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Ilse’s Visit in 1999

3 Apr

Peter’s sister Ilse lives in Berlin. In 1999 she came to visit us here in Australia. She stayed for two months: From the end of February to the beginning of April. Caroline, who was twenty at the time,  had already given up her studies at Sydney University. She had a job as a waitress in a Pizza Restaurant in Kiama. Being already a good car-driver, she had no problem driving home in the dark after work. Ilse was very fond of Caroline. We went on a lot of outings with Ilse, and Caroline did often come along with us.

Ilse was still in mourning for her husband who had died a year previously. But she liked her stay here with us. I thought it was great to have her around. She is a beautiful person to get along with. She was happy to meet all our family during her two months stay here. She very much cared for all of them. When she left, she said she’d like very much to come back for another visit.

Peter and Ilse at Manly Beach

Peter and Ilse at Manly Beach

 

 

We went with Ilse and Caroline up to the highlands, parking the car near an old cemetery.

We went with Ilse and Caroline up to the highlands, parking the car near an old cemetery –

and had a picnic on the lawns next to the old gravestones!

where we had a picnic on the lawns next to the old gravestones!

Having a rest in the Chinese Gardens in Sydney

Having a rest in the Chinese Gardens in Sydney

There are many beautiful things to see in these Chinese Gardens in Sydney.

There are many beautiful things to see in these Chinese Gardens in Sydney.

Here we are on a walk with Monika and her three daughters to the playground at the back of our property.

Here we are on a walk with Monika and her three daughters to the playground at the back of our property.

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Krystal turned two on the 5th of April of that year 1999.

Krystal turned two on the 5th of April of that year 1999.

This picture with Ilse and Gaby was taken on the 18th of April 1999.

This picture with Ilse and Gaby was taken on the 18th of April 1999.

I think David probably took this picture of all of us with the Opera House in the background.

I think David probably took this picture of all of us with the Opera House in the background.

The Hannemann Family in Australia in 1997

12 Feb

In this picture Peter and I are with all our four children. Daughter Caroline stands next to Peter. All five children of daughter Monika are in the picture too! Her very tall twin sons are eighteen, her two little daughters in the front are Natasha and Roxanne. Well, this was more than sixteen years ago!

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This picture was taken at the beginning of September 1997,  a few days after our daughter Gaby’s 40th birthday! We all met for a picnic lunch at Central Park in Merrylands near Gaby’s and David’s home. David, Gaby’s carer, stands in the middle of the photo behind Gaby’s wheelchair. Our son Martin (who’s holding onto the wheelchair) lived in Newcastle at the time and had come to Sydney to see us all. Merrylands is a Western Suburb of Sydney. The Central Park there is a very popular recreational place.

Monika holds her five months old baby daughter. Gaby and Martin are in the picture too.

Our daughter Monika holds Krystal, her five months old baby daughter. Gaby and Martin are in the picture too.

In the picture below Troy, who is one of the twins, walks with his girlfriend.

Ryan, the other twin, as well as Caroline, Martin and David presumably walked ahead.

However one of them must have taken this picture, right? Maybe Caroline?

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After our picnic lunch we all walked right through the park towards the little waterfall. It looks like at the time there was still quite a bit of water to be seen. Sadly,  after a few years without much rain, there was no water left in this area. When we took a picture there two years ago, everything looked completely dry. Maybe in the meantime the water situation has improved somewhat. We should go there one day and have a look.

Here we are with Monika's daughter Natasha on that day in early September 1997.

Here we are with Monika’s daughter Natasha on that day in early September 1997.

Olympic Games 2020

9 Sep

Japanese people are overjoyed that Tokyo is going to get the Olympic Games in 2020. This reminds me of the announcement in 1993. We stayed up all night and then we heard that the Games for 2000 were going to be in “Syddeney”. What immense joy! We celebrated by going to a joyful parade in Sydney. Our granddaughter Natasha turned two at this time of the year. Our daughter Monika was happy to let us take little Tashi along on the train to Sydney to watch the parade. Our daughter Caroline came along too with us.  This week Natasha is going to be 22!  Last year she had a big party for her 21st birthday.

Peter with Natasha in Sydney in 1993

Peter with Natasha in Sydney in 1993

Tashi contemplates whether to sit at the edge of the street too to watch the parade.

Tashi contemplates whether to sit at the edge of the street too to watch the parade.

She found a spot next to some kids.

She found a spot next to some kids.

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Maybe she did not like so much to have her photo taken.

Maybe she did not like so much to have her photo taken.

Here is another photo from 1993: Tashi and Caroline.

Here is another photo from 1993: Tashi and Caroline.

Here is Tashi with her twin brothers and her new born sister Roxy. Why is Roxy crying?

Here is Tashi with her twin brothers and her new born sister Roxy. Why is Roxy crying?

The twins near Shellharbour Beach with Tashi and Caroline

The twins near Shellharbour Beach with Tashi and Caroline

Peter with the twins, Caroline and Uta near Moss Vale Railway Station. 1993

Peter with the twins, Caroline and Uta near Moss Vale Railway Station. 1993

Our son Martin with his daughter Justine.

Our son Martin with his daughter Justine.

February 1993 The twins with Tristan and Justine, the children of our son Martin.

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The twins with Tristan and Justine, the children of our son Martin.

Holidays at Sussex Inlet 1995

23 Jun

We stayed at Sussex Inlet again in August 1995.

What a lovely winter day in August 1995

Monika and Caroline with Troy and Ryan and the little girls Natasha and Roxy.

Another day near the water.

Sitting outside at the table for something to eat

Now look, the water is really nice

Oh, the water is lovely!

 

Grandma Uta with granddaughter Nr. I, who’s soon going to be four.

We  love to take pictures in front of signs!

 

There are always kangaroos around at Sussex Inlet

Grandma Uta with Grandpa Peter. How nice to sit in the sun at Sussex Inlet

The units at Sussex Inlet are modern with all conveniences. They are a few steps away from the inlet which goes out into the open sea. But to reach the ‘camp’ you have to travel along a 13 km dirt-road through dense bush area with outlooks here and there to the inlet. We made this trip many times over the years. Each time we get very excited travelling along this road at very low speed and taking in the beautiful scenery.

We often stay at one of the units for one week, but when we go there in the off season we stay for a weekend only. In summer it is marvellous to  stay  for two weeks, and we were able to do this a couple of times. The units accommodate 6 to 8 people. Nowadays they insist that 6 people is the limit. With any more than 6 you have to rent additional units.

I think for this weekend Monika had one unit with her twin sons and two little daughters, and Peter and I had the unit next door with our daughter Caroline. I am  not sure whether Martin and family came along to visit. Sometimes I think we ought to have more pictures to boost the memory. We may have some more pictures some where. The problem is that I do not know where I could find the relevant pictures. Somehow a lot of our pictures are difficult to find. Some of the pictures are just not filed away very well.

The grand-kids, two and three years old in 1995

Big brother is watching his little sisters

This is the other big brother. The girls are lucky to have big twin brothers. Grandma Uta is enjoying herself too

Here is daughter Caroline with her little niece. Caroline is sixteen.
This picture is also from Sussex Inlet in August 1995