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A Dream

13 Apr

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Some time ago I woke up from a dream that puzzled me. I was asking myself why on earth would I dream such things. I thought about it for a while and later on made the following notes in draft:

“Not being able to read the street names in a directory.
Not knowing Peter’s phone number.
Getting on a bus not knowing where it was going.
Going to sleep on the bus, waking up after one hour.
Having no idea to what place the bus took me.
Everything looking totally unfamiliar.
Having asked for the toilets finding out they are on a different floor and can only be reached by climbing up some pipes which I cannot do!
Originally I left a party where I felt I could not talk to anyone. I just did not know what to say to anyone.
I wanted to look for a toilet somewhere else, thought I’d be back soon and didn’t mention to Peter that I was leaving. Later on I felt awful that I had not told him where I was going. Our house with a toilet was supposed to be close by. So why on earth did I board a bus? No idea.”

I guess I had no idea where the bus had taken me. Everything around me looked totally unfamiliar. I wanted to find out where I was. This is why I tried to find in a directory where the hell the bus had taken me. I was thinking I should ring Peter and let him know where I was. Then I realised that I did not have his phone number. The mobile phone number is so very long, I never bothered to remember it. So this meant I could not ring Peter.

I woke up from this bad dream when I realised no way could I climb up on these pipes to reach the toilets. And I felt I had to go to the toilet. But this is how the dream started. I had that urge to go to the toilet. I have no idea why I ended up on that bus instead of going home to visit our toilet there. Going to sleep on the bus did bring me even further away from toilets. How did I know I had been asleep for one hour when I did not even know which route the bus had taken?

This is all so confusing. Who where these people at the party? Why couldn’t I talk to them?

Palm Sunday

12 Apr

The following is a copy of what I wrote last year about Palm Sunday. Tomorrow is going to be another Palm Sunday. I can’t believe how quickly one year has passed!

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“Palm Sunday morning was a glorious morning for me. A few minutes after seven o’clock, when the sun had just started coming up a bit, I slowly walked to the church carrying my piece of palm which Peter had cut off for me from our palm tree. I arrived at 7,30. People were already walking towards an outside table where the priest started blessing the palms. After a few minutes everyone assembled in the church for the Palm Sunday mass.

During mass the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke was read. Some parts were read by a narrator, then there were other parts being read by a different person; in bold types was printed out on the overhead screen what the crowd (the congregation) had to read, and Father read the part of Jesus.

Towards the end Jesus said: Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.
And the narrator said: With these words he breathed his last.”

I wrote last year in response to one comment: “We have a priest who’s always coming up with new ideas how to beautify the church and its surrounds. His enthusiasm is uplifting. On Good Friday there were Hot-cross buns for everyone who participated in walking to the fourteen Stations. I had asked Peter to come and pick me up. This is why I could not stay for refreshments. And further on I did not make it to go to Saturday’s Vigil. We had visitors. Somehow I also did not make it to go to Easter Sunday Morning Mass. It was a lovely Easter anyway. I like it when we have visitors.”

Well, this was last year. This year Palm Sunday is on the 13th of April and Easter Sunday is not till tge 20th of April. We are very lucky that this year too we are going to have visitors again staying with us over the Easter holidays. I am very much looking forward to this. Nobody in my family is Catholic. That means I ought to make an effort to go to church by myself.

THE ITALIAN FORUM, CANBERRA VISIT to PARLIAMENT HOUSE, MORE PICTURES FROM MOTHERS’ DAY 2001

7 Apr

Probably around the beginning of the year 2000 an Italian Forum was established in Leichardt, an inner Western suburb of Sydney. We had  a look at the Forum towards the end of May 2000. It was still pretty new then.

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Caroline, Peter and I enjoyed  gelato and a cup of coffee. A year later, in 2001 all three of us went with Ilse to the Forum. The Forum looked still fairly new!

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On the day that we went to the Forum Peter took this picture of us at Caroline's place in Sydney.

On that day, when we went to the Forum, Peter took this picture of us at Caroline’s place in Sydney.

It was probably April 2001 when we drove with Ilse to Canberra. We stayed there in the Formula One Hotel for one night. This time Ilse made sure that we booked for her a separate room. When we had previously stayed with her in Newcastle in another Formula One Hotel we had booked only one room for the three of us, and Ilse did not like this at all! There was only one double bed and a single bunk above the bed. Peter climbed – with difficulty I might say – into the bunk bed. Ilse had to sleep with me – horror of horrors – in the queen-sized double bed. I did not mind this at all. I kept well to my side of the bed. Ilse did not disturb me at all. But I do not blame Ilse for wanting her own bed when we stayed at Formula One  in Canberra.

In Canberra we had a good look around at Parliament House, also a lovely lunch there in the canteen. Going back home the following day we drove towards Batemans Bay and from there along the coastal road.

On the way to Canberra we went along the Hume Highway via Goulburn.

We stopped for a while at a park in Goulbourn, Ilse loved the trees there.

We stopped for a while at a park in Goulburn, Ilse loved the trees there.

In Front of Parliament House, Canberra

In Front of Parliament House, Canberra

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Looking through one photo album I came across two pictures that were taken on Saturday, 10th of March, 2001. On that day we had lunch with Ilse at a cafe near the Parkridge Apartments in Sydmey. We had booked a very nice apartment at the Parkridge. If I remember right it was on the seventh floor and had two bedrooms. We stayed there for three nights. This gave us the opportunity to explore Sydney a little bit. The apartment was right in the centre of Sydney and quite reasonably priced. Our apartment was in the main road. But where we had lunch that was in a back road behind the Parkridge Apartments.

This is where we had lunch on that Saturday.

This is where we had lunch on that Saturday.

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On the second Sunday of May is always Mothers’ Day. In May there are also the birthdays of Ilse and Peter. Ilse always points out that she is one year and three days older than Peter! I think Ilse was still with us for both birthdays. On Mothers’ Day we met the whole family in Merrylands, a Western Suburb of Sydney, where Gaby and David lived. David came with us to the Merrylands Bowling Club for lunch. Here he is with Ilse. I think he liked her quite a lot. Who wouldn’t?

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I took the following picture in Central Park, Merrylands. David did not come with us to the park. He had gone home already.

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Natasha and Roxy in Front of the Club

Natasha and Roxy in Front of the Club

Little Krystal found herself a RESERVED Seat already!

Little Krystal had found herself a RESERVED Seat already!

Martin sits opposite the Twins, Ryan and Troy.

Martin sits opposite the Twins, Ryan and Troy.

Gaby made it to the Falls in Central Park.

Gaby made it to the Falls in Central Park.

We all enjoyed Central Park.

We all enjoyed Central Park.

Here again four of our granddaughters in Central Park in 2001.

Here again four of our granddaughters in Central Park in 2001.

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More Photos from 1999, 2000 and some from 2001

5 Apr

I can’t help myself, I just scanned a few more photos while Peter is doing some more research about the end of WW II on the other computer. I think I start with a couple of photos that were taken on Caroline’s birthday on the 9th of December 1999. That same week Caroline moved away to Sydney, where she had a job.

 

 

Caroline is 21. We had a bit of a celebration with family and some of Caroline's friends at the German Club. This family photo was taken later on at our home.

Caroline is 21. We had a bit of a celebration with family and some of Caroline’s friends at the German Club. This family photo was taken later on at our home.

I think our son Martin took the previous picture. Here he is resting on the lawn in front of our house.

I think our son Martin took the previous picture. Here he is resting on the lawn in front of our house.

SYDNEY 2000, these Olympic Games were a great experience for us. We felt really uplifted during the Olympics and the Paralympics. Peter was a volunteer during both events. He was one of the drivers, driving around important people from hotels to the different venues. The volunteers were treated very well by the organisers of the Games. It was a very interesting time for Peter.

There was some fund to be had during the Games for Roxy, Krystal, and Natasha.

There was some fun to be had during the Games for Roxy, Krystal, and Natasha.

This is Sydney Harbour during the time of the Games.

This is Sydney Harbour during the time of the Games.

Peter took this pictures with me in the foreground.

Peter took this pictures with me in the foreground.

At this function for the volunteers, Gaby wanted to be present too. She was very proud of her Dad!

At this function for the volunteers, Gaby wanted to be present too. She was very proud of her Dad!

This picture with Peter and Ilse was taken during her stay with us in 2001

This picture with Peter and Ilse was taken during her stay with us in 2001

In 2001 Ilse came again sometime in February. She had liked her stay in 1999 so much that she stayed in 2001 one month longer, namely well into May of 2001. We were very happy when it turned out that Margot and Richard were able to come and visit us while Ilse was with us as well. Margot is Peter’s and Ilse’s cousin. So Margot and her husband Richard stayed with us for one week. One day we went with them by train to Sydney. Gaby did come to Sydney as well for she wanted to meet Margot and Richard. We all had lunch at a restaurant at Circular Quay, Richard shouting the meal for all of us. Then we went for a stroll towards the Opera House.

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This is a look from the site of the Opera House towards Circular Quay. Richard on the left in the picture.

This is a look from the site of the Opera House towards Circular Quay.
Richard on the left in the picture.

Here we are on the other side of the Harbour with the Opera House in the background.

Here we are on the other side of the Harbour with the Opera House in the background.

On another day we went to Kiama, a beautiful little seaside town. The old Post Office there had been painted a lovely pinkish colour.

We are having fun at the entrance to the Post Office. Ilse has adorned herself with a lovely fresh Frangipani.

We are having fun at the entrance to the Post Office. Ilse has adorned herself with a lovely fresh Frangipani.

After one week’s stay with us, Margot and Richard did fly back to Perth. Ilse, Peter, Caroline and Gaby farewelled them at the airport. I think I had to stay home because there wasn’t room for me in the car. Our little car, that we still have now, was in 2001 less than a year old. We had bought it new in May 2000. Ilse used to call out car ‘Paulchen’. She liked it and always praised it. She did not want us to say anything bad about it! :-)

Farewelling Richard and Margot at Sydney Airport

Farewelling Richard and Margot at Sydney Airport

Caroline, Ilse, Gaby, and Peter at the Airport in Sydney to farewell Richard and Margot

Caroline, Ilse, Gaby, and Peter at the Airport in Sydney to farewell Richard and Margot

Krystal’s Birthday today

5 Apr

Krystal turns sweet 17 today. She is celebrating her birthday today with her Mum at her Auntie Caroline’s  in Sydney. We’ve seen Krystal already on Thursday to wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY.  Lauren, our youngest granddaughter, turns 16 in June. So they are all growing up. Two of our grandsons have children of their own already. We have now three great-grandchildren and another one is on its way to be born around the time of my 8Oth birthday!

Today, on this special day for Krystal, I want to publish a few more photos that have Krystal in most of them.

 

I think this picture was taken on the 14th of February 1999.

I think this picture was taken on the 14th of February 1999.

We were at the top of Mt Keira. The photo is taken at the front of Mt Keira Restaurant. There are several outlooks on Mt Keira from where you can look down to Wollongong and surrounds. We were able to take Gaby up there with her wheelchair. Monika came along with us with little Krystal who wasn’t quite two yet. Gaby always loved to spend time with the family.

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This photo was taken around Christmas  2OOO. Krystal wonders what Granddad is going to do with these sunflowers that grew in his garden.

This photo was taken around Christmas 2OOO.
Krystal wonders what Granddad is going to do with these sunflowers that grew in his garden.

This is just a bit of the front of our house in the year 2OOO. I put this photo in to show how small this tree in front of our window was at the time. It looks very huge now and the gardener trims is every so often otherwise there would not be left enough room for the parking spot at the left of the house.

This is just a bit of the front of our house in the year 2000. I put this photo in to show how small this tree in front of our window was at the time. It looks very huge now, and the gardener trims it every so often, otherwise there would not be left enough room for one of the parking spots at the left of the house.

This is a picture from probably around 2OOO  on a day when some kids played soccer at Lakelands Park. A lot of kids still play soccer there during the winter season.

This picture is probably from around 2000. This is what it looks like on a day when some kids play soccer at Lakelands Park. Kids still play soccer there during the winter season.

This is in Lakelands Park in 2OO1 when Ilse was with us again.

This is in Lakelands Park in 2001 when Ilse was with us again.

Krystal sits between Monika and me.

Krystal sits between Monika and me.

Krystal has been sliding down and Roxy stand beside her.

Krystal has been sliding down and Roxy stand beside her.

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Monikas three girls with their cousin Lauren.

Monikas three girls with their cousin Lauren.

This picture was taken in Merrylands Central Park on Mother's Day 2OO1.

This picture was taken in Merrylands Central Park on Mother’s Day 2001.

On Mother’s Day 2001 the whole family had met at Merrylands Bowling Club for lunch. Ilse was still with us on this day. After lunch we enjoyed some time in Central Park. It was a great day for all of us. :-)

Photos from Ilse’s Visit in 1999 (continued)

4 Apr

I found some more photos from Ilse’s visit in 1999. They bring back so many memories. And I am sure that there are still some more photos from that visit somewhere. The photos that are available cover quite a few things we did during Ilse’s two months stay here with us. I never kept a diary at the time. And of course within the two months we did more things than what is shown via the photos. Gaby used to keep an awful lot of photos. We ended up with all of Gaby’s photos after she passed away. To go through all of these photos would be an immense task. I do not feel like doing this right now. But I do believe that amongst all of Gaby’s photos there would be some mote photos of Ilse’s visit.

 

The Chinese Gardens in Sydney are very beautiful.

The Chinese Gardens in Sydney are very beautiful.

I mentioned in my previous blog that we were with Ilse in the Chinese Gardens in Sydney,  and I published two pictures from that visit. Here  is just another photo of the gardens. I should publish one day a whole blog with pctures of these gardens. It is a wonderful place and  invites you to take lots and lots of pictures. The above picture is actually from 1999. Peter took quite a few more picture on that day but for today only this one photo for I want to  publish above all some more photos with Ilse.

Here is Gaby with her carer David and Ilse.

Here is Gaby with Ilse and David, her carer. According to what is written at the back of the photo, it is from the 21st of March 1999. It was taken with Gaby’s camera at our place.

Here is a  photo that was taken on the 18th of April 1999., also with Gaby’s camera. I do remember that on that day were travelling all the way from Parramatta along the Parramatta River to Sydney Harbour where the Opera House came into sight. We did get off the boat at Circular Quay.

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I think David probably took this picture of all of us with the Opera House in the background.

I think David probably took this picture  of us with the Opera House in the background. This picture is also from the 18th of April 1999.

 

Here Caroline is ready to drive herself to her job in Kiama.

 Caroline is ready to drive herself to her job in Kiama. I remember that Ilse admired Caroline that she was such a good driver already.

Here we stroll along Darling Harbour in Sydney. Going by the clothes we wear, this would have been on the day we went to the Chinese Gardens that are close to Darling Harbour.

Here is again one of the pictures of the three of us in the Chinese Gardens.

Here is again one of the pictures of the three of us in the Chinese Gardens

In the picture above we stroll along Darling Harbour that is close to the Chinese Gardens.

Here is Peter with his sister Ilse.

Peter with his sister Ilse.

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This is Martin with Lauren who was born on the 15th of June 1998.

This is Martin with Lauren who was born on the 15th of June 1998.

Ilse enjoyed visiting our son Martin and youngest grandchild with us in Newcastle.

Ilse enjoyed visiting with us our son Martin and youngest grandchild  in Newcastle.

Martin went with us to beautiful Blackbut Park in Newcastle.

Martin went with us to beautiful Blackbut Park in Newcastle.

This is one of the photos that Peter took at Blackbut in Newcastle.

This is one of the photos that Peter took at Blackbut in Newcastle.

We went with Ilse to the Blue Mountains.

We went with Ilse to the Blue Mountains.

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Ilse flew back with KLM. I think Peter took this picture at the airport on Ilse's day of departure.

Ilse flew back with KLM. I think Peter took this picture at the airport on Ilse’s day of departure.

At Sydney airport. Ilse is about to depart.

At Sydney airport. Ilse is about to depart.

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Ilse promised she would visit again. And she did!

Ilse’s Visit in 1999

3 Apr

Peter’s sister Ilse lives in Berlin. In 1999 she came to visit us here in Australia. She stayed for two months: From the end of February to the beginning of April. Caroline, who was twenty at the time,  had already given up her studies at Sydney University. She had a job as a waitress in a Pizza Restaurant in Kiama. Being already a good car-driver, she had no problem driving home in the dark after work. Ilse was very fond of Caroline. We went on a lot of outings with Ilse, and Caroline did often come along with us.

Ilse was still in mourning for her husband who had died a year previously. But she liked her stay here with us. I thought it was great to have her around. She is a beautiful person to get along with. She was happy to meet all our family during her two months stay here. She very much cared for all of them. When she left, she said she’d like very much to come back for another visit.

Peter and Ilse at Manly Beach

Peter and Ilse at Manly Beach

 

 

We went with Ilse and Caroline up to the highlands, parking the car near an old cemetery.

We went with Ilse and Caroline up to the highlands, parking the car near an old cemetery -

and had a picnic on the lawns next to the old gravestones!

where we had a picnic on the lawns next to the old gravestones!

Having a rest in the Chinese Gardens in Sydney

Having a rest in the Chinese Gardens in Sydney

There are many beautiful things to see in these Chinese Gardens in Sydney.

There are many beautiful things to see in these Chinese Gardens in Sydney.

Here we are on a walk with Monika and her three daughters to the playground at the back of our property.

Here we are on a walk with Monika and her three daughters to the playground at the back of our property.

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Krystal turned two on the 5th of April of that year 1999.

Krystal turned two on the 5th of April of that year 1999.

This picture with Ilse and Gaby was taken on the 18th of April 1999.

This picture with Ilse and Gaby was taken on the 18th of April 1999.

I think David probably took this picture of all of us with the Opera House in the background.

I think David probably took this picture of all of us with the Opera House in the background.

North Queensland, Australia, 1998, Part II

2 Apr

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A bit of an introduction to North Queensland and our holiday there in August 1998 is in my previous blog. I actually have a number of photos from that holiday, but some photos I was looking for I could not find.so far.  For instance there are no  photos of crocodiles. We saw a lot of them lying near the edge of the water while we were travelling in a boat along that river with a tourist group. I was sure we would have taken some photos of these creatures seeing them lazing sleepily so very close to us.

Also, I could not find any photos of our lovely resort in Port Douglas. Our travel agent had booked a very nice flat for us in that resort. There was a swimming pools, tennis courts, bikes for hire, as well as some night-time entertainment outside on balmy nights. Every morning we had breakfast in a lovely open air restaurant. Most days we did some pre-booked bus tours with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided. One night we had a pizza in our resort’s restaurant. We went there for the early evening session when a menu at lower prices was available! I think for the other nights we had bought our own food to prepare in the kitchen corner of our flat.

For the first two nights we had been booked into a very beautiful hotel with breakfast included. On the day after our arrival we did a bus tour to the LAKE BARRINE TEAHOUSE. We enjoyed morning tea and lunch there. We were very happy with all the bookings our travel agent had done for us. From Cairns we travelled by boat to Port Douglas where a courtesy bus picked us up to take us to our resort.

I think it was probably Friday when we were taken by bus along the coastal road  to the airport at Cairns to fly back to Sydney. As far as I remember we arrived in Queensland Sunday night and  on Friday we had to depart. That means we had two nights accommodation in Cairns and three nights in Port Douglas.  (To book a weekend holiday would probably have been somewhat dearer.) It sounds like a rather brief holiday, however we did an amazingly lot of things during these 4 and 1/2 days. Everything was well organized. So we could relax all the way. It was marvellous to spend a few days in such an environment without any stress involved. :-)

After our arrival at Cairns Peter contemplated whether he should take a dip into our hotel's swimming pool.

After our arrival at Cairns Peter contemplated whether he should take a dip into our hotel’s swimming pool.

After two nights in Cairns a boat like this one took us up to Port Douglas.

After two nights in Cairns a boat like this one took us up to Port Douglas.

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The LAKE BARRINE TEAHOUSE was in the Atherton Tropical Tableland. It was a beautiful area for a walk and we saw there this amazing Curtain Figtree.

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In front of the entrance to our resort in Port Douglas was a stop for a cute tourist train. This train took us all the way into town.

In front of the entrance to our resort in Port Douglas was a stop for a cute tourist train. This train took us all the way into town.

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In those days I was still fit enough to ride a bike. We were able to cycle along the beach and could get into town that way. Alternatively we took the path next to the road that lead into town. The before mentioned tourist train went beside the road that lead into town.

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The Kuranda Scenic Railway, that we boarded during one excursion, was full of tourists. The train stopped in the middle of nowhere and everyone was allowed out and walk around a bit to take pictures.

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We were on the Crocodile Express going in the other direction.

We were on the Crocodile Express going in the other direction.

This is what the edge of the river looked like with crocodiles lazing about.

This is what the edge of the river looked like with crocodiles lazing about.

Our tourist guide made sure that we did not get into any danger.

Our tourist guide made sure that we did not get into any danger.

Where we had a lunch break Peter found a lovely little pool to refresh himself.

Where we had a lunch break Peter found a lovely little pool to refresh himself.

We went as far as Cape Tribulation.

We went as far as Cape Tribulation.

For afternoon tea we stopped at a very remote place in the rainforest.

There were no modern conveniences in this remote place near the Daintree River.

There were no modern conveniences in this remote place near the Daintree River.

North Queensland, Australia, 1998

1 Apr

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In August 1998 Peter and I did fly to Cairns. 60 km north of Cairns is tropical Port Douglas, where we stayed at a Radison Reef Resort. Our travel agent had booked everything for us. Quite a few coach tours were included during our wonderful five day stay in North Queensland.

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Views of Cairns and the lush coast from the famous Kuranda Scenic Railway

One of our tours led us to this beautiful Scenic Railway.

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This is an aerial view of Cape Tribulation where two World Heritage areas meet, The Grat Barrier Reef and the rainforest.

One of our bus tours took us as far north as Cape Tribulation.

Our first Time at Sussex Inlet in March 1985

31 Mar

My children and grandchildren had the idea we could celebrate my 80th birthday at Sussex Inlet. We always loved to go to this place. Peter, I and the children have such lovely memories about it and often talk about it. I have stored some memories about Sussex Inlet in three of my ‘Pages’. Today I opened Sussex Inlet Page’I’. I thought, maybe some other bloggers might want to have a look too. So I copied one of the photos and the text to the first page. (I noticed nobody had actually looked at this page so far!)

As I said I copied only one of the photos. If you look at this post and would like to see some more photos, then please go to the above mentioned post in my pages about Sussex Inlet. There are many more photos to be seen in that page and two more pages about Sussex Inlet.

Uta with daughter Caroline and grandsons Ryan and Troy (the twins!). It was a wet morning.

This was our first time at Sussex Inlet. Caroline was six and the twins were still five. The rain lasted only for one day. After this we had beautiful summer weather again. When our son Martin came to visit with his wife Elizabeth the Inlet looked gorgeous in lovely sunshine.

It was March 1985 and in July Martin and Elizabeth had their first child, a boy named Tristan.  After daughter Monika’s twins, Tristan was to be our third grandchild. (The following grandchildren were all girls. Monika’s three girls and Martin’s two girls. So we have eight grandchildren ; the last one of them was born in 1997. In the meantime we are also blessed with three great-grandchildren. )

After having experienced Sussex Inlet for the first time in 1985 we went back there lots of times. The children and grandchildren always loved it. Only our first born child, daughter Gabriele, was never able to join us at Sussex Inlet because she needed an Iron Lung for the night to sleep in.

We were happy that our youngest daughter had the company of the twins. The three of them did get on very well together. When people saw us with the three of them, they often thought they were triplets! The twins would ring their mum from a public phone near the office of the camp-site. The place was still called a ‘camp’ but it had newly built units which  could accommodate up to eight people each.

In March 1985 the unit we were in had only just been built.  Everything looked brand new. The best thing about Sussex Inlet was that it was very secluded. We called it our little paradise.

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