Sunday 24th March 2019

Life This Week Link Up Is 2 Months Old! 366/307.

Life This Week Link Up Is 2 Months Old! 366/307.

Wow.

That two months has flown.

On September 12 I launched the first Life This Week Link Up in the hope that “someone” would link up.

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More than “someone” did! In fact, for Life This Week 1. Beginnings there were 24 links added.

For that, and the ensuing weeks where there have been linking up bloggers I am grateful!

BIG Thanks to you!

This week I announced changes to my blogging practice here and here. #ICYMI (as they say on twitter) In case you missed it!

Now, today I am adding this post in a different place for a link-up. Here, where Leanne now has her Lovin’ Life Linky.

And some sad news, as in the end of a very familiar place and space… Flog Your Blog Friday is no more (retired) over at With Some Grace so I will not be linking there anymore. It was a wonderful sharing place where I, like many bloggers, got our first connections with others in 2010/11.

That is the news!

I am looking forward to adding a photography post sometime tomorrow and maybe a creative post over the weekend but I no longer commit to doing this in my quest for greater freedom to pursue other interests on non-blogging days!

NEXT MONDAY!

Life This Week 9. #ltw9

{optional} prompt: FLOWERS AROUND ME.

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List of LTW {optional) Prompts:

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I will be continuing my Monday Link Up Life This Week for as long as you, the readers, bloggers and commenters are continuing to contribute and enjoy it. I am! It’s good to wake up excited that it is Monday!!

How do you feel about the changes in link ups in the world of blogging?

What is it about Mondays?

Are you planning to link up here next week?

Hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

Denyse.

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Melbourne Cup Time! #ltw8 366/305.

Melbourne Cup Time! #ltw8  366/305.

When I chose the {optional} prompts for my new Link Up here I was both ‘date oriented and of interest’ in the telling of stories. I guess that IS what “Life This Week” link up is for.

The telling of our stories.

Here’s mine about Melbourne Cup Time!

  • I am from a family that had a social interest in the Melbourne Cup. In other words, not a gambling one as such but a genuine interest in the day and in the spirit of being an Aussie. Remember, I am a baby boomer if you need to label me!
  • In early November, the time of the Melbourne Cup, it meant exams were about to start (yes I did an HSC one on Melbourne Cup day back in 1967) and it would be close to my parents’ wedding anniversary (2nd November).
  • Sweeps are the part of Melbourne Cup Time throughout Australia and I loved them and remember so well the fun of them.
  • At school as a teacher it would be a day with a bit of added fun with welcome relief at a very stressful time of the year as reports were being written, end of year concerts and presentations being rehearsed and preparations for next year made.
  • Melbourne Cup (In NSW) gave us (at school) a chance for a special luncheon and sometimes we even did a bit of dress up. It was about collegiality more than anything.
  • Over the years I got to organise the sweeps and what fun that was!
  • The race itself was not even viewed at school because we did not have access to TV nor was it on-line so I think in my last years at school someone had to make sure they listened to it to know the result.
  • It was a bit of fun and just about everyone enjoyed the spirit of the day which was great.
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I once went to a Melbourne Cup luncheon when I was on leave from teaching and as a non-drinker and so NOT a ‘lady who lunches’ I found it quite boring really! My mum had always gone to event such as these with her friends and I had to give it a go. Last year I watched the Melbourne Cup at home with my husband with little interest until the last few furlongs when a young female jockey Michelle Payne won. It was a special moment to witness.

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Screen shot from Channel 7.

There are opinions about gambling, the amount of money spent in this industry, the horses and much more I am sure that some may want to write about, but I have chose the simple memories of an Aussie tradition for me.

How about you?

What does Melbourne Cup time mean for you?

Denyse.

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Here are the rules for the link-up “Life This Week” is a link up that runs every Monday and remains live for until Thursday at 5 p.m.during that week.

You can link up something old or new, just come on in.
Please add just ONE post each week!
Feel free to go with the prompt for the week to add your ‘take’ on the prompt. Or not.
Please do stay to comment on my post as I always reply and it’s a bloggy thing to do!
Check out what others are up to by leaving a comment because we all love our comments, right!
Add a link back to this blog in your post somewhere. I don’t have a ‘button’ so a link in text is fine!
Respect and tolerance however, are the hallmarks of acceptable on-line social behaviour and as my blog is family-friendly I will reserve the right to delete comments that may be offensive to me or others.
Tweet with the hashtag #ltw (adding the numeral for prompt) if you like.
THANK you for linking up today! Do come back next week.

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Thanks to Alicia for her linky on Mondays here and to Kell at All Mum Said too.

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8 More Prompts “Life This Week”. 366/297.

8 More Prompts “Life This Week”. 366/297.

I’ve been very pleased that my ‘new’ link-up each Monday is going well with bloggers linking up each week.

Thank YOU!

FYI: Tomorrow’s is “2 Months Till Christmas Eve” and next Monday, 31 Oct is “Melbourne Cup Time”.

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I am even more pleased if bloggers give the optional prompts a go.

I know I make them up and I am always interested to see how others interpret them.

Of course, link up whether you do use the prompt or not.

It can be an ‘old’ post.

However….yes, there is a however…if you link up, could you please comment on my post (it’s a bloggy courtesy I believe in) and pop over to one or more others too? Thank you!

Without further ado…here is the list of optional prompts to take us till year end.

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Do you link up here on Mondays?

Thanks again for doing so!

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Denyse.

Joining Leanne (who I am grateful to see each week in the link-up!) for her Lovin Life Linky on Sundays here.

 

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Which Anniversaries Are Special? #ltw6 366/291.

Which Anniversaries Are Special? #ltw6. 366/291.

The optional prompt for week 6 of Life This Week is: Which Anniversaries Are Special and I have chosen ONE!

The one that is most special to me (and my husband) is not when we married, nor is it a wedding anniversary with significant numbers.

I chose Monday 17 October 2016 for this prompt and the title because today is the 46th anniversary of meeting my (now) husband.

It is the date of 17th October 1970. It was a Saturday. We met around 6.30 p.m. at a Tamworth Club. It was the dinner dance for the NSW Teachers Federation Annual Conference held in the country for the first time. I was a first year teacher at Barraba (around an hour’s drive from Tamworth and my two friends/colleagues spent the day at the Conference and then looked forward to the party afterwards. I have to confess our motivation to attend the conference was social rather than political!! We’d booked to stay in town and after the conference headed back to get ourselves ready.

I recall I wore a blue and white dress. When we got to the club, the dinner part was underway and we had to find a table. One table had a few guys down one end, and enough seats for us at the other. We asked, as you do, ‘is anyone sitting here?’ No they were not, and the smiling young man at the end of the table looked pretty nice! I sat at the other end. These men were ‘one-teacher schoolies’ from another part of the North West who’d attended the conference and whilst they admitted they too were there for the social part, only one, I found out later was single. Can you guess?

After our dinner, I was asked to dance by the smiling, dark-haired tall man in the blue suit and I said yes. I was up to his shoulder! I also managed to tread on his foot as we danced. But that did not matter. We liked each other and we continued to laugh and dance, and then later talk. I was smitten. Very! Towards the end of the night, he came and said he had to leave as he was going back to where they all lived and taught and wasnt staying in town like we were. I was sorry that we couldnt keep talking but my friends were longing to go as well. He knew my name and my school. I hoped I would hear from him.

That night I could not sleep. The next day, Sunday, I could not stop thinking about him. On the Monday morning at school I was on playground duty and my boss came and said there is a man on the phone for you. What? Yes, it was him. Schools had phones. Houses that are rented often did not back then. He asked if he could come over on the next weekend and see me. We lived a good two hours from each other, via the Great Dividing Range. I said “sorry, I am going back to Sydney that weekend”. We made the time for the following weekend. That, dear readers, was that. In LOVE. Both of us. And here are some very young people, so in love, in those early heady days of November and December 1970.

What is your special anniversary or anniversaries?

I hope you enjoyed my short story!

Denyse.

NEXT WEEK’S optional prompt: #ltw7  Two Months Till Christmas Eve! 

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Thanks for linking up ( I hope you have!) whether it’s about the prompt or not!

  • Here are the rules for the link-up “Life This Week” is a link up that runs every Monday and remains live for until Thursday at 5 p.m.during that week.
  • You can link up something old or new, just come on in.
  • Please add just ONE post each week!
  • Feel free to go with the prompt for the week to add your ‘take’ on the prompt. Or not.
  • Please do stay to comment on my post as I always reply and it’s a bloggy thing to do!
  • Check out what others are up to by leaving a comment because we all love our comments, right!
  • Add a link back to this blog in your post somewhere. I don’t have a ‘button’ so a link in text is fine!
  • Respect and tolerance however, are the hallmarks of acceptable on-line social behaviour and as my blog is family-friendly I will reserve the right to delete comments that may be offensive to me or others.
  • Tweet with the hashtag #ltw (adding the numeral for prompt) if you like.
  • THANK you for linking up today! Do come back next week.


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Ten Things I Like About Me. #ltw5. 366/284.

Ten Things I Like About Me. #ltw5. 366/284.

The optional prompt for this week here for Life This Week is Ten Things You Like About You.

I’ve made it ‘me-centred’ for this post as I expect anyone else will who joins!

In chatting with a blogging friend I know we both thought it somewhat challenging to think about this prompt which led me to consider that it seems we are all geared to the default of negative in our views of self. I’m going through my usual meanderings of anxiety (that is, it comes and goes) so it appeared to be even harder for me to come up with this list.

But here’s how I did. I went back through my own set of memories…my photos…and they helped. It turns out I like qualities in me such as:

kindness, commitment, valuing education, being sociable, creating, practical skills, loving, intelligence, details oriented,  connected.

Here’s my list of 10 with accompanying photo:

ONE: Kindness. I am good at caring for others but I am also getting better at being kinder to me taking myself out of my head space and into nature when I need it so I like that in myself.

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TWOCommitment. I am a loving, committed person and whilst relationships have ups and downs, I like that I have remained married to the same person for over 45 years and that he does too.

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THREE: Valuing Education. Clearly education is a key to my many professional roles and that even here, at High School, I probably knew that then too but I was extra busy on the socialising side too. Me: Top standing, second in.

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FOUR: Sociable. I like driving this car as it helps me to meet up with people. I am slowly taking my time in my new area to make social connections but I will over time.

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FIVE: Creating. I  like that in discovering how much I enjoy art and creativity now, I also find sharing my art via postcards is a great way to stay connected with people I may never meet personally.

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SIX: Practical Skills. I like the fact that I can cook meals that are both nutritious and enjoyable even though I do not get to cook much except for me these days, I value that I am as entitled to a good meal as anyone…even though I have to cook it!

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SEVEN: Loving. I like being a wife, daughter, a parent but especially a grandmother to our grandchildren. I add that as they are growing up and we live a long way from them all now I have had to change how I view my role now as it was more involved when the children were younger and we lived close by.

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EIGHT: Intelligence. I like the fact that I cannot stop learning about things but this time it is to have more understanding of myself and challenges I am facing, and these are some of the means I use to guide me.

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NINE: Details Oriented. I like that I am primarily a visual person and I can see the smallest details in some of nature and I really, really notice! I also remember a LOT.

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TEN: Connecting. I like the fact that some years ago I recognised I needed to have a way to continue to connect with people when I stopped teaching and that I started a blog and that I have readers who chat and connect here each week.

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I hope this was of interest to you and that you might tell us some things you like about you if you have not believed about it. Use the comments to share!

I hope today and the rest of the week is a great one for you!

Denyse.

P.S. Next week’s optional prompt on Mon 17/10 “which anniversaries are special?” I have one and it is on that date!  I hope you find one to blog about  too!

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Thanks for linking up ( I hope you have!) whether it’s about the prompt or not!

  • Here are the rules for the link-up “Life This Week” is a link up that runs every Monday and remains live for until Thursday at 5 p.m.during that week.
  • You can link up something old or new, just come on in.
  • Please add just ONE post each week!
  • Feel free to go with the prompt for the week to add your ‘take’ on the prompt. Or not.
  • Please do stay to comment and check out what others are up to by leaving a comment because we all love our comments, right!
  • Add a link back to this blog in your post somewhere. I don’t have a ‘button’ so a link in text is fine!
  • Respect and tolerance however, are the hallmarks of acceptable on-line social behaviour and as my blog is family-friendly I will reserve the right to delete comments that may be offensive to me or others.
  • Tweet with the hashtag #ltw (adding the numeral for prompt) if you like.
  • THANK you for linking up today! Do come back next week.


 

As it is Monday I also join with two blogging friends’ links here:

Alicia at One Mother Hen for Open Slather.

Kell at All Mum Said for Mummy Mondays.

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Daylight Saving. Like or Loathe?.#ltw4 366/277.

Daylight Saving. Like or Loathe?.#ltw4 366/277.

As of yesterday, Sunday 2 October 2016, these parts of Australia are taking part in Daylight Saving until the weekend of 2 April 2017:

  • New South Wales
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria

Other states and territories which do not take part are:

  • Queensland
  • Western Australia
  • Northern Territory

img_6850 There were referenda about Daylight Saving when it first started in (from my memory 1973?) in N.S.W. and it commenced (then) in the last weekend in October and concluded in last weekend in February. I liked it better then. I am not sure when the other states came on board nor when it went to 6 months of the year. I also recall that during the Sydney Olympics in 2000 it commenced to co-incide with the Games start in mid- September. I am sure, dear readers, that if I am incorrect, you will let me know! The prompt today is about Like/Loathe Daylight Saving and I had some initial thoughts on this which are here:

  • I liked it better when it was for 4 months
  • I always find it much harder to deal with the final month of DLS – maybe it’s an end of Summer thing and I am waiting for the heat to have gone too
  • I do not mind some time at the end of the day with daylight for pottering in the garden or visiting the beach for a walk when it is cooler
  • I do find my body takes time to adjust both at the beginning and the end
  • I try to remember the time differences/changes in Australia when dealing with, say, a company in Queensland and know that their hours are different to ours. My hub’s Uni is in Qld and he needs to take into account their hours when trying to make contact.

clock-147257_960_720 I did not want this post to be ‘all about me’ so I put the question to Facebook and got many more responses for the ‘like’ than the ‘loathe’ and here’s some! Likes:

  • I love daylight saving..I wish they had it all year. I hate leaving work in the dark!
  • I love Daylight Saving but I agree with you Denyse 4 months is better. I spend the first and last months complaining about it as it doesn’t really work.
  • I love it. I love having more daylight at the end of the day. Wish we could have it for longer, like we did when Australia hosted the Olympics.
  • Because without it the sun would rise in Melbourne about 4.30-5am in summer!
  • I love daylight saving. It’s when I spend the most time with my neighbours…late afternoon drinks in the front yard while all the kids play cricket together. Love getting home from work while it’s still light too
  • I love it! So much more you can fit in the day! I have a friend though who is a dairy farmer and hates it. Reckons it was invented by public servants so they could mow their lawns after work.
  •  I love daylight saving. Was never a problem when the kids were smaller as I always tended to run off the daylight hours rather than a clock anyway. It was especially good when my hub was working in the city and not getting home until 6pm. It meant he could still have a play with the kids outside or go for a swim. I think a lot of people make a bigger deal out of it than it actually is.
  • I’m in Sydney and I would love for the time to be moved to Daylight Saving time permanently, ie all year round. I think having daylight hours at the end of the day is far preferable to the beginning.
  • I LOVE daylight saving but unfortunately in this state (WA) we don’t have it! So it’s 4am sunrise and 7pm -ish sunset. It never played havoc with my kids because they had blackout curtains and slept 11 hours no matter what.  So enjoy it NSW, I’ll be jealous when our summer BBQ’s and swims outside are ending because its getting dark!
  •   Love it! It means I am guaranteed to get out for run in the evening after hubby gets home from work, even if he is running late.
  •  I wish we had it in Qld- my early risers do not need any more encouragement to be up with the sun (at 4  thirty am!)
  •  We don’t have it in WA. I’m trying to express my feelings about this without swearwords, but it’s proving difficult. I probably used them all up when the State voted no, because they said it would fade the curtains and upset the cows.
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Love the outdoors time!

 Loathe:
  •  I’m glad we don’t have it in Qld. I think it’s completely pointless. We already have the sun out until 7 pm anyway.
  • I love not having daylight saving –  yes I’m a WA person Just annoying to call friends in other states Sun rises early enough and sets late enough without adding an extra hour to the day
  • Hate it for the fact I want the whole east coast on the same time zone, no matter what it is. We now have 6 months of people ringing right on the kid’s bedtime. Completely an insignificant issue but… argh!
  • To tell you the truth I am pleased we don’t have it in Queensland… it is light so early no matter what, and I would never see my hub as he wouldn’t be home until 7.30 – 8 pm every night… while other people may enjoy playing golf until all hours… it kills family life for those in the industry… we have to stay open from daylight to dusk and so many people play early in the morning due to it being cooler… whereas afternoons aren’t usually as busy as it is so hot… maybe I am just getting old… but I love our evening swims and walks… I would miss them.
  •  It’s useless trying to work after 2pm anyway because I can’t get hold of anyone over on the east coast
  • Yes! That! And the east coasters who don’t realise how far into the future they actually are, and call at 5am WST.
  •  In my opinion Daylight saving lasts for too long. It begins too early, plunging the mornings back into darkness, and once school is back, it just drags on and on. Towards the end we are rising in the dark again. In Central West NSW we have days of 40+C, and no relieving sea breezes or for that matter, no sea! The sun is still blazing as we try to eat dinner and it is never much of a pleasure to cook. Maybe if we just ran it in December and January when most people have holidays and time off from work it would be enough.
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Can be a challenge getting kids to bed!

Thank you for your helpful comments for this discussion post about Daylight Saving. Now, what about you, dear Readers….Like or Loathe? Or, perhaps somewhere in the middle. This is probably where I sit these days too! Denyse. life 150 Thanks for linking up ( I hope you have!) whether it’s about the prompt or not!

  • Here are the rules for the link-up “Life This Week” is a link up that runs every Monday and remains live for until Thursday at 5 p.m.during that week.
  • You can link up something old or new, just come on in.
  • Please add just ONE post each week!
  • Feel free to go with the prompt for the week to add your ‘take’ on the prompt. Or not.
  • Please do stay to comment and check out what others are up to by leaving a comment because we all love our comments, right!
  • Add a link back to this blog in your post somewhere. I don’t have a ‘button’ so a link in text is fine!
  • Respect and tolerance however, are the hallmarks of acceptable on-line social behaviour and as my blog is family-friendly I will reserve the right to delete comments that may be offensive to me or others.
  • Tweet with the hashtag #ltw (adding the numeral for prompt) if you like.
  • THANK you for linking up today! Do come back next week.

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Linking to friends Alicia at One Mother Hen here for Open Slather and Kell at All Mum Said for Mummy Mondays.

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Favourite Family Meal. #ltw2. 366/263.

Favourite Family Meal. #ltw2. 366/263.

Big thanks to everyone who made last week’s FIRST week of “Life This Week” such a great BEGINNING! Here’s this week’s based on prompt two:

My Favourite Family Meal.

I chose this prompt because I have such great memories of family meals. I can tell you that I have made many family meals over 45 years but I wanted to tap into a much deeper source where meals were made with love and helped me learn the value of family coming together to share food at the end of the day.

That of my late mother’s cooking and her meals.

Mind you, there are quite a few I could have chosen..mmmmm cutlets….however, in the end I went with…

Mum’s Baked Dinner.

Mum was a creative and generous cook yet she didn’t really enjoy eating that much! However, I do know that it gave her immense pleasure to see her family (and friends!) eating her cooked meals.

I call this meal a baked dinner but I also know others call it a roast dinner. Yes, it was always the evening meal except for ONE day. Christmas Day when the hot meal was at lunchtime. Then that was more than one meat and the veggies…there were at least 3 meats not even counting the ham.

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The meal pictured is a little like Mum’s but as I have no photographic evidence (no iPhones back then!) you will need to imagine the following for Mum’s Baked Dinner:

  1. Meat. Generally it would be a leg of lamb. Mum would have slowly cooked it after firstly getting the outside nice and brown (and crispy where the skin was fatty). Sliced thinly for serving and my bro and I would fight for the lamb shank.
  2. Baked Vegetables. Always potatoes and pumpkin. Sometimes sweet potato too. Always brown and crispy too. Mum’s dad taught her that skill and his oven was one heated by wood!
  3. Cooked Vegetables. Here was where Mum was in her element and she loved her veggies. Peas & Beans (often she would have bought these and peeled/sliced them herself…I have a memory of Mum sitting near the open front door in Summer doing that of an afternoon). Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts would all get a gig at different times.
  4. Gravy. Never via the tin or packet. Always made with the meat/pan scrapings and added water and flour. Relish!
  5. Mint Sauce. Often made by Mum too. Do you know how easy it is to make mint sauce? Even I can do it!

A little story and it’s true! In March 1976 our little family was stranded by floodwaters in Weilmoringle NSW at our school and residence where we had arrived early in the year as the two teachers and one student/daughter. In the end it was 10 weeks before we could go anywhere other than walk over to school to teach! Mum and Dad drove from Sydney to Moree – which was a good 10 hours drive – HIRED a small Cessna plane with a pilot and brought fresh food and (you guessed it!) a leg of lamb in….and stayed for a few days and COOKED and cared for our little family. I will never forget seeing my Mum emerge from that tiny plane on the airstrip outside the school with her arms full of goodies..and just aching to cuddle her then 4 year old granddaughter. Oh, and the meals were amazing!!

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2 pics: L: airstrip at Weilmoringle NSW. R: close up of Cessna with Dad, Mum and DD aged 4.

Of course, I miss this kind of meal big time now as we are a household of 2. I have made one or two baked dinners since moving away from Sydney but it is so much trouble these days and very expensive  and my hub’s health means he eats meals like this very rarely. I will leave Mum’s baked dinner as a much cherished memory now and I am so appreciative of her skills and love of cooking meals for us.

"last" Mother's Day in 2006. Mum, my eldest GD, me, and my DD.

“last” Mother’s Day in 2006. Mum, my eldest GD, me, and my DD.

What is your favourite family meal?

Tell us your stories and memories of meals too!

Denyse.

P.S. Writing this post made me hungry!

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Here are the rules for the link-up
“Life This Week” is a link up that runs every Monday and remains live for until Thursday at 5 p.m.during that week.
You can link up something old or new, just come on in.
Please add just ONE post each week!
Feel free to go with the prompt for the week to add your ‘take’ on the prompt. Or not.
Please do stay to comment and check out what others are up to by leaving a comment because we all love our comments, right!
Add a link back to this blog in your post somewhere. I don’t have a ‘button’ so a link in text is fine!
Respect and tolerance however, are the hallmarks of acceptable on-line social behaviour and as my blog is family-friendly I will reserve the right to delete comments that may be offensive to me or others.
Tweet with the hashtag #ltw (adding the numeral for prompt) if you like.

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Joining with Alicia at One Mother Hen for Open Slather and Kell at All Mum Said for Mummy Mondays.

 

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