The new century 2000
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I met Taki in 2007 and formed a wonderful relationship. One of the most thoughtful, kindest people you could meet. Cheeky too!

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We went on a car rally in 2008 and won. We still don't know how, but we did.

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Some of the 'blokes' on the car rally were from OutWest Men. Hmmmm.

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A very proud Taki and his new red Peugeot in 2009. It really was a great looking automobile.

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Perhaps the Peugeot wasn't enough? He tried out for the big V8's at Calder but umm....err....failed.

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Great friends for probably 35 years, Lola & Peter. I first met them through Bonsai and our friendship has sustained over all this time.

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My dearest friends from way back in 1970, Russell & Len. Sadly, Russell passed away after a long illness and it seemed like the end of an era.

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This history wouldn’t be complete without my wonderful Gray St neighbours, Denis & Jim. Great friends, great fun.

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2008 and Bali beckoned again. We stayed at the beautiful Cicada Villas and had a fantastic time.

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The main pool. All 6 villas had their own pools.

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Our villa's living room

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Looking past our plunge pool into our living room

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Near Ubud and those amazing ricefields

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Taki LOVES his chillis.

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Japan beckoned for our holiday in 2007. I had been many years earlier with the Bonsai people but this was a good chance to explore on our own. Here we are at the Golden Pavillion. Breathtaking.

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If you don't love sushi, you really should try it in Japan.

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Beautiful Japan. Sometimes crazy, sometimes quiet, always clean.

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Tokyo Disneyland was the same as everywhere else. Except crazy!

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Christmas at JJs at Crown has always been a favourite. But we move around a bit now.

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I love gardening and Taki's house had an enormous block with not much in the way of garden. Lookout world!

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My sister & my Mum in 2002. I think this was Mother’s Day before we were going out to lunch.

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2003. Mother's Day at the Yarraville Club. Mum was pretty pleased with herself. She won the raffle.

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Mum passed away in 2004. A good life. Party on, Betty!

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Christmas in Gray Street and Miss L. Toe made an appearance.

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Here she is in all her glory.

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We love a street party in Gray Street Yarraville. Especially Christmas for the kids.

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Guess who got to play Father Christmas at our street parties? I guess I had the right build.

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A very peaceful weekend trip to Walhalla. My Nana was born there.

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So...we went fishing at a farm

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I couldn't believe how easy it was to catch salmon and rainbow trout...

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But what I didn't see were the prices for the fish you caught (no throwing back). We had to pay over $350 for our morning's catch! OUCH!!

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Lakes Entrance is a beautiful spot.

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Pretty, with lots of things to see and do.