Photos from Ilse’s Visit in 1999 (continued)

I found some more photos from Ilse’s visit in 1999. They bring back so many memories. And I am sure that there are still some more photos from that visit somewhere. The photos that are available cover quite a few things we did during Ilse’s two months stay here with us. I never kept a diary at the time. And of course within the two months we did more things than what is shown via the photos. Gaby used to keep an awful lot of photos. We ended up with all of Gaby’s photos after she passed away. To go through all of these photos would be an immense task. I do not feel like doing this right now. But I do believe that amongst all of Gaby’s photos there would be some mote photos of Ilse’s visit.

 

The Chinese Gardens in Sydney are very beautiful.
The Chinese Gardens in Sydney are very beautiful.

I mentioned in my previous blog that we were with Ilse in the Chinese Gardens in Sydney,  and I published two pictures from that visit. Here  is just another photo of the gardens. I should publish one day a whole blog with pctures of these gardens. It is a wonderful place and  invites you to take lots and lots of pictures. The above picture is actually from 1999. Peter took quite a few more picture on that day but for today only this one photo for I want to  publish above all some more photos with Ilse.

Here is Gaby with her carer David and Ilse.
Here is Gaby with Ilse and David, her carer. According to what is written at the back of the photo, it is from the 21st of March 1999. It was taken with Gaby’s camera at our place.

Here is a  photo that was taken on the 18th of April 1999., also with Gaby’s camera. I do remember that on that day were travelling all the way from Parramatta along the Parramatta River to Sydney Harbour where the Opera House came into sight. We did get off the boat at Circular Quay.

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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 us with the Opera House in the background. This picture is also from the 18th of April 1999.

 

Here Caroline is ready to drive herself to her job in Kiama.
 Caroline is ready to drive herself to her job in Kiama. I remember that Ilse admired Caroline that she was such a good driver already.

Here we stroll along Darling Harbour in Sydney. Going by the clothes we wear, this would have been on the day we went to the Chinese Gardens that are close to Darling Harbour.

Here is again one of the pictures of the three of us in the Chinese Gardens.
Here is again one of the pictures of the three of us in the Chinese Gardens

In the picture above we stroll along Darling Harbour that is close to the Chinese Gardens.

Here is Peter with his sister Ilse.
Peter with his sister Ilse.

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This is Martin with Lauren who was born on the 15th of June 1998.
This is Martin with Lauren who was born on the 15th of June 1998.
Ilse enjoyed visiting our son Martin and youngest grandchild with us in Newcastle.
Ilse enjoyed visiting with us our son Martin and youngest grandchild  in Newcastle.
Martin went with us to beautiful Blackbut Park in Newcastle.
Martin went with us to beautiful Blackbut Park in Newcastle.
This is one of the photos that Peter took at Blackbut in Newcastle.
This is one of the photos that Peter took at Blackbut in Newcastle.
We went with Ilse to the Blue Mountains.
We went with Ilse to the Blue Mountains.

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Ilse flew back with KLM. I think Peter took this picture at the airport on Ilse's day of departure.
Ilse flew back with KLM. I think Peter took this picture at the airport on Ilse’s day of departure.
At Sydney airport. Ilse is about to depart.
At Sydney airport. Ilse is about to depart.

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Ilse promised she would visit again. And she did!

North Queensland, Australia, 1998, Part II

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A bit of an introduction to North Queensland and our holiday there in August 1998 is in my previous blog. I actually have a number of photos from that holiday, but some photos I was looking for I could not find.so far.  For instance there are no  photos of crocodiles. We saw a lot of them lying near the edge of the water while we were travelling in a boat along that river with a tourist group. I was sure we would have taken some photos of these creatures seeing them lazing sleepily so very close to us.

Also, I could not find any photos of our lovely resort in Port Douglas. Our travel agent had booked a very nice flat for us in that resort. There was a swimming pools, tennis courts, bikes for hire, as well as some night-time entertainment outside on balmy nights. Every morning we had breakfast in a lovely open air restaurant. Most days we did some pre-booked bus tours with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided. One night we had a pizza in our resort’s restaurant. We went there for the early evening session when a menu at lower prices was available! I think for the other nights we had bought our own food to prepare in the kitchen corner of our flat.

For the first two nights we had been booked into a very beautiful hotel with breakfast included. On the day after our arrival we did a bus tour to the LAKE BARRINE TEAHOUSE. We enjoyed morning tea and lunch there. We were very happy with all the bookings our travel agent had done for us. From Cairns we travelled by boat to Port Douglas where a courtesy bus picked us up to take us to our resort.

I think it was probably Friday when we were taken by bus along the coastal road  to the airport at Cairns to fly back to Sydney. As far as I remember we arrived in Queensland Sunday night and  on Friday we had to depart. That means we had two nights accommodation in Cairns and three nights in Port Douglas.  (To book a weekend holiday would probably have been somewhat dearer.) It sounds like a rather brief holiday, however we did an amazingly lot of things during these 4 and 1/2 days. Everything was well organized. So we could relax all the way. It was marvellous to spend a few days in such an environment without any stress involved. 🙂

After our arrival at Cairns Peter contemplated whether he should take a dip into our hotel's swimming pool.
After our arrival at Cairns Peter contemplated whether he should take a dip into our hotel’s swimming pool.
After two nights in Cairns a boat like this one took us up to Port Douglas.
After two nights in Cairns a boat like this one took us up to Port Douglas.

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The LAKE BARRINE TEAHOUSE was in the Atherton Tropical Tableland. It was a beautiful area for a walk and we saw there this amazing Curtain Figtree.

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In front of the entrance to our resort in Port Douglas was a stop for a cute tourist train. This train took us all the way into town.
In front of the entrance to our resort in Port Douglas was a stop for a cute tourist train. This train took us all the way into town.

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In those days I was still fit enough to ride a bike. We were able to cycle along the beach and could get into town that way. Alternatively we took the path next to the road that lead into town. The before mentioned tourist train went beside the road that lead into town.

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The Kuranda Scenic Railway, that we boarded during one excursion, was full of tourists. The train stopped in the middle of nowhere and everyone was allowed out and walk around a bit to take pictures.

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We were on the Crocodile Express going in the other direction.
We were on the Crocodile Express going in the other direction.
This is what the edge of the river looked like with crocodiles lazing about.
This is what the edge of the river looked like with crocodiles lazing about.
Our tourist guide made sure that we did not get into any danger.
Our tourist guide made sure that we did not get into any danger.
Where we had a lunch break Peter found a lovely little pool to refresh himself.
Where we had a lunch break Peter found a lovely little pool to refresh himself.
We went as far as Cape Tribulation.
We went as far as Cape Tribulation.

For afternoon tea we stopped at a very remote place in the rainforest.

There were no modern conveniences in this remote place near the Daintree River.
There were no modern conveniences in this remote place near the Daintree River.

Our first Time at Sussex Inlet in March 1985

My children and grandchildren had the idea we could celebrate my 80th birthday at Sussex Inlet. We always loved to go to this place. Peter, I and the children have such lovely memories about it and often talk about it. I have stored some memories about Sussex Inlet in three of my ‘Pages’. Today I opened Sussex Inlet Page’I’. I thought, maybe some other bloggers might want to have a look too. So I copied one of the photos and the text to the first page. (I noticed nobody had actually looked at this page so far!)

As I said I copied only one of the photos. If you look at this post and would like to see some more photos, then please go to the above mentioned post in my pages about Sussex Inlet. There are many more photos to be seen in that page and two more pages about Sussex Inlet.

Uta with daughter Caroline and grandsons Ryan and Troy (the twins!). It was a wet morning.

This was our first time at Sussex Inlet. Caroline was six and the twins were still five. The rain lasted only for one day. After this we had beautiful summer weather again. When our son Martin came to visit with his wife Elizabeth the Inlet looked gorgeous in lovely sunshine.

It was March 1985 and in July Martin and Elizabeth had their first child, a boy named Tristan.  After daughter Monika’s twins, Tristan was to be our third grandchild. (The following grandchildren were all girls. Monika’s three girls and Martin’s two girls. So we have eight grandchildren ; the last one of them was born in 1997. In the meantime we are also blessed with three great-grandchildren. )

After having experienced Sussex Inlet for the first time in 1985 we went back there lots of times. The children and grandchildren always loved it. Only our first born child, daughter Gabriele, was never able to join us at Sussex Inlet because she needed an Iron Lung for the night to sleep in.

We were happy that our youngest daughter had the company of the twins. The three of them did get on very well together. When people saw us with the three of them, they often thought they were triplets! The twins would ring their mum from a public phone near the office of the camp-site. The place was still called a ‘camp’ but it had newly built units which  could accommodate up to eight people each.

In March 1985 the unit we were in had only just been built.  Everything looked brand new. The best thing about Sussex Inlet was that it was very secluded. We called it our little paradise.

Another Look back to Meck/Pom

Berlin is surrounded by the land of Brandenburg. In 2010 we travelled from Berlin through Brandenburg in a northerly direction. Where Brandenburg ends Mecklenburg-Vorpommern starts. The ‘border’ was marked by some signs near the road. We took some pictures of these signs.

Rheinsberg-Kleinzerlang is in Brandenburg. In 2010 we took a picture of its marina.
There is also a postcard picture of the Baltic Sea Resort (Ostsee Bad) Warnemünde. The other picture of Warnemünde is one that we took. .

The picture of the lake is my favourite. This lake is just a few steps away from where my brother Peter lives in Neu Canow with his wife Astrid. We stayed with them for one week in June 2010..

Last year in November 2012 we had once more a very good time  in Neu Canow, Mecklenburg/Vorpommern. Peter and Astrid showed us every day another beautiful place in this beautiful land of Meck/Pom. Parts of it always remind us a bit of Australia, some of the country-side that is. Meck/Pom is sparsely populated and has a lot of waterways and forests. It stretches right to the Baltic Sea. If you want a very relaxing, peaceful holiday in beautiful natural surroundings, you should go there. Lots of old castles can be visited. Here are some examples:

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Thoughts on writing Memoirs

When writing memoirs I may have to consider the feelings of certain living relatives. I feel with some memories it may be a good idea to fictionalize a bit, for instance, change names and perhaps places and dates. But on the other hand this may be a bit confusing for my descendants if they want to find out about the life of their actual forbears.

I am also in doubt how much I am allowed to tell about my friends or about people who briefly crossed my path. I went as far as changing names slightly of people I remember from the 1940s! This concerns of course my childhood memories. When I reblogged some of these memories I reconsidered and changed my friends’ names back to their real names.

In reading once more some of my old blogs, I kept coming across the name ‘Aunty Elsa’. Well, ‘Elsa’ was really ‘Ilse’. It’s only an insignificant alteration of the name. I guess anybody who would seriously study our family history later on would be able to figure out who this aunt was.

If it comes to surnames it gets even more difficult. There are some rather unusual surnames belonging to the people from the past that I am writing about. I must say I am a bit reluctant to disclose all these surnames.

However if it comes to my family tree I feel it is quite all right to mention all the proper surnames. From this follows that it is really okay to use all the relevant first names too, doesn’t it? I have to remember this next time I publish a bit more family history!

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I think my poor husband has enough for a while of me always editing and uploading pictures for new blogs. I finally managed to put a stop to inserting pictures about our recent trips, the trips when we went about in this rental car. I am happy now that the task is finished even though it was great fun doing it. Writing about where we had been and what we had experienced is really good for refreshing memories. And to look at all the pictures really does help to remember more and more.

Yes, Peter for sure doesn’t like me to spend too much time with the computer. He always urges me to do something else. Ah well, I think we’ve been doing a few other things recently besides spending time with the computer. And for beginning of next week three more trips are planned: Two to Sydney and one to Warrawong. But more about this some other time.

Wishing now everyone a very good weekend!

A Visit in 1977

Alexander and Edmund at the Völkerschlachtdenkmal,
Leipzig, in the 1920s

My father died in 1966 (aged 62 years). At the time we could not afford to travel to Germany. The last time I saw him was in 1959 when we left Germany to live in  Australia.

In 1977 we were able to travel to Germany for a visit. One of our stops was Augsburg, where my father’s brother Edmund lived with his second wife, Flora. Edmund had been a widower, so had been Flora. When they married they agreed that when they died they would be buried with their first spouses. They thought that this was a common sense thing to do, because they had married each other when they both were in retirement already. As I recall, Edmund would have been seventy-five in 1977. Flora would have been somewhat younger. She was a retired medical practitioner. However she was still energetic enough to do some part-time work doing medical check-ups on men who were about to apply for a job in the Bundeswehr (German Army).

Some of my relatives had warned me, that Flora was proud to always stick to proper etiquette. ‘Don’t forget to buy flowers for her, when you visit,’ we were told. Arriving at Augsburg Station the first thing we did, was to look for a flower-shop. I think we bought carnations. And I think we arrived a little bit late for the visit. They had of course been expecting us. We were very welcomed and I could see, Flora was pleased with the flowers. We noticed they lived in a superb extremely well furnished apartment. They suggested they would first show us a bit the city, then they would take us for lunch; and afternoon coffee would be back at their place.

Uncle Edmund was always just Uncle E for us. He was the one who had been amused when I told him as a nine year old that I was dancing ‘swing’. He was also the one who had been studying in Leipzig together with my father. One of my cousins thinks my father promoted as Dr. rer. pol. But I think this was Uncle E’s title. I’ve always known my father to have the title of Dr. phil. Anyhow I include here again the photos of Alexander and Edmund from the time in Leipzig in about 1925, where both men met my mother Charlotte as well as my mother’s sister Ilse. (My mother was only fourteen at the time!)

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Alexander, Charlotte, Ilse, Edmund
Leipzig, about 1925

Now back to our visit in Augsburg in 1977.  I should mention that the two of us, Peter and I, were the visitors there. Flora and Edmund were splendid in showing us around. Augsburg is quite popular with tourists and we did see a lot. We have some old photos to prove it. What im pressed us quite a bit, was the ‘Fuggerei’, which was established as a low cost housing project some five hundred years ago and is still going. It is very interesting to read up on it and here is the link to the Fuggerei.

The Neptun Fountain in front of
the entrance to the Fuggerei

Here we stand at another Fountain

This is a fountain inside the Fuggerei

A street in the Fuggerei

Somewhere in the city is a beautiful restaurant called the ‘Fuggerei Stube’. We had an enormous lunch there.

Here I am with Flora and Edmund in their apartment