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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Two birthdays and a school reunion...

March has certainly been a busy month in terms of social occasions.
Firstly we had DH's school reunion for the Mitchelton High class of 1966. It was held at St Lucia Golf links...very salubrious. 



DH was surprised to see one of his teachers...he thought he would have long passed away 'as Mr D had been soooo old when he had taught them'! lol. I thought  DH might have mentioned this fact when Mr D came and spoke to us...but he didn't mention it at all!


The school captain from 1966 addressed the gathering...lots of memories there!


The food was quite delightful...a light supper, including fish and chips served in noodle boxes.




The evening even included singing the school song and chanting the school war cry.


In the following week, I was invited to a 90th birthday morning tea for Ailsa who is a founding member of an organisation known as Arafmi. Arafmi offers support to those who care for a family member with mental health issues. As well as this function celebrating Ailsa's 90th birthday, we were also celebrating the 40th anniversary of the founding of the organisation.


The venue was Riverside Receptions  ( formerly known as Riverside Ballroom) on the Brisbane River  at New Farm.


Quite a spread was provided...


Then the next day DH and I were invited to a 'drinks and nibblies' function to celebrate a friend's 70th. My friendship with Carmen began when I was her supervising teacher for her third year teaching prac. I was 23 and she was 27...a mature aged student.


When DH and I walked in it was a big surprise to Carmen as we had both been at the parish morning tea that day and I hadn't said a word about seeing her later...she kept bringing that up throughout the afternoon, lol!


 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Flannel Hearts...

Yesterday at our Sunday Stitchers monthly meet up I noticed one of the ladies was stitching heart shaped pieces of flannel...she had quite a bundle in the bag in front of her. After watching Tatyana stitching pairs of heart shapes together for a while, the busybody in me, just had to ask what these were for.

Apparently Brisbane's Mater Hospital put out a request for people to stitch these hearts for use in their Neonatal Critical Care Unit. Here is how it is explained on the website...

'The simple act of holding your baby whenever you want is something mums in Mater Mothers' Neonatal Critical Care Unit (NCCU) can’t always do. Soft fabric ‘Cuddle Hearts’, linking mum and baby, fill a gap when the two can’t be together.
The fabric hearts are simply two heart shaped pieces of material (soft cotton or flannelette) sewn together. One fabric heart is given to the mother and placed on her chest to pick up her scent, with the other heart placed close to the baby for the same reason. The hearts are then swapped so mother and baby are left with each other’s scented heart.  
The program has been introduced to help a mother’s milk come in when she is apart from her baby, while the scent of the mother also has a calming effect on the baby.'
 
Tatyana explained that 3 stitched hearts are used for each mum and baby...one to be with the baby, one to be with the mother and a spare one. The hearts are regularly swapped back and forth between the mum and baby.
What a wonderful and simple idea. I was so moved by Tatyana's explanation of why she was stitching that big pile of cut out flannel hearts.



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Lent!

DH and I breakfasted on pancakes on Shrove Tuesday...yes, I remembered! Lol



And of course Lent started the next day. A friend wrote on Facebook, asking what she should ' give up for Lent'? I suggested she give up worrying...😉
Then I saw this meme! 


Regular readers would know my fondness for decluttering...so I'm doing my own version of this. I may not get to 40 bags but any bag that gets filled and leaves our home, is a bonus. Tally so far is 11. 


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Wool on Sunday...

For a number of years I've been 'pinning things' on my Pinterest boards. probably about 3 years ago I pinned a pattern from the Deramores website with the idea that I could purchase the pattern if and when I needed it. It was the sweetest baby blanket.
Then last year with the arrival of little Anthea, I thought that it was time to purchase the pattern.

I went to the website and found that the pattern was out of stock. So I wrote to Deramores asking when it would be available. The answer came back that I should check the website in a week's time and if the pattern was still out of stock that would mean that they would no longer be stocking it. I found after the week was up that it was still out of stock. I thought that I could probably make the blankie from the picture but decided to use another pattern to make Anthea's blanket. ( which her mum loved!)

When someone pins something from one of my Pinterest boards, of course I get an email. I usually don't bother to check out what they have pinned but the other day I did. And it was the Deramores' baby blanket. I thought how disappointed people must be if they follow the link and find the pattern isn't available...and then I followed the link. And what a surprise...'out of stock' was NOT written anywhere on the pattern listing.
So I bought a copy...it's not digital and is being posted from the UK.
So here is this pattern that I fell in love with 3 or so years ago.

In other yarn related 'stuff', I have 2 WiPs at the moment...both gifts, and occasionally I have been joining donated squares into blankets for K4BN.





Linking up this post with Rainbow Hare's Wool on Sunday. Janine has finished some beautiful projects in this last month!

 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

February's Morning Tea...

I've written a few posts about our parish morning teas. It's a great way for people to gather, catch up over  a cuppa and have lots of laughs usually too. Many organisations have capitalised on people's love of morning teas and use the idea for fundraising.  We all know of the Biggest Morning tea concept which raises much needed funds for cancer; and who could forget all those 'pink foods'!

Anglicare, which is the welfare arm of the Anglican Church encourages parishes to host what is called a Heart Morning Tea to help raise funds for the services that they provide. So our February morning tea became a bit special. What a great excuse to load up a table with goodies, fill the teapots and put out the china plates! 



And what a great excuse to invite some extra guests to help with the fundraising. So the Red Hat ladies from the nearby group joined us!


My friend Patricia worked away in the kitchen...


Our lovely priest Father Bruce also helped out on the tea/coffee counter...


Two Anglicare staff joined us and Jan gave a talk on  Anglicare services...ahem...she focussed on Aged Care...but I'm sure they didn't mean me! lol

Caroline was the other staff member, representing the nursing staff. Originally the nursing service was called St Luke's but is now under the Anglicare banner. St Luke's staff cared for my mum all those years ago.

We had a lovely morning and those Red Hat ladies are real characters I can tell you! We've told them they are welcome back any time!! And we raised $200 for Anglicare.
 ( Aussie readers...Jan recommended that all Aussies of a certain age (60 ish?) register with the government website My Aged Care, so that if circumstances change suddenly and you need services, you are already in the system. ( at a stressful time this could be a godsend and save time accessing services) After DH's medical dramas of late, we will register. You can register before 65 but eligibility for services is from 65. )

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Hidden Gems Close to Home...

For a few years now, I have been receiving emails from a site called Weekend Notes. This site publishes articles by members of the public who have submitted articles about local places to visit and events and things to do. Originally I thought that it was only for Brisbane/SE Queensland, but I soon discovered that there are local versions in many parts of the world.
DH and I have visited a few cafes based on articles and enjoyed excellent coffee in some very quaint places; and often with beautiful views.

Late last year I told DH about a couple of picnic spots in the north of Brisbane, that I'd read about in Weekend Notes. Places within half an hour's drive of our place, yet I'd never heard of them!
One was a spot named Deep Water Bend on the Pine River ( adjacent to  the Tinchi Tamba wetlands, another place I had never heard of! 🤔)   and the other place was Harold Kielly Park on Bald Hills Creek.



We decided to venture to these spots on a Thursday because as retirees we do try to avoid possible weekend crowds...
Deep Water Bend on the beautiful Pine River.



As we wandered along the walkway I regaled DH with tales from my childhood. You see we had had an elderly neighbour who loved to go fishing at the Pine River...in those days the surrounding area was bush, bush and more bush! Mr Robson would show his catch to us...catfish and mud crabs. He would boil the crabs in the old copper and usually give neighbours one or two crabs.

People still fish in this river and I wonder if the catfish are still there?



Upstream from where we strolled we could see the freeway bridge...that wasn't there when I was a child! 😉

Then we headed for Harold Kielly Park where we were going to have the picnic lunch that I'd packed.  The first thing I noticed about this park was the abundant birdlife!

There was a huge area of ibis...

And I walked around taking photos of the geese and ducks...gorgeous! (and those ibis!)
A very pretty suburban creek...


And there was also a wonderful children's playground.




The shed on the right where we sat at a picnic table to eat our lunch...
The aerial in the next photo is for Radio 4BH...it's been a landmark in the Bald Hills area for as long as I can remember. You could see it from the old road going north and of course the freeway goes past it too. This was the first time I'd seen it from the eastern side.

It had been a great day out...inexpensive too! Lol
If you would like to check out Weekend Notes here is a link. Many Australian and UK cities have articles but the US appears to just have NY articles. But if you click on the 'show all towns and cities' link on the bottom left-hand screen, lots of countries and cities come up. Have fun!!

Revisiting how soon is soon ?

On March 5 last year I wrote a post about a redevelopment of a local shopping centre. The original shopping centre had been built in the late 60s early 70s.
 A friend sent me an old photo that she had found...the old shopping centre was down in a hollow in the centre of the site with the building surrounded by a rather large carpark. The centre contained a supermarket and quite a number of small shops. There was also a reception lounge.

In last year's post I showed photos of the earthworks on the site and pondered the use of the words , 'Opening soon' on the hoardings around the site. Just how 'soon' is 'soon'?
A month or so on from March 2016...
Then in August I was in the suburb checking out the op shops for items for the 60s night that DH and I were going to. So out came the phone and I took some progress photos...

 By the beginning of this year, the huge site appeared to be covered by the building with car park spaces on the roof  and underneath the building. And 'badging' had been done...Coles and Liquorland were the only signs we could see. Cafes? Pharmacy? Newsagency ? No signs any way...


On February 18, the store opened. And perhaps we shouldn't have been surprised to find that the site was completely given over to a Coles supermarket and their subsidiary bottleshop  Liquorland...no small businesses at all.
 
 
It is a huge supermarket! But I'll stick with my smaller local Coles.

Now this shopping centre is near Alderley railway station and parking around Brisbane  stations can be quite challenging as the station carparks fill up very early in the morning Mon-Fri. So there are signs in this new centre informing customers that there is 2 hours free parking. If you stay longer, it is $77. But I think you can stay the whole day for that price! Management claims it is to stop rail commuters from parking there and then travelling to the city.



So in conclusion to answer the question, 'how soon is soon' ? In this case it is a few days short of 12 months! lol