living in oz, you've got to love it

Submitted: Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003 at 20:11
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Nothing to do with 4wding, but, today I spent the best day with my kids and some OS visitors, and I guess relived some great childhood memories. We all went to puffing billy, which is a 100+ Steam locomotive which runs in the Dandenongs, in Melb. I spent a lot of my childhood up there, and it was great to see the old loco, smell the sooty smoke and see the beautiful fern gullies. But better still was seeing the looks on my kids faces. Those of you who know me, know that this year has been a bit rough, my dad is unwell and at the moment he is doing it abit tough, but today all the worry and stress associated with that disappeared as I watched my kids childhood innonence and joy shine through...oh to be a kid again, where the only stress of the day was agreeing with my 2 year old son that it wasn't puffing billy, it was Thomas.."it's Thomas mummy"...lol...too bad that dad couldn't come along..it was great fun...can't wait to experience more of this great country with my two best creations...Tegan & Callum.

Lyn [Mrs. Al]nemo me impune lacessit





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Reply By: diamond(bendigo) - Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003 at 20:17

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003 at 20:17
gday mr al &mrs al.
glad you had a great day today.
perfect weather to.
lived in melb most my life and never made it to thomas whoops puffing billy.
did the visitors enjoy it as well.back by popular demand
:-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003 at 20:20

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003 at 20:20
they loved it...picnic lunch by the lake, listening to kookaburras in the gums....and watching the kids have a ball....fantastic....nemo me impune lacessit





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Follow Up By: diamond(bendigo) - Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003 at 20:22

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003 at 20:22
as they say in the movie the castle(one of my favourites)
it dosnt get any better than thisback by popular demand
:-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003 at 23:08

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003 at 23:08
Hi Mrs Al,

You should have let me know you, Tegan and Callum and the Scottish regals were going to be so close to my home. James and I could have met you at Belgrave and either joined you or shown you a few extra sites.

You know where we are....

Cheers

PS see you all on SaturdayJust Do It!

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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003 at 07:04

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003 at 07:04
Hi Glenn....

I thought about it over the weekend, and in my old age, I forgot...hahahha...and then yesterday we were in a rush....but I'm sure we'll be over that way again soon....and we'd love to seem some extra sites.

Lyn

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Reply By: Member - Eric- Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003 at 20:21

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003 at 20:21
You should have done the trip on saturday , the Train would have dropped you on in Gembrook , and Al would have been waititng to pick you up and take you 4x4 lol Venus Bay
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003 at 20:26

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003 at 20:26
we talked about that same thing today...lol..maybe next time....

we only went as far as the lake today...a bit far a 2 hour trip with 2 littlies....and 5 adults travelling with 2 littlies...lol....nemo me impune lacessit





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Reply By: Savvas - Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003 at 20:43

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003 at 20:43
Lyn,

That's a wonderful day!

For all the crap that kids can put parents through, they are also absolutely magic in making us realise what life is all about.

Despite the bickering, whingeing, not eating, etc, etc, etc,it only takes one smile from either of mine to make my day.

Cheers...Savvas
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003 at 20:53

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003 at 20:53
you're absolutely right there Savvas......can't imagine life without them...nemo me impune lacessit





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Reply By: Andrew - Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003 at 22:25

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003 at 22:25
Ah yes - my eyes become moist at the thought - all those pieces of soot in my eyes. Ma, your era is a nostalgic one of steam trains and horses and carts and girdles and hoop dresses. I am glad you can still remember them.
Andrew
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003 at 07:02

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003 at 07:02
Ahhh...Andrew...you too remember the soot in your eyes...and you seem to know an awful lot about "my" era, but alas, my era was not one of steam trains, horse & carts [though I have ridden in a jinker] girdles? - mois in a girdle...don't make me laugh I'll pop a seam...hoop dresses?...even funnier me in a dress that's a rare sight for sure; and as far as memories go....it's much easier to remember things when you're reliving them....I was amazed myself...I didn't forget one persons name today either......or dribble....

Ma

PS what were you still doing up at 9.25 last night, you should be in bed, it's a school day today....nemo me impune lacessit





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Follow Up By: Andrew - Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003 at 21:09

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003 at 21:09
Ma,
I was looking at the photo of you on the web http://www.insanepictures.com/pic.shtml?0857.jpg and I thought to myself, "Is that really your kid?" Way too cute if you ask me.
I was looking for that seem you might have been going to pop, but I was overcome by nausea and had to get away from that photo.
Mr Al must be a really good sort to have kids like that.
Andrew

P.S. Back to my bed so mummy can tuck me in.
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Thursday, Nov 13, 2003 at 08:19

Thursday, Nov 13, 2003 at 08:19
hmmm...way too much time on your hands young Andrew....

and as far as my cute child...have you not heard of throw backs?

you really are a naughty boy....I think you can tuck yourself in.....

Ma

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Follow Up By: Andrew - Thursday, Nov 13, 2003 at 11:23

Thursday, Nov 13, 2003 at 11:23
Just as well they moved your photo - this dangerous having people womit on their keyboard - could be electrocwrooted.
I have heard of throw backs - aren't they supposed to be worser than you - like a monkey or something.....Oh no I have an urge to find a picture of a monkey like woman and call it you......but I am being strong and resisting.
I'll just shut up and finish my farax
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Thursday, Nov 13, 2003 at 11:50

Thursday, Nov 13, 2003 at 11:50
good to see you're eating well....nemo me impune lacessit





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Reply By: Member - Toonfish - Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003 at 23:32

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2003 at 23:32
great place i remember my scout unit celebrating the silver jubilee with thec local unit up there spent 4 or so days around the area with a host family and seeing all the older carraiges being restored.
a few years ago i even went back for a dirty weekend with the finance minister but we missed the last train .
cant wait to take the boys there soon.
plenty of old lines and loco's being restored around oz .
Healesville is a good trip too but only in a track maintenece car.
E J loved it still.1999 NISSAN NAVARA DUALCAB
DIESEL 3.2 & SPRINGY CARLTON TOY
2 awestruck kids (dads driving!)
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003 at 07:06

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003 at 07:06
Toonie, the kids don't care they just love the ride, there's one down Queenscliff way too....nemo me impune lacessit





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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003 at 18:23

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003 at 18:23
Too good hey....like you before them, they will remember you taking them and all the smells/ferns/ when their children get to go on it in the future.
I have 3 children, and the Engineman let us on back up through the tunnels on the zig zag railway@ The Blue Mountains.
He even gave each of them a piece of coal each to take home.....lol
Michael (6) was on the whistle, Ema (7) watched for the signals, and Josh (10) shovelled....and shovelled....
LG
lifes good when you take the time to share it with your family.
Andrewwheredayathinkwer mike?
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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Thursday, Nov 13, 2003 at 08:22

Thursday, Nov 13, 2003 at 08:22
Hi Andrew...that sounds like a great time for your kids We'venever been to the Blue Mountains, but it is definitely one place we will be heading to with our kids....

Lynnemo me impune lacessit





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