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September 2, 2013

The Year of Death

Filed under: Uncategorized — Duane @ 9:03 pm

At least that is what it feels like right at this minute after the sad news from a friend, who today lost her 4 year old son to lymphoma. It is hard to lose a loved one, but to lose a child, especially a child who only had a short chance to experience life, must be an excruiating feeling that I hope I never have to deal with.

Farewell Alex. We never had the chance to meet, but I knew as much about you as your parents were willing to share. It makes me wish I had made more of an effort to see you either in Sydney or the last time you were up this way.

Agnes’ and my heart and thoughts are with Monique, Sam and Ella at this time.

 

alex

 

 

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December 28, 2008

A day in the city, with a difference

Filed under: Uncategorized — Duane @ 8:57 pm

We wanted to do something different today and have Agnes’ parents see some of the sights while they are here. So I made the suggestion to see where I work as the campus is quite beautiful and take the ferry into the city and maybe the whole river tour. So after the mid morning feed we drove to UQ near the ferry terminal and took the ferry to the city. As did about half of Brisbane. I had no idea the citycats were so busy on the weekend. We got off near the botanical gardens and strolled through there for a bit. Agnes and I had the girls in our harnesses while on the ferry and initially through the park. Then Emma fell asleep, so Agnes put her in the pram.

Around lunch time we left the park and walked into the city itself for some lunch. I had an ulterior motive going to the city as I was hoping to pick up the third Order of the Stick comic volume. So after lunch, Agnes found a parents’ room and fed the girls. Wim and I went to the comic stores and didn’t get what we wanted. We stayed in the Myer Centre a bit longer to enjoy the aircon, and then went back to the ferry. At this point we had decided due to the time it was to take the ferry back to UQ and go home. That didn’t eventuate. The first ferry to arrive was the one that headed down the river so we decided to take that. It was a really nice decision as we had a great time, but it was also a bit stressful and we had Caitlin and Emma with us who needed a feed and sleep. We got back to UQ just before 5pm. But we had a great time on the river, seeing the sights, enjoying the view and showing off the girls.

I would definitely recommend taking the ferry along the Brisbane river, but be prepared. It takes roughly one hour to cruise the river in one direction. Take water! While bottled water is for sale, it is definitely a good idea to stock up before you go. Note food is not allowed onboard. And for a good view, be prepared to stand for awhile, either at the front, or at the back, depending on what room is available.

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