My First Christmas Post of the Season


Ok it’s Christmas season so that means time for a few Christmas posts about Christmas. I will do more then one post about the history of Christmas so let us kick of Christmas posts with this one.

Christmas is celebrated in many parts of the world on 25 December. Protestant and Roman Catholic churches hold Christmas Day services on 25 December. The Eastern churches – the Ethiopian Orthodox church, Russian Orthodox church and the Armenian church – celebrate Christmas on 6 or 7 January. There have been rituals, parties and celebrations at this time of year for thousands of years

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Christians believe that Jesus is ‘the son of God’, the Messiah sent from Heaven to save the world.

The ‘Christmas story’ tells of the birth of Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem, the angels announcing the birth to the shepherds in the fields, and the Magi (wise men from the East) visiting the stable and offering gifts to the newborn child.

A Roman almanac confirms that 25 December was used to celebrate Christmas in 336 AD, although it was nearly 600 years later that the churches created a liturgy – a service for public worship – for the occasion.

The choice of date is believed to have been influenced by the northern hemisphere winter solstice, as well as ancient pagan rituals that coincided with the solstice. These rituals included the Halcyon Days in Greece, a period of calm and goodwill when it was believed the sea was calm for birds to lay their eggs; and the Roman celebration of Saturnalia, a celebration of the god Saturn, which involved wild parties, the exchange of gifts and the temporary suspension of social divisions between slaves and masters.

Christmas trees are part of a long tradition of greenery being taken into the home at Christmas to brighten the dreary winter. Mistletoe was popular with Druid priests because it remained green throughout winter. Holly placed over the doorway was believed to drive away evil. Placing branches from trees in the home was first recorded in 1494, and by the beginning of the 1600s there are records of fir trees being decorated with apples.

The story of Santa Claus has its origins in the legends surrounding the humble generosity of Saint Nicholas, whose feast day is celebrated on 6th December. Saint Nicholas was a 4th century Christian Bishop from Myra (in modern-day Turkey) who became the Patron Saint of Children. In Germany and Poland, boys dressed up as bishops begging alms for the poor. Later, the Christ child ‘Christkindlein’ was said to have accompanied Nicholas-like figures on their travels. The 1822 poem ‘Twas the Night before Christmas forged the link and Saint Nicholas (Father Christmas, Pere Noel, Christ Kind, Kriss Kringle or Sinter Klass) became known as Santa Claus.

Bits and Pieces

Monday afternoon around 4pm, my middle finger on my left hand started to hurt, this is due to have arthritis in the fingers but most of the time it is ok but not Monday afternoon by 6 pm it was still very sore and causing me pain, in fact it was closer to 7pm before the pain stopped.

Tuesday evening I started to feel very tired and generally unwell so I was in bed earlier then normal, woke up drenched in sweat during the night and turned the air con on to help me cool down while I changed my nightie to a cooler one. Tim snapped that he was cold and to turn the air con off I only had it on for a couple of minutes and told him so.

Wednesday morning woke up to a cool and wet day, so decided to let Tim take the car to work if he wants to do so as I will not need it to get Leo from school this afternoon.

Mum and I had planned to go to the cemetery but I am just not feeling up to it so will give it a miss this morning.

Natasha dropped Blain off for me to take to school and her washing which I do not know if I will do today or tomorrow depends on how I feel when I get home. Also if tomorrow is going to be a better day weather wise I might leave it till then. I asked her what time she will pick him up this afternoon she said arn’t you driving him home, no your dad is taking the car so then she asked what her sister was doing I have no idea what Jess is doing this afternoon you may just have to come and get him yourself Natasha.

Speaking of Jess she rings me last night I was already in bed because I wasn’t feeling well, anyway she was rolling out some pastry and found some flour in the cupboard and used it on the bench so the pastry wouldn’t stick only to discover the flour was three years our of date. So she rings me to make sure she wouldn’t get sick but as she only used it so the pastry wouldn’t stick and because flour is fine for a bloody long time.

I am around a 3rd through my Christmas cards, the problem is that my hand starts to shake a lot and ache after I have done a few so I have to stop for a bit, also my back aches so I need to sit back and rest a bit.

All over the news is how Victoria is going to try and introduce voluntary euthanasia laws, it will not be easy lots of strict rules will be involved. I personally feel about bloody time, we don’t let animals suffer for years so why do we let humans suffer for years when there is no cure for the cause of the suffering.

In other news KFC here have brought out a candle that smells like KFC chicken, what the hell……………no, at the start of the year they brought out sunscreen lotion that smelt like KFC chicken and that was gross as well.

I like KFC but don’t want the smell of it all over my body or all over the house, sorry but, no.

Well that is all for this post I have rambled on enough.

Anzac Nurses/ Grace Wilson


While out at my brother’s house/dog sitting I watched ANZAC Girls, great show really liked it. It told the real life stories of 4 nurses during World War 1 they were both Australian and New Zealand nurses and this inspired me to do a little research about them and share a bit about them with the rest of you. The nurses were Olive Haynes, Alice Ross-King, Grace Wilson, Hilda Steele and Elsie Cook


Today I am going to tell you about Grace Wilson

Grace Margaret Wilson CBE, RRC was born on the 25th June 1879 and died on the 12th January 1957,she was a high-ranked nurse in the Australian Army during World War I and the first years of World War II, she was born in Brisbane, and completed her initial training as a nurse in 1908.

After the outbreak of World War I she joined the Australian Army Nursing Service(AANS) and subsequently transferred to the First Australian Imperial Force. From 1915 until 1919 she was the principal matron of the 3rd Australian General Hospital.

She served as the temporary matron-in-chief in the AIF Headquarters, London from late 1917 until early 1918. Wilson returned to Australia in 1920 and left the AIF to work in civilian hospitals.


She was appointed the matron-in-chief of the AANS in 1925, and in September 1940 joined the Second Australian Imperial Force. She served in the Middle East until August 1941, when she returned to Australia due to ill health. She left the Army the next month, but from September 1943 worked in the Department of Manpower Directorate (Victoria)’s nursing control section.

She attended Brisbane Girls Grammar School, and began her training to become a nurse at Brisbane Hospital in 1905. She completed this qualification in 1908. During her period at Brisbane Hospital, Wilson became the first winner of the prestigious Gold Medal for nursing excellence. She subsequently travelled to London for training in midwifery at the Queen Charlotte’s Lying-in Hospital.

Wilson subsequently worked at the National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic in London. She arrived back in Australia during July 1914, and became the matron of Brisbane Hospital.


Following the outbreak of World War I, Wilson joined the Army Nursing Service Reserve in October 1914 and became the principal matron of the 1st Military District.She enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force(AIF) on 15 April 1915 and was appointed the 3rd Australian General Hospital‘s (3rd AGH) principal matron. She and the rest of the 3rd AGH departed Sydney bound for Europe on 15 May 1915.

The 3rd AGH arrived in England at the end of June and was originally intended to be deployed to France. Instead, it was decided to send the hospital to Lemnos island in the Mediterranean to treat casualties of the Gallipoli Campaign. The 3rd AGH departed England in early July and arrived at Lemnos on 8 August. The ship carrying the nurses stopped at Alexandria during this voyage, where Wilson learned that one of her brothers had been killed at Quinn’s Post in Gallipoli. Conditions at Lemnos were difficult, and there were initially few facilities to care for the many soldiers who were being evacuated there from Gallipoli. Wilson led efforts to improve the situation, earning praise from both her subordinates and superior officers.

In January 1916 the 3rd AGH moved to Abbassia in Egypt. Wilson was mentioned in despatches on three occasions during the year, and was awarded the Royal Red Cross was also offered the post of Matron in Chief at AIF Headquarters in either late 1915 or early 1916, but turned it down as she wished to remain with the 3rd AGH.


Wilson was temporarily appointed the Matron in Chief at the AIF Headquarters, London in September 1917 while Evelyn Conyers was on leave in Australia. She remained in this position until April the next year, and then rejoined the 3rd AGH.

Following the war, Wilson was mentioned in despatches again in December 1918, and was appointed to the Commander of the Order of the British Empire(CBE) on 1 January 1919. The 3rd AGH was disbanded in May 1919, and Wilson was posted to England to serve in the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital. She returned to Australia in January 1920 and formally ceased to be a member of the AIF in April of that year.

From November 1920 to 1922 Wilson was the matron of the Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. During this appointment she sought to improve her nurses working conditions, and secured a minimum wage for trainees. In 1922 she resigned from the Children’s Hospital and opened her own hospital in East Melbourne. She was appointed the matron-in-chief of the AANS (which was a part-time reserve position) in 1925, and received the Florence Nightingale Medal four years later.

Wilson became the matron of The Alfred Hospital in January 1933, in this role she oversaw the first Commonwealth scheme for training nurse tutors. Wilson travelled again to London in 1937 to lead the AANS contingent at the ceremonies which marked the coronation of King George VI.


At the outbreak of World War 11 in September 1939, Wilson was called up to a full-time position in the Army and resigned from her position at The Alfred Hospital. She served on the staff of the Director-General of Medical Services, Major General Rupert Downes, in Army Headquarters as the Army’s matron-in-chief.

She became a member of the Second AIF in September 1940, and served in the Middle East as the matron-in-chief of its nursing service. Wilson remained in this position until May 1941, when she was forced to return to Australia due to health problems. She arrived back in Australia in August and left the AIF the next month.

She was subsequently attached to the Australian Red Cross and oversaw an expansion of its activities. She was appointed the executive officer of the Department of Manpower Directorate (Victoria)’s nursing control section on 15 September 1943. In this role she controlled the staffing of all hospitals in the state of Victoria and had a personal staff of four trained nurses and eleven office workers.

She retired following the end of World War II, but continued to work on a voluntary basis for a number of organisations. These included the Royal Victorian Trained Nurses’ Association, Royal Victorian College of Nursing, Australian Red Cross Society and the Girl Guides’ Association.


She also worked as a trustee for the Shrine of Remembrance in 1953, Wilson became the first female life member of the Returned and Services League of Australia. Several nursing organisations also awarded her their highest honours.

She married Robert Wallace Bruce Campbell in London on 12 January 1954, she died on the 12th January 1957 she was subsequently accorded a funeral with full military honours at Christ Church in South Yarra. Wilson’s medals and uniform from World War I were placed on permanent display at the Australian War Memorial in 2014

Good Morning, how was your weekend, below is how mine was


Good morning all here I am on a somewhat wet Monday morning but it suppose to be another stinking bloody hot day here.

My weekend was pretty good, busy but good, Saturday saw me doing three loads of Natasha’s washing that is ok I do not expect her to hang around when I am doing it as a load can take 90 minutes to wash so I picked up the laundry on my way home Saturday and did all the washing for her. She said she needed the clothes done asap as she had no clean underwear well it is done and it is now Monday morning at still she hasn’t come and picked it up.

I also went and did a bit of Christmas shopping on Saturday,and Friday and Saturday saw me getting some of my Christmas decorations up and yesterday I added a few more and my house is at last starting to have a Christmas feel to it.

Sunday I had a casserole for lunch all girls were invited only two turned up,yet again Natasha was a no show. At times I feel we only see her when she wants something this happens when she meets a new man everyone else fail to matter, well that is what it feels like to me and others in the family.

My mum hasn’t been good last week on the Wednesday she wasn’t with it at all, she was falling asleep mid sentence and while driving I had to say mum stay in on the road a few times.

For the next few days Sandra and Dave who see her daily were really worried about her, she was wanting to sleep a lot and did so most of the day, she is at last starting to be ok again. Both dad and Sandy wanted her to go to the hospital but mum couldn’t see the point and she didn’t feel up to sitting around the waiting room for ages so she wouldn’t go. I ended up telling Sandy that if by Saturday she wasn’t any better maybe she should make arrangements for mum to go see her doctor but as it turned out she was much better on Saturday.

Mum was telling me last night that she did her block with Landon (he spent Saturday night at her place) she gets up yesterday morning to find that he had taken a bottle of talcum powder and split is everywhere. Ok more like he had opened the bottle and pressed it together and spun around spraying powder all over the room on the walls, floor and over every bloody thing, it was a right bloody mess.

When his mum turned up to see him my mum told her to clean up the mess as she (my mum) wasn’t up to doing so.

He also opened a heap of my brothers old Matchbox cars and planes which he had since he was a little boy and were still in their original package but not any more.

Mum was so upset she just wanted to cry.

Why Pt 2


Ever wondered why………………why this why that how did that happen why did it happen well I will share with you a few answers to a few why questions this is part two.

Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast?
In earlier times it used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a guest to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the host. Both men would drink it simultaneously. When a guest trusted his host, he would only touch or clink the host’s glass with his own.

Why are people in the public eye said to be ‘in the limelight’?
Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and theatres by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light. In the theatre, a performer ‘in the limelight’ was the Centre of attention.

Why is someone who is feeling great ‘on cloud nine’?
Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud. If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares.


In golf, where did the term ‘Caddie’ come from?
When Mary Queen of Scots went to France as a young girl, Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scots game ‘golf.’ He had the first course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment. To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her. Mary liked this a lot and when she returned to Scotland (not a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice with her. In French, the word cadet is pronounced ‘ca-day’ and the Scots changed it into caddie.

Why are many coin collection jar banks shaped like pigs?
Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of dense orange clay called ‘pygg’. When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the jars became known as ‘pygg banks.’ When an English potter misunderstood the word, he made a container that resembled a pig. And it caught on.

Anzac Nurses pt 2 Alice Ross-King


While out at my brother’s house/dog sitting I watched ANZAC Girls, great show really liked it. It told the real life stories of 5 nurses during World War 1 they were both Australian and New Zealand nurses and this inspired me to do a little research about them and share a bit about them with the rest of you. The nurses were Olive Haynes, Alice Ross-King, Grace Wilson, Elsie Cook and Hilda Steele.

Today we are talking about Alice Ross-King she was born in Ballarat in Victoria her parents named her Alys Ross King, the family moved to Perth but after her father and two brothers drowned in an accident her mother and Alys moved to Melbourne.

She was born on the 5th August 1887,she was an Australian civilian and military nurse who served in both World Wars, she was described as Australia’s most decorated woman


Alice undertook her nursing training at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and by 1914 she was a qualified theatre sister.

Shortly after the outbreak of the First World War she enlisted in the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) this was when she changed her name from Ross King to Ross-King adding the hyphen to distinguish her from another ANNS nurse named Alice King. She also decided to stay spelling her first name as Alice instead of Alys.

In November 1914 she was posted overseas to the 1st Australian General Hospital (1st AGH) in Egypt, the 1st AGH was based at Heliopolis near Cairo after service there she was posted to an outstation at Suez which was established as a clearing station for casualties from the Gallipoli Campaign.


In 1915 she was returned to Australia as a nurse to wounded troops returning home, but in 1916 she returned to the 1st AGH and was part of the unit when the 1st AGH was moved to France in April 1916 where she nursed wounded soldiers from the Somme Campaign during 1916 and into 1917.

It was in 1917 that she was posted to the 2nd Casualty Clearing Station (2nd CCS) arriving on the 17th July, 5 days latter the hospital was bombed on the night of the 22nd July. Four men were killed in the bombing and 15 others injured, she was just finishing a shift and was returning to the wards to continue to care for the patients in the ward despite the fact that the canvas tents had collapsed on top of her and the casualties.


Her actions during the bombing and the immediate aftermath resulted in her being awarded the Military Medal making her one of only seven nurses to received the Military Medal during the war. Of the other six to receive this medal three of them were her colleagues at the 2nd CCS, there were Sisters Dorothy Cawood and Clare Deacon and Staff Nurse Mary Derrer. All four awards were published in the London Gazette on the 25th September 1917 and presentation of the medal was made by General William Birdwood, General Officer Commanding ANZAC Corps.

Alice returned to the 1st AGH in November 1917 and remained with the hospital until the end of the war, in May 1918 she was made an Associate of the Royal Red Cross had was mentioned in despatches the first 1st AGH moved to England in January 1919 then returned to Australia the same month in September 1919 she was discharged from the AANS.

During the war Alice met and became engaged to Harry Moffitt and officer in the 53rd battalion AIF but he was killed during the battle of Fromelles in July 1916. During the voyage home to Australia in 1919 Alice met Dr Sydney Appleford and they married in August 1919 they had four children.

Between the wars Alice Appleford became involved in the training of Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) personal in Victoria, when the Second World War broke out Alice enlisted into the VAD and in 1942 when the Australian Army Medical Women’s Service (AAMWS) was formed she was commissioned with the rang of major and appointed senior assistant controller for Victoria responsible for all AAMWS in the state of Victoria.


She continued to serve in the AAMWS until 1951, during her service she was nominated for the Florence Nightingale Medal and was one of two Australian nurses to receive the medal in 1949. The citation for the medal concluded:

No one who came into contact with Major Appleford could fail to recognise her as a leader of women. Her sense of duty, her sterling solidarity of character, her humanity, sincerity, and kindliness of heart set for others a very high example.

After Dr Appleford died in 1958 Alice spent her final years in Cronulla before her death on the 17 August 1968.

Random Stuff this Monday

Hello all it is now Monday here, and today I am just doing a random update type of blog.

We all know what cannibals are but if cannibals eat human flesh why do they not eat their own, I mean what do they eat when there are no lost people, explorers and such to eat once a pond a time there might have been more people for them to eat without eating the cousins who they can’t stand but really I don’t get how there can be a tribe of cannibals when they should be eating others in the tribe.

I have decided to start getting up early and blogging before I have to take Leo to school, although there is only a couple of weeks left of the school year.

I really need to get off my ass and get the Christmas decorations up, and sort out the Christmas presents I have and find out what I still need to get.

Many years ago I was given a Christmas watch that I would wear during the Christmas season, I got this watch out on Saturday it was stored with all my Christmas jewellery and it was fine just needed a new battery, well this morning I found it on the floor under my computer table and the strap is now broken, thank you Leo and yes I know it would have been Leo playing with it that broke the strap. So now I need to decide what to do, do I replace the strap on a $10 watch or look for a new watch and should I get Jessica to pay for the replacement since it was her son who broke the strap or since the strap was old and not in the best condition do I just not worry about it.

Speaking of Leo he sleep here last night, he is still asleep I will wake him at 8am if he isn’t wake by then, last night after he got home from work Tim went with Jessica to get a treadmill, a second hand one and you know what when they got it to her place it was too big and wouldn’t fit through the front door, so this morning Tim has to go back and take it apart to get it into the house. Thankfully he doesn’t start work till around midday so he has the time to go over and see to it.

So there is a new Star Wars movie coming out, guess what I have only seen the first one, I am just not into Star Wars.

In fact I don’t watch many movies I rarely seem to have the time to watch movies there are movies I think I would like but generally don’t have the time to watch them.

Well it is about time for me to wake Leo up and get him dressed for school and all the before school stuff we do before leaving for school. So I will post this now…….