Time with cousin Michelle
|Mary, Michelle, Eileen|
I was awakened by a LOUD choir of birds. This was even before the light of morning dawn as it was still dark outside. After about 30 minutes of listening to this glorious sound, I grabbed my camera to record the music. At breakfast, Barb described the singers to me. The butcher bird starts calling around 3AM to 5AM. It goes house to house chirping all of the other birds awake. The other birds join in including the magpie and the noisy minor bird. I will discuss more about these birds as I have closer encounters with them later on my trip.
My first cousin once removed, Michelle, came around to visit at noon. She was in tears when she saw us. Her grandfather, John Austin COOPER, was my uncle. I remember meeting Michelle for the first time when she was a baby. Picture to the left is of me, my mother holding baby Michelle, Michelle's mother, Bonnie with her father, Jack, my first cousin. Michelle and I met later as adults back in 1993 for a cousin’s wedding and again in 1999. Michelle and husband, Jeff Previti, decided to emigrate to Australia in 2004 and fell in love with the people and the country. I later introduced Michelle to our BOYD cousins when she was so homesick for family. I understand the tears. Michelle lives in Perigean Beach about 45 minutes north of Caloundra.
We rushed home to pick up Liam (Michelle's son) as he and his friends were waiting to go to his school's annual fair that evening. We quickly unloaded and off to the fair we went. I was so impressed with the organization covering the rides, foods, games, sales and other events, including the fireworks.
|Pig Race Winners|
The fair was very successful and more people came later in the evening. The fireworks were a delight. We got home that evening exhausted for another great nights sleep. We got to meet the family dogs, Kaipo and Biscuit.
We even had a visitor. They have a magpie that comes on a regular basis that they call Maggie. Biscuit looks on.
We also went for a walk on the beautiful beach not far from their home before dinner. I loved the shady tree walkway to the ocean. The shore was empty of crowds of people. Peaceful!
When we returned, Jeff had dinner ready for us. He is a good cook. After dinner, we had a visitor on the patio. I also helped Jeff with his family tree. Within an hour he was excited to find out more about his side of the family.