Hello, and welcome to Spring in the topics..
Like 99% of the population of Brisbane, I have been struck down by the seasonal lurgy: the virus which wasn't included in our Flu jab this year.
Why, Oh Why, Department of Health???
My doctor said to cancel all commitments, sleep as much as possible, and stay home for about two weeks. Am attempting to do as I am told...
All this time at home, and I feel too wretched to do anything productive..
It was Father's Day last Sunday:
I gave Mr C a new shirt, lavender stripes, for being the best Dad ever..
and a Tree Fern, to go in this section of garden which needs help.
Lots of help.
Fingers crossed it will grow like this one which stands sentinal over my clothes-line..
And tomorrow, September 9, Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest-serving British monarch, passing the record set by Queen Victoria:
63 years and 217 days.
So young and fresh back then..
and enjoying life at the Highland Games in Scotland this week.
Her red hat is beautiful.
There is a suggestion going around that the Queen is about to present her Royal Order to the Duchess of Cambridge.
This consists of a portrait of the sovereign surrounded by diamonds, and each King or Queen uses a different colour ribbon. The Queen chose yellow.
The Queen presents the order to women who are working members of the Royal Family. Diana was give hers early in her marriage to Prince Charles.
It is worn on formal, tiara wearing, occasions.
Diana worked hard, and a lot was expected of her at a very young age.
Here she wears the order when she came here to Brisbane in 1983.
This was the evening of the day when we saw her in person, at City Hall. I was struck by how slender she was at the time. It was the trip when they brought baby Prince William to Australia.
Stay warm. Don't get the flu.
And have a good week.