Thursday, February 21, 2008


A black leather wallet containing provisional driver's licence, ATM card, interim Medicare card, cash, phone numbers (in other words, all his wordly goods, and his ID) - lost at St Lucia on Monday night, somewhere close to UQ. All cards and legal documents have now been cancelled and replaced, but my son would really appreciate the return of his wallet.

This life lesson is not fully appreciated by him just now, but I'm sure he will learn from it.

My life is still hectic!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Leaving Home

My first-born has just left home. It's a mixed bag of emotions I'm sure many of you can relate to. These emotions include happiness, sadness, excitement, anxiety, anticipation, hope, relief, and joy, but mostly excitement for him as he moves into the next stage of his life.

We delivered him to Brisbane yesterday to enter a residential college, where he will live while he studies at the University of Queensland. Emmanuel College is situated on the university campus at St Lucia, and was UQ's first residential college. I am so happy he was accepted into this college and imagine he will have an incredible time whilst he is a resident.

On his arrival, he was presented with a "helicopter hat" with a name on it. This name is what he will be known as while he is at Emmanuel - Governor. Every new student had a different name on their hat.

They were also presented with an Emmanuel t-shirt and an academic gown.

The college had an official welcome and the "Signing of the Register" for the 205 new residents at the college. They were required to dress in their silly hats and Harry Potter gowns for this welcome. It was quite an amusing sight to see so many students dressed this way - academic gown and hats with propellors!

Simon enjoyed this ceremony and his introduction to college.
I'm sure he will adapt to his new way of life really quickly.

What an exciting chapter of his life is just beginning.


I've just had a birthday, on Valentine's Day, and my Yahoo group have a birthday swap where we all send 2 fat quarters to each other for their birthday. There are 24 of us in the birthday swap, so I just had 46 fat quarters to open! What a whole bunch of fun that was. The fabric came from USA, England, New Zealand, Netherlands and many parts of Australia.

Now I just need to work out what I will make with all this wonderful fabric. So many decisions....LOL!

This is what it looked like spread all over my table.

And this is what it looked like made into an enormous fat quarter bundle.
The needle case and pincushion in the front of the bundle are extras added to my parcels by Khris in South Australia and Sharon in New Zealand - just to make my birthday even more special.
Thank you so much to everyone!