did not take pictures of the cake.

We liked it in the courtyard and the cakes were yummy!

We liked it in the courtyard and the cakes were yummy!

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Walking to our next destination we saw the Carnival Spirit again.

Walking to our next destination we saw the Carnival Spirit again.

For good measures we went to another courtyard for some refreshing beer.

For good measures we went to another courtyard for some refreshing beer.

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I think Peter took this picture after Monika and Mark had left to go on board.

I think Peter took this picture after Monika and Mark had left to go on board.

A last look at the harbour. Then we were off to catch our train back home to Dapto.

A last look at the harbour. Then we were off to catch our train back home to Dapto.

You can find a lot more pictures of the Carnival Spirit here in google:

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=carnival+spirit+ship&espv=2&biw=1093&bih=514&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=lmQKVffIA4ju8gWsx4LYBA

Sunday, 15th March 2015

16 Mar

auntyuta:

I reblog this post so my followers have a chance to listen to “Pop Corn” and to see this 73 year old family picture!

When you go to the original you’ll find two great videos as well as a family picture from 1942. In the picture you see Peter with his two sisters, Eva and Ilse. Yesterday was Eva’s birthday. She turned 83!

In May this year Ilse is going to turn 81 and Peter is going to be 80 three days after Ilse’s birthday.

Originally posted on Pethan35's Blog:

Wie die Musik zeigt, kann das Leben sehr kunterbunt sein. Und dieser Schlager von 1969 war ja damals sehr beliebt. Vielleicht haben wir damals sogar danach getanzt. Heute ist das alles ganz anders.  Ich bin ruhiger geworden.

Gestern war  Sonntag. Eigentlich kein besonderer Tag im Leben von Rentnern. Schließlich haben wir Dauerurlaub auf Staatskosten. Das gefällt unserer Regierung (Australien) gar nicht und sie überlegt, wie sie die Altersrente beschränken könnte. Die Bevölkerung wird immer älter und bald gibt es nicht mehr genug Arbeitende, welche die Rente für uns Alten erarbeiten können. Das kommt davon, wenn man nichts zurückgelegt hat.

Es war aber doch ein besonderer Tag, denn meine ältesten Schwester, die in Österreich lebt,  hatte Geburtstag. Ich rief sie an, um ihr zum Geburtstag zu gratulieren. Dann warf ihr Ehemann seinen Computer an  und wir konnten auch noch, nach einigen Schwierigkeiten, skypen. Dann sprach ich auch noch mit meiner anderen…

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Saturday, 14th of March 2015

14 Mar

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This is a picture of a tree at the back of our house. I took this picture about two months ago, at the same time taking a few more pictures that show how I got ready to cut into a bit of grass on one side of the house. RIMG0561

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Above the pictures show what I needed for the cutting. Well, this was in January. It is March now, two months later. The grass has kept growing quite a bit more over the past few weeks. Some mornings I love to go out into the sun. While I catch a bit of sun, I try to cut the grass a bit shorter. It is always growing faster than I manage to cut it! But I don’t mind this one bit. I remember the years when there was hardly any rain and the grass would not grow at all. I did not like this, when there was only bare hard soil to be seen. After a lot of growth during this rather wet summer, I think the growing has slowed down now.  So maybe by Easter (in three weeks time) the grass will look all right to walk on. And maybe some Easter bunnies are going to find a way to hide a few Easter eggs? The thought of this makes me feel happy. I think how wonderful it is that we have this bit of private grass land! We do not call it a lawn, we rather like to think of it as our little meadow.

All the trees and bushes near our house have recently had a lot more growth too. Some branches, that reach too close to the house, need constant trimming. It keeps Peter off and on quite busy!

This bit of a grapevine is still to be found near the house close to the rosebush.

and further down some wildlife near our house.

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At the back of the house (facing west) we have a table and chairs.

At the back of the house (facing west) we have a table and chairs.

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