Well one minute I was at mums and also visiting my daughter and it was Christmas, next it was New Years Eve and on the telly mum and I were watching 2014 roll in and the fireworks.
Next thing you know January has finished huh??? and it’s February. So I help me mate move his mum to Melbourne and that way I can visit my mum and what a surprise… mum loved it and so did I – well except the moving furniture bit you know sore back an all 🙂
Now somewhere in this month there was Valentines Day and my mate sent a dozen roses to his missus work – me? well I had committee meetings and damn I think I forgot Valentines Day…
Now February is over and so is Summer it’s the start of March and Autumn yikes!!! I’m trying to work out where has the time gone and what have I achieved or done??
I mean its nearly time to pack Aunty Winne and head off to the Crackin’ Cancer fundraiser up at Bullock Mountain. Ah yes a week of horses as well as I get to sing and play Country Music for a week and raise money for Cancer Research; ok so that pretty good. Hang on thats just over a week away man time to get busy, gotta get the laptop ready, the go pro cameras and heaps of other stuff – yikes.
Like I said in the beginning I am feeling a bit like Rip Van Winkle – times seems to have flown past and I don’t know what I’ve done or achieved, all I know is that I have been busy.
Anyway till next time y’all
As a former member of the Defence Force (Army), I proudly help and am a member of an RSL (Returned & Services League) Sub Branch. I proudly attend and help out at the Dawn Service and proudly march wearing my medals and the medals of both my Grandfathers and Uncle as well as march in the memory of my late Father who also served in the Military when he was younger – Our family has a history of serving in the Military over many generations, signing up in several countries: England, Canada and Australia (me).
How Disrespectful: Whilst trying to help organise ANZAC Day we were required to acquire barriers for the road. Now normally the local Government Council assist however this year when we inquired we were told by them and I quote: “ANZAC Day is not a Community Event – sorry”. Wait a minute isn’t ANZAC Day a Public Holiday Australia wide??
To top it off, they said they cannot help with the barriers, hang on a sec… the barriers are to protect those marching including Veterans from WWII onwards and the military vehicles that carry many of them. It also allows spectators to line up to show there appreciation of those that served in various conflicts and those that continue to do so for this countries freedom.
The Government has made cut backs so guess what – No flyover by the RAAF or involvement in the march and Catafalque Party to mount the Catafalque, as there was nothing in the budget for this – at least we had a months notice (big deal) oh and no band except a lone piper (thanks). As you can see by the 2012 march we had a pipe band and RAAF!
A Brief History: ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day is the anniversary of the landing of troops from Australia and New Zealand on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, in World War I on April 25, 1915. The bravery of all military personnel who participated in this campaign and the lives of those who died in all military actions are remembered.
Many ceremonies, parades and other activities are held on ANZAC Day to remember the lives of those who participated or died in military action. Dawn prayer or church services are a particularly important aspect of ANZAC Day.
These represent the comradeship that the soldiers experienced as they rose each morning to prepare for another day of military action. After the services, gunfire breakfast (coffee with rum in it) is often served.
In major cities and many smaller towns, parades, marches and reunions of current and past military personnel and memorial services are held. The fourth stanza or verse of a well known poem, known as The Ode, is read aloud at many ceremonies. The poem is called “For The Fallen” and was written by Laurence Binyon in 1914. It commemorates those who died and can never grow old.
I guess I have rambled, raved on long enough cept to say that I am disgusted by some peoples attitudes especially when they are supposed to represent the Government of a country be it state or federal which ultimately is supposed to represent the people. Real heroes don’t wear capes they wear dog tags. We might retire or leave the Military but “Once a soldier always a soldier” and ask anyone – if we were asked to serve our country again we would!
Before I finish, I would like to quote a Soldiers Creed which has been used by several nations/countries as it rings true:
Till next time – Leigh
Valentines Day, that special day where you get to feel and show love without being accused of being a woos well you know… not being a man. Now of course if you don’t show it in some way – well lets just say even in summer its cold sleeping outside….
Your partner/wife/girlfriend etc might say it’s alright don’t worry about valentines day it’s just another day, don’t believe them women are romantics even if they don’t show it… if you forget you’re toast, your history and the subject of conversation with her friends.
It goes a little like this… “my hubby got me chocolates wasn’t that sweet, what did yours get you??” “I told him not to worry about it” “I see he forgot didn’t he!” her reply comes in tears – ‘YES’
See what I mean you’re toast!! On the other hand if you remember even with something small and you weren’t reminded then instant brownie points.
In many countries, restaurants and such are filled with couples who are eager to celebrate theirrelationship and the joy of their togetherness through delicious cuisines. There hardly seems to be a young man or woman and even some that are not so young who are not keen to make the most of the day.
People in secret send a message of ‘Happy Valentines Day’ to the person they admire without saying who it is from thus saving a possible rejection (thats sad really but I understand, I do truly – Leigh)
I remember in school (yes I remember somethings) notes used to fly around the room with tick yes or no on them but without a name so you didn’t know who it was from – ah romance.
For those that like to celebrate Valentines Day, have a wonderful Valentines Day and for those who no longer have a partner just remember the memories and happy times they brought into your life.
Till next time – Leigh (now where’s the chocolate yummmm)