Saturday, November 23, 2013

END OF AN ERA

On the 29th of January 2002 I walked a painfully shy little girl into her Grade 1 classroom at Mapleton State School. 

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Last Friday the 15th of November she finally walked out of Nambour State High School for ever.  It feels so strange that we are finished with school it's going to take a while to get used to. I wasn't able to get a last day photo as I was in Sydney but this is one Lucy took

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It's tradition for Sunshine Coast students to go to the beach on walkout day and go into the surf in their uniforms on, this is the girls on their way to the beach.

 

The last week of school was a busy one with graduation and the Formal

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Lucy on stage after receiving her certificate

Formal day was a touch more stressful  I went to the gym at 6.30 then straight after my session Lucy and I had to go to school for a couple of hours  we were there from 8 to 12 she had a few things to complete and a farewell morning tea to attend.  The hair and makeup appointment was at 1.30 then with not much time to spare had to come home get dressed then drive out to her friends house get into their car and drive to Mooloolaba for photos before arriving at the formal by 5.30.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

What we did in September

Isn't the year flying I really can't keep up.  September was another busy month.  One of the highlights of the months was two days of lessons with the wonderful Donna Downey, http://www.donnadowney.com she is one of the most delightful people Ive ever met and she is so talented.  The classes were so enjoyable I don't consider myself arty in any way but three of the projects were finished and the fourth was an art journal so it was ongoing   We attended the classes at Joybells in Landsborough http://www.joybellsscrapbooking.com.au.  Joy is amazing and is able to get some top rated teachers to come to the Sunshine Coast to teach us lucky girls.

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Last month I attended an organic veggie gardening workshop with Lizzie Moult from http://www.strayedtable.com and Gary from Kookaburra Organics http://www.malenyfarmersmarket.com.au  loved every minute of it so I eventually got my veggie garden started.  They suggested we use mushroom compost from one of the mushroom farms here on the coast so I tracked some down and we were told to make sure we were there early we got there the first Saturday at 6.20am and they had sold out, the next Saturday we arrived at 5.45am and they weren't selling that day, needless to say we still haven't gotten any from that farm we went to another mushroom farm and they had plenty but it didn't seem as fresh. Anyway I have one small  garden which is a start. I planted some lettuce Kale and beans I have some heirloom tomato seeds that I have to plant.  On the 7th of September Tony, Lucy and I went to the Maleny Real Food Festival,  http://realfoodfestival.com.au.  I love this festival we are so lucky to live in an area that has the best farmers producing the most spectacular fresh food.  This festival has everything  and it's a delight to go to.

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Oh my goodness this honey was divine and was the zucchini pickles and I also picked up this cute apron.

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I participated in Ali Edwards from http://aliedwards.com A week in the life.  I have started putting the album together but as usual haven't finished it yet.  I do love this project and Im also looking forward to the December Daily Album.

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Just because she's cute if you look at her nose there are bits missing she hates other dogs and every chance she gets she has a go at this big dog called Bob he is in his yard behind his gate , they usually just make a lot of noise.  This day Milly stuck her nose in a bit too far and he bit it, totally her fault and she hasn't done it since, she really suffers from little dog syndrome.  One of my biggies this month is that I joined a gym, I really don't like exercise  I used to play a lot of sport when I was younger but once I left the army and had children it all went to the way side.  I had been walking the past few weeks but I felt I needed more and a bit of structure,  I think Ive been there about four or five weeks so far.  Its a good gym I haven't for a minute felt uncomfortable, you know how some gyms are.

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This has become my second home.  

My football team made it to the final series and won the minor premiership   Go the Roosters

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Tess got a new tattoo no I don't like them but she's 20 and it's her decision at least they are fairly tasteful and hidden except for this one which was small birds it was rather cute.  She asks me to go with her in case she faints and can't drive home like when she past out at the piercing shop.  Lucy had exam block so want at school a great deal throughout the month. Of course Nanny turned 101 years old.I finally got to go to It's Rawsome  which is at 522 Petrie Creek Rd Rosemount,it is a raw vegan cafe I have been trying to get there for a year surprisingly it was Tony who came with me not Tess and surprisingly he really enjoyed it. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Its-Rawsome-Cafe/156217407775977

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Tony's always on the phone  I can't remember what Tony had a burger of sorts, could have been a chickpea patty but I had beetroot ravioli with cashew cream, absolutely divine but dessert was even better Tony had a the hazelnut cheesecake mine was a Banoffee pie.  Superb .

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Tony and I had two days at the Gold Coast to meet up with an old army friend of Tonys, we had a great time, staying at a lovely resort Peppers

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The view from our balcony

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All we seemed to do was eat as soon as we arrived we found a cute little coffee shop then went onto a pub for lunch which was excellent.  The lovely surprise was dinner, not being overly hungry and wanting to leave room for dessert we ended up at a cuban restaurant which was right near Peppers, I can't remember the name of it but the food was so lovely.  Sorry about the not so good photo's I only took them with my phone.  Im going to have to find some cuban recipes.

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After dinner we went to Max Brenner  http://www.maxbrenner.com.au OMG this was amazing and so so delicious.

 

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Tony and I woke up early  so we went back to the cuban restaurant for breakfast then a walk along the beach.  


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The weather had been horrible the day and especially the night before it was starting to clear so the day ended up hot and humid.  We checked out of our room and met up again with Tony's friend and then went over to Pacific fair for some shopping  We had yum cha at a chinese restaurant it was different and it was the least enjoyable meal of the trip.  We left the Gold Coast at about 2pm and headed home.  I headed straight to the gym to work off all that wonderful food which I think Im still paying for.

Lucy wanted to go and stay with my parents over the school holidays so we met them halfway it was Grandma's birthday, I should have taken  photo inside as it was really windy and very sunny

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After we left Tess and I called in for a quick visit to Ikea, we just wanted to get a couple of LITTLE storage items

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Lucky we drove the 4WD and I had been after an outside table for ages.  

The last week of September was spent painting our bedroom, it used to be Lucy's room  I do love the colour but wanted an all white room, silly me decided to paint our furniture to which I still have to do yet.  I painted the bedside tables but still have to do the four poster bed and the dressing table.  I don't have an after photo yet but Im really happy with it


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After the first coat Tony didn't like the gaps in the vj's as you can see below yes I know that sounds stupid so he fill them and it looks so much better

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Anyway that was our September.

Bye for now

Jackie

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Happy Birthday


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We have a very special birthday in our family today, my grandma is 101.  I think she looks wonderful.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

ARMIDALE - Part 2

We had a busy day planned but unfortunately ended up starting late as I had a really bad headache .  I eventually got moving around 11am and we drove to Uralla, I wanted to have a look around town and the cemetery's as a lot of my family are from Uralla.  Im so thankful Lucy was able to drive as I certainly wasn't up to it.  The first stop was the information centre and a coffee shop, then we were set.  

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As it was so late we started off at thePioneer Cemetery which is the home of the bushranger Captain Thunderbolt's grave.

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We found the headstone of my great great great grandmother 

 

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We then went to the Uralla Cemetery and visited the grave of my Great grandparents, I knew my great grandmother but unfortunately my great grandfather had died before  I was born

 

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It's funny I really miss this beautiful country, so different from where I live now.

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As it was getting late we decided not to do the heritage walk through Uralla which was disappointing as I had really wanted to do it. As i still wasn't feeling a hundred percent and it was a warm day we drove to Gostwyck  Chapel and Deeargee Woolshed.  Gostwyck Chapel is a stunning little chapel especially in Autumn when the Virginia Creeper turns vivid shades of red.


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Deeargee Woolshed was built  in 1872.  My memories (or lack of them) was  a B&S Ball back in the early 80's

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Lucy was  a little perturbed with all the sheep and cows walking along the side of the road

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We drove back to Armidale the "back way" that seemed to go on forever and  a road that I had never driven on, thank goodness for google maps.  We finally got back to the Motel and I phoned Meredith and arranged to meet for dinner, at the same time got a text from some other friends asking what we were doing for dinner.  We ended back at the White Bull Hotel for a lovely dinner.  

Up again early on Monday morning as we had to go to the Armidale cemetery before we left to travel home.  Poor Lucy I think she was a bit over it by this stage but as I said to her it's your family and where you are from.

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Another great great great grandmother on my grandfather's side

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At last we grabbed a coffee from The Goldfish Bowl, I couldn't talk Lucy into breakfast and we hit the road. Lucy drove all the way except from Warwick to Aratula and we arrived home about pm.  We had a most enjoyable weekend but back to routine for me and school for Lucy, she did try to say she was too tired to go on Tuesday, nice try I made her go. It was nice to have some together time just the two of us.