I copy here a blog that I published two years ago. At the time we had spent a lovely evening with Justine and Lauren. Both their birthdays are in June. They are six years apart. Justine lives in Melbourne and Lauren lives in Newcastle. Because it is their birthday this month, I thought I republish this blog which has a few lovely pictures with the birthday girls.
Famous sculpture at the Yarra River in Melbourne.
Peter, granddaughter Lauren and I had been waiting at Flinders Street Station for granddaughter Justine who was going to meet us there after work. It was a happy meeting after not having seen each other for sooo long!
Uta and granddaughters at the Yarra River
Dinner at Il PRIMO POSTO, Italian Restaurant
After dinner we strolled to a Gelato shop that was still open. We each had a little tub of this delicious gelato and sat down at a large table with a terrific view of the Yarra.
This was a lovely night out with the granddaughters. Justine caught the train back home from Flinders Street Station. Peter and I went with Lauren by train back to Essendon where our son Martin was waiting with the car to take us home.
Caroline with friend Amy in Australia’s Wonderland, Sept.1988
In January 1989, during the summer school holidays, we went with Caroline, Troy and Ryan to Canberra. Previously we had stayed in Canberra only for the day, driving back home on the same day. During the kids’ summer holidays and Peter having a few days rostered off, we took the chance to book into a Canberra motel to stay there for a couple of nights.
This is a park in Goulbourn, where we stopped for some refreshments on the way to Canberra.
Let’s do a city tour here in Canberra.
A Trainride around the Cockington Greens
A Toytrain at Cockington Green
Having some Fun at the Motel’s Swimming Pool.
Towards the end of May 1988 we had been in Queensland. Some time later we went for a visit to Canberra. Caroline was nine and a half.
The New Parliament House, June 1988
This is the Old Parliament Building
On the steps of the Old Parliament
In the Pine Forest near Canberra, June 1988
This is our new car: A Nissan Pulsar GL
After Peter’s birthday in May 1988 we went by train to Murwillumbah. We had a sleeper compartment on the overnight train. Our new car, the Nissan Pulsar GL, went with us on the train!
Caroline took this picture of us after we had arrived in Muwillumbah.
Caroline liked that our train had had a dining car!
From Muwillumbah it was not far to Queensland. Our destination was Brisbane. At the time there was the 1988 EXPO in Brisbane. We had booked accommodation very close to the EXPO. There was heaps to see for us at this EXPO. A few days later our car took us to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
Here we stopped our car to have a look at the Glasshouse Mountains.
We stayed in a cabin on the Sunshine Coast. There was a swimming pool. The water was rather cool. But Caroline dared to go into it for a bit.
We visited the Big Pineapple Farm. There was a Bamboo Forest close by.
Caroline seems to enjoy farm life.
This “Castle” is at the Sunshine Coast. We stopped there for some pictures.
This is near the border to New South Wales on our way back.
Martin, Liz and Tristan lived in this house in Tamworth at the time.
We stopped there to say Hello.
It looks like both Caroline and Tristan love to help in the kitchen.
Half Marathon finishing at Stuart Park, Wollongong, 23-8-1987
Peter is still in full flight after 1hr27:33, which is his best time so far.
Martin goes across the finishing line.
This is a school portrait of Caroline from 1987 that she sent to her grandmother in Berlin.
On a Sunday in 1987 this picture was taken at Albion Park Station by an enthusiastic passenger: Peter with Caroline and the Twins.
Tristan is two and a half years old riding his bike at Ashfield, Dec. 1987
Christmas Eve 1987 at David’s Parents Place.
Caroline tries to take a picture of Tristan playing, Peter looking on. Grandma Uta enjoys watching Tristan.
Peter with Caroline and the twins at Belmore Park in Sydney. Dec.1987
This is already May 1988.
It is Peter’s Birthday!
We have Lunch at Chinatown in Sydney for Peter’s Birthday.
Caroline, Tristan and also Troy and Ryan enjoy a ride at Darling Harbour.
Another photo from Peter’s Birthday. Tristan is already very tired.
Gaby and David go back to Merrylands West in a Wheelchair Taxi.
Down the straight towards Tongara Road Level Crossing.
When Peter took these pictures from Stony Range Hill he must have been waiting for a train from the other direction going with a steam locomotive on that day in June 1987.
Ah, here it is: A special steam train with full steam at Oak Flats Station!
Now heading up to Croom Tunnel
The Steamer disturbs the Horses!
Up the Hill!
Some time in June 1987 we went with Caroline and her friend Amy to the Nowra Animal Park.