Jason turned 21 on the 1st of March.
He didn't want a 21st birthday party, so we took him out to lunch at
Montezuma's Mexican Restaurant in Wagga Wagga. If you'd like to know
more about Montezuma's, click here. Otherwise, click here to see the photos!
We went away for 3 days over Easter. We went up to Cooma &
stayed at a farm stay in a 160+ year old cottage called Emma Stokes
Cottage, which is on a farm on the north side of the road to Bega from
Cooma, about 13 k out of Cooma. It wasn't what I expected, but the beds
were comfy & warm, the shower & toilet worked just fine & it
was great value for money.
After dropping our bags off, we drove to Jindabyne & had a look
around. Betty & I hadn't been to Jindabyne for over 22 years. There
was a sculpture exhibition displayed along the shore of Lake Jindabyne,
so of course we had a look.
The next day, (Saturday), we went to the Yarrangobilly Caves, had a BBQ
& went through the South Glory Hole Cave. The following day we went
into Cooma & had a look around before going out of town to the
local lookout, then we came home to Canberra. All our Easter photos are
My brother Stephen turned 45 in April. As a birthday gift, my parents,
Peggy, (my sister), & I flew his daughter Eleanor down from
Brisbane the Friday night before his birthday as a surprise for him.
Steve's surprise was total & the look on his face when he saw
Eleanor made it all worthwhile. On Saturday we took him out to lunch at
Belluchi's in Dickson, After lunch, we all went to a park near our
place & took some photos, which are here.
Eleanor is studying astro physics at uni in Brisbane , so we took her
up to Mt Stromlo to see the observatory up there. The light on scenery
was quite something, so I took some photos which are here.
In June we went up to Orange to visit Betty's sister Mary &
brother-in-law Geoff. While we were there, they took us out to see
Borenore Caves which are just outside Orange. Here are the photos.
We went back up to Grafton in the middle of July to catch up with some
friends. We stayed at a B & B called Ivy Cottage just outside
Grafton which is owned by Lorraine & Tom Raven, who were clients of
mine when Betty & I owned Computer Troubleshooters Grafton, (www.ctsgrafton.com.au).
When Tom first showed it to me after he & Lorraine had finished
doing it up, I thought, "If I ever leave Grafton & comeback to
visit, I'll stay here", so we did. It was even better than I remembered,
so I took some photos, which are here.
If you're interested in staying there, you can contact Lorraine on email@example.com or 02-6642 3202. More information can be seen here.
After we came back from Grafton, Kristie & I drove Kristie's car up
to Cairns, (approx 2600K), where she stayed with some friends of ours
prior to starting her first job at Innisfail Hospital. Innisfail in
approx 85k south of Cairns. On the way we stayed in Coonabaraban,
Rockhampton, Mackay with Geoff & Jill & finally on to Cairns.
It took us around 3 & a half days. Once we got to Rockhampton I
started taking some pictures which are here.
On the 3rd weekend of September, Betty, Renee & I along with my
brother Stephen went over to Kiama to visit Stephen's & my sister
Peggy. While we were there, I took some pictures, (of course), which
are here. Included in the
pictures are some pictures of Chris', (our nephew), american
staffordshire terrier, Tigger. Chris has done a really good job &
training him. He was very patient while Peggy washed him.
Every year in Spring, Canberra holds a festival of flowers called
Floriade. This year I went along to it with Betty & Renee. Here are the pictures.
In early October I went over to Wagga to visit Jason. While I was
there, I took some photos of the first home Betty & I ever owned.
Pictures are here. The people who have owned it since have made some changes to it including extending the lounge room out the side of the house.
Betty & Renee & I, along with my Mum & Dad went up to
Newcastle on Friday the 10th of October for Kristie's graduation at
Newcastle University. Kristie flew down from far north Queensland for
the ceremony. Kristie now has a Bachelor of Speech Pathology. The pictures are here.
We finally bought a house in Canberra which we settled for on the 13th of October. Pictures are here!
On 4th of November this year the ACT government gazetted a public
holiday called the Canberra Community & Family Day, which strangely
enough was on the same day as this years Melbourne Cup. Apparently it's
going to fall on the same day as the Melbourne Cup every year. Strange
Anyhow, as we're not interested in horse racing, we thought we'd take
the opportunity to have a look at the Canberra Botanic Garden which is
stocked with Australia native plants. I took my camera with &
took some photos including some closeups of some of the flowers. The
photos are here.
Betty & I took my brother Stephen down to my sisters place at
Kiama where we met my parents during the last weekend in November. The
purpose of the weekend was to construct Peggy's new back fence. Dad,
Stephen, Peggy, Betty & I built the fence while Mum & Renee
cooked & served refreshments, lunch 7 tea. Most of the job was don
on Saturday & it was completed by Sunday lunch time. I took some
photos which are here.
Betty & I went down to Phillip Island for my work's Christmas
party. We stayed in a house with my co-workers & their spouses. We
had a great time, enjoyed the company, scenery, food & go-kart
racing. Pictures are here.
This year we spent Christmas with Betty's family at Geoff & Mary's
place in Orange. Betty's dad was there along with all the nephews &
niece as well as the niece -in-law. We left Orange a few days
after Christmas & went to my parents place in Moss Vale & spent
New Year with them. The day before New Year's eve, we went to my
sister's place at Kiama to inspect the fence we built the previous
month & to see the garden she's planted in front of it. Of course I
took some pictures & they're here.
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