Yesterday’s post today

Yesterday post today, was just so tired last night couldn’t be bothered posting it

Hello everyone, what a day I have had a lot of bloody walking, while we were at home Tim saw this shopping tour and decided he wanted to go on it I wasn’t sure but went along with it and we booked it can’t remember how much it cost but we did it today and what a waste of money. I did however buy two pairs of shoes but overall I didn’t think it was worth the money maybe next time he will listen to me. I said we could catch a bus or walk to some shops but no he wanted to do the tour oh well we all know Tim has to learn things the hard way because I am sure he doesn’t think I know a damn thing.


After returning from the tour, he went swimming and I went souvenir shopping I spent all up $56 but got something for my girls and parents and a something for me and I will be getting something for all the grandchildren of course just haven’t found what I want to get yet, still have a couple of days here yet though.

You know I am getting hungry as it has been over 6 hrs since we last ate, Tim said he wanted to go out for pizza tonight and that is fine but I was beginning to think he wasn’t returning as he had been gone 3 hrs but he is back now and so we will be going out to eat soon.


Just got back from tea/dinner, we had pizza it was really nice but again Tim didn’t listen to me I said order a small he said medium so we got medium and guess what we couldn’t eat it all, thankfully we were able to bring what we didn’t eat back with us, it’s in the fridge and we will finish it off tomorrow thankfully we can eat cold pizza.


I am going to have another bath my second one for today but what the hell with all the sweating I do due to the walking I think it isn’t surprising that I want two baths during the day. Tim had a Strawberry Lemon Drop Martini and it was really nice he also had vodka in his bottle of Fanta. We have to be up at 5.20am as we get picked up for the tour tomorrow at 6.30ish and I want us to get up and have breakfast before we get.

Day 2 of Hawaii


Well here it is day two of our Hawaii vacation and what a relaxing day it has been, breakfast which is included was great and I over ate a bit but that I say was because last night we didn’t have dinner just didn’t feel like it. My back and shoulders/neck is aching from all the walking and carrying my hand back which I sling across my chest to prevent it being stolen.

After breaky we went for a walk but I also came back to the room to change into my shorts and noticed that the email I sent yesterday to the travel agent didn’t go so I had to copy it and send it again this time through my gmail account and that went.

We went on a bus ride this morning I like to jump to a bus and take a ride but most of the time Tim doesn’t want to do it which is annoying but this morning he agreed and he liked it.


We have picked up the tour vouchers although it took us a while to find the place to get them from but it is done now so all good. I have also contacted my eldest daughter and my sister to see if someone could ring the booking centre for the travel agent for us. I am not stressing over it but it still a concern.

This afternoon Tim went down to the pool and got into the hot tub while I sat in the bar and had a Blue Hawaiian and a bowl of chips, then I came back and had a nice long bath and as I sit here I am writing this and looking at the beach.

I can tell you one thing I have a bloody headache, oh yeah when Tim joined me at the bar he asks what I was drinking I told him, he asks how much is that I told him I didn’t know around $11 and he had this look as if he thought I paid too much but he didn’t say anything which is a good thing as if he had I would have been annoyed as he has spent close to $30 on grog since we arrived.

Arrived but not without dramas

Ok we have arrived but all hasn’t gone smoothly, last week I wanted Tim to check the reservation and the airport transfers but NO he knew better and what happens we arrive to find out that because he didn’t ring and confirm the airport transfer we were not on the list after some talking to the guy it was arranged that another company would take us to the hotel. So we get here at last and we are not booked in till tomorrow the travel agent stuffed up but thankfully after the guy had a chat with his manager they agreed to move our booking forward a day, although the room they had was in an area of the hotel that is having work done so he said it might be a little noisy I don’t care I am just happy they are working around us and we have a room. The hotel waved the booking fee because of the work going on and the nose, however there are more problems. I discovered they have us checking out now on Friday and we don’t fly out till Saturday and we are booked into the Rydges on Sunday night.

 

I  have emailed the travel agent and asked them to get back to us asap, I said we are willing and happy to stay another night but we shouldn’t have to pay for it.

 

On another note my back is aching so much from all the walking and carrying heavy bags but it has been a nice day more or less. 

 

Tim would not have it that we leave Saturday and arrive Sunday, I made him ring Hawaiian Airlines and asked them and then he admitted I was right. 

 

We went out for a walk, and bought a few things, I got two 600 ml or 20 oz bottles of Coke for only $3.30.

 

No photos today, I am too exhausted but have taken a lot so far and will download them and post some tomorrow……………maybe…………

 

Ok this was written last night but for some reason I forgot to post it so doing so now a new post will follow tonight

Waiting


In about an hour we will be leaving for the train station, we are catching the train to Central Station in Sydney and than we will catch the airport train to the International Airport. Tim says he would rather be there early and just sit and chill till it is time to leave than end up running late and I can see his point of view as sitting around waiting to leave is so bloody frustrating.

Jessica is driving us to the train station and I had to ask Natasha to come over and get the clothes off the line this afternoon, Jessica would do it but she will not fold the clothes and I like the clothes folded so they don’t get to creased.

I think I might have to find a jacket to take with me I have one packed but don’t want to go looking for it so might crap another one, Tim is up and down like a yo yo he just can’t seem to sit still.

Packing and being excited


Good afternoon all, it has been a beautiful day here in Australia. I had Kathy-Lee, Sydney-May, Summer along with Jessica and Leo here for lunch it was a birthday lunch for Kathy who turned 29 last Wednesday.

The rest of the afternoon has been spent packing for our holiday, I discovered that at the end of last summer I threw out a number of pairs of my shorts so could only find 1 pair to take with me to Hawaii but I also packed some leggings and long tops/short dresses to wear.

We are catching a train to Sydney tomorrow around lunch time and than we will take the train that runs from Central to the airport yes we will be there early but Tim worries about running late and would rather be early than late. The flight doesn’t leave till 9pm so I am expecting to sleep pretty much all the way to Hawaii. I have never flown at night before………..just saying……….

We went out this morning and bought me a new camera since the last one died and I have to have a camera on a holiday.


You know what is annoying, when Tim puts the telly on a channel than leaves and goes to his office and doesn’t come back…………I just changed the channel well I put on Inspector Morse as I am trying to clear as much from the Foxtel hard drive as I can before we leave since I will be recording a fair bit while we are away.

I may not post as often while we are away but if we have free Wi-Fi I will be posting on Facebook about what we are up to, you have no idea how excited I am about the trip.

Answers to yesterday’s questions


Ok as I said I am giving the answers to yesterday’s questions, it is kind of sad that this Aussie knows a lot more about America than most Americans know about Australia, anyway here are the answers.


What is the capital of Australia?

Canberra


How many states are there?

There are 6 states, New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania; we also have two territories The Northern Territory, and the ACT (Australian Capital Territory)


How many stars are on our flag?

There are 6 stars on the flag


What is the country’s largest city?

Our largest city is Sydney


Who was our first Prime Minister?

The first Prime Minster was Edmund Barton


What two animals are on our coat of arms?

The coat of arms has the Kangaroo and the Emu on it


 

How well do you know my country


On Facebook there are a lot of quizzes about America and I do them for no real reason just to see how I do and most of the time I do pretty damn good getting most of the questions right. So I have been wondering how well my overseas followers know Australia so here is half a dozen questions about my country.

I will tell you the answers tomorrow. See if you can answer them without Google

What is the capital of Australia?

How many states are there?

How many stars are on our flag?

What is the country’s largest city?

Who was our first Prime Minister?

What two animals are on our coat of arms?

Yesterday was Father’s Day here in Australia and I have the best bloody dad ever with Tim running a close second……………….just saying


Yesterday was Father’s Day here in Australia as everyone knows Father’s Day is the day to show appreciation to fathers and father figures. I happen to think I have the best dad ever, but I guess I am not alone thinking that my bloody siblings think the same think. Oh yeah other people might think they have great fathers and maybe they do but my dad could always do anything he set his mind to. I remember when I was a teenager my nan asked me what type of man did I want to marry and all I could think was one like dad, and you know what I ended up doing just that. Tim and dad are so much alike the older Tim gets the more like dad he gets.


Father’s Day is a not a public holiday in Australia, however, since it is a Sunday many workers are off anyway. Usually restaurants and cafes are very busy. This was the case with the Eastern Tiger Restaurant where my family went for lunch yesterday. There wasn’t as many as on Mother’s Day only 8 of us yesterday as Sandra & Ed couldn’t make it and neither could Kathy & Michael and Natasha had to work so she couldn’t come. I want to say a big thank you to Kathy & Michael for watching Leo while Jessica came with us. We didn’t want to pay $18.50 for Leo when he would spend most of the time running around and eating only some ice cream and hot chips.


I gave my dad a couple of books for Father’s Day and Leo had me by him a scratchie (scratch lottery ticket) as he saw the ones I had bought for Tim and wanted them, he wanted one for dad and one for pop. I said to him you mean papa (Tim) and he said “no pop, you know other nanna’s pop” (my dad) so Saturday morning I went out and bought two scratchies for him.

Oh yeah you may be wondering about him wanting one for dad since he doesn’t have a dad, well “dad” is Jono, Blain’s dad he knows Jono isn’t his dad but he will tell you if you ask why he calls Jono dad that he is sharing Blain’s dad since he doesn’t have a dad.


Now just a little history about Father’s Day, you know I have searched and searched but couldn’t find when the first Father’s Day celebration was in Australia.

The idea of a special day to honour fathers and celebrate fatherhood was introduced from the United States; a woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd was inspired by the Mother’s Day celebrations and planned a day to honour fathers in 1910. The first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington on the 19th June 1910.


Yeah one more thing before I go, I only had to my dad a present from me and Tim this year as my siblings managed to get their own presents how cool is that. Yes all my siblings know if they can’t get dad or mum a present at any time all they have to do is ask me and I will get something for them to give them but this yeah none asked and I didn’t remind them so I was hoping they all got dad something and they did so a happy Jo-Anne indeed.



 

Another Post About World War 1


Good afternoon, I am doing another post about the First World War, yes this topic does interest me a lot and I have a couple of more posts in the works but for today you get this.

Ok the First World War started in August 1914 I think we all know that but do you know who the war was between, or what caused the war to start with, my research says it had a lot to do with the decisions taken my statesmen and generals during the July Crisis of 1914 caused by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie.


When people think of the war they will usually think of the trenches which were massive, the trench system stretched from the Swiss mountains to the English Channel. We can envision the mud full trenches with the barb wire, well I can.

We all know that the winners of the war were the Allies but what name was given to the other side, my daughter Jessica asked me that question not long ago while I was watching a show about the First World War so I had to look it up they were called the Central Powers which was composed of the following nations, Austria-Hungary who entered the war on the 28th July, the German Empire from the 1st August, the Ottoman Empire who secretly entered the war on the 2nd August and openly on the 29th October and there was the Kingdom of Bulgaria who joined the war on the 14th October 1914


The war ran from the 28th July 1914 to the 11th November 1918 so it lasted 4 years 3 months and 1 week, we all should know about Armistice Day which is the same day as Remembrance Day. The very first Armistice Day was held at Buckingham Palace on the morning of 11th November 1919, this would set the trend for a day of Remembrance for decades to come. In fact here in Australia and I know in New Zealand as well on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we stop for a minutes silence to remember those in all wars that have died.

So many died and really it was just the start of things as I am sure many people would agree that the Second World War was a continuation of the First World War.

Private Henry Tandey

I wonder what the British soldier who could have killed Hitler but didn’t would think later on after Hitler came to power and caused so much destruction and death. Private Henry Tandey couldn’t have known what type of man Hitler was or would become.

Private Tandey would become the most decorated British solider of the First World War, his courage and bravery in his determination to take down the enemy and rescue his wounded comrades earned him a chestful of medals including the distinguished Victoria Cross and Military Medal.

Private Tandey carrying a wounded comrade


 

Good Morning Would You Like To Know About The DSO…………..Well I am Going To Tell You Anyway


Good morning world, what a nice dry, coldish day with a strongish wind blowing outside I am up and dressed and waiting for my mum to pick me up to go and see nan at the nursing home haven’t seen her in a couple of weeks and I can tell you I miss seeing her.

Today I am going to talk a little about military medals and decorations, starting with The Distinguished Service Order also known as the DSO it is a military decoration of the United Kingdom and formerly of other parts of the Commonwealth and British Empire.

It was awarded for meritorious or distinguished service by officers of the armed forces during wartime, typically in actual combat. It was instituted on the 2nd September1886 by Queen Victoria and was awarded for the first time on the 25th November 1886.

It is typically awarded to officers’ ranked mayor or higher, but the honour has sometimes been awarded to especially valorous junior officers. During the First World War, 8,981 DSOs were awarded, each award being announced in the London Gazette.

Between the years of 1914 and 1916 it was awarded to staff officers who did not serve under fire after the 1st January 1917 commanders in the field were instructed to recommend this award only for those serving under fire.

Prior to 1943 is was only given to someone mentioned in despatches, the order is generally given to officers in command above the rank of captain. When a junior officer was awarded the DSO it was often regarded as an acknowledgement that the officer had only just missed out on the Victoria Cross,

In 1942 the award started to be given to officers of the Merchant Navy who had performed acts of gallantry under fire and enemy attack.

Since 1993 the award has been restricted solely to distinguished service such as leadership and command by and rank, the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross was introduced as the seconded highest award for gallantry. It has, however, remained an officers-only award and it has yet to be awarded to non-commissioned rank.

Recipients of the order are officially known as Companions of the Distinguished Service Order. They are entitled to use the letters “DSO”. One of more gold medal bars ornamented by the Crown may be issued to the DSO holders performing further acts of such leadership which would have merited award of the DSO. The bars are worn as clasps on the medal ribbon of the original award.

No you may be wondering what it looks like well I could tell you but I think it is better to just show you so here it is.

I will write more about other medals in other posts.