A Quick Catch Up

I have just 30 minutes before I have to head off to ride the train.  Plenty of time for a quick catch up.

It’s hard to believe the last time I posted was September 9.  Wow!  At least it was September 2017 (ha, ha), but still, that was 23 days ago and so much has happened since.

Work is (well) work, and each Monday I jump on the train and enjoy the trip down to Brisbane, sleeping each weeknight at my girlfriend’s place.  At least the days fly by and before I know it, it’s Friday and I’m riding the train home to spend the weekend with Dean.
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Making Spaghetti

The following is another speech I wrote and delivered at my Toastmasters Club.  Yes, writing speeches takes me away from writing blog posts, but I have a place for both and enjoy juggling the two.  The project this speech was written for is Speaking After Dinner from the advanced manual The Entertaining Speaker and while reading I ask that you imagine you’ve just enjoyed a wonderful meal at my place.


Ladies and gentlemen.  With a room full of meat-eating wheat-consuming friends such as yourselves, it was a pleasure to prepare dinner this evening and I’m sure you will all agree that I make mean spaghetti.  I admit it doesn’t hold a candle to authentic Italian Bolognese, but it’s a good old-fashioned Aussie spag bol, the perfect blend of various meats and vegetables, lovingly infused with an assortment of herbs and spices, then carefully blended with a little parmesan cheese and loads of al dente pasta.  The perfect fuel for our bodies.
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Photo of the Week

This week’s Photo of the Week was not taken by me.

It was taken by my dear friend Denise.
(Saturday, October 15, 2016)

Look at the size of that trophy!

Look at the size of that trophy!

(Apologies to my Facebook friends who’ve already seen this, but I’m sure you’ll understand the repeat.)

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With Mashed Potato, Mushy Peas, and Gravy

My mother, Marie Clare came into this world on the 25th August 1941.  She was the second child of William and Agnes Brown and a little sister for her brother Tony.  I didn’t know much about my mother’s childhood, though I believe it was very happy.  She often spoke of family, holidays by the beach with her cousins and always of the abundance of love to share around.
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Butter, Flour and Milk

The following is another speech I wrote and delivered at my Toastmasters Club. 

The (speech) project was How To Say It, the fourth project in the Competent Communicator manual, the first speech manual members are asked to complete.


Butter, Flour and Milk – Three ingredients that most people can find in their kitchen.  Three simple ingredients that by themselves are plain and boring to say the least.  Lacking interest and almost unappealing, yet when blended together in a gentle dance of love and tenderness, they create a little parcel of sumptuous delight that most find completely irresistible.
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