More pix from the Aussie sticks…

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So as the changes within my family continue, I’ve spent the day going back and forwards to the dump with rubbish but then come home to a few more pics of my little people Beth and Alf out there in Australia. It’s so nice to see them happy and chilled even though I’m probably on the other side of the coin (up to the neck in it).

If I’m grateful for anything these days it’s technology and that I can almost see what the kids are doing while it’s happening even though they are so far away. I guess while I’m in transit (between houses) I may not have access to wifi so I’m really glad I chose a good phone contract this year.

Anyway, with everything throbbing from the humping and carrying, it’s off to the shower for me; and then dinner with best friends this evening. Yep I can do that 🙂

A new life in Oz for my little people.

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My beautiful grandchildren Bethany and Alfie have arrived in Australia to start their new life; Beth texted me as soon as she landed.

Last Saturday when we took the children to Skegness for a last outing they were fascinated to know that I’d been to Australia many years ago; Carol elaborated telling the children I had been all around the world when I spent ten years in the Royal Navy and it sent my mind into reminisce mode.

The photo above is my 19th birthday in 1974 aboard HMS Scylla as we were berthed alongside in Sydney. I was duty that day so the chefs made me a cake and we all had a few beers. I found Australia a wonderful country with a fantastic welcome from people; my fascination with their wildlife (Koala, Kangaroo, Platypus) lives on today.

Today I’m in the UK, but my thoughts and love are in Australia with my little people x x

To Australia with love…

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On Monday our beautiful grandchildren emigrate to Australia and so we spent a last day with them today at the coast; Skegness. Having lived abroad a couple of times (India and Gibraltar) we know it’s a wonderful opportunity for the children although from a selfish point of view there’s no doubt we’ll miss them. If there is one consolation these days it has to be technology because it’s made this world much smaller and easier to stay in touch with loved ones wherever they are. I guess it’s one of those times when I’m excited (for them) and sad (for us) both at the same time. Wherever they are, they always have our love x x

Time with my family…

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My lovely daughter Benita and her hubby Dan are with us for the weekend (up from Wales) with the kids as they travel north to go camping for a couple of weeks in the Whitby area. The nicest thing about our impending move to Wales is that we will get to see them all on a more regular basis.

Old friends

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Really nice to meet up with my old friend and reader Brian Pears in Saltwell Park, Gateshead, while I was in the North East. As always we put the world to rights, in particular the education system and social care while we had a cup of tea. Newcastle truly does have talent! And what Brian doesn’t carry in that shoulder bag of his really isn’t worth carrying!

Naturally while in the North East we also caught up with my family Tracey, Bubbles, Mia, Elisha and Eden; great to see everyone x x CU all again real soon x x

Having a ‘down’ day? No. I don’t think so.

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Life has had it’s ups and downs. When I have down days one of my strategies is to count my blessings and one of my most cherished blessings is my family. This picture shows just a few of my Motley Crew and just looking at a picture like this lifts my mood and gives me the strength to face anything. Although I woke up feeling quite low today I’m feeling better already.