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Saturday, 31 January 2015

Hey Hey its Saturday.................Mum's Party



Hey hey it's Saturday yet again, and what a Saturday it has been. I was up at 6.30am I had to prepare and bake the potato bake and the pasta bake, I did a chicken and bacon potato bake. This was for my mum's birthday gathering which we had at my parents place today, my brother did some chicken dishes, honey soy chicken thighs and some kfc style chicken legs and thighs and another pasta dish but for some reason I can't remember what it was it was some kind of fettuccine dish. Of course Dave was late turning up, and nothing could kick off really till he arrived with the rest of the food.

My daughter Natasha did a Caesar salad which everyone seemed to like well those who eat salad loved it I don't eat salad so I didn't try it.

We kept the lunch a secret from mum and only told dad last week, about it in fact mum wanted to go out to the Eastern Tiger for lunch and dad told her he didn't want to do so, which pissed her off but when she found out about the party this morning she was happy and surprised.

I don't have any photos today as I forgot my camera, Tim and Jessica took photos as did dad but I do not have access to those photos at the moment so sorry not photos. Tim had to go to work so he left early and of course he has his camera with him so can't get those photos and Jessica well she will need to upload the photos she took to Facebook or Dropbox when she is next here.

The weather was nice not hot nor cold and we set the tables up in the car port which was nice we do that a lot when we have functions at my parents place. There was a good turn out about 20 people in all and everyone had a good time.
The cake was nice it was a vanilla sponge with jam and cream and I also took over a apple and custard teatime, and a jam and custard scroll pull apart.


Mum said she had a lovely time and was really happy to see everyone. 

Friday, 30 January 2015

Five Things Friday.................My Mum


Here we are at Friday again, so that means another round of Five Things Friday

75 years young (my mum)

A surprise party (tomorrow)

Aging well

5 children, 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren


On the go from 5.45-6am 5 or 6 days a week (my mum) 


Thursday, 29 January 2015

The start of the school year



Good morning world, yes it is still morning here in my part of the world, yesterday was the first day of school for the year. I had to take Leo it was also his first day at the new school and all went well once we got there. Although in the morning he didn't want to get dressed and didn't want to go and get into the car, had to fight with him to get dressed and Tim had to drag him out to the car but once we got to the school he was fine.

In the afternoon he said he had a good first day, and today there was not problem getting him to school, at the school he and I were sitting waiting for the bell to ring and a staff member came up and asked me if I was waiting to see someone, I said no I was just waiting with Leo for the bell to go and she asked Leo if he knew where the “resort” was this is the schools play area and he said no so she said she would take him and show him. He then said goodbye to me and went off with her.

Since they live closer to me now Jessica doesn't feel the need to hang out here between her morning and afternoon shifts although she was here yesterday all day sleeping on my lounge, today though she went back to her place so I am home alone and enjoying the peace and quiet.

Natasha and I have decided that on Tuesday's I will pick Blain up from school and bring him back here and take him to school on Wednesday morning and she will pick up Leo and take him to school on Wednesdays. Natasha has also agreed to take Leo to school on Fridays after she drops Blain off as Fridays are my busy day and this will help me out a lot and yes some weeks Leo may be 5 minutes late to school but it is what it is and the school will just have to deal with it.

Yesterday it rained all day here and I had to park in the schools staff parking area when I took Leo to school, there is not a lot of parking at this school and it is on a main highway. Many people park on the grass area between the road and the footpath but I didn't want to do that in the rain as it was all wet and soggy. Also this school doesn't have disable parking which sucks, I don't have to leave as early to do get Leo but because there is bugga all parking I can't leave that late either.


Ok that is all I have for today, see you tomorrow for Five things Friday.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Monday, 26 January 2015

History of Australia Day


How did Australia get its name?”

It seems such a basic Australian history question but it’s one that people often struggle to answer.

For the record, we can thank explorer Matthew Flinders for the naming of our continent.
Flinders was the first European to circumnavigate the country and produce an accurate map of the entire continent. He completed the map in 1804 while in prison on the island of Mauritius having been captured by the French on his return journey to England.
Across the centre of the map he wrote the word ‘Australia’. Until that point, Australia was known as New Holland and Terra Australis. It was the publication of Flinders’ work which generated the usage of the term Australia. New South Wales Governor Lachlan Macquarie recommended in 1817 that it be formally used and the British Admiralty officially approved the name in 1824.


Flinders’ original 1804 map is therefore Australia’s ‘birth certificate’.

The tradition of having Australia Day as a national holiday on 26 January is a recent one. Not until 1935 did all the Australian states and territories use that name to mark that date. Not until 1994 did they begin to celebrate Australia Day consistently as a public holiday on that date.

The tradition of noticing 26 January began early in the nineteenth century with Sydney almanacs referring to First Landing Day or Foundation Day. That was the day in 1788 Captain Arthur Phillip, commander of the First Fleet of eleven convict ships from Great Britain and the first governor of New South Wales, arrived at Sydney Cove. The raising of the Union Jack there symbolised British occupation of the eastern half of the continent claimed by Captain James Cook on 22 August in 1770.


Some immigrants who prospered in Sydney, especially those who had been convicts or the sons of convicts, began marking the colony's beginnings with an anniversary dinner - 'an emancipist festival' to celebrate their love of the land they lived in. Governor Lachlan Macquarie, the emancipists' friend, made the thirtieth anniversary of the day in 1818 a public holiday, thirty guns counting out the years of British civilisation, a tradition Macquarie's successors continued.

In 1826 at the centre of the anniversary dinner, 'Australia' a new word for the continent, entered the list of toasts. The term, recommended in his Voyage to Terra Australis in 1814 by Matthew Flinders, the skilful circumnavigator of the continent in 1801-03, and proposed by Macquarie to a reluctant British government in 1817, was taken up in Australia, especially by emancipists. The most famous of them, William Charles Wentworth with a fellow barrister had established the colony's first uncensored newspaper, the Australian, in 1824.

So strongly did some emancipists feel about being Australian that the anniversary dinner in 1837 was for only the Australian-born. Wentworth, invited to chair the dinner, declined, disapproving of this new development. Having become a wealthy landowner and squatter, he found that he had more in common with his former enemies, the exclusives, than his supporters who pressed for wider rather than narrower voting rights in discussions about political reform. That year the celebration widened with the first Sydney Regatta, the beginning of a new tradition — one which still continues today. Five kinds of races, including one for whale boats, drew crowds to the shore of Sydney Harbour. 'It was', the official newspaper, the Sydney Gazette reported, 'a day entirely devoted to pleasure'.






Sunday, 25 January 2015

Hey Hey it's Saturday no it's Sunday



Hey hey it's Saturday Sunday, yes I am a day late with this post, why well I will tell you, Tim is off work yesterday, today and tomorrow and because he had yesterday off he wanted to go shopping. I however, had to wait till after I had helped mum with something which I did and by 11ish we were out at the shops and when we got home Jessica and Leo and Blain were here, they stayed overnight too.

So because the boys were here and running amuck I decided to go and have a lay down for a couple of hours, I in fact only napped for an hour and a half then I came to write my blog post but first Jessica wanted me to order and go and pick up some pizza's which I did. I than of course had to eat said pizza.

Before I knew it, it was 6.10pm and mum was ringing, I talk to mum every night at 6.10pm and we talk for 20-40 minutes and it doesn't matter if I have spoken or seen mum half a dozen times during the day we still chat each night for 20-40 minutes.

While out we got the new air fryer out of layby, yes it is still in its box I will get it out later today, oh yeah since I have been up I have already peeled the veggies for lunch I am doing a baked lunch as it is Tim's birthday tomorrow and he loves his baked lunch. I asked him what type of meat he would like roast lamb or roast beef he said roast chicken bought cooked from Coles so that is what we are going to have.

Peeling the veggies early and leaving them in salted water till it is time to cook them makes me think of my nanna, I remember going to her place on Christmas morning for lunch and she would have all the veggies peeled and in sitting in the sink waiting to be cooked.

As I said Jessica and the boys spent last night here and she is still asleep on the lounge, yes she slept on the lounge last night and the boys slept on the spare mattress. Tim is also still in bed but me I have been up for an hour and a half dealing with the boys.

Ok back again had to go and find Leo some clothes and get his boots on so he could go outside to play, his mum said he can't play outside without shoes on and the only shoes he could find was his boots.

On another note on Friday my dad and my sister Sandra told me I am fat and that they are worried about me and I should try to lose some weight. I said I know I am fat I do look in a mirror at times and I know I should lose some weight but I have very little motivation although my motivation is returning as only a few months ago I would have said I had no motivation at all now I have some and I would like to drop some weight before I see the diabetic specialist again.

I wasn't upset about what dad and Sandy said as I knew they were talking from love and concern but it is never nice to be told you are fat and it did hurt a little. At present I am between 97-99 kilos so I am about 50 kilos overweight.

Leo this morning told me he loves me and he thinks I am beautiful and I am not fat I am just nanna and he loves me just the way I am, Blain joined in and said he loves me more then Leo does so that started a small fight about who loves me most.

Well I have to go and peg the washing on the line, we are in for another scorcher here top of 36°c don't ya just love summer................lol


Friday, 23 January 2015

Five Things Friday...............Crime & Consequence


Five things Friday is here again

If you commit a crime suffer the consequence

If the consequence is the death penalty then so be it, you rolled that diced

One country can't tell another country what punishment they can have, if the criminal had a fair trial and did commit the crime they just have to deal with the penalty dealt to them

I am not in favour of the death penalty generally speaking, with some exceptions

Some countries have very harsh penalties