30 take off and landings!

Trip Start Dec 14, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Great Aunt Kitty's house, 10 Ward St

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Thursday, January 21, 2010

Well since the 14th Dec I have had 30 take off and landings...WOW!

I now find myself up in Rockhampton for the Diamond Jubilee of my Great Aunt Kitty.  That means that she is celebrating 60 years of being a nun in the Sisters of Mercy in Australia.

A little bit about  'Rocky' first. It is approx 650km from Brisbane. If you wanna eat a steak, well this is the place to do it.  Rocky is the beef capital of Australia with two million cattle within a 250 km radius of the city.  Qld's largest river 'The Fitzroy' runs through it and like Brisbane, there is a friendly rivalry between the northsiders and the southsiders LOL.

I like it here, Its country and western, rodeos and bundy rum, dust, utes and cowboy hats!   Its my kind of town to be honest but too far from the ocean for my liking.  We stayed in Rocky for a few days and then the rest of the time out at Zilzie - Emu Park 45 mins away on the Capricorn Coast.

Now, the only remaining relative on my Nanny Mcentee's side is Kitty and because this was a very special occasion, her 4 nephews flew to Australia to represent the family.

My Dad, Andy, my Uncle Hugo, Uncle Declan, their cousin Noel and his wife Jo all flew from Galway.  My first cousin, Hughie (Declan's son) lives in Sydney now and he flew up for the week.

Its strange how some occasions bring family together and this was one I did not foresee... I met Noel for the first time ever yet he only lives around the corner from my Dad!!  Having those particular people together prob wont happen again. Its a funny old world...Also getting reaquainted with my cousin Hughie was good.  He is 30yrs old and we got on very well and promised to keep in touch seeing as we both live on the same coast.  Apart from Kitty, we are each others only family over this side of the world.

The Jubilee was a lovely occasion with nuns celebrating golden (50yrs), diamond (60 yrs) and Platnum (70yrs) of nunship....unfortunately they are a dying breed with the average age of a nun being 65.

Time in Rocky / Zilzie for myself was tues 19th Jan - Monday 25th Jan.

Anyway, I am glad to now have the memories and new email addresses and of course the  photos to tell the story....

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