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Herewith an Invitation to our Art Sale Exhibition

We would love 💖 you to come and a glass of wine and some nibbles at the opening night!!
See you there?
Please let me know and I will look out for you.
See you there

I am getting back on the bike and it’s not just a metaphor

Not this bike in the feature.
A normal one? Hehehe!
My son and his long-time girlfriend Toni are currently travelling though the US, and some of their things are downstairs – including their shiny new bicycles. My husband bought some sneakers recently and took my son’s bike out, so I decided to take the other one. It’s been a while. I remember cycling alongside my kids when they were off to school at a young age, or weekend trips to Rottnest Island to seek out Qokkas. My grandson loves his pedal bike too, so it’s become a family affair!
It’s so important to keep active at this age, whether it’s daily walks with friends in the morning, or just a 40 minute bike ride around your neighbourhood. I’ve battled bursitis and on and off heel pain, but I feel like i’m in a good place now, and every bike ride is doing me more good.
How do you keep active these days?

Cooking, Crafting, and Camaraderie.

We had a great lunch with our hostess Maria Antonia cooking a mean Bobo de Camarão an authentic Brazilian dish. A creamy prawn dish. You can check out a recipe here.

Her care and presentation on table setting was very elegant.

It’s great to see what other people do so when my time comes for Christmas entertaining my SIN.ers friends I have plenty of inspiration.

Every time we have lunch at my friends houses I am impressed with the effort they make in being the best hosts. It can be a big job, hosting 15+ people in your home!

All  of the SIN.ers are great cooks except me who rarely cooks anything. Thankfully my husband picks up the slack!

I only have 2 dishes that I call myself an expert on:

Roast Turkey (Canadian style) and Brazilian pudding (flan). That is all! I might not cook these too often, but I do cook them well!

But I think all the members of SINers are great cooks, whether they specialise in savoury dishes or dessert. We have had some absolutely incredible dishes on occasion!

Not only are they crafty in the kitchen -but they’re just plain crafty. They do all kinds of things,  Dress making, creating various knick knacks, patch works, knitting and crochet, jewellery, brides bouquets, a whole range of novelties.
I’m happy to say that I am also one of the crafty bunch, with my crochet bags. Almost every month there is a new item someone has completed. So talented!
Marion Boughton is the expert in these crafts and she showers all of us with all her creations. She is do special and we all love her!

 

Who says in old age you don’t get any fun?

Today our Craft group is enjoying a Bus ride to Kings Park and having a pic Nic there.

pictures are worth more than a thousand words.

Here they are:

Globetrotting. My passion!

I am 72 years of age and every so often I get itchy feet and take off on a trip around the world for a month or a month and a half. I have been doing this for the last 30 years. When we lived in Canada we made more frequent trips with the whole family to visit relatives in Brazil, but now being so remote here in Australia I probably do it every 3 years.
I like collecting stamps in my passports – I’ve actually been having a long-running competition with my husband to see who can collect the most stamps! He has an advantage as he visits remote areas around the world for his work in geophysical surveys. No fair!
In 2017 I *finally* caught up with him and am ahead of him by 3 countries (for now). My next trip will be in 2020 but won’t get any new stamps. I’m visiting my relatives in Canada, USA, Brazil ( my nephew’s wedding), Spain, England and Italy. They’ll have to do. (Hahaha, kidding!)
I have been travelling since 1976 when I left Brazil. I have lived in Canada, Malta, Iran, Kenya and finally Australia. We came here as a family in 1991 when my husband’s company transferred him to Perth, and ended up relocating here permanently in 1994 after falling in love with the place and selling our house in Brantford, Ontario.
It’s interesting looking back at all of the places I have lived and people I have known. What a variety! My son was born in Iran, my daughter in Kenya, and I feel that they have inherited my yen for travel too. My daughter lived in Japan for a year, apart from her now-husband, teaching English, and my son and his long time partner Toni are currently road-tripping through the US and Canada visiting relatives, and plan to do the same in Europe shortly.
We have received news that some of our family from North America plan to come and see us next year. This makes me SO happy! We are always appreciative of people who make the long trek over to see us. As you know, it’s not just a quick train/plane ride! So we always do our best to make sure our visitors have a great time.
I don’t know how long I will be travelling. As long as I am healthy I guess. I love Perth, I feel like I live in resort town with that beautiful West Coast I can see every day, but sometimes I just get the urge to go and see new places, or visit relatives and old friends. I am lucky to be in a position to do so, and I don’t intend to take it for granted.
Where are YOU heading next?

Check it out: Gado Brazil Steakhouse

In Mt. Lawley 620 Beaufort Street!

ALL YOU CAN EAT!

Gado Brazil is an authentic Brazilian Steakhouse ( Churrascaria ) where the meat is cooked over a wood-fired charcoal BBQ.

This results in a mouth watering flavour and texture that will have you craving for more.

Wood-fired is the ultimate flavour enhancer.

Gado means livestock or herd in Portuguese referring to different types of meat that will be available and presented to you during this unique dining experience.

Gado Menu has been designed in the ALL YOU CAN EST style.

The menu offers over 15 varieties of meat, including beef, poultry, lamb and pork,

Along with the charcoal grilled meats will be served a full selectionnof vegetarian dishes, rice, beans, sauce and desserts all made in house by the Brazilian chefs.

Open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday all day at $45 p.p.

And receive a complementary glass of house wine or tap beer.

Thursday and Friday:

Happy Lunch at $39pp

Kids under 5 year are free

From 5 to 12 Year $15

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday diner is $45pp

Dont miss the opportunity to give Gado Brazil a go.

I have tried and the meat melt in your mouth!

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Excited and sad at the same time. How is that possible?

Simple. My son Merv and his partner Toni are leaving for a 6 Month holiday around the World.

They received a wedding invitation from a cousin in Calgary Canada several months ago and after debating about how and what to do, finally jumped at the chance to go. Lucky them as they will get to see a lot of family members that haven’t yet had the chance to visit us here in Perth.

Merv has always had the “travel bug” because up to the age of 15 years old we were globetrotters due to my husband’s work and we have lived in a few Countries.

The last time Toni and Merv travelled for 11 months and visited a lot of family so it’s great that they can do this again, especially as Merv has an online software business that does not depend on where he is. So off they go.

We planned to make a nice dinner and drop them off at the airport for a midnight flight, however luckily Mike checked the departure schedule and monitors flights (engineering man) and saw the flight was delayed til 8am the following day.

Well we made it to the airport finally and the lineup was slow moving, finally there and the travel agent who they purchased the tickets from said 30kg bags each, but the lovely checkout person… suggested they only take 23kg each…

Oh fun, well they purchased a overpriced duffel bag at the Airport (isn’t everything at the airport overpriced…) and removed 7 kg from one suitcase and another 7 from the other and lined up again.

Well they got through and we had to rush them to the gate, not enough time for a coffee…

They are off for now for 6 months and am envious of them as I too love travel.

Thankfully with all the technology like FaceTime it will be easier to keep in touch with them.

i got a photo of them in the brand new plane!

 R

 

Heathridge: Music prodigy Luis Santos on international mission to record more bassoon tunes

BASSOONIST Luis Tasso Santos and his double bass playing partner Ebony are growing tired of the same ‘old’ tune they play together.

“For double bass and bassoon duet, there’s only one piece to play for that and my partner is a double bassist so we haven’t had much music to play together,” Santos explained.

He is set to do his part to rectify that situation for musicians everywhere by taking up an international scholarship at a Dutch music academy next month, where he will commission, perform and record new music for early, baroque and classical bassoon, a Renaissance-era rackett, double bass and bassoon duet and solo bassoon works with electronics.

The 19-year-old from Heathridge said he wanted to have a greater variety of new music to play for these underrated instruments and to eventually buy his own Classical bassoon and contrabass rackett.

“The repertoire we have for these instruments is very old music, from at least 300 years ago,” he said.

Santos was the recipient of the 2018 Anniversary Scholarship from Royal Schools Music Club and received $5000 to be paid over two years for this project.

The former Trinity College student is somewhat of a music prodigy, capable of playing at least seven instruments and even conducting a 160-piece orchestra during his school years.

Before jetting off to the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Ebony, the couple will hold a public farewell recital at St George’s College in Crawley on August 25.

Santos said he had been thinking about exploring music outside of Australia for a long time to join a larger community of musicians playing these instruments.

“If I have more bassoonists around me, I’ll be more competitive and have more people to support me,” he said.

“Netherlands as a country and Amsterdam as a city has a long history with music and arguably has one of the best contemporary music scenes.

“Hopefully I’ll be in Amsterdam for the rest of my life but if something comes up, I’ll move.”

Luis and Ebony’s Farewell Recital

When: Saturday, August 25 at 3pm

Where: Dining Hall at St George’s College, 44 Mounts Bay Road, Crawley

Moving out but not too far and already missing them!

I had my daughter and her family, (husband, son and dog) son and the dog spend almost 3 years in our house.

It was a load of fun, the house once again with the warmth of a family, the laughter of a child growing up from babyhood who is now over 3 years old and so independent!

It kept my husband sane, busy with the little one going for walkies with Kiba the dog, too. Kiba is still with us, until the backyard is gated well at their new place, but I have to say the 3 year old doesn’t shed as much fur!

I had many outings with my grandson showing him off to my friends or going shopping and eating at the shopping centres – he always surprised nearby diners with the amount that he could eat! – he’s growing up so fast! There was always a warning from Mummy: no more toys! He has everything he needs. I splurge now and again though, on a new pair of shorts or socks he picks out himself.

We know they’re not far, only a short drive away. It won’t be the same but we will still be a big part of one another’s lives.

In fact I’m visiting today, I wonder how many boxes they’ve unpacked. Moving house is always chaotic. Especially with young children. This way my daughter can get more things done and I can get in some time with my grandson.
Maybe between ‘3 years in our house’ and ‘It was a load of fun’ put this paragraph:

I have always had an open door policy in my home. So my kids keep coming back! I’ve even had clients wanting to downsize and I’ve told them to hold off. Months later they’ve informed me their children had come home to them too!

Family gathering every Tuesday and Dining out on our Birthdays!

In our family, we make a point of meeting each other for dinner every Tuesday. This way I know I am going to see my children and their partners and family at least once a week. One home-cooked family meal every 7 days. It’s a nice simple tradition.

However on birthdays we make an exception. The birthday person picks the restaurant of their choice and we go out to celebrate on (or near) their birthday. It’s a nice way to sample new restaurants around Perth, but often we just end up at our favourites again.

June 5th is my husband’s birthday. He had been working away but arrived the day before, just in time for us to make a birthday booking. His choice was the Belgian Beer Cafe. It’s his favoutite, for the ambience, the food, and of course – the beer. I am not a beer drinker, but i tried the Cherry Kriek beer which is the most delicious – and does not taste like beer at all!

As we get older, it gets harder and harder to find the right gifts for one another. What do you get the person who has everything they need? We seem to be more interested in finding the funniest cards we can, instead. We all have a good laugh!

Do you have any special family or birthday traditions?

Saying good bye to a lovely neighbour!

We will all miss you, Rebekah!

Catching up with all of the neighbours in my street at the Angling Club to farewell Rebekah, who is moving out of the house next door to me.

She’s only moving away to a nearby street but I will miss her a lot.

Hopefully she will continue to help me out every Thursday with my Community commitments.

My neighnours are the most caring. Every time someone moves in or leaves, we have a party together.

We also have our angel in the street, Lynnette; organiser of lunches, parties and Christmas do’s.

Today she has planned a lovely lunch at the Angling club in Marmion.

Good bye Rob , Rebekah, family and your gorgeous dogs!

Do you often see your neighbours?