Towards the End of May

This is near the entrance of the Great Hall where the five Buddhas are.
This is near the entrance of the Great Hall where the five Buddhas are.


I bought a card with the five Buddhas on it. So this is just a copy of the card. At the back of the card it says:

“Nan Tien Temple is the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also known as ‘Southern Paradise’. The Temple has evolved into a harmonious place where the East and West meet and merge. . . . .”

Nan Tien Temple, Berkeley Road, Berkeley, NSW, 2506, Australia,

We’ve seen David yesterday. The place where he’s staying is called Nursing Home now. I think previously it was called Age Care Facility. David is still in te same room where we’ve seen him before. He was asleep when we arrived. The first thing he said when he woke up was: ‘I have a Mother’s Day Gift for Mama.’

This is the gift David gave me.
This is the gift David gave me.

I was thrilled that he had thought of me. And he had waited since Mothers’ Day for our arrival so he could hand me his gift! He wrote out a Mothers’ Day card for me as well! Well, Mother’s Day had been more than two weeks ago. His birthday was on the 8th of May. On the same day it is also his sister Kathy’s birthday. Kathy is ten years younger than David. His brother Anthony has been appointed David’s guardian. Anthony told him that Kathy was going to visit him soon. She lives a bit further away from Sydney now. David is very much looking forward to his sister’s visit, I think. His friend Steve had also seen him a couple of times already. And of course Anthony would see him on a regular basis.

We were able to sit with David outside in a sunny courtyard. A nursing help ask him whether he’d like to have his lunch outside. David did like it that lunch was brought there. The friendly help wanted to tie a large bib around his neck. But he indicated that he didn’t need it. David ended up not eating very much.


Today we started trimming some of the trees. After about one hour we thought that we had done enough gardening for the day. Tomorrow we are going to do a bit more gardening.

8 thoughts on “Towards the End of May

  1. A delightful blog, it must have been beautiful to receive Davids mothers day present Auntyuta.
    I love Buddhist temples too, I stayed overnight in an old derelict one high on a mountain in Vietnam in 1970, but it wasnt a peaceful stay at the time.
    Its great that David can get outside to enjoy the sunshine.

    1. I was thrilled to receive David’s gift. Didn’t expect anything like it.
      Thanks very much for commenting, dear Ian. Hope you can enjoy some sunshine too. 🙂

  2. I love this, Aunty Uta. I so wish I could have been there. And love how you finish with your today 🙂

    1. Yes, Noeleen, we did some gardening Wednesday morning and again Thursday morning. I think I’ve had enough of this for a while! Just love to sit outside in the sun enjoying a cup of tea. We’d love to have you visiting. It’s very peaceful at our place, well, most of the time! 🙂
      Cheers, Auntyuta.

  3. When I said ‘wish I could have been there’ I meant the temple!! I opened my computer this morning and saw this page & realised how brief I had been in comment! The temple, I would love to see.

    1. The temple is well worth seeing, Noeleen. If you come to see it, you might want to see us too. Peter and I live only ten minutes away by car!

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