An Australian Adventure

Dear friends, 
This past week has been filled with many thoughts 
but most importantly it has been
a time for joy...
There is something about the pageantry of a military
celebration that completes the inner Virgo in me.
The order, the precision, the call to attention with
salutes in swift order. If only I could run my
home in the same fashion...what bliss :)

The rain hailed down on graduation day last week but nothing
could deter from the joy these fine young men and women
felt as they neared the closing of their graduation ceremony.

Within a moments notice the announcement was made, the
hats went flying and cheers filled the air.

We had a whirlwind of a time.
I think our son's smile says it all.

Of course, I am still smiling especially after reading
the many thoughtful comments on my last post. I
would like to thank one and all. You allowed me a 
sentimental moment and for that I thank you ;)
a little adventure...

With the festivities at a close Mr H. headed back to London, 
my son carried on with his celebrations and I
 headed north for a little adventure of my own.

It was warm, relaxing....

filled with delicious food

and many special moments.

I felt especially lucky to capture the
photo below...I have a special fondness 
for Kookaburra's
and spied this little fellow sitting above me.

I think the nursery rhyme speaks for the two of us.
The Kookaburra and my Australian interlude.

'Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree'

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Merry, merry king of the bush is he
Laugh, Kookaburra! Laugh!
Gay your life must be

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Eating all the gum drops he can see
Stop, Kookaburra! Stop!
Leave some there for me!

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Counting all the monkeys he can see
Stop, Kookaburra! Stop
That's not a monkey that's me

Kookaburra sits on a rusty snail
Gets a boo-boo in his tail
Cry, Kookaburra! Cry !
Oh how life can be!

Marion Sinclair

Special thanks to Zarli, Alinta and Evelyn
for making the photos 
from my little adventure possible xx

With that I am signing off. This weary
traveller needs to rest but before I do...
I just loved this film. I watched it on the flight
over to is a must see :)

Read here.

with exception of last.


  1. Oh, Sweetie, it's so lovely to have you back! I've missed you. Fab photos, you proud Mum ☺. You must have been bursting with excitement. Thanks for the Sydney photos - I'm homesick for it at this time of year.

    Oh, and don't forget the children's version of the song:
    "Kookaburra sits on the telephone wire
    Jumping up and down with his pants on fire
    Call the fireman, call the fireman
    Gay your life must be". J x

  2. Your trip sounds amazing and you will be home just in time to make final prep for Christmas. Welcome home!


  3. I don't know how you captured that pink sky picture...but it is fabulous! Maybe it was a color enhanced setting or perhaps the sky was that fuchsia!

    Your vacation looks grand and seems like there was a balance of food family and fun :)

  4. Congratulations Jeanne! He is so handsome! You must be very proud of his accomplishments. And as always, gorgeous photos. I've missed you, sweets!

  5. Wonderful photos and thanks for including all the words of the kookaburra song. I had not heard any except the first verse.

  6. Such a proud look on the face of your handsome son! Congratulations to him on a big achievement!

    Warm???? Warm???? What's that?
    I've forgotten. It's soooo cold here! But, as it should be I suppose. If one wishes for a Dickensian Christmas!

  7. Thanks for sharing your special moments and memories. Such a handsome young man - I'm sure you are very proud of him.

    Your little adventure looked wonderful!

    Merry Christmas!

  8. What a wonderful time you have had! You must be so very proud of your lovely son - congratulations to you both! Lovely to have you back in blogland and hope you enjoy the next week preparing for Christmas with your family! x

  9. What wonderful times you have had and oh how smart and grown up your gorgeous son looks. Many congratulations to him.x

  10. You must be very proud parents and rightly so. Congratulations to your son and wishing him every success in his military career. Brings back memories!

  11. Your son looks so handsome in his uniform! I'm glad you had a lovely trip. Thanks for sharing the song about the kookaburra - I didn't know the last two verses! That film looks good - I'll have to look out for it when I'm back in the UK at Christmas
    x x

  12. What a truly beautiful young man and how proud you must be of him.
    I so hope Sydney, at least, turned on the warm weather for you and that the rain stayed away.
    I always enjoy my visits here, even when I don't let you know I've been by!

  13. How wonderful for you and your husband to be able to be there for the graduation ceremony - I can imagine how proud you must both have felt. Congratulations to your handsome young man, and best wishes for what I'm sure is a very promising future.

  14. What a wonderful trip and what a proud mum you are. And lucky you to get a little adventure for yourself - looks fab and 'm a bit jealous!

  15. could it be I see your son in the first picture, 2nd man from the right? :-)

    Oh, summer! snow is covering Europe these days, it is nice to see some warm places like the one you visited on your adventure!

  16. Welcome back in freezing europe Jeanne! :)
    Your beautiful photo report shows a good looking son in uniform, lot of joy, happiness, good weather and food and I think a very proud mom!!!!
    I did not see the movie yet...but I`m curious...
    Have a cozy week. Beate :) XXX

  17. Glad to see you Jeanne. The photos, as always are faboulous. You son looks very handsome and well-bred. All credit to the mother, of course. I love that old old song. I learnt that in school and it was taught to me by a handsome music teacher with long curly hair. I wonder what he is doing now. Walked down memory lane with that song.

    I wish you joy and happiness always.

    ~ Susan

  18. Jeanne - the photos are wonderful and as the parent of a soldier, I know how filled with pride you must be. Although the ceremony was probably not as grand as your son's, when my son was commissioned as an officer the day before he graduated from Boston College, I was filled with pride but also with a deep respect for these young men and women. They are truly special individuals. May your son stay safe throughout his career. Have a very Merry Christmas.


  19. Dear Jeanne,
    What a wonderful trip with such special moments.
    You must have been so proud of your son (who is very handsome by the way !!) .....and then to go on your own adventure and see such beautiful sights.
    Have a bit of a rest and then let the Christmas festivities begin !! Lovely to have you back, safe and sound. XXXX

  20. .....oh, and I forgot to say that, when I was in the Brownies ( many, many years ago!!) we learnt the Kookaburra song and, I know most of it off by heart !! We used to sing it around the campfire. XXXX

  21. HUGE CONGRATS to the very proud parents. How handsome is that young man and what a journey he has ahead of him!!!!!! A true 'Officer and a Gentleman'!!

    Fantastic you could both be there to share this very special day with him AND that you also had time to make you own very special journey 'downunder'!!!

    I absolutely MUST get to see "Made in Dagenham" - how long have I been saying i must see this- ever since the opening night! The continuing story of my life.......

  22. What a wonderful update! So glad you had a little getaway of your own and I'm totally enchanted by the Australian sky photograph!!! Dreamy.

  23. Congratulations Jeanne!
    Your son is handsome, you must be so proud!


  24. What a great celebration, Jeanne for you handsome son!! Congratulations!!!
    Looks like you are having a marvelous imte...the pics are wonderful!!\ Have a terrific time!!!

  25. How wonderful that you're back. I've missed your posts while you've been gone. Congratulations with your son - you must be so proud.

  26. Hello Jeanne - it seems like ages that you have been away! I am so behind on my commenting. I love the images of your darling son - how exciting, you must have wanted to burst with pride. Lou x


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