CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER 2005
Dec '04 –
Right after Christmas celebrations at Sharon’s place, my MOTH and I went home –
he to nap and I to prepare food and coffee for our non-stop 19 hours’ drive to Bribie Island, QLD, to pay a surprise visit to his mum and
family. We arrived on Boxing Day and the very next day, took Mum & Roy and
travelled in convoy with Jilly & John, (MOTH's
sister & hubby), their cousin Cheryl and Uncle Alwyn
up to a place called Kin Kin (Aboriginal name for a
species of small black ant) for a big family reunion. We saw the new year in at the Bribie Island
RSL Club and left
Jan '05 – Went to
Feb '05 – A lot of walking was done this month. Attended the “Taste
Mar '05 – Made another road-trip to Qld. to spend Easter with my in-laws. Managed to do some fishing in the Bribie Passage and attended the Ningi Orchid Show. We were caught in a hailstorm one afternoon outside Mum’s place so my MOTH & I grabbed a couple of spare blankets to cover our Landcruiser - no, not because it might catch a chill but to prevent dents from the hail stones. All’s well that ends well and we drove back to
Apr '05 – I went to the Royal Botanic Gardens again on the 13th, this time with Nina and Mikey. By the end of the day, I felt like I had run a marathon from all that brisk run-walk-run tempo to keep up with the two sprinters! A few days later, we celebrated grandson Nathan’s 2nd birthday with a family bbq at
May '05 – Mother’s Day was spent with a banquet lunch at a favourite Vietnamese restaurant with my whole tribe. Received some beaut pressies, so a great month for me.
Jun '05 – A fairly quiet month with only one birthday –
Jul '05 – I presented the Photo CD with a collection of 374 photos (from baby to most recent) to my MOTH on his birthday and he was delighted with it - well, at least he put on a pretty good act of appearing delighted… We celebrated his birthday with a family feast at home with the kids each bringing a main dish to share and we all chipped in to present him with a new computer. Our 20th wedding anniversary was celebrated with another dinner and a few hours of hand-feeding some poker machines. Nope, didn’t come home rich but we had fun. I accompanied Nina to the
Aug '05 – This month was mostly spent bleating about the seemingly never-ending winter weather while envying Deej and his girlfriend Gen, who were having a whale of a time in
Sep '05 – Weather improved enough to stop the bleating. Father’s Day was extra special this year, coinciding with the official engagement between Nina and her partner of 3 years, Dennis. This happy day was celebrated with several hundred sticks of chicken satays and a very yummy Black Forest Cheesecake from Ferguson Plarre. After a curry feast for Deej’s 32nd birthday on the 17th, we went to the Royal Melbourne Show with Sharon, her kids and Nina, where we spent a fortune on show-bags and various interesting looking household gadgets. Days later, my MOTH and I took Mikey to Hepburn Springs in Daylesford to check out the mineral springs, which of course involved a fair bit of trail-walking. Yes, I am a glut for punishment.
Oct '05 – My MOTH & I attended the Jade Hurley live show at the Glenroy RSL which was as expected, superb. We left the day after for our week-long road-trip inland to the
Nov '05 – I spent the first few days of this month downloading and editing photos from our road-trip and writing a travelogue for my website. The family celebrated Mikey’s 9 th birthday on the 5th with a family bbq at our place. I guess it is now time to think of the approaching Christmas season but first, I'm focusing on my 55th birthday which is fast approaching. I reckon there's plenty of time for buying Christmas gifts after the 19th. Besides, there's
All in all, this has been a good and happy year for us and I hope yours is the same, if not better. All that’s left for me to say is, may your Christmas be very jolly and may 2006 be a very good year for you and your loved ones.
Best Wishes from Mona & Tribe