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30 Aug
28th August 1962, Gaby is five years old

Gaby is five years old

Monika and Martin see Gaby on her birthday.

Monika and Martin see Gaby on her birthday.

Gaby's birthday in 1963. She loves her musical bear.

Gaby’s birthday in 1963.
She loves her musical bear.

Monika and Martin want to see Gaby on her birthday.

Monika and Martin want to see Gaby on her birthday, 28th August 1963

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Sister Harford organised a birthday party for Gaby outside the ward in the built-in veranda,

Sister Harford organised a birthday party for Gaby outside the ward within the built-in veranda,

Martin and Monika are having fun.

Martin and Monika are having fun.

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Peter with Martin and Monika on the train to Sydney to go for a visit at Prince-Henry-Hospital.

Peter with Martin and Monika on the train to Sydney to go for a visit at Prince-Henry-Hospital.

The veranda at the hospital is full of Christmas decorations.

The veranda at the hospital is full of Christmas decorations. 1962

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It is amazing that we all have winter coats on in the midst of summer in Australia. It must have been a very cold morning. The next pictures show it did get quite a bit warmer eventually.

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This picture is taken in Belmore Park near Central Station.

This picture is taken in Belmore Park near Central Station.

On that day we had something to eat either before or after visiting Gaby at Prince-Henry-Hospital.

Another picture taken in Belmore Park.

Some pictures at the bubbler in Belmore Park.

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This picture, also in Belmore Park. with Peter Martin and Monika in January 1973.

This picture, also in Belmore Park. with Peter, Martin and Monika. January 1973.

The bubbler in Belmore Park is still popular in December 1987 with Caroline and grandsons Troy and Ryan.

The bubbler in Belmore Park was still popular in December 1987. Caroline and grandsons Troy and Ryan

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Faith in Spring – Frühlingsglaube

28 Aug

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German Verse by Ludwig Uhland

In the original German with a
line-by-line prose translation in English

Frühlingsglaube Faith in Spring
von Ludwig Uhland Prose translation by Hyde Flippo

Die linden Lüfte sind erwacht, The gentle winds are awakened,
Sie säuseln und wehen
Tag und Nacht,
They murmur and waft
day and night,
Sie schaffen an allen Enden. They create in every corner.
O frischer Duft, o neuer Klang! Oh fresh scent, oh new sound!
Nun, armes Herze, sei nicht bang! Now, poor dear [heart], fear not!
Nun muss sich alles, alles wenden. Now everything, everything must change.
Die Welt wird schöner
mit jedem Tag,
The world becomes more beautiful
with each day,
Man weiß nicht,
was noch werden mag,
One does not know
what may yet happen,
Das Blühen will nicht enden. The blooming doesn’t want to end.
Es blüht das fernste, tiefste Tal: The farthest, deepest valley blooms:
Nun, armes Herz, vergiss der Qual! Now, poor dear [heart], forget the pain!
Nun muss sich alles, alles wenden. Now everything, everything must change.

Send a greeting card with
lines from this Uhland poem.

I used to know this poem by heart. And I am still pretty familiar with it. Some of the verses come back to me whenever I experience a most beautiful early spring day. Just recently we had such a day with very “gentle winds”  that  “murmur and waft”.  Maybe I would say gentle breezes instead of winds. The poem speaks about these feelings of hope that are awakened in spring. On a beautiful springlike day, such as we had the other day, one feels immensely uplifted.

Today is the 28th of August 2015. Our daughter Gabriele died in 2012. She would have been 58 today.

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Monarch Cafe

27 Aug

https://www.google.com.au/maps/place/Monarch+Cakes/@-37.8681082,144.9795341,3a,75y,335.86h,84.72t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sTQ6DtMc2Ga5fLnHPyzglTQ!2e0!3e2!7i13312!8i6656!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x16310decdadc11d!6m1!1e1

TRAM ROUTE MAP EAST BRUNSWICK – ST KILDA BEACH:

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On Monday, the 17th of August, 2015, we were still in Melbourne.

http://auntyuta.com/2015/08/22/last-cab-to-darwin/

After Peter and I  had seen the movie “Last Cab to Darwin” in the KINO in Melbourne, it was our plan to get to the Monarch Cafe. We knew that TRAM 96 would take us there to ST KILDA.

Somewhere in the city we got unto the 96 tram. We soon found out it was not going to St Kilda but to Brunswick. This meant we had to get off the tram and catch a tram into the other direction. The trams come along every six or seven minutes. So we were soon on our way towards ST KILDA. There are several stops within ST KILDA. We were not sure where to get off. Somehow the Canterbury Road stop looked to us like the right stop. Wasn’t that the corner where Acland Street was with the Monash Cafe just around the corner. we thought. It turned out we were wrong. There was no Acland Street. It took us quite a while and a lot of walking before we found Acland Street and the way to our chosen cafe. When we finally made it, we had some yummy cake and coffee. Next time we know we have to get off at Belford Street, just one stop before the terminal.

In April 2013 we were in Melbourne. Martin and his daughter Lauren went with us to ST KILDA.

In April 2013 we were in Melbourne. Martin and his daughter Lauren went with us to ST KILDA.

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In April 2013 Peter and I went with Lauren and Martin to the MONARCH CAFE.

In April 2013 Peter and I went with Lauren and Martin to the MONARCH CAFE.

This is a picture from inside the Monarch Cafe.

This is a picture from inside the Monarch Cafe.

We love their cakes and coffee!

We love their cakes and coffee!

Last Cab to Darwin

22 Aug

https://www.eventcinemas.com.au/movie/Last-Cab-To-Darwin

 

This is a trailer to a movie we saw last Monday in Melbourne. Last Cab to Darwin is a very well made Australian movie. The cast was excellent and the road pictures were wonderful.

We saw the movie in this cinema:

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We had time for coffee and cake before the movie started at 10am or thereabouts.

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This is part of the roof above the big hall where we sat and relaxed having our coffee.

This is part of the roof above the big hall where we sat and relaxed having our coffee and cake.

 

 

 

 

I got the following from here:

https://www.eventcinemas.com.au/movie/Last-Cab-To-Darwin

Last Cab To Darwin M

Coarse language and mature themes
Rex is a loner, and when he’s told he doesn’t have long to live, he embarks on an epic drive through the Australian outback from Broken Hill to Darwin to die on his own terms; but his journey reveals to him that before you can end your life, you have to live it, and to live it, you’ve got to share it.

RELEASE DATE:06/08/2015

GENRE:drama

RUNNING TIME:124 mins

DIRECTOR:Jeremy Sims

CAST:Michael Caton, Ningali Lawford, Jacki Weaver, Emma Hamilton & Mark Coles Smith

 

Apparently this movie was a stage play before it was made into a movie.  I got the following from Wikipedia:

Last Cab to Darwin is a 2003 Australian drama/comedy stage play written by Reg Cribb and based upon the true story of taxi driver Max Bell who was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer in the early 1990s. Wikipedia

The Gratitude Bell at Nan Tien Temple

21 Aug

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This is where the Gratitude Bell is. There is a great view from up there.

This is where the Gratitude Bell is. There is a great view from up there.

 

When you chime the bell you are supposed to think with gratitude of your ancestors. I remember when I once walked to the bell in summer, I got very hot. Last Wednesday in the midst of August, I had no problem walking up to the bell. I do love the bell’s sound. It spreads far and wide over the surrounding area.

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Our Weekend with Martin, August 2015

20 Aug
Our XPT to Melbourne Aug/ 2015

Our XPT to Melbourne Aug/ 2015

As soon as I took my seat on the train, Peter noticed that I had been given a seat with an emergency button. This made me feel very safe indeed. :-) The menu card promised that we could be adequately fed during our long train journey.

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In Junee the train had to stop for a while. So Peter had a chance to go off the train and take a few pictures.

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In front of Junee Station

In front of Junee Station

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Martin lives in Melbourne near Essendon Station. Martin once took this picture with the rainbow above. He is proud that he could capture this rainbow. He kindly let us have the picture. We did not travel from Essendon Station this time for Martin had hired a car for the weekend and drove us around everywhere.

 Sunday,6th.Aug.2015,Martin drove us to the Woodlands Homestead.

Sunday,6th.Aug.2015,Martin drove us to the Woodlands Homestead.

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Having a rest after a long walk

Having a rest after a long walk

In Aug 2014 we were at Sussex Inlet and saw there a lot of kangaroos.

In Aug 2014 we were at Sussex Inlet and saw there a lot of kangaroos.

But back to the homestead. Refreshments were available there: Great Devonshire Tea and coffee. It was lovely to sit in typical English surroundings.

This is the Entrance to the Homestead.

This is the Entrance to the Homestead.

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After we had had our refreshments we went around to have a look at the different rooms in the homestead and Peter took some more pictures:

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As we wqere leaving, Peter took some more pictures outside:

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Our Day at Nan Tien Temple, Wednesday, 19th August 2015

19 Aug

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Peter did take all these pictures today. We had very pleasant weather: Not too hot, not too cold. We enjoyed the day at the temple very much. Some dear friends gave us a lift to the temple and back. All in all a really good day.

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Lotus Tea

Lotus Tea

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