Friday, October 02, 2020


 Today our 'bonus' daughter turns TWENTY!

OMG how the hell did that happen?

TWENTY years since we took on our first born grandchild.  TWENTY years watching you grow from a scrawny, teeny little scrap of a baby into the gorgeous girl you are today.

WE LOVE YOU BRY BRY, STICK-IT... face.  πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†πŸ˜  

I hope you have a wonderful day with ya Dad, and family tonight.  

ABOVE:  I managed to nip out yesterday and get this cute top for you. The front has crystals on it.  Sorry it's not FIVE SECONDS OF SUMMER!

If I see one I will get it for you, promise.

ABOVE:  A very cute section of the garden... clearly Mum's handy work. 

ABOVE:  I don't know what these flowers are ... but they are popping up all over the place.  So pretty.

Hoping for a good day today... with a few less up's and down's.


A rough night... but we are slowly coming right.

Lovely day here in Coffs Harbour... not too hot.

ABOVE: Stew took Brylee shopping for her birthday.  Three new tops... they are just lovely.

ABOVE: They went to lunch too.  Brylee cut off her Dad's head... but oh well.  She will improve eventually!  lol

11 am and we have finally got our morning 'jobs' done.  Mum and her bed is all fresh and dandy.... set for the day.
My back is managing.... at least for now!  Quite sore, but not all the time.

Soon it will be time to think about some lunch.  We are having a salad sandwich most days, or cheese and crackers with a bit of ham or mild salami.  Mum's not too fussed on the salami!
More for me and Ron 😊.

ABOVE:  Lacy went to Paeroa this morning to pick up Griffin so he can spend today with his Sister.  Awww how nice is that?
They are posing in front of the 'Famous' Lemon and Paeroa bottle.
It's  a drink peculiar to New Zealand, and Paeroa in particular.   It's a light coloured fizzy drink similar to Lemonade.

ABOVE:  Dante and Archer, all dressed up ready to go to Brylee's birthday dinner.  I wonder where they are going?
Oh and the other pic is of Archer and his favourite 'humans'... the dogs! πŸ’œπŸ’šπŸ’™

Thank You Magpie.  It is indeed good news.  It means Stew can join me much easier, and see Mum.  It will be wonderful!

Well... I have dinner on. We are having chicken kebabs, onion rings and veges.  Should be nice.

Well... dinner was OK. Nothing as nice as what the family had tonight. The buggers went to Lone Star... and had the bloody cheek to send me photos of their meals.  The shits.

Mum has spent today sleeping, getting over a restless night.  Hopefully she will rally tomorrow and give us a hard time again.


  1. Morning Mum, Grandma and Ron,

    What an awesome top for Brylee,
    The little garden looks lovley and those flowers are stunning,

    Hope you all have a better day.
    Love you all πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’œ

  2. Happy birthday Brylee. Have a fabulous day. Hope you're not missing mum too much!
    Hope today is better for you, Chris. I'd love to be able wander around that garden. It is really stunning.

  3. Happy birthday brylee xx hope today is a better day for you all.

  4. Happy birthday Brylee 20! Have an awesome day.
    Lovely pictures of the garden and flowers it’s cold and well Taupō like lol here today. Ron and the old moo have stunning views and a beautiful garden.

  5. Anonymous11:19 AM

    Happy Birthday Brylee! the garden is just beautiful...the flowers are lillies...


  6. Anonymous11:23 AM

    The flowers are amaryllis. They grow from a big bulb but come back every year and multiply.

  7. Hi. I guess I've been reading your blog for quite some time, because I remember Brylee as a young child! Happy Birthday to her. Also, those flowers look like Amaryllis. They are a favorite here in the states to grow inside at Christmas. They sell the bulbs for the holidays.

  8. Happy birthday miss Brylee have an awesome day. Chris hugs

  9. Anonymous11:47 AM

    What a lovely place to be while caring for your mother. I hope she is able to sit outdoors every now and then. And if not, she certainly has large windows to see it all through. I love seeing the picture of you and your mum on the upper right of your blog, what beautiful smiles from two beautiful women. Take care, you are thought of often.

    Happy 20th Bday to Brylee!!

  10. I am in awe of how beautiful the gardens are! They are like something you would see in an arboretum, or a place you pay admission to see the beauty.

  11. Happy 20th Birthday, Brylee!

  12. Happy birthday Brylee!!!

  13. Happy Birthday Brylee! The new tops look lovely on you.

    Neat photo of Lacy and Griffin too ... that's lovely that Lacy was able to pick Griffin up so he could celebrate Brylee's birthday with her.

    The photos of the plants are cool ... so many lovely colours in Australian plants/gardens.

    1. Anonymous4:21 PM

      Oh thanks Paula πŸ’œπŸ’™ yea couldn't leave the poor little (big) sh*t stuck aye lol πŸ˜‚ and that's what Mauddy is for, being able to help out the Fam oh and being mobile myself...oh and I'm missing the little (big) bugger, and he's missing his Sister...z

      #Lacy πŸ’™

  14. Anonymous4:13 PM

    Happy Birthday Brylee! XOXO ~Nicole in CA

  15. Chris I just read that our prime minister has decided to open the borders from some Australian states to New Zealand from 6th October, so you may not have to quarantine again

    1. That may apply for people coming into Aussy from NZ. I don't know if that holds for anyone entering NZ. I may still have to quarantine on my journey home again... just depends on how long I am here, and what further border restrictions are lifted in the meantime.

  16. Happy Birthday Brylee! I am pretty sure when I started following your blog B and G were like 9 and 10. Glad that Lacy could go get Griffin to see his sister on her birthday. Brylee,you look great in your new tops. Hope you have a great family dinner. Chris,hope you have a good day.

  17. Happy birthday Brylee! 20 wow. xx

  18. Anonymous5:37 PM

    Happy Birthday Brylee. You look amazing and I love you top Mum bought. Enjoy your evening with most of your family. Chris you are such a beautiful person inside and out. Take care.

  19. Anonymous5:54 PM

    Fully Positive Vibes Coming Your Way Ma πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’œ
    You got this, we got your back...all the way from little old NZ...

    Kia Kaha πŸ’œπŸ’™ Stay Strong Mumma xx

    #Lacy πŸ’™ πŸ’œ πŸ’™ πŸ’œ

  20. So happy for you the news was hot off the press

  21. Happy Birthday Brylee. Take care all the best.

  22. Happy Birthday to Brylee!!


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