Tuesday, 20 December 2016

A busy week

When I was a child growing up summer began in August and lasted until March. We ran around in shorts and sun frocks and by Christmas when our southern cousins arrived for a holiday we had lovely suntans. They didn't. Now I live down south near those
 same cousins and summer is much later arriving :( 
Sometimes by Christmas, like this one, we are still wondering whether summer will arrive at all and whether we will get a suntan.
But family time is still as good as it ever was and that is what really counts.
So what has my family been up to this week? 

rain beginning at grandson Jack's assembly
First of all Jack had his final assembly for his primary school and parents, grandparents and all the pupils gathered at the appointed hour. Rain had been threatening but we were all ever hopeful the assembly would be over before the rain arrived as it was being held outside. We decided to put our rug and cushions under a tree and took our umbrellas with us, just in case. Well you guessed it, just as proceedings were about to begin the heavens opened and the rain bucketed down. The upshot was that the kids were all herded inside, those who could fit went in with them (small hall) , and people like me went home. So I missed Jack's final assembly.

Caitlin (grand daughter)  and her proud Mum
The next night both my GKB and I had Christmas breakups to go to for different organisations. So we went our separate ways and met up at home again later in the evening.
 I didn't miss the next important event on the calendar though, this was Caitlin's graduation from her Tourism and Travel course, the end of two years hard work. My GKB and I both went and we are so proud of her as she was also nominated for the Integrity and Development Award. It was an interesting graduation with a couple of items from the cultural group - the Pacific Island community lent a lot of colour with several of them graduating as well. We thoroughly enjoyed it all.

Sunday brought a special seasonal church service, Lessons and Carols. Once more we sang several carols we had sung the week before at the Carols in the Park and we listened again to the Christmas story unfolding. A bonus was that people from the congregation who had not been able to attend the park were able to join in the songs with us.

Yesterday my little mother had her 87th birthday. Tonight her youngest grandson is taking her out for a meal, she has been resting all afternoon so she is able to stay out for a while this evening. She is much better than she was but still awaiting a date for her heart op. All of her overseas Christmas and birthday parcels arrived at my place so I took them around yesterday (two boxes full) and she enjoyed opening them and putting her Christmas ones on her decorated hearth to wait for Christmas Day.

And that has brought us up to today. I've taken my little Mother shopping and in the afternoon my GKB and I went and, hopefully, finished our own Christmas shopping. Phew, if I haven't done it now it probably won't happen :)

And so to end I would like to share a couple of photos of some of the fun things around the neighbourhood. 

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas,
filled with, fun, laughter and love.


  1. Diana, it sounds as if you have been very busy celebrating the season. I found your granddaughter's graduation from tourism school very interesting. I hope your Little Mother has a wonderful birthday and that you all have a blessed and "warm" Christmas!!

  2. Happy Birthday to your mother. : )
    Hope she enjoyed her dinner out.
    Sounds like you've had a busy week.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  3. Diana, a very Happy Birthday to your mother! ♥ and a Merry Christmas!

  4. Have a wonderful Christmas and possibly a bit less busy.

    cheers, parsnip

  5. Merry Christmas to you! Love the Santa down the chimney.

  6. I love hearing about your life in a different part of our world! Makes the world seem smaller to know you are so far away, and yet so near! Happy Birthday to your little Mom, and Merry Christmas to all of you!! Try to stay "warm" on Christmas! :)
    Love the Christmas decorations...much like Florida, where I live. We pretend we have snow and reindeer,etc., too. Such fun.

  7. Hi Diana, it sounds like you've been quite busy keeping up with your wonderful family, you must be very proud. Happy belated birthday to your Mom. I hope you and your family have a very, Merry Christmas! Kelly

  8. I had to laugh at the line...if it isn't done by now...my feelings exactly. So much better to be out and about like you than shopping or at home. Enjoyed catching up!

  9. Hi Diana, Wonderful post ... I enjoyed all the photos ... The last one will have me smiling for a long while. :-) Happy New Year to you and yours. Thank you for your kind comments on my blog.


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