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Year 11 Redux

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Thirty years ago today, Mum restaged this photo of me in my room in my school uniform.  My guess is she wanted to redo it (including turning the calendar back to Janaury) because the photo she took in January (which had probably just been developed) is out of focus (you can see it in the previous entry).  

Me in my room

Year 11

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On this day thirty years ago I started year 11 in high school.  This meant a new uniform.  This meant mum had to document the occasion ;)

First day of year 11

First day of year 11

I like those photos more for all the stuff in my bedroom, noting what I still have and what has been given away or thrown out.. fun times..

Canberra Day Trip

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Thirty years ago today, Mum and I picked up Nana and did a day trip to Canberra.  I was studying for my Ls at the time, and remember using the trip to read the road rules book I had.

First up we went to the New Parliament House, which was not quite two years old at the time.  Apparently we did a tour, but I have no memories of it.

Kaz and Mum at New Parliament House

New Parliament House

New Parliament House

Courtyard in New Parliament House

Flag pole at New Parliament House

Roof of New Parliament House

Looking out the front facade of New Parliament House

Nana at New Parliament House

Then I spent four hours at the National Science and Technology Centre (Questacon), which I thoroughly enjoyed.  It had only been open for a little over a year in its new building.

Questacon

Then we came all the way back to Sydney, dropped Nana off, and I got a photo taken with the letterbox I designed.

Nana and Karen and the new letterbox

I really wish I'd started blogging years earlier than I did.  My early twenties are kind of like my "dark years" because I was old enough to do things on my own, but it was before digital cameras to take lots of photos of things.  So I don't really have much of a record of what I did in those years.  

Anyways, now that I've scanned all Mum's photos I thought I'd start blogging them, as well as my photos, and my early digital photos.  I debated for ages the best way to do it, and in the end what I decided was to blog things twenty/thirty/forty years ago as they come up over the next ten years.  

So January 1.

On this day in 1990 it looks like Dad went over to Nana's to install her new letterbox.  Back in year 10 in 1989 I was doing tech drawing as a school subject.  One of our projects for the year was to design a letterbox and draw out the plans for it.  Then we were meant to build it.  Well Nana needed a new letterbox anyway, so we discussed the design with her (she wanted a big section for newspapers).  So I designed it, drew it up, and then Dad built it.  Hrmmm.  I might have helped a little but I didn't get to do as much on it as I wanted.  Oh well.

Here they are with the newly installed letterbox, thirty years ago today!

Nana and Dad and the new letterbox

That letterbox was there for years, although according to Google Streetview it's no longer there.  Oh well.

Yeah so didn't get too much sleep.  Too humid!!!  Even with the fan on we were pretty uncomfortable.

The sweetie and Sally.  Animals like Stu because he's so soft and squishy :)

The sweetie and Sally

Breakfast on the deck.  Quite civilised really!

Breakfast

They wanted me to kill this march fly, but it was so cute!

March fly

So yeah a fairly slow morning.  Debated going for a swim but I was a bit stressed about getting myself all messed up (we were going out to meet people later that day).  So in the end we just did a big drive around South West Rocks.

We drove through the town and up to Trial Bay Goal and out to the Smoky Cape lighthouse.

Smoky Cape Lighthouse

Beach

Then back into town for lunch.

Lunch in South West Rocks

After lunch, we got ready, then headed out for a slow drive down the coast.

They have police radar traps even on the quiet back roads (not that they're that quiet - there's an awful lot of people camped up and down the coast).

Radar trap

The GPS originally said it would take four hours, but it kept revising it down.  Here's where we hit some dirt road.

Loftus Road

Nice view of the beach near Point Plomer

Beach near Point Plomer

South of Point Plomer was where we were most concerned about the road.  Then we saw this sign

Management track sign

.. and this mud ..

Point Plomer Road

.. and decided we wouldn't tempt fate.  So turned around and headed back to Crescent Head, then back to the Pacific Highway.

South of Kempsey, where they're building the bypass, they have this sign telling people to ignore their GPSes..

Ignore GPS

In Port Macquarie we went to Big W to pick up some stuff for Stu, then we headed out to visit Stu's mum's grave

Grave marker

Then went for a drive round Port Macquarie

Tacking Point Lighthouse

Stormy beach

The sweetie at Tacking Point

Then to our destination for the evening - Finnian's Irish Tavern for a school reunion of sorts for Stu.  He actually only really knew two of the guys there, and they were pretty cool.  Had some squid and some wedges and a couple of beers.  I also might have stolen some of Tom's steak after he declared himself done with only half the steak eaten.. it was nice steak, this would never do! ;)

Pub food

We migrated outside when the band started up, as they made talking over the noise a bit difficult.

The band

And then we headed back to South West Rocks for the night.

Memories take two

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This time with my high school photos.

Urgh high school hey.  Plenty of good memories .. plenty of bad ones.. 

2011 will be twenty years since we finished high school in 1991.  Our year was the last year to go through year 12 in the girls school, as after that they merged with the boys school across the road to become "The Jannali High School".

Sadly it looks like I never got around to labelling this photo.  Oh well..  Have uploaded them all to Friends Reunited anyway.

Jannali Girls High School, Year 12, 1991

Memories...

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I cleaned my desk a bit more today and decided to attack a folder of photos that my mother had sent to my grandmother over the years.  Mum had put some baby photos and all our school photos into folders with nice labels and everyone labelled!  She would have done this with three copies of photos - one for her and one for each set of grandparents.  Dozens of names repeated over and over again over the years.  (In case you were wondering where my obsessive-compulsiveness comes from!!)

** EDIT: actually I think most of these were actually mum's originals.  When she pulled apart the old evil photo albums that destroy photos I think she separated them out for us, and gave my photos to me and my brother's photos to him **

Anyways.  I scanned the couple of baby photos and all the primary school photos and typed up all the names on the backs for each of them.  I then uploaded the group photos to Friends Reunited.  When I get the energy I'll do the high school ones as well.  

Como Public School, 1984

Seeing the faces and names brought back all sorts of memories.  I've been thinking I should have some sort of "memories" blog where I can write down everything I can think of about my past.  Not sure who it would really benefit though.  Certainly noone else is going to care about what I thought about people thirty years ago.  It could be interesting for me when my dementia gets worse.  Although chances are those old memories will be the last to go lol.

Nat and Andrew came over this arvo and we spent ages in the pool, then I cooked a pasta bake for dinner (no leftovers tho - doh!) and then we played a few games of Bananagrams (which is a lot like Take Two) which I won all three of, then a two-board game of Roborally which Stu won.

Roborally

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