Sunday, July 5, 2009


Zillah Leura Bramich
21st December,1913-5th July 2006

Mum passed away 3 years ago today - today I reflect on her life as a Daughter, Wife, Mother, Nanna and Great Nan.

Mum never asked for anything, always willing to give of herself for others. Many happy memories are cherished by my self Russell, Sally and Tim.

Today as is the case everyday a photo of Mum sits in my kitchen watching over as I cook - I often stop and share a word with her - a special moment or milestone in my life - the only difference today is there is a small vase of flowers in loving memory of my special Mum.

A Mother's Farewell to her Children
When I must leave you for a little while,
please do not grieve and shed wild tears
And hug your sorrow to you through the years,
but start out bravely with a gallant smile
And for my sake and in my name,
live on and do all the things the same.
Feed not your lonliness on empty days,
but fill each waking hour in useful ways.
Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer,
And I, in turn will comfort you and hold you near.
And never, never be afraid to die,
for I am waiting for you in the Sky.

Friday, July 3, 2009


It was on the morning of Saturday 27th June, 2009 that my eldest son, Richard Lewis reached the magic age of 40. He had travelled to Hobart the previous evening. Simone joined us early Saturday morning. As only mothers do - I had bought him a 40 today badge. He duly had it pinned to his chest - but his golf mates told me later on in the evening - the badge had been worn by the Golf Bag during the day !

Rich showing a 40 year smile.
Cam and Kristy paid host to Rich and Simone over the weekend - and here they are seen enjoying a breakfast cooked with skills gained by Mr Masterchief himself Cam. While Rich joined his mates at Tasmania Golf Club the rest of the family enjoyed a day at Salamanca Market.

Simone and Kristy seen walking through the market.

Cam and Em walk through the crowds - with Emily so tiried but would she close her eyes - no she may miss something. Bit like her Nan doesnt like to miss a trick.

In the evening we again gathered in Doyle Avenue for the cutting of the cake and exchanging of Gifts before leaving for Rockwall at Salamaca for a family dinner to celebrate. Emily sitting with Pop and watching Uncle Rich trying to blow out a sparkler!

Simone and Richard photographed with his present from the family a Tom Samek original
I am sure all will agree they make a charming couple,

Poppy Pete oblidged and took a family photo before leaving for Rockwall. We are so grateful for Pete's skills as a Photographer.

This is a family photo as well!! Yes as I lined up the boys and girls for a family shot a well being patron at Rockwall suggested I should get in the photo and he would take it. This is the result - he asked me how it turned out and I didnt have the heart to tell him b............. terrible, so politely said nice thank you.

Luke and Jackie waiting for the meal

Kristy and Cam waiting also.

...... and Rich and Simone

Photo snapped at the Quarry later in the evening. Richard asked a few mates to meet him later in the evening to help celebrate. Was nice to see a couple of old mates as well as the gang from the Golf Club.
Some times when editing the blog - things don't quite as one would like. An example of this is the photo of Simone, Rich and I at Rockwall - who has a mind of its own and doesnt want to be where it should be - sorry it has chosen to be up in the Salamanca section.

Next morning we were all a little worse for wear - but Emily was rearing to go on all four fours as the saying goes. Here she is with Auntie and Uncle looking rather cute.

Yes just call my name and I will look at you.
Uncle Luke and Auntie Jackie having a turn now.

Nanny was naughty and was jumping me around so I had to have a dress change cause I had a little accident. Naughty Nanny- but I look cute in this dress Daddy bought in Melbourne.

All good things have to come to an end - after a wonderful weekend of celebrations we bid farewell to Richard and Simone. They are seen here packing the car - yes your saw right the Golf Clubs had a trip to Tassie as well.
Thank you Simone and Richard for sharing your special day with your family in Tasmania.

Little did Richard know, but Simone had organised some of his Melbourne mates to join him for dinner at Sassy in Moonee Ponds on Sunday evening, so his birthday kept on keeping on. What a surprise he got - a pleasant one. Well done Simone for keeping the secret.

As most of you know I am justly proud of my boys and their achievements, as I am also of Simone, Kristy and Jackie and last but not least my beautiful granddaughter Emily.