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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?

 

Morning Tea Cancer Fund Raising

Well it’s May, which means it’s time again for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. Homes, communities and workplaces all coming together to raise funds for Cancer Research and prevention education. In the simplest way possible, morning tea!

The community group I am a part of hosted a breakfast too – nearly 100 women showed up, some with their children and grandchildren, to get together for a chat, a cuppa, some nibbles, and a worthy cause.

Door prizes, raffles, market stalls with home made jams and a collection of plants for sale. And the selection of food was incredible! Home made cakes, dandwiches; pastries and plattets lrovided by our vommunuty club members. The whole hall was decked out with bunting made by some of our ladies as well. I invited my daughter to come with her son, and a friend of mine brought her grandson along for them to play. A fantastic morning had by all.

Did you attend Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea?

A Brunch Fit For a Queen!

I had a welcome this week that was fit for a queen!

My lovely Brazilian friend and very special client Maria Antonia, who I call Cristina, just came back to re-settle in Perth after 7 years living in Doha with her husband Billy.

I arrived at her home in Mullaloo for a mid-morning coffee and the table was set up for the two of us with a beautiful variety of foods; croissant sandwiches with ham and cheese, organic tuna sandwiches, coffee, orange juice, watermelon and the most sophisticated Brazilian cake. I may have to get the recipe from her and give it a go myself some time. Watch this space!

Besides the delicious selection of foods, the table was decorated with the most amazing plate settings – almost too pretty to use! We had a great chat and a catch up, over this terrific brunch. This lady is filled with and great ideas and is so worldly, due to her expended travelling.

I enjoyed my morning with you very much Cristina.

Thank you!

Happy 7 YUK 0 Birthday!

We, the SINers had a fantastic lunch in Mundaring for my friend’ s 70th Birthday.

It was a full-house, with over 25 of our members attending, each with their own special creation, so we ended up with a fantastic collection of savoury and sweet dishes to choose from.

Marion’s property in the hills also has an extensive kitchen garden, which many of the SINers made a point of checking out – aided by my grandson and two chocolate coloured puppies running riot. A few of the ladies went home with goodies from the garden, and one of our ladies even brewed up some lemongrass tea.
Marion made a delicious cake to celebrate which we all enjoyed, and I really cracked up laughing at the writing on top of the cake. My grandson managed to nab a piece too, but his mum caught him before he made it back for a second. He spent most of the time playing with the cats and following Marion’s husband around.

Meeting all the SINers every month is one of the highlights in my life. I have other highlights too which include dinner with my two grown-up children and their family every Tuesday. These monthly lunches give me dinner ideas too, but we never need dinner the night of the SINers meet, because there are always enough leftovers for everyone to take home.

Happy Birthday Marion. You are one of my most dearest friends and we all enjoy your beautiful crafts that you whole heartedly distribute to all of us.

Call me Edward Scissorhand. New Job?

I am referring to the movie, but possibly it’s before your time.

My son in law, a painter and handyman, has so many tools and recently I spotted a pair of big electric scissors used for “shaving” hedges and shrubberies.

As I am fanatic for gadgets I just HAD to borrow it!

Wow! You should have seen me go! And the end result was not so bad if I say so myself.

Dripping in sweat, tired, back sore and my bin full I decided to stop and do another one another day.

Mind you, it looks really good. Wait until I finish the other 7!

I always believe in maintenance. House and garden. If you do a little now and then, it will save you from having to do a huge job down the track. ‘Less is more’, really holds true in this case.

Funny thing. I stopped for a break once in a while because I had to recharge not only the Ryobi battery but my batteries too.

What maintenance jobs have you got left on your list?

 

Before my “skilled” hair shave.

A dangerous Amazon cutting trees

After my terrific job!

 

 

We had a great time at the Crown

We, the S.I.N.ers, (Sunset International Neighbours) usually meet in each other’s homes for a lovely lunch every 4 weeks on a Monday.

This last Monday was different. We went to the Crown Casino on a bus.

We hopped on the Bus at 9:54 am at Warwick Grove Shopping Centre.

Arrived at Crown, got ourselves organised and paid $10 for the trip. It’s a regular service run by Crown Casino.

We received vouchers for:

Lunch at a choice of 2 restaurants or chance to upgrade to the Atrium for a further $20.

Some of us preferred the Buffet at the Carvers and others went to the Noodle Bar.

We also had a $1 for Keno and a voucher for the trip back at 3:30.

We all agreed that this outing was the most valuable, and that we would take any visitors toour shores on the same outing.

Have you ever done this?

It is worth it. Give it a go!

We played the pokey machines, and had the best of fun. None of us are really into gambling but played for fun and stopped when we decided to stop.

The visit to Crown was also very interesting. Worth it to walk around and appreciate the scenery too. We generally go there for specific shows or dinner on a special occasion, and don’t usually have the time to take it all in.

We had a great time and will definitely go back and take friends or family members to enjoy the day as much as we did.

 

Emma is in Fremantle!

This Monday just gone (Labour Day), I was just about to finish my lunch when my husband cried out loud: ‘Emma is in Fremantle!’
It took a few moments to gather my thoughts before I realised the significance of what he had said.
Suddenly it hit me.
Emma.
My niece Emma.
From Canada.
Is in Fremantle.
‘Emma is in Fremantle?’ I exclaimed!
‘Yes, and I’m going to see her with Nikky.’ (our daughter).
I shouted ‘I want to go too!’
My daughter had arrived home around 12:30 with her sleeping toddler, who now, after only an hour of sleep was being woken up and hustled into the car with promises of a family adventure, and snacks. He didn’t seem to mind too much. More than a little flustered, we all packed into Nikky’s car and set off on our journey to Freo. I called my son Merv on the way. He and his parter Toni were shopping, but they said they’d be there by 3pm.

Emma took on a 6 month contract working on the Celebrity Solstice, a huge cruise liner, travelling around Australia, New Zealand and other amazing places. She’s 23, working the gift shop and travelling the world (but seeing nothing, as my husband jokes, having heard about life working on liners). Luckily, she was allowed on shore for a two hour window, and we were all – surprisingly – available to leap into action and see her! My husband had been tracking the Celebrity Solstice for weeks, but stopped 8 days ago while it was moored near New Zealand. And none of Emma’s had emails made it through due to variable internet connections. My husband checked his email at 1:30, expecting it to be a mid night message from his brother Ian in Canada, but lo and behold cousin emma was HERE! I think we beat some kind of record for getting our things together and getting out of the house!

We picked her up at Victoria Quay, and took her for a short drive to the E-shed markets for coffee, nibbles, and stories of her travels. Quite a whirlwind visit, but worth it. She was happy to see us, we think, familiar faces halfway around the globe. And we always love having visitors. We figure we’re the most isolated of the lot, so we like to make an effort when someone makes aaaaaall the way to Perth to see us. I wonder who will be next!

Craft work Before and After

My friend Jean’s daughter Kendra started this little craft with these 2 tables and chairs. She did the hard work but ended up leaving aside.

Years gone by and her Mum Jean decided to donate to my craft group in Edgewater.

I love it right away and took possession of it.

Showed to my friend Wendy who is very good with crafts and she offered to finish for me.

In one week she brought the finish product and of course my grandson was the lucky winner of this precious little craftsmanship.

Thanks Kendra, Jean and Wendy!

Great work!

 

 

My Community helps others in need.

Over the last year, I have become involved with a local community group, and now attend weekly gatherings and contribute in various ways.

We meet at the Emerald Terrace Community Centre in Edgewater to do craft, chat, and do good works too.

We have a table of stuff brought in by various members that we put up for raffle. (Last week my daughter gave me some toys my grandson had grown out of to pass on to other people). During the morning, people wander around and but raffle tickets for the items that interest them. The winner will take one item. A table with more expensive items is for gold coin donations only.

We also have a table of items for free, anyone can help themselves to those.

Another table has the beautiful bread I collect every week from the very generous Dejaxo bakery in Carine Glades. Everyone helps themselves to those too. The leftover bread (and there is always a lot left over!) goes to a Retirement Village.

There is also a table full of home-made jams made from strawberries, plums, grapes, marmalade, and other seasonal fruits, which you can purchase for $2 a jar.

All of the money raised throughout the year is donated to different charities and institutions, helping various groups as much as we can.

It feels good to be a part of a community group like this. Not only for the social aspect but because I am fortunate enough to be in a position to help, and all it takes is a little bit of my time. Which groups or communities are you a part of? Do you find you get a lot out of it?