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Beginning of October 2017

4 Oct



I can’t believe that today is already the 4th of October. The different months just come too quickly. I feel as though it must still be September!

Well, these beautiful flowers in the picture I received last Sunday, which was the 1st of October. On Monday we had a public holiday here in NSW and Victoria of Australia. So this long weekend was a good   time for travelling. Our daughter Monika for instance and a lot of her family travelled to Victora over last weekend. I hope now that Monika can see us after work sometime this week so she can tell us all about their trip to Victoria. I think they stayed for one night in Benalla where our son Martin lives now.

We had daughter Caroline and Matthew staying with us last Sunday. We went for lunch to the TREASURE COURT restaurant at the Dapto Leagues Club which I enjoyed very much. I had small prawns in Curry sauce and boiled rice. We also had vegetarian mini spring rolls  as an entree. And all four of us had beautiful Chinese tea. We each got a fortune cookie with our tea. Caroline and I took our cookies home and did only open them at home. Can I remember what it said  on the cookies’ verses? Sorry, no I can’t.


With our coffee at home we had savories instead of cake. I took some more pictures of my beautiful flowers on one of the following days:

Newcastle and Sussex Inlet (continued)

25 Aug


I reckon one gets a wonderful impression watching this 2 and a half minute video about Newcastle’s Merewether Beach.   This video was made in 2015:

“From Plan to Place – Sea Change@ Merewether Beach precinct.
Merewether Beach is one of Newcastle’s famous beaches and has been designed as a National Surfing Reserve.”

As I said in a previous post –  https://auntyuta.com/2017/08/24/lunch-in-newcastle/ –

we had lunch in Newcastle at beaches cafe. We had this view from the terrace of the cafe:


View to Merewether Beach from the beaches cafe.


Martin had ordered baby octupus


I had four prawn cutlets. They were delicious. The chips and salad were good too. After lunch we went down to the beach for coffee and ice-cream:


And now back to my post about Sussex Inlet:


Just one week ago we arrived there and stayed only for the weekend. We had booked three units. Each unit could accommodate four adults plus two children. There were only in one unit some children, that is,  there were of course our lovely great-grandsons: Lucas (5) and Alexander (nearly 3). Unfortunately no-one did take a group picture. But we are going to have a great memory about this weekend anyway.

It says that the wildlife should not be fed by us!


Lunch in Newcastle

24 Aug


A week ago on Wednesday we were in Newcastle. Our son Martin drove us there to see Lauren, who is his daughter, Peter’s  and my granddaughter. We had lunch together at the beach.



My Diary July 2017

23 Jul

One week ago we celebrated the fifth birthday of Lucas. On that Sunday all the family met at the Illawarra Yacht Club for lunch.

In April, we also had some lunch at the Illawarra Yacht Club where there is a beautiful view across Lake Illawarra. We had visitors from Germany at the time: My brother and his wife.

And it was three weeks ago, soon after the twins’ 38th birthday. that the family met at the Shellharbour Club. The kids, Lucas and Alexander, were keen on checking out the club’s kids entertainment.







We meet the family again next month for a holiday at Sussex Inlet. We booked some accommodation for the weekend from the 18th to the 20th of August. We  stayed for a weekend in August at this holiday place at Sussex Inlet just three years ago when I turned 80. We have known this holiday place since 1984, visiting there quite often with our children.

This is one of my blogs that I wrote about Sussex Inlet:


In my pages at the top of my site you can find many more blogs about Sussex Inlet.

Something of my ABOUT PAGE

17 Jul


A few years ago we saw in a brochure that a house close to Goulburn Railway Station was for sale. It was also near a shopping centre, even an ALDI store was within easy reach. What more could we want if we planned to move to a more rural area?

We saw our dream come true, namely to sell our present dwelling, buy the new place and end up with something like fifty thousand Dollars saved in the bank! People told us, but Goulburn, this is a bit out of the way, isn’t it?

No, we said, not at all. There’s the Railway Station close by. We hop on the train and are in Sydney in no time. The pensioner excursion trip from Goulburn to Sydney would still cost us only two Dollars and fifty cents! We can even go from Goulburn to Newcastle for our two Dollars fifty!

But you cannot do such a long trip that often, was the objection. We were asked, how often we were then going to see our children. How often do we see them now? We asked back. We pointed out, that we more or less only saw them for birthdays and Christmas anyway. We could still see them on these occasions, when we lived in Goulburn.

So we were all set to make the move to Goulburn, when it suddenly dawned on us, that we could not possibly move to the new place without doing some renovations first. The new place would need some renovations to be done to it! Renovations? You are kidding! Who would want to do renovations at our age! If we paid someone to renovate for us, we’d probably end up with no money left in the bank.

This is the end of the story. We are not going to sell our home and we are not going to move to another place.

March 29, 2013
Yesterday I found this page. I think it was in draft. I was curious what it contained. After reading it, I thought, why not publish it? So here it is.


May be it is and may be it isn’t. Basically nothing much has changed since I wrote the above.

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Today is the 17th of July 2017. I come back now to the above story that I published a few years ago in my ABOUT page. Well, over the past years we realized more and more that suitable properties in the Goulburn area would be a bit too dear for us and not worth all the troubles of moving. However, that idea that we could perhaps live in a country area somehow stuck with us. For a while our inquiries were set on Cootamundra, a town in New South Wales, also with a Railway Station on the Sydney to Melbourne line. Quite likable properties were significantly cheaper than comparable properties here  a bit to the south of Sydney. We checked out quite a lot of properties on the internet. Once Peter and I even stayed in a hotel in the main street of Cootamundra. We did get a very good impression of that little town. People there seemed to be all very friendly towards strangers. We thought that this was a place that we could definitely like. We thought it was feasible for us to live there. But in the end it turned out we were really not determined enough to initiate some steps towards moving.

A few years have passed. Since both Peter and I are past eighty now, should we really stop thinking of moving to  a different area? And a country area at that that we are not used to at all. So, we are in old age now. But we still  love to travel, We also love to go for family visits. However, with each year we may find it a bit harder to do all this. For how long can we  keep it up really, all this moving about?

We have just been on a visit to Benalla in Victoria, seeing our son Martin who recently moved to Benalla. This is a beautiful thriving little country town, also on the Sydney to Melbourne train line! Properties are less than half the price of the properties here in our area in the Illawarra! Of course, alone the likelihood  of being  able to purchase at a reasonable price a good property in Benalla , and that our son lives there now in his own house, made us think that maybe we could move there too.

Yes, we could, and we could not. Medical facilities, yes they are available. It  would however be  a question whether they would be the right kind of facilities for the treatments that Peter requires. We would have to find out. Also, we would need a lot of help with actually moving and sorting everything out. Of course, we could afford to pay for a professional removalist. Maybe we would have to get rid of some  of our old furniture and things that we do not need any more. And then we could buy something new for the new place. Could we cope  with all this? Is  it worth it to undertake a move  like this at our age? The more we doubt, the more years pass, and in the end we’ll really be toooo old for all this!

In the meantime we had another great-grandchild, a boy called Carter, He was born on the 21st of November 2016. He is the son of granddaughter Roxy and of Scott. Yesterday we had a family celebration at the Illawarra Yacht Club. Little Carter was there with his mum, grandparents, his cousins and lots of aunts. Carter is a very huge and very friendly baby. The family celebrations were for Lucas, who is going to be five tomorrow on Tuesday. Alexander, the younger brother of Lucas, as well as Lucas did like to play with their cousin Carter. It was lovely to see the three boys together.


Some presents arrived for Lucas at the Illawarra Yacht Club.


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My Diary

4 Jul

To be writing regularly, oh, I find it is not so easy to get around to it at all times. I always intend to write, write, write. I seem to have lots of things to write about in my head but somehow before I have a chance to write it down, it is gone again. Maybe I should at least take some notes, that is, get into the habit to write some notes down. Maybe, what is a bit of a diary to me, is, when I take some pictures of persons and places. Looking at the pictures, it is easier to remember some of the things in my life.

Recently we have been visiting Benalla in Victoria.  Unfortunately, because of bad eyesight, I cannot drive anymore. So  Peter had to drive to Benalla and back all by himself. We were driving to Benalla to visit our son Martin and to see his new place. Door to door it was about 600 km only, whereas when the son lived in Melbourne (Essendon) the distance was about 800 km.

Since we are in the midst of winter now here in Australia, daylight hours are only about for ten hours, namely from ca. 7 am to 5 pm. Well, Peter had no problem driving the distance within daylight hours. However, I suggested that on the way back we could stay in a motel in Holbrook  for one night to interrupt the journey, and that would give us the chance to look around a bit and familiarize us again with some things in the area. But oh no,  Peter insisted on driving straight home. I like to call it ‘homeritis’!


On our last day in Benalla, a Saturday, all of us went for lunch to the Art Gallery Cafe. We were very happy that our Grandson and his wife and two daughters could meet us there.



On the way to the Cafe


Here grandson Tristan arrives with his family to meet all of us.



Son Martin having a rest in the park.


Son Martin took these pictures of Peter and me on the terrace of the Cafe.


View from the cafe’s terrace 

It was a bit too cold to sit out there. It was better to have lunch inside.

Here is some of the food that we had.


This is grandson Tristan.

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After lunch we had a look at some of the pictures in the Art Gallery.


It was lovely to see great-granddaughters Kia and Jaki again as well as Tris and Steph. And now I include some more pictures from another park nearby that we took on another day.











































Uta’s May 2017 Diary

9 May


The Dapto solar heated swimming pool, that is the large pool in the Dapto swimming complex, has the Olympic length of 50 metres. Peter and Astrid had arrived in Australia on the second of April. On their last Sunday here in Dapto, which was the 30th of April, they went with me to Dapto’s open air swimming Centre. We were walking. It was a quick and easy walk. The last day of April had turned out to be a balmy, sunny day. Just beautiful.

Peter and Astrid both had carried their flippers along to the pool. It did not take them long to dip into the water with them. They had plenty of room in the pool, for there were only about half a dozen people in the pool. Each person had their own lane to swim in. Peter and Astrid thought that this was extraordinary. They could not imagine that something like this could have happened in Germany where they live. 

Astrid did not stay in the pool for as long as Peter. But she enjoyed her swim very much. And Peter? Well, he actually went for ten times up and down the pool. He was very proud that he made it. He said, the flippers helped a lot to achieve his goal. After his 1000 metre swim he came out to have a rest in the sun. The pool area is surrounded by beautiful lawns. 

Peter, Astrid, and I were stretching out on one of these beautifully kept lawns in full sun for about one hour. All of us were in high spirits on such a great day as this. We started talking, and talking, and talking. We had immensely pleasant conversations during this one hour.

After his long rest, Peter felt like going back into the water for a bit more swimming while Astrid went already into the change rooms. I had stayed outside in the sun the whole time. The wound on my arm where some cancerous growth had been taken out, was not totally healed yet. This was why I had chosen not to go into the water. None the less I did a have a very enjoyable morning and was happy to be outside on another warm day.

Before we left to walk back home we each had a cup of coffee which the friendly guy at the entrance made for us. Peter, who is able to make himself a bit understood in English, talked to this friendly Australian guy for a little bit. The Australian wanted to know, where they were from. And Peter told him that I was his sister having lived in Australia for a long time, and that he and his wife lived a bit north from Berlin and had to fly back on Monday, that is the next day, late afternoon. He said he enjoyed the swim so much that he would like to go for another swim the following day before they had to leave to go to the airport.