Wednesday 24 April 2013

Lest We Forget

Today I have to tell this story 

My school had their ANZAC day ceremony this morning. It was with great pride and a touch of sadness that I watched a past student of our school speak at the ceremony. 

His wife also attended the ceremony. They both have completed active service in Afghanistan and  Iraq. He detected IED'S  and was injured when one exploded under the vehicle they travelled in. He saw his mates killed and maimed. 

While telling his story at our service , there was a pause and a tear or two came to him and then for a short minute , he was supported by his Dad who is a returned Vietnam veteran. He then went on to tell how his mate (a kiwi) lost both his legs in that explosion. He told the students that as they took his mate into the hospital his mate said, " don't worry, I will be representing my country at the next Para Olympics". His mate has represented his country twice already and the incident was just  a year ago. 

The true ANZAC Spirit.

What amazing courage these young men and women have. I have to say that this brave young man was not the only one to shed a tear at that service today.  For their efforts in protecting our freedom and that of others in the world I thank them.   

I  don't  think I will never forget today's ceremony. His mum is a member of my quilting group, she must be so proud and a bit less worried as he is now home and safe.

This year our school has taken over the task of decorating the cenotaph much to the delight of the elderly ladies of the RSL ladies Auxiliary . They watched on and supervised us while carefully ensuring we learn all the rules and etiquette involved to continue the job in the future.   I had students from years 8-12 , boys and girls giving up their time to involve themselves in the community and carry on the spirit.  

                                                    I was so proud ...they did a wonderful job.  


                                                  "  LEST  WE  FORGET "

Thursday 11 April 2013

Relaxing at the Beach

We have recently spent some time at Burrum Heads on the Central Queensland Coast. What a beautiful place. I just love the beach. I think when you live very west of the Great Divide the sea always holds some special attractions, these are mine.....

While I was there I had some time to work on my SAL now all the stitcheries are done....... May be I will be ready early with a few xmas decorations . The stitcheries are from" Tis the Season" by Natalie Bird.

Sunday 7 April 2013

Lunch at Montville

After pram buying we drove up to Montville and had lunch. The view was so beautiful even though it was a bit cloudy. The photo doesn't show it but you could see the ocean from there. 

Montville is a beautiful place high up on a mountain in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in Queensland. Not far from Noosa Heads for those who may not know the area. We left Stanthorpe and drove to this area on Saturday. 

Replica Working Water Wheel .

Beautiful Colour at Montville

Some shopping 

 At Maleny (Qld) I found a really cute little quilt shop called "Quiltopia."

"glamping"  by Moda and some farm fabric

Apparently "glamping" it the latest rage in caravanning

"Glamping" is Glamour Camping.  Perhaps  caravanning with an ensuite and TV in the van is nearly glamping.

It's a bit like the pram from the blog before things have really changed since I last went camping.

How Things Have Changed.

Guess what the "grandparents to be" were doing today? ......Buying a pram....... So many more to choose from and so much better than when I last bought a pram......mmmm  27 years ago......
Went with a steel craft "strider compact" the one on the right with a shell ( beige) colour and black.

Thursday 4 April 2013

Stanthorpe ,

We are spending a few days away with my brother and his wife.  Our third caravan adventure.
All we have managed to do is go to wineries and do lots of tasting .............LOL.
we have bought some nice wine and cheese from the Stanthorpe area.

All settled into Top Tourist Park at Stanthorpe

My brother and my hubby time

A brass monkey.....LOL .... we didn't feel like one until today it is too cold to sit outside tonight.

Look at this beautiful breakfast Bernie prepared for me today, a bit spoilt on my special day. Little brother  even provided the champagne.

Some prezies .... lucky me. Thank you to my lovely sis-in law
My little brother and his wife 

My brother  and I .. I have not spent my birthday with him since we were kids .... It was really nice to do so this year..very special.

A few days in Stanthorpe with my brother and his wife..... a great time.

Took this one for you Chooky......

It's  us ........

What a good idea for old boots.

Anyone  for a drink !