Sonya and Bernie are getting married in December. Of course Bernie's celebrity status attracted the celebrity mags. OK! Magazine picked up the story and ran with it. Marry ME screamed the headline. Fox took it all in his stride.
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We're flying south on Boxing Day to the event, together with Carol-Ann and David. In January, the newly-weds fly to Los Angeles for Bernie'a auditions. A bit sad for us but if they decide to stay, we'll have a new holiday destination for next year.
Last night, we went to see a very funny show starring Shaun Micallef and Stephen Curry. Stephen is Barnard's brother, which makes him our daughter Sonya's brother-in-law. They are playing in Brisbane at the Powerhouse Theatre.
The show, based on Dudley Moore and Peter Cook's show 'Not Only But Also' which delighted TV audiences in Britain and here between 1965 and 1970.
After the show, backstage, Stephen introduced us to his co-star Shaun Micallef, well known for The Micallef Program, Theatre Sports and The honourable Wally Norman.
Stephen, of course is well known for his movies, The Castle, The King, The Nugget as well as the TV show Frontline and for hosting the AFI Awards in 2008.
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A few weeks ago, Diane and I were asked if we would tutor the brand new Logan University of the 3rd Age Camera Club. So every second Wednesday, we gather with a group of like-minded amateur photographers and camera persons where we help each other and learn from each other.
The first meeting at the Logan North Library
The second meeting was an outing to Underwood Park
While Bernie, his daddy, is in Los Angeles, Sonya and Fox, together with aunty Carol-Ann jumped on a plane to come up for a visit. We just love having them here. So at the moment everyone is working for the man:-
We have visitors. Both our daughters have come up from Sydney to stay a few days with our grandson Fox. To celebrate the four of us being together, I splurged out on a bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape, well, it's been a while since both of them have been here together. You'll see lots more pictures, especially of little Fox.
The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is a former Railway hotel constructed in the Scottish Baronial style. The original hotel was designed by American Architect Bruce Price and was built between 1887 and 1889 by the Canadian Pacific Railway at the instigation of its president William Cornelius van Horne.
During the construction, van Horne discovered that the builder had accidentially built the hotel the wrong way around so that it turned its back on the mountain view. In 1906 it was decided to completely overhaul the building, replacing much of the original structure.
In the Attrium Restaurant
Stain glass windows in one of the function rooms
The great hall
On the terrace enjoying a glass of wine
During our recent stay at the Banff Springs Hotel, Dave Mobart, the Customer Relations Manager gave us a private tour of the hotel. Here he is below talking about one of their most famous visitors, none other than Marilyn Monroe.
From Juneau we took a floatplane flight over several glaciers to the Taku Wilderness Lodge for a salmon lunch. The flight was spectacular and so was lunch at the lodge but the best thing of all you'll see 1.38 minutes into the video. My personal highlight of the whole trip.
On our recent Canada trip, we traveled from Banff to Vancouver on the Rocky Mountaineer train. One of the best train journeys we have ever taken. We started up in the mountains traveling down the valleys to Kamloops where the train stops and we stayed at a hotel overnight. Next day we jumped back onto the train which took us through arid land to Vancouver.
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Our daughter, Sonya her partner, Bernard Curry and grandson Fox have been in New Idea magazine again last week. Bernard will soon be hosting the second season of Beauty and the Geek Australia on Chanel 7. That and the birth of their first child has sparked the magazine's interest. If you remember, they appeared in an earlier issue when Sonya was pregnant.
Little Fox is just the cutest grandson anyone could possibly have, maybe I am biased.
For some time I've been sick and tired of replacing batteries on our door bell. You put new ones in and the thing works for a few weeks only to stop again. So now I went hunting for an old-fashioned manual door bell.
I found a solid brass bell which I've now installed at the front door. See how that goes. Oh and I have super-glued all the bolts and screws.
I like it. I just hope we can hear it everywhere in the house.
Following from the last blog post, the U3A Camera Club then went next door to Underwood Park and visited the Chung Tian Buddhist Temple. A fabulous venue to let a bunch of amateur photographers lose. After snapping the numerous statues in the grounds, Helen, a member of the Temple showed us trough the various inside rooms and eplained the philosophy of buddism to us. Buddhism is not a religion, it is a way of life and members live by the code Buddah (the teacher) teaches.
The statues in the entrance were fascinating our members
John and Bill in action in the entrance
Another intricate shot
Helen explained the philosophy of buddhism
One of the rooms inside the temple
Another room inside the temple
Barbara plays the large bell at the Chung Tian Temple
I went on an outing today with the University of the 3rd Age (Redlands) camera club. First we met at the Underwood Park for a walk around, then we had morning tea and afterwards visited the Buddhist Temple next door.
John is concentrating on the bird life on the pond.