ipe Daily Bliss: March 2011

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Little Prince Newborn meets Terry G.


Terry is one of my long-time close friends (the type you probably only have a few of during your life). We met in 1980 when we were both nursing at Rockhampton Base Hospital. I was about 20 years old, recently married and full of the ideological balderdash that only young people can consider to be of any use to the universe. Terry was about 10 years older and a whole lot wiser. We've flitted in and out of each other's lives ever since.

We lived neighbourhood-near to each other for about 4 years. Terry still lives in the same house she did back then but I've moved from provincal-city-to-provincal-city many times. We celebrate together or on the phone the milestones of our lives and support each other in the down times. Since my 40th birthday, I've lost count of how much wine we have drunk together! LOL

The birth of Little Prince Newborn is definitely one of the happier milestones of our lives. Terry visited the hospital after the birth of his mother and uncle, so it seemed appropriate to have another photo session while she was in Brisbane this week.

Cheers to Terry!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Little Prince Newborn meets his Great Aunts

The Little Prince Newborn is the first-born in the next generation of a very large family. In the more senior generations, he has 3 great grandparents, a full set of grandparents, 3 great uncles, 8 great aunts and everyone's consorts.
How loved can one little boy be?

Today, he met four of The Drama Queen's five sisters. These women are collectively known in the family as either 'The Sisters' or 'The Aunts'. En masse, they can be scary, but our little prince (aged 4 days) took it in his stride.


Little Prince Newborn, aged 4 days


Great Aunt Jane


Great Auntie Moo (known to people in the outside world as Lisa)


Great Aunt Genevieve


Great Auntie Carla

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

St Patrick's Day 2011

There is no opportunity for a St Paddy's Day dinner tonight because the Princesse Royale and Little Prince Newborn are still in hopsital. Today, therefore, I am celebrating the day with pictures of my maternal Irish ancestors.

My father's family was predominantly English (though one distant branch of the family came from Waterford in Ireland via a few generations in Newfoundland and another from Ireland via Scotland).


Michael Venantius Stanislaus Duffy and Mary Anastasia Reid,
(Ven and Molly) on their wedding day, 26 September 1928


The Duffy Family in early 1930

Michael Joseph Duffy (born 1870, Cloonawillin, County Clare, Ireland; d. 1935, Dubbo, NSW, Australia) and his wife, Mary Theresa Rankin, whose father and grandparents came from Donegal, Ireland (1873-1949, New South Wales, Australia), and all their Australian-born children. My grandparents are the man in the back row between his parents in the front row (Michael Venatius Stanislaus Duffy) and the woman with the baby, Molly (born Mary Anastasia Reid).

Molly's father and his family were born in Kilkenny, Ireland.


Ven & Molly in 1968 in my parents' Canberra front garden.


Janet Mary Duffy
(1930-1993)
My mother

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Special Delivery

To the Princesse Royale & her Rock Doctor


Their very own Crown Prince
Born 15th March 2011
At 11.20am
(Australian Eastern Standard Time)
(3370g or 7lb 5oz)
(48cm or 18.9")

Much happiness & laughter being experienced at
Castle Bliss













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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Mardi Gras Salsa!


Cross stitch Happy Dance No. 1, 2011

A Quaker Christmas
Fabric: 28ct Country French Cashmere from Wichelt Imports
Stitch Count: 320w X 205h
Floss: Crescent Colors (Balsam Fir, Cupid, Ye Old Gold)
Started: July 2008
Finished: 8 March 2011


The Princess Royale
Another Happy Dance Due Later this week

Interesting times, folks. Interesting times.

Happiness & laughter to one and all,

Felicity

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