A Family Update


Damn it is cold again today; I am so over all this cold weather I think the cold weather is part of the reason that my back is hurting so much.

Jessica is much better still not 100% but she is out of bed and sitting in the loungeroom playing with her phone and complaining about how loud I have the telly.

Didn’t go to see nanna today as mum is not well and that is rare, it is not often that my mum is unwell.

This morning Leo slept in we had to wake him up at 8am to get ready for school; we leave the house by 8.30 although today it was nearly 8.40am when we left the house. After taking Leo to school I had to go and get fresh bread and nasal spray for Kathy and take it out to her, she is at work today and was having trouble breathing.


Speaking of Kathy she is not happy with herself at the moment I got a text from her the other day complaining about her weight she said her work pants don’t fit and she has no idea how to stop eating the foods she likes as she has no self-control I told her she is like her mum and nanna we all battle without weight from our late 20’s.

Jessica said she will be going back to her place tonight she has been here since Sunday night and it will be good to have room in my bed again. Tim was saying that Leo was a right bed hog last night, usually it is me that Leo is sleeping close to and hugging during the night but last night it was Tim. I don’t know if I will feel like have Leo Friday night or not I guess I will decide on Friday.


Yesterday Natasha rang me and asked if I would go over and stay with Blain while she went to the shops, he was sent home sick from school and she needed to get him some medicine and then later in the afternoon she rings and wants to know if I have $10 I can give her for food. I say give her as there is no way I would get it back and to be honest I wouldn’t ask for it back that is just not me.

Kelli is doing better she is putting pressure on her toes now when she fell over she had Daemon in her arms so when she fell she made sure she fell in a way that he wouldn’t hit his head which is why she damaged the tendons in her ankle. She says that Jono has been amazing helping with cooking, cleaning and taking care of Daemon and her.


My niece Kirsty and nephew Vaughan turn 24 today so a big happy birthday to them.

Pain Pain and more Pain


Another day another lot of pain, yes I am still in pain a lot of pain, although yesterday I was ok at times as I took one of Jessica’s strong anti-inflammatory pain relief tablets and that helped a lot thankfully Jessica gave me a second tablet which I took last night before going to bed which meant the first half of the night I slept ok but from about 3am I was in pain again and the second part of the night I didn’t sleep that well at all. I have rubbed some deep heat into my back as I am out of Voltaren.

This morning Jessica rang and wanted me to go and pick Leo up as she is sick but I don’t feel up to it, I am still in a bloody lot of pain so had to tell her no I didn’t feel up to doing it. She may not have been happy with me for saying no but I know she will get over it.

Yesterday I was out shopping at Kmart and if it wasn’t for the anti-inflammatory pain relief I wouldn’t have coped as well as I did but what sucked was that it was a wasted trip they didn’t have what I was looking for. I am trying to find some knee length bike pants or leggings to wear under a dress, of course they had them but not in my size.

Also yesterday I took Leo to the shops before I drove him home to get a toy as I had promised him I would get a toy for him and forgot on Friday but as it turned out for some reason the store I went to had the toy he wanted reduced by 50% so he got two of them instead and that made him happy.


Now a little about my sweetheart “Kelli” on Friday she had a fall while picking Blain up from school and had to be taken to hospital via ambulance. She was in so much pain that she had to have to shots of morphine at the school it was thought that she might had broken her ankle but as it turned out she hadn’t. She just had tendon damage and was told she would be in pain for a few weeks and to go home to rest the foot not easy to do when you have a two year old to look after.

Jono thankfully dropped everything and asked his boss for time off work to go to her side, he had to borrow a car and head out to the school where she was and then he went to the hospital with her after arranging for his mum to watch Blain and Sue to watch Daemon.

Now when she fell my sister Sandra rang me to tell me she had fallen, she had received a phone call from her step-son Zac’s mother (Sara) telling her that her niece had fallen over and was in a lot of pain and that an ambulance had been called. Sara stayed with Kelli along with a teacher and a couple of other people till she was taken to hospital via the ambulance. I can’t thank these people enough for all their kindness.

 


 

When Women Got The Vote


“A woman’s opinions are useless to her, she may suffer unjustly, she may be wronged, but she has no power to weightily petitions against man’s laws, no representatives to urge her views, her only method to produce release, redress, or change, is to ceaselessly agitate.”

Louisa Lawson, speech to the inaugural meeting of the Dawn Club. Published in July 1889.


How many people know about the suffragette movement from back in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s?

I think many of young women nowadays would have no idea about the movement and that I think is a sad thing, these women work hard for women’s rights.

The term suffragette refers to the mobilisation of the suffrage movement in America, England, Australia and New Zealand between the 1880s and the 1920s.

There were a number of organisations that were instrumental in the struggle for women to be granted the right to vote. The Australian Women’s Suffrage Society was formed in 1889, its aims was to obtain the same rights for women as were possessed by male voters.

They argued for equal justice and equal privileges in marriage and divorce, rights to property and the custody of their children in divorce. So not just for the right for all women to be able to vote in all elections which I think is what most people associate the suffragettes with.

New Zealand women had first in the world to be granted the right to vote in the national election on the 19th September 1893.


In Australia it was South Australian women who were granted the right to vote first in 1894, followed by women in Western Australia in 1899, my state New South Wales granted women the right to vote in 1902, Victorian women were last to get the right to vote in 1908.

Australian women first voted in the second federal election in 1903, except for Aboriginal women. It wasn’t till 1962 that Aboriginal women were granted the right to vote in federal elections.

However, Aboriginal males had the right to vote from as early as the 1850’s although most people would tell you they didn’t get the right to vote till 1967 when there was a referendum to have the constitution changed to allow the Commonwealth to make laws for Aboriginals and to include them in the census.

However, as I said Aboriginals already had the right to vote although most of them didn’t know it. Legally their rights date back to the colonial times. When New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia wrote their constitutions in the 1850’s then gave the right to vote to all male British subjects over the age of 21 which included Aboriginal males.

In 1895 when South Australia gave women the right to vote and sit in parliament Aboriginal women were included it was in fact only Queensland and Western Australia that barred Aborigines from voting.

Very few Aborigines knew their rights so very few voted. But some eventually did. Point McLeay, a mission station near the mouth of the Murray, got a polling station in the 1890s. Aboriginal men and women voted there in South Australian elections and voted for the first Commonwealth Parliament in 1901.

Most states did not allow women to be elected to the state parliaments until the end of the First World War.

Another key association in the struggle for equal voting rights was the Women’s Christian Temperance Union formed on the 16th November 1887; the society sought social reforms which included establishing equal moral standards for both sexes.

 

 


 

Jessica, Dawson & Landon


Today’s post is a bit of this and a bit of that, so where to start at the beginning or the end ok I will start at the end and work backwards because that makes the most sense.

I was woken up at 2.30am this morning with a phone call from my darling daughter (Natasha) she was ringing me from her house phone and had her sister Jessica on her mobile. My special girl (Jessica) rang her sister because I didn’t answer my mobile and neither did her dad, now why was Jessica ringing at 2.30am.

She was in pain with her back again, she gets this pain two or three times a year and it is so bad all she can do is cry and wants her mummy. So what did I do……………I went back to bed…………..ok I didn’t I got my pj’s on over my nightie and went to her place taking with me Ibuprofen and Voltaren Emulgel, after giving her pain medication and rubbing the Voltaren into her back I brought her and Leo home with me, she is still in so much pain there is no way she can do her morning run and I will be taking her to the doctors at 9.45am after I get back from taking Leo to school.

Speaking of Leo he is so upset about his mum and keeps telling me he wants to take her pain away and wants to know why I can’t make mummy’s pain go away.

Yesterday I had the girls here for lunch I did a baked lunch as that is the family’s favourite lunch


Let’s move back to Saturday when my precious first born (Kathy) and I took little Summer to a birthday party for Landon, now I know you are wondering who the hell is Landon, well he is Dawson’s little brother on his mother’s side. Anyway Landon turned 2 and Michelle had a party for him at Megamania and invited Kathy and Summer, she would have invited Sydney but she knew Sydney would be at her dads.

Thursday I went with my parents to Dawson’s school presentation and this time his father and Leigh also came although his mother didn’t turn up she had doc’s (dept of children services) going to her place and couldn’t get them to change the day anyway this time Dawson didn’t get any awards but the teachers had nice things to say about him and we got to see the coffee table he has been working on since the start of the year, he is giving it to his nanna (my mum).



 

World War 1 and Australia


The First World War began when Britain and Germany went to war in August 1914, and Prime Minister Andrew Fisher’s government pledged full support for Britain. The outbreak of war was greeted in Australia, as in many other places, with great enthusiasm.

Australia’s early involvement in the Great War included the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force landing at Rabaul on 11 September 1914 and taking possession of German New Guinea at Toma on 17 September 1914 and the neighbouring islands of the Bismarck Archipelago in October 1914. On 14 November 1914 the Royal Australian Navy made a significant contribution when HMAS Sydney destroyed the German raider SMS Emden.

On 25 April 1915 members of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) landed at Gallipoli together with troops from New Zealand, Britain, and France. This began a campaign that ended with the evacuation of troops on 19 and 20 December 1915. Following Gallipoli, Australian forces fought campaigns on the Western Front and in the Middle East.

Throughout 1916 and 1917 losses on the Western Front were heavy and gains were small. In 1918 the Australians reached the peak of their fighting performance in the battle of Hamel on 4 July. From 8 August they then took part in a series of decisive advances until Germany surrendered on 11 November.

The Middle East campaign began in 1916 with Australian troops participating in the defence of the Suez Canal and the allied reconquest of the Sinai Peninsula. In the following year Australian and other allied troops advanced into Palestine and captured Gaza and Jerusalem; by 1918 they had occupied Lebanon and Syria. On 30 October 1918 Turkey sued for peace.


For Australia, as for many nations, the First World War remains the most costly conflict in terms of deaths and casualties. From a population of fewer than five million, 416,809 men enlisted, of which over 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner.

The outbreak of war was greeted in Australia, as in many other places, with great public enthusiasm. In response to the overwhelming number of volunteers, the authorities set exacting physical standards for recruits. Yet, most of the men accepted into the army in August 1914 were sent first to Egypt, not Europe, to meet the threat which a new belligerent, the Ottoman Empire (Turkey), posed to British interests in the Middle East and the Suez Canal.

After four and a half months of training near Cairo, the Australians departed by ship for the Gallipoli peninsula, with troops from New Zealand, Britain, and France. The Australians landed at what became known as Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915 and established a tenuous foothold on the steep slopes above the beach. During the early days of the campaign, the allies tried to break through Turkish lines, while the Turks tried to drive the allied troops off the peninsula. Attempts on both sides ended in failure and the ensuing stalemate continued for the remainder of 1915. The most successful operation of the campaign was the evacuation of troops on 19 and 20 December, under cover of a comprehensive deception operation. As a result, the Turks were unable to inflict more than a very few casualties on the retreating forces.

After Gallipoli the AIF was reorganised and expanded from two to five infantry divisions, all of which were progressively transferred to France, beginning in March 1916. The AIF mounted division that had served as additional infantry during the campaign remained in the Middle East. When the other AIF divisions arrived in France, the war on the Western Front had long been settled in a stalemate, with the opposing armies facing each other from trench systems that extended across Belgium and north-east France, from the English Channel to the Swiss border. The development of machine-guns and artillery favoured defence over attack and compounded the impasse, which lasted until the final months of the war.


While the overall hostile stasis continued throughout 1916 and 1917, the Australians and other allied armies repeatedly attacked, preceded by massive artillery bombardments intended to cut barbed wire and destroy enemy defences. After these bombardments, waves of attacking infantry emerged from the trenches into no man’s land and advanced towards enemy positions. The surviving Germans, protected by deep and heavily reinforced bunkers, were usually able to repel the attackers with machine-gun fire and artillery support from the rear. These attacks often resulted in limited territorial gains followed, in turn, by German counter-attacks. Although this style of warfare favoured the defence, both sides sustained heavy losses.

In July 1916 Australian infantry were introduced to this type of combat at Fromelles, where they suffered 5,533 casualties in 24 hours. By the end of the year about 40,000 Australians had been killed or wounded on the Western Front. In 1917 a further 76,836 Australians became casualties in battles, such Bullecourt, Messines, and the four-month campaign around Ypres, known as the battle of Passchendaele.

In March 1918 the German army launched its final offensive of the war, hoping for a decisive victory before the military and industrial strength of the United States could be fully mobilised in support of the allies. The Germans initially met with great success, advancing 64 kilometres past the region of the 1916 Somme battles, before the offensive lost momentum. Between April and November the stalemate of the preceding years began to give way, as the allies combined infantry, artillery, tanks, and aircraft more effectively, demonstrated in the Australian capture of Hamel spur on 4 July 1918. The allied offensive, beginning on 8 August at Amiens, also contributed to Australian successes at Mont St Quentin and Péronne and to the capture of the Hindenburg Line. In early October the Australian divisions withdrew from the front for rest and refitting; they were preparing to return when Germany surrendered on 11 November.


Unlike their counterparts in France and Belgium, the Australians in the Middle East fought a mobile war against the Ottoman Empire in conditions completely different from the mud and stagnation of the Western Front. The light horsemen and their mounts had to survive extreme heat, harsh terrain, and water shortages. Nevertheless, casualties were comparatively light, with 1,394 Australians killed or wounded in three years of war. This campaign began in 1916 with Australian troops participating in the defence of the Suez Canal and the allied reconquest of the Sinai Peninsula. In the following year Australian and other allied troops advanced into Palestine and captured Gaza and Jerusalem; by 1918 they had occupied Lebanon and Syria. On 30 October 1918 Turkey sued for peace.

Australians also served at sea and in the newly formed flying corps. The Royal Australian Navy (RAN), under the command of the Royal Navy, made a significant contribution early in the war, when HMAS Sydney destroyed the German raider Emden near the Cocos Islands in November 1914. The Great War was the first armed conflict in which aircraft were used; about 3,000 Australian airmen served in the Middle East and France with the Australian Flying Corps, mainly in observation capacities or providing infantry support.


 

It’s Been 100 years…………..Lest We Forget


It is 100 years since the beginning of the First World War for some reason maybe because there is so much on the telly about it that, it has been on my mind. The war ran from 28th July 1914 to 11th November 1918. It was called the war to end all wars or the Great War.

It would become one of the largest wars in history, with close to 70 million people being involved and the death toll was staggering with around 16 million dying and another 20 million injured.

At least 2 million died from diseases and 6 million went missing, presumed dead. This article lists the casualties of the belligerent powers based on official published sources.

About two-thirds of military deaths in World War I were in battle, unlike the conflicts that took place in the 19th century when the majority of deaths were due to disease. Nevertheless, disease, including the Spanish flu and deaths while held as prisoners of war, still caused about one third of total military deaths for all belligerents.


There were about 60,000 Australian dead and more than 150,000 wounded. There had never been a war like it. It was the first major war of the industrial age, the first war to include tanks, machine guns, trench warfare, gas and many other horrors which were previously unknown on the battlefields of the world.

It was the war fought on the biggest stage of all time. No previous war had ever spanned continents and hemispheres.

Researching this I have not been able to find a clear reason for the war other than power pure and simple, if this is wrong please feel free to tell me the reason for it.


Of course when Australians think of the First World War we think of Gallipoli, the first troops landed on 25 April 1915. After eight months of heavy fighting, the troops were withdrawn around the end of the year.

The campaign was the first major military action of Australia and New Zealand as independent dominions, and is often considered to mark the birth of national consciousness in those nations. The date of the landing, 25 April, is known as “Anzac Day“. It remains the most significant commemoration of military casualties and veterans in Australia and New Zealand.

The campaign was one of the greatest Ottoman victories during the war and is considered a major Allied failure. In Turkey, it is regarded as a defining moment in the nation’s history: a final surge in the defence of the motherland as the Ottoman Empire crumbled. The struggle formed the basis for the Turkish War of Independence and the founding of the Republic of Turkey eight years later under Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who first rose to prominence as a commander at Gallipoli.

So to all those who fought, we will remember you……………lest we forget


 

A sick baby, a better nanna and Wombat Stew

Hi all been sick yesterday and not in the mood for blog writing but I am much better today and at last getting around to writing a blog post.

Now what to write about, ok I could start by telling you that my granddaughter Summer is pretty sick at the moment she has viral tonsillitis and has been running a high temperature. Her mummy had to get the doctor to your door (after-hours doctor) out to her last night who after looking at her said he thought she should go over to the hospital so Kathy and Summer spent all night at the emergency department.


I could tell you that while she was at the hospital last night Kathy was so tired that she laid down next to Summer in the bed and the next thing she knew she was on the floor and a nurse was asking her if she was ok, she fell out of bed……………


Today Leo went on a school excursion to see something called Wombat Stew I don’t know what it was about really, http://www.civicprecinctnewcastle.com.au/component/k2/item/57

I know that he had to catch a bus there and back and I think he thought that was the most exciting bit as he has gone on about it a bit since I have picked him up.

What else well tomorrow is Jeans for Genes day so Leo will be wearing jeans to school he has to take a gold coin donation $2 so they can raise money.

Also because it is Jeans for Genes day Kathy told the day-care that she thought a good activity for the little ones to do at the day care would be to make placemats out of old jeans, so she asked on Facebook if anyone in the family had any old jeans and her sister and cousin gave her some so has about 7 pairs to take into the day care for them to cut up and use.

One thing I do know is that I will be wearing jeans tomorrow when I go out just because it is Jeans for Genes day, I would like to wear my blue jeans but they need to be shortened I think so I may end up wearing black jeans or I do have red jeans as well anyway I will find a pair to wear tomorrow.

Before I leave I will let all know that I am feeling much better at last, it has taken long enough I was so sick yesterday I couldn’t watch Summer or go to see nan, although mum and I went to the nursing home today to see nan but we could only stay 10 minutes as I had to get back to go to the doctors.

My BGL’s are still too high and I have had my medication increased again, the levels are ok if I don’t eat much but I like my food too much and that is always a problem……………so now they have increased my Byetta from 5ml to 10ml twice a day and we will see how that goes.

Ok that is enough for this post as it has turned into a bloody long one at that………………….sorry………….

Sunday Lunch 27th July 2014


Good morning everyone, hope everyone is well this morning or night depending on where you are in the world. Me for some reason I woke up feeling queasy and have been coughing and reaching and throwing up.

Right now I am starting this while Leo has his breakfast than of course we will be off to the school, I hope I am ok on the drive to the school.


Now let’s move on to more important stuff because my health although important it is not the most important thing by any means.

If I was to say to you that on Saturday when I went out I was hot because it was cold would that make any sense to you?


If not I will explain, on cold days I usually put the heater on for say 10-15 minutes before I get out of bed, I have a small two bar heater in the bedroom. Anyway I put it on to warm the room a bit before I get dressed and on Saturday I didn’t so when I got dressed I dressed in really warm clothes and then I went shopping and of course because it was so cold the shopping centres had their heat turn up and that meant that I ended up getting hot. So I was hot because it was cold. Now does that make sense?

Sunday’s lunch at my parents place was great, there was 11 adults and 9 children their and we managed to have a couple of family photos taken dad took one and then Kelli took one with dad in it, of course to get on with everyone in it we would need a non-family member to take it and there was no non family members there.


Of course I am sharing a few photos taken on the day but not the big family one as yet because that was taken with my dad’s camera and I don’t have a copy of it yet.

A welcome to the family lunch and photos of Sue’s children and grandchildren


Good morning all how is everyone today, I am at last really starting to feel like my old self, yes my nose is still running and is at times still blocked but overall I am feeling better which is a plus.

Today I am going over to my parents for Sunday lunch; this is a welcome to the family lunch for my newest great niece Kelsi Jayne. While there I am hoping to get a few family photos done.

I am really annoyed that the store that I use to have our family portrait done at has closed down and I now can’t find anywhere that does them at such a cheap price, honestly I was paying between $10-25 for the photo granted it was only one photo but remember I am married to a man who doesn’t like to part with money for such things.


Anyway we will see what happens today and hopefully we should be able to get a few photos taken. Speaking of taking photos I have had my camera on charging overnight and it still will not turn on so I guess it is cactus now Tim will have to get me a new camera………..lol

On Monday it is my great nephew Lenny’s 5th birthday so yesterday his mum had a family party for him, no I didn’t go why because I wasn’t invited but that is ok I am annoyed, upset or anything like that.

My point in mentioning it here is because while at the party a number of family photos were taken of Sue’s children and grandchildren and I thought I would share a couple here.