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From last Friday to yesterday, 10th of July, 2022, Caroline and Matthew were visiting me! πŸ™‚

Yesterday, Sunday, we also saw Monika and Mark, as well as Monika’s son Ryan, Ryan’s wife Ebony, and their sons Lucas and Alexander!

So, Lucas and Alexander are two of my great-grandsons. πŸ™‚

Lucas was born on the 18th of July, 2012, that is just three days after Gabriele (Gaby) had passed away.

Next Sunday the family is going to meet for lunch at the German Club. And in one week, on Monday, Lucas is going to be ten! πŸ™‚

As I mentioned probably already in another post, I am going to turn 88 on the 21st of September this year! πŸ™‚

And Great-Grandson Alexander is going to be 8 on the 27th of September! πŸ™‚

Yesterday all of us had lunch at the close-by Bowling Club. After lunch everyone came to my place where Caroline and Matthew provided afternoon coffee and cake. When the rain had stopped for a while Ryan and a few others went outside to beautify my backyard. They did a very good job at that! πŸ™‚

Matthew stayed inside and played with Lucas and Alexander. He is very good with the kids! πŸ™‚

Caroline did the dishes with a little bit of help from me. Mark was a bit crook because of some very bad Osteo Arthritis. For my birthday this year the family wants to meet at our special Sussex Inlet Holiday place again the same as in 2014 when I turned 80! πŸ™‚

On Friday night, soon after our arrival, we already did have a barbecue with all the family. On Sunday Matthew and Caroline cooked lunch for us. Sunday was a rainy day. This is why it would not have been such a good idea to carry all the supplies for lunch to the barbecue area. It was decided to have lunch on our verandah. Our family had rented four units. They were all next to each other. From every unit a table was carried to our verandah. And everyone carried their own plate, drinks and cutlery from their unit to the tables on our verandah. We had been sixteen people. But Mark had to leave early. Soon after it turned out that four of the young people could not stay for lunch either. In the end we were ‘only’ eleven people, including two year old Lucas’.

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Beautiful Lasagne
Beautiful Lasagne
Red cabbage, potato salad and red wine which we did drink our of cups!
Red cabbage, potato salad and red wine which we did drink our of cups!
My lunch plate. I had rocket salad, potato salad, red cabbage and a real lot of lasagne sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.
My lunch plate. I had rocket salad, potato salad, red cabbage and a real lot of lasagne sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.
On Saturday Lucas met up with a wombat.
On Saturday Lucas met up with a wallaby.
On Sunday he did get to see some kangaroos.
On Sunday he did get to see some kangaroos.
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Watching the kangaroos
Watching the kangaroos
With this bit of rain the grass that the kangaroos can eat for sure is to grow a bit more.
With this bit of rain the grass that the kangaroos can eat for sure is to grow a bit more.
A friendly visitor
A friendly visitor
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Saturday night was card game night in one of the units. Expecting Ebony and Lucas needed a rest and went to bed early. Eight people were playing cards, always four at a time. The rest were just watching.

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After the card games we asked everyone over to our unit for some drinks of sparkling wine. We had a few bottles of this and Caroline poured the sparkling wine into these blue wine glasses. We were able to use the glasses from all the different units. I mentioned that I was looking forward to my approaching birthday. I actually sang a song about my approaching birthday which may have impressed a few people!! Ha,ha. Anyhow, I was in a cheerful mood.

Here is the song (the German version);

Ich freue mich, dass ich geboren bin
und hab Geburtstag bald.
Man hat mich lieb
und schenkt mir viel,
zum Essen, Trinken und zum Spiel.
Ich freue mich, dass ich geboren bin
und hab Geburtstag bald.

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The following day, Sunday, after lunch all the units had to be cleaned before we could leave. Some people were still cleaning while others were waiting outside. Here I am with the group of people who were waiting.

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Ryan had come with a van and could take in it all of our stuff that did not fit into our car.
Ryan had come with a van and could take in it all of our stuff that did not fit into our car.
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We drove back along this road. 40 means 40 kilometres.
We drove back along this road. 40 means 40 kilometres.
    1. cardamone
    1. Lovely! Happy birthday! Th epics of the animals are great too. Being from the States, I love pics of kangaroos, and that lovely bird.
    2. Fondly,
      Elizabeth
      1. auntyuta
      2. Yes, thank you Elizabeth. My 80th birthday is coming up in one month. In the meantime we might have another addition to the family. Ebony is very close to giving birth. Three of our granddaughters now have to cope with the death of their paternal grandmother. She died in hospital at the beginning of this week. We are all going to her funeral.
        So long, Uta

      3. berlioz1935
      4. Indeed we had a great time, even though the weather wanted to spoil it. But is winter and often in August we are getting those onshore winds that bring rain. It was good to connect again with mother nature. It could have been the last time we experienced this beautiful part of the country.
      1. auntyuta
      2. Maybe the last time we could go there, but maybe not the last time. You never know what is still in store for us! 
        Thanks for commenting, Berlioz.

Frolicking around Sydney

Peter and I stayed in an apartment at Darling Harbour. To frolic around Sydney’s Darling Harbour was quite exciting. It was my 82nd birthday. At nighttime we strolled to an Italian restaurant and had a three course meal there with a glass of red wine. There was also some beautiful music to entertain us. We liked that very much. The food and the wine were very much to our liking as well. So we had a lovely evening. After the meal it was only a short walk back to our apartment.

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Berlin in 26 Days from the 4th to the 30th of June 2016

This Berlin visit was a true family event for Β Peter and me. I would like to tell about the 26 days in Berlin in three different parts. First there were 8 days with Martin, Caroline and Matthew, then 9 days spent just with Martin and the last 9 days in Berlin we saw a lot of Monika and her family who came Β to visit Berlin from the 21st to the 30th of June.

When we arrived in Berlin on Saturday, the 4th of June, we were five adults from Australia, and we were renting a three bedroom apartment in Rubensstrasse, Berlin-Friedenau. Our rented apartment was just great, very spacious and well equipped.

The other family group from Australia had booked an apartment in Prenzlauer Berg which is a bit North-East from the centre of Berlin, whereas Friedenau is South of Berlin’s centre. Monika’s group stayed in Berlin for 9 days after already having visited London, Paris and Zuerich. On Thursday, the 30th of June, they travelled back to London to stay there for another four nights and then to fly back to Sydney, Australia.

Thursday, the 9th of June was my brother Bodo’s 78th birthday. Peter, Martin, Matthew and Caroline went on that day to Kreuzberg (Cross-Mountain). Peter wanted to show them the place where he had grown up. My brother Peter Uwe came to go with me to visit Bodo.

Bodo is being looked after in a home for the Aged.

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We walked along here to get to the home where Bodo lives.

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This place, a Memorial for the Berlin Wall, is not far from where Bodo lives.

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Peter Uwe and Bodo

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Uta and Bodo

Charlotte mit ihren drei Kindern 1948
Mum with Bodo, Uta and Peter Uwe in 1948

Below a few pictures I took one morning in our apartment. Matthew is in the background, Martin is on the left, and Caroline and Peter on the right.

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Pentecost Sunday, 2016

German Club, Wollongong
German Club, Wollongong

Today we went to the German Club for lunch. Since Peter’s birthday is tomorrow, which is a working day in Australia, we celebrated with the family already today. Peter took some photos of some of the family. We were a dozen people and had booked a table for our lunch. Every one was very happy with their Mittagessen, meaning we could all order whatever we liked. There was some dance music from the 1950s that Peter and I liked very much. We even had a little dance! Lucas and Alex, our great-grandchildren, enjoyed themselves too. It is great that children are so welcome at this club.

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Uta’s Diary

We are close to the end of August 2014. A lot has happened the past few weeks. The best thing that happened was our family reunion at Sussex Inlet. It was only for a weekend, but it was a great success. I already published several blogs about this beautiful weekend.

The weeks after, right up to today, we had much, much rain. There was hardly any sunshine. When the sun came out a bit, it felt rather warm. But the rest of the time we had to cope with rather cold temperatures. From 1st of September on we are supposed to have spring. I hope it is going to be much sunnier and warmer then. Yes, I am looking forward to September.

It is only about three more weeks till my 80th birthday. This is really a milestone, isn’t it? Maybe it is about time for me to learn to slow down at all times. I find it is so much better for my health if I do everything slowly. This includes the way I eat my food. I usually take a lot of care these days to chew my food slowly. And this includes very soft food too! I feel it is very good for me when I take the time to do this.

On Sunday, September 7th, it is Fathers’ Day in Australia. We expect some family visit on that day. Of course, we are looking forward to this. We are also looking forward to some addition to the family.

Last Monday we went to a funeral. Our granddaughters’ paternal grandmother had died after a long sickness. May she rest in peace. We knew her quite well. She always was a very friendly and very brave woman.

I am still thinking back a lot to that day when we had this lovely walk first through the bush and then along Bherwerre Beach. We were very lucky with the weather on that Saturday morning for we did have quite a bit of sunshine. The following morning some very wet kangaroos appeared at our camp. It was raining!

Here again some pictures from our holiday weekend in August.

On Sunday he did get to see some kangaroos.
On Sunday he did get to see some kangaroos.

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Little Lucas, soon you are going to have a little brother or sister!
Little Lucas, soon you are going to have a little brother or sister!

Monika’s Birthday

Today, on the 5th December, is Monika’s birthday. She invited us for afternoon coffee and cake. Monika’s daughter Krystal baked a beautiful chocolate cake which Monika filled with lovely jam and fresh cream and decorated the top with grated chocolate and cherries. It turned out to be the most delicious Black Forest Cake! RIMG0836

Ebony arrives with Lucas
Ebony arrives with Lucas

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Lucas with his Grandma Monika
Lucas with his Grandma Monika

Tiana  as well as Krystal and Lucas
Tiana as well as Krystal and Lucas

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Lucas with his Mum
Lucas with his Mum

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We're getting ready to have Coffee and Cake
We’re getting ready to have Coffee and Cake

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A port city in northeastern Sicily on the Strait of Messina

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This is where Matthew and Caroline took us yesterday: Gelato de Messina! Homemade on the premises.
This is where Matthew and Caroline took us yesterday: Gelato de Messina! Homemade on the premises.

This shop was in Victoria Street in Sydney. Darlinghurst Road was right next to it.
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Matthew and Caroline discuss where to go to next.
Matthew and Caroline discuss where to go to next.

It was Matthew’s birthday. We had given him a large chopping board as a birthday gift. This is why Matthew is carrying this large bag.

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Lunch on Sunday

The Twins with their Aunty Caroline for their Birthday Lunch on Sunday.
The Twins with their Aunty Caroline for their Birthday Lunch on Sunday.
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We are the early arrivals at the Restaurant. We are the early arrivals at the Restaurant.
We met at this Chinese  Restaurant.
We met at this Chinese Restaurant.
Another photo with me, Ryan and Ebony and Baby Lucas.
Another photo with me, Ryan and Ebony and Baby Lucas.
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We're still waiting for Mark to arrive. In the meantime Lucas plays with his books.
We’re still waiting for Mark to arrive. In the meantime Lucas plays with his books.
Our daughter Monika has arrived. She is the twins' mum. She proudly holds her little grandson, Lucas.
Our daughter Monika has arrived. She is the twins’ mum. She proudly holds her little grandson, Lucas.
Two of Monika's daughters with Troy
Two of Monika’s daughters with Troy
Caroline took this picture of us with daughter Monika and the twins.
Caroline took this picture of us with daughter Monika and the twins.