Rainy Days

On the 28th of January the following was in one of my replies:

Right now, here too it’s raining a lot: Temperature is still around 20C though. Yesterday, before the rain started, Monika came along with all of her four grandchildren (my great-grandchildren!) and we went for a walk with them to the playground at the back near the grassy soccer fields and near all the beautiful trees. The kids were full of beans. It was cloudy and not very hot.
I think last Tuesday, we had about 40C. This would not have been a good day to take the kids on such a walk.
Strangely enough, yesterday, we were the only people roaming about, walking along the footpath, then across all these grassy areas, and having fun at the playground. Very strange indeed. We had the whole place to ourselves! So, isn’t that lucky, that we had such a good time before the rain started?
From next week Lucas, 8, and Alexander, 6, are going to be back at school again.
Lucas and Alexander are the cousins of Carter, 4, and Evie (16 months). The two little ones just love to be with their ‘big’ cousins, and the older cousins love to look after the little ones!
It reminds me of my early childhood when I was so very fond of my older cousins.
Evie is already a good walker and also tries to talk a lot! 

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You can find my reply here: https://oosterman.wordpress.com/2021/01/28/the-mattock/

I also said:

My son, Martin, shares his dog, Millie, with his neighbour on a permanent basis. By the way, I am in luck, Martin is planning to visit me! He wants to leave Benalla on Sunday. I hope he can stay for at least a week, and I hope, that the borders wont close again. Martin is probably bringing Millie along again. I am looking forward to that! 

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Martin did actually come to visit! He arrived here in Dapto last Sunday, the 31st of January. Today he and Millie left early in the morning to go back to their home in Benalla. However, I am in luck again: Martin is going to be back here in about four weeks, with Millie of course! So this is then in March and they might stay for a bit over a week. And then I’ll go with them for a visit to Benalla. I am very much looking forward to that! The reason why Martin is coming here again, is, that we are invited to a wedding on Saturday, the 13th of March, that is, one of my granddaughters is getting married! Peter wanted to go to that wedding too. But alas, he could not stay alive for that long anymore. Rest in peace, dear husband. We’ll be thinking of you!

The Wedding Reception

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Son Martin was placed next to me.

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The bridegroom's parents sitting at the front with the newly married couple.
The bridegroom’s parents sitting at the front with the newly married couple.

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Here is the bridegroom's twin-brother.
Here is the bridegroom’s twin-brother.

The bride's father with little Alexander.
The bride’s father with little Alexander.

Little Lucas
Little Lucas

Lucas with his Mum and Great-Aunt Caroline
Lucas with his Mum and Great-Aunt Caroline

Troy with Ebony and Twin-brother Ryan
Troy with Ebony and Twin-brother Ryan

Troy with his date, Catalina.
Troy with his date, Nina.

The twin-Brothers with their four sisters.
The twin-Brothers with their four sisters.

Uta and Peter in the picture with their grandchildren.
Uta and Peter in the picture with their grandchildren.

Ebony and Ryan with Krystal, Roxy and little Alexander.
Ebony and Ryan with Krystal, Roxy and little Alexander.

Ryan with his Uncle Martin.
Ryan with his Uncle Martin.

Martin's Daughter Lauren with Friend Kye. The Photographer is Tiana's Friend.
Martin’s Daughter Lauren with Friend Kye. The Photographer is Tiana’s Friend.

Tiana is a good photographer too. A great video of the wedding is in the making.
Tiana is a good photographer too.
A great video of the wedding is in the making.

People could entertain themselves choosing a Halloween hat and getting some instant pictures taken.
People could entertain themselves choosing a Halloween hat and getting some instant pictures taken.

There were 92 invited guests including the two little ones.
There were 92 invited guests including the two little ones.

There were yen round tables for the wedding guests.
There were ten round tables for the wedding guests.

During the course of the evening there were four courses served. Guests could get as many drinks as they liked. Later there was cake-cutting, a waltz for the bridal couple, and then started disco dancing. By 11 pm some people had left already, but others stayed till midnight! I think Peter and I. as well as Caroline and Matthew,  were home a bit before midnight. Martin and Lauren and Kye stayed in a hotel in Wollongong. They indicated that they want to visit us at Christmastime. We are looking forward to this!

The wedding was a truly splendid occasion. Now the whole family is looking forward to next year’s planned overseas trip: About one dozen Australian family members are going to meet up with lots and lots of family members in Berlin!

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Krystal with her brother Troy. I think she was the one who caught the bridal bouquet.
Krystal with her brother Troy. I think she was the one who caught the bridal bouquet.

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Getting married

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Mark comes in. Does it mean the wedding-car has arrived?
Mark comes in. Does this mean the wedding-car has arrived?

The bride's mother ushers in one year old Alexander.
The bride’s mother ushers in one year old Alexander.

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Here comes the bride carrying three year old Lucas. The bride's father on the right.
Here comes the bride carrying three year old Lucas. The bride’s father is int the picture on the right.

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The bride signs the marriage contract in the presence of the celebrant and two witnesses.
The bride signs the marriage contract in the presence of the celebrant and two witnesses.(The groom has signed already.)

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In the follow up blog I am going to show a few pictures of the reception!

End of September 2015 continued

There is still some cake left from little Alexander's Birthday.
There is still some cake left from little Alexander’s Birthday.

On Monday, the 28th, one week after my birthday, I had our monthly women's meeting at my place.
On Monday, the 28th, one week after my birthday, I had our monthly women’s meeting at my place.

The women always bring a plate along. Naturally,  never everything gets eaten. Peter took this picture of us after we had already more or less finished with our afternoon snacks. We women love to meet on the last Monday of each month. Two women moved away, but still live not too far away, six of us still live in the complex, as well as some other women who go to work and meet with the neighbours only once a year for our general body cooperative meeting. Last year we also had a lovely Christmas party with all the neighbours here in our complex. We are mostly women in this complex. Only three men, all of them married, live here.

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Tomorrow, Thursday, I am going to be at my gentle Exercise Class from about 12,15 pm to 1,30 pm. On Friday our Rummy Cub game and Scrabble is going to be at Irene’s place from 2 pm onwards. One week after another goes very quickly. On Saturday, the 31st of October, our grandson Ryan and Ebony are getting married in Wollongong. We are all invited. And of course, their two little ones, Lucas and Alexander, are going to be there. I am so much looking forward to it!