Last Day in October 2016

By seven o’clock this morning I was outside in our backyard to take some pictures.

This is on the North side of our house.
This area on the North side  of  our house is well shaded by large trees.
Some Lavender on the South side ready to be planted.
Some Lavender on the South side ready to be planted.
I am happy that some new yellow flowers appeared on the South side of our house.
I am happy that some new yellow flowers appeared on the West side of our house.

The East side of our house is Body Corporate area, whereas the three other sides belong to our private area and are fenced in. Yesterday we had our family visiting. The two great-grandsons wanted me to take them to the backyard. They enjoy running around in there from one side of the house, to another one and another one and then back again. Four year old Lucas runs as quickly as he can, and two year old Alexander has fun following his big brother. It gives me great joy to see them running like this.

Caroline and Matthew were staying with us, and we had apart from Lucas and Alexander also four additional adults visiting us for afternoon coffee. Actually,  our daughter Caroline had spent the whole  weekend with us. Sunday  night she had to  fly back to Darwin. Mathew drove Caroline to  the Airport in Sydney. We went along with them to farewell Caroline.By 9.30 pm we were back home again.

Caroline had purchased for  us 15 small lavender plants and did clear the area that was to be planted. While Caroline was busy in the garden, Peter and I took off for a visit to the Temple. Caroline and Matthew  had advised us to do this. We gladly followed this advice!

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This  morning, while I did some washing, Peter took to planting the  whole lot along the fence on the South side. He used diluted fertilizer from our worm farm for the plants and then covered them with mulch. It turned out to be beautiful sunny, but early in the morning there was a very cool breeze which  I did not like at all!

By the way, today is the wedding anniversary of Ryan and Ebony who are the parents of Lucas and Alexander.

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This Camelia kind of survived the slaughter of our trees and is just starting to get some leaves again.
This Camelia kind of survived the slaughter of our trees and is just starting to get some leaves again.
 Attempting to establish a bit of a veg garden on the West side;

Attempting to establish a bit of a veg garden on the West side;

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And following are some random pictures near the house on the West side:

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Now a few pictures from yesterday (Sunday):

Alexander and Lucas are keeping themselves busy;
Alexander and Lucas are keeping themselves busy;
They loved this cake that Granddad Peter baked.
They loved this cake that Great-Granddad Peter had baked.
We had whipped cream with the cake.
We had whipped cream with the cake.
Here Lucas is having a rest with his Grandma Monika after having been running around for a while.
Here Lucas is having a rest with his Grandma Monika after having been running around for a while.

1st of August 2016

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Last month Lucas turned four. His birthday was celebrated in the Yacht Club at Lake Illawarra. From the club one has a good view across the lake.

 

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The family birthday party was on a Sunday, the day before the actual birthday. Matthew, Peter and I had earlier on that Sunday picked up Caroline from Sydney Airport where Caroline had been flying in from Darwin via Adelaide.

Here is Ebony with her two sons Lucas and Alexander. Caroline and Natasha are looking on.
Here is Ebony with her two sons Lucas and Alexander. Caroline and Natasha are looking on.
Caroline with little Alexander
Caroline with little Alexander
Ryan
Ryan and Krystal, Lucas in the front

 

Monika and Roxy
Monika and Roxy

 

This is the food that Peter chose as his lunch.
This is the food that Peter chose as his lunch.

 

I very much liked the rice and some of the very good tasting vegetables
I very much liked the rice and some of the very good tasting vegetables

 

Peter with the birthday boy
Peter with the birthday boy

 

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Alexander and Lucas in the club's playground
Alexander and Lucas in the club’s playground

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Playstation
The Playstation

 

They like the Playstation
They like the Playstation

 

A Playground for the very young ones
A Playground for the very young ones

 

Fun Play Area
Fun Play Area

 

Beautifully designed Play Areas
Beautifully designed Play Areas

 

I loved to walk around and take pictures.
I loved to walk around and take pictures.

 

Natasha was keeping an eye on her little nephews.
Natasha was keeping an eye on her little nephews.

 

Alexander is about to try out a bit of climbing.
Alexander is about to try out a bit of climbing.
Alexander watches his brother climbing.
Alexander watches his brother climbing.

 

Children having Fun!
Children having Fun!

 

Another View to the Lake from the Playground Area
Another View to the Lake from the Playground Area

 

Ebony and Natasha are about to take the children back to the table for the cutting of the Birthday Cake!
Ebony and Natasha are about to take the children back to the table for the cutting of the Birthday Cake!

 

Lucas has to come out now.
Lucas has to come out now.

 

Lucas loves his Cake.
Lucas loves his Cake.

 

Lucas with Nina and Troy
Lucas with Nina and Troy

 

Peter and Matthew can be seen in the background.
Peter and Matthew can be seen in the background.

 

Looking for something?
Looking for something?

 

Who is it under the table?
Who was under the table?

 

All of us have had a good time.
All of us have had a good time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UTA’s DIARY, SATURDAY 15th November 2014

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It turned out several family members could come to visit us on Saturday. Caroline had baked a cheese-cake after having gone shopping with Matthew for the ingredients. The cake had just come out of the oven when Ryan and Ebony arrived with Lucas and Baby Alexander. A bit later also Monika and Mark came for afternoon coffee.

Caroline and Matthew had come with us to Dapto on Friday night. Saturday night they went back home to their place in Sydney. Caroline’s Graduation Ceremony had been on Thursday. Wednesday afternoon Peter and I had been arriving in Sydney where we went with Caroline and Matthew to a performance at the Griffin Theatre. We saw EMERALD CITY, a play by David Williamson. On Saturday morning Matthew went for some exams at Wollongong University. Matthew is going to keep working at IKU. And he is going to do some more post graduate studies next year, whereas Caroline stopped working at IKU and started now her full time work at the Griffin Theatre.

Peter and I enjoyed spending a few days in Sydney and being guests at Caroline’s graduation ceremony. Later on that Thursday some of Caroline’s and Matthew’s friends came over. We then celebrated with sparkling wine and snacks.

At the University of New South Wales on Thursday, 13th Nov 2014
At the University of New South Wales on Thursday, 13th Nov 2014

Sunday, the 28th of September

Yesterday, on the 27th of September 2014, Baby Alexander Robert, a brother for two year old Lucas, was born in Wollongong Hospital. Ryan and Ebony made it to the hospital barely an hour before little Alex was born. Twelve hours later they were already on their way back home, where the first family visits soon arrived.

Today, on Sunday, Caroline came from Sydney to see the new baby. Peter and I picked her up from Dapto Station. Caroline arrived on a rail bus. There were no trains today because of track work. Towards 3 o’clock in the afternoon Peter, Caroline and I could see  the new baby for the first time. He is such a sweetie! The baby had been born soon after midnight on Saturday. So this afternoon he would have been going towards forty hours, that means he is still less than two days old! It was great that Ebony was allowed to go home already.

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Grandmother Monika, Great-Grandparents Uta and Peter with Baby Alex
Grandmother Monika, Great-Grandparents Uta and Peter with Baby Alex

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Lucas has a look at the cheese-cake.
Lucas has a look at the cheese-cake.
Soon there were cups of coffee and cheese-cake for everyone.
Soon there were cups of coffee and cheese-cake for everyone.

In the morning I had been going to church. I noticed some beautiful yellow roses and took some pictures of them after Mass.

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It was a lovely, balmy sunny morning. In the afternoon the temperature reached 28 Degrees Celsius. We felt that this was a bit like a summer day already. I have not been to the swimming pool for a while. If we have some more weather like we had today, I might have the courage to go for a swim some time soon. So far we had either clouds and a bit of rain or very strong winds. But maybe the next few days are going to be very pleasant. I hope so! 🙂