No 2 Son and me.
A quarter of a century later No 2 is now
Uncle with niece.
Uncle and his niece…
…and yours truly and granddaughter.
A couple of weeks ago our ‘baby’ celebrated his birthday.
As we were limited to two visitors (Lockdown)
our eldest and his wife and child were univintied.
We were aware that No. 2 Son was
to visit Melbourne which was under
a tighter lockdown restrictions at the time
and did not want to take any chance
of passing on any bug to the parents of,
or, our granddaughter.
On more than one occasion I have mentioned
the Men’s Shed to which I belong.
This is half the workshop and its contents
have been donated to us.
We also have a separate meeting room.
Our first grandchild is the newest thing
in our lives this year.
She was born on March 2
and already has a passport photo.
We will meet her closer to, or at, Easter.
the day of a person’s birth
It is with great joy, pride and excitement
that we can finally announce the birth
of our first grandchild Charlotte Grace.
She was born on Tuesday 2nd March
at 8:13pm NZ time to
No. 1 Son and No. 2 Daughter-in-Law.
Charli came into the world at 42 weeks
weighing eight pounds and seven ounces (3.9kg).
Mum, bubs and Dad are all doing well!
Both of us cannot await to see
our first grandchild in person.
We are certain that Charlotte will be
a shining star in our lives.
A faded image of he past brings back
some equally faded memories.
My Grandfather (Bill) on the left died
when I was only 18 months old.
Next to Bill is Rita.
Rita’s funeral was the first time I acted as a coffiin bearer.
I also taught Rita’s Great Grand Daughter
as a Casual relief teacher before we left the farm.
Frank and Jimmy lived in Melbourne and
passed away far earlier than I would have liked.
Far right is Aunite Eddie who spent most of her married life
in Perth, Western Australia.
My Grandfather and his brothers and sisters.
2020 in review
January bushfires, although a long way from us
created some spectacular sunsets.
February we attended the last large gathering for the year
when our youngest graduated from
Geelong’s Deakin University
with a Degree in Business.
Marching into autumn we found
our supermarket shelves bare…
…due to panic buying because of a thing called COVID 19.
Soldiering on into April saw the first of several
home delivered meals arrive at our front door.
May was almost normal minus crowded outings.
a normal way to get together.
My first sunrise outing came in June
after lockdown restrictions were eased.
By July, wInter was really upon us;
cold and gloomy mornings,
followed by cool sunny days
What better time to learn a bit more about Photoshop.
By August we were well and truly in lockdown again
and our panic buys had nearly filled a spare room.
and spring had arrived.
When were shown this scan, of our first Grandchild
and asked to wait until the twenty-week scan
until the parents made their announcement.
So in October we could talk about the news.
November found me on a day trip to Port Fairy
for some photography.
November also brought an abundance of cemetery wild flowers…
Another morning and I found myself photographing
a ship leaving Port Phillip Bay.
Early December some of the fruits of
lockdown projects in the garden.
Another December task is erecting and
decorating our Christmas tree.
And New Year’s Day it will be packed away
until next December.