Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Post Cruise

We were off the ship before 8am and caught a taxi home.

Straight away off a tangent, both taxi drivers to and from the ship were white Anglo Saxon males, yet the ones who have taken me to work at around 6am earlier in the year have all been from the Subcontinent or the Middle East. Taxi driver profile of times at work?

I washed four loads of washing as we were desperately short of clean clothing after two weeks cruising. We then caught the tram to Prahran to pick up pre ordered cakes for the following day's family celebration (three for $80 but they were so good), went to the chemist and bought a couple of things in the supermarket. Once home we fell into a state of exhaustion even though we had not returned home from a long flight, just a cab home from Station Pier.

Sunday, Club Officer is quite new and rather a good place for family celebrations, especially as it has a great child play area.  In the lake just outside I saw coots, ducks and swans and some graceful big winged birds that I could not identify. All family attended, with the exception of Fire Fighting Nephew and his wife. Extras were two of Ex Sis in Law's husband's children including one of the daughter's twenty one year old partner 😜. He is slim and good looking but so sadly at his age, balding. He and his betrothed are just great with Hippie Niece's twin daughters. While one of them is ok with Auntie Andrew, the other one runs to Hippie Niece screaming if I go near her. Even R cannot not conquer her, and that is saying something.

We were dreading the lunch but it was actually quite good and relaxed. Over three hours we ate, drank very little, laughed, loved, chatted and took photos.

So, what was the family gathering about? Little M turned five on the 18th, R turned seventy on the 22nd and Mother turned eighty five on the 24th. Mother doesn't mind sharing birthday celebration with R, but she does not like the spotlight being off her for her great granddaughter Little M's birthday. Just bad luck Ma that she was born near your birthday. Anyway, Mother says that she won't be around for her 86th birthday. R says otherwise and that she will last ten years at least yet. I think he is right.

Sister has invited us to her place on The Bellarine at Easter, and Mother and ABI Brother will be there. The next big family get together will be for Hippie Niece's twin daughters' second birthday in April. Hippie Niece is on such a tight budget that she was scrounging in her purse to pay for her lunch yesterday, and then R gave her $50. Yet she has grand ideas of celebrating her daughters' birthdays. I keeping putting her expectations down, as that is what grumpy old aunties do.

R's sisters back in England sent him this bunch of flowers and his former workmate who he catches up with for brunch at times gave him this cactus bowl. Little Jo shopped for R's birthday in the international aisle of the local supermarket. Sister and Bone Doctor bought R a single malt bottle of Scotch. We bought Little M a made in New Zealand cotton tee shirt with cute kiwi birds on the tee. We gave Mother a birthday card and a nice but cheap box of flowers from the supermarket as a last thought.




17 comments:

  1. Just popped over to catch up on you. I haven't had time to read any one's blogs since we got home. Not sure what we've been doing or where the time went.
    I was thinking about Easter and out of the blue got a message from my cousin (only one in Toronto) about going to hers as she has also invited my niece and nephew. Perfect!

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    1. Jackie, and to think you used to work and still managed to fit things in 😉. It is so good to spend time with family, for all their problems or lack of them.

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  2. Oh my, I do enjoy a single malt Scotch. I think the last I had was Glenfiddich! Very fine! Hmmmm.
    Looking forward to hearing more about the cruise. I am going on vacation in June, but not on a cruise. However, I will be enjoying some wonderful tropical weather!

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    1. Maribeth, Glenfiddich is rather nice. You are teasing us with not telling us your destination, but I will guess Miami.

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    2. Oh dear, forgot to with R a Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday R!
      I am going to The Sunshine State, but not Miami.
      ***smile***

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  3. R turned seventy! That is an important milestone and one to be celebrated with gusto. Wishing him good health and lots of energy :)

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    1. Hels, Niece who he gave $50 to called him today in disbelief that he is seventy. She thought sixty. The cynical me said she is repaying you the $50 gift.

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  4. Happy Birthday to R.
    It sounds as if you might chip in for Hippy Niece's little ones birthday :)
    Always lovely to chat with family. One day one of them will be missing.

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    1. No Margaret. We are not chipping in. It is pointless to take two year olds to the zoo and paying around $30 each for entrance to celebrate their birthdays. It will be a local park barbeque or if the weather is bad as it was last year, back at her father's.

      Yes, I suppose Mother will be the one goes missing at family events. All of our family have their own strong memories of her from various decades.

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  5. Sounds like a lovely catch-up, apart from that one twin disliking you. She may feel differently when she is older. I like that cactus bowl, a little dribble of water once a week and it will last for years.

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    1. River, I haven't seen both twins enough for them to know me. I've been giving the cactus a good watering about once a fortnight. I know it is too much water. A little dribble once a week sounds good.

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  6. For all the moans and groans you have a number of family get togethers during the year and seem to keep in close touch with your nephews and nieces. Give R my best wishes for this special birthday.

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    1. What Marie? I moan and groan? Ok, guilty. I love my family and I will pass on your kind wishes to R.

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  7. Happy birthday to your Mom, to R and to Little M.
    My granddaughter was just born on the 22nd, so she will share a birthday with R :)
    I like the bowl of succulents, very pretty.

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    1. Sami, I am not much into succulents, but the bowl of them is quite nice. Of course one dominate cactus will take over. Err, yes, your granddaughter was born on that day. I remember seeing that at some point even though we were all at sea on the day.

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  8. Gosh that was quite the celebrations Andrew, three one.. I saw photos on Facebook, looked like lots of fun. Belated happy birthday wishes to R 🎊🎉🎈✨🎂 Lovely to have you back ✨

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    1. Thanks Grace. It is nice to be back with my blog family and friends all over the country and the world. I will pass on your good wishes to R. I put up a few more photos today, including the twins.

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