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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

GETTING TOGETHER

This year has been such a busy one and at the moment we are in the middle of a whirlwind !
The cousins are gathering !
 
I might have mentioned that I have 50 ... no 51 first cousins on my mother's side ?
With huge numbers like this you can imagine that they have scattered far and wide and many live overseas.
 
Wales, Texas, Michigan, Mexico and Japan to name a few of the places our family has spread to.
 
The recent death of one of my uncles and the fact that there are now only three surviving members of that original 14 siblings produced a desire in the cousins to reconnect and so a grand gathering was planned.
  
  
.....and so on ANZAC Day in lovely Noosaville ( just around the corner from Noosa on the Noosa River ) the Cousins' Reunion took place.
  
 
 
 
 Many of us occupied units in this lovely resort where spacious units could accommodate whole families sharing and these were grouped close together around a pretty heated pool
 
 
 
 
with fantastic BBQ facilities for group dinners and chatting that began at breakfast and lasted through till 11:00pm. ALL WEEKEND !!
 
 
 Eighteen first cousins were there, 
 
 
Two of the three original siblings and their partners
( my Mum is now the oldest survivor and head of this huge family)
 

( That's her young brother beside her !) with the cus that now resides in Wales. 
 
and there were plenty of second and third cousins too !

 
 In all 52 of us managed to make it a wonderful weekend !
 
All descendants of these two.
 
 
There's a meme going around Facebook about cousins being the first friends you ever have and it is so true !
 
Cheers!

Friday, March 27, 2015

A VERY SPECIAL OCCASION


Phew! We've just returned from Sydney where we spent a week to celebrate the marriage of our son Brett to his lovely partner, Sarah.


(The view from our apartment of Hyde Park)

The wedding took place in the courtyard of the Mint, the oldest building in Sydney.



It was a lovely occasion with the weather being very kind - not too hot or cold, morning showers clearing so that the outdoor ceremony could take place as planned in the late afternoon.



The bride looked absolutely stunning.
So did the groom !



With both of them around 6 foot they made a very handsome couple don't you think ?




Mum and Dad made the trip down from Hervey Bay with my brother and his partner making the trip possible for them.





It was a lovely, happy family occasion.



The celebrations continued the next morning with a lovely ( guilty) brunch in the Sydney Botanic Gardens. 





Yum !!!

Back home now and back to the diet !

Cheers.

Friday, March 13, 2015

ON A MISSION - PART TWO

My mission today was to collect some Jacaranda seeds to send to my blogging pal Tom in Angola.
A few weeks ago I sent him some Ponciana seeds and blogged about it here.
 
Jacarandas produce lots of seeds but I had forgotten that the seeds were so high in the tree !

 
I had also forgotten that when they are ready the seed pods burst open and the seeds float away on the breeze !

 
Everywhere I looked the pods were open and the seeds were gone !!


High up in the tree I could spy a few green pods which hadn't opened yet but they would be very difficult to get at.
 
Like this one .
 

 
 so I began to search the ground under the trees for seed pods to take home.
 
 
It was obvious that the seeds were long gone from these ones.
The pods spring open with quite a lot of force and the seeds are expelled.
 

 
You can see the centre rib where they are attached.

 
These seed pods are tough - brittle and hard. I had to use a knife to prise them open - and I looked through all the ones I had brought home, ever hopeful that there would be some seeds still clinging inside..
 

 
I found a couple still attached to the pod.



See the little thin membrane attached to them?
It acts as a wing so that they fly away on the breeze.
 

 
Two seeds of questionable quality.
 
There were now three pods left but I was very hopeful as two were only just cracked open and one was completely closed.
 
 
One was empty but the next one had plenty of seeds inside



The last one took quite a bit to get it open as it was completely sealed up tight.
 
I cut away the edge then inserted a knife to prise it open a bit

 
Finally the pod snapped open and there they were !
 



Lots of them! Looking healthy too !
 





I've planted a couple to test them out.
The rest have been placed in a card addressed to Tom's brother in Germany who will, I hope, send them on to Tom in his next parcel.
It will be great to see these trees enhancing the resort that Tom is working hard to build.
Let's hope they like the climate.
 
Update 
 
Below are some photos I took today of the Ponciana seedling I planted a month ago.
 


 
 There are five of them.
Anyone want a Ponciana tree???


Sunday, February 22, 2015

BIRTHDAY SURPRISE

As a surprise birthday present Tony has whisked me away for a few days at the beach.
He's been sweating on the timing as we've just experienced cyclone Marcia here in Queensland.
It was a very strong cyclone which crossed the coast about 500 miles north of Brisbane passing close to Yeppoon before veering inland towards Rockhampton then turning south before petering out as it headed back out to sea. 
Luckily the damage has not been too severe and everyone was well prepared with TV and radio coverage. At our house we measured 180 mm or about 7 in of rain over the space of three days so the garden has had a lovely badly needed drink.

Anyhow, on Sunday afternoon we set out in showery weather for the Gold Coast, Burleigh Heads to be more specific.


Even if the weather is not so good you have to be happy with a view like this


And there are lots of sunny patches.

Despite the showery weather it is not cool but rather very warm and sometimes unpleasantly muggy.



We've been for a couple of long walks along this lovely beach.
The sea is still very stirred up and angry and it's not holiday time so there are not too many people to share with as you go. 
There's nothing quite like the feel of the sand under your feet, is there ?




Every time we walk along the beach we come home soaked by the rain showers that come up and then move on out to sea. At least it isn't cold rain !


In the distance you can see the more glitzy highrise area of Surfers' Paradise.

Here's a little evidence of those rough seas.
The beaches are still closed to swimming today.


Cheers.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

SEEDS FOR HIPPO

Recently I suggested to my friend Tom from A Hippo on the Lawn blog that a couple of the lovely flowering trees we have in Brisbane would be a nice addition to his resort in the making.

I suggested these:


 
A Poinciana Tree
 
and a Jacaranda Tree.
 
 
Neither of these trees are native to Australia but both play a big part in beautifying the suburban landscape of Brisbane.
 
Tom was very receptive to the idea so I set out to collect some seeds to send off to him in Angola.
 
Both trees produce huge numbers of seeds so Tony collected some Ponciana seeds for me as he worked around the neighbourhood.
 
 
This is one of the large seed pods.

 
Inside each little channel holds a single large seed.
 
I selected 5 or 6 of the seeds ( he didn't want many !!) from one pod and posted them off to Tom via his brother in Germany.( there's plenty more where they came from Tom if you need them !!)
 
Then to test them out I stuck a few into a spare pot to see if and how long it would take for them to germinate.
 
Two weeks later I remembered them and looked into the pot to find this !


 
This one had popped itself right out of the ground !
 




 

 
 
Looks like they'll be easy to grow Tom !
Hope they manage to reach Angola soon.
 
 
I'm off to collect Jacaranda seeds now.
 
Cheers.