I have been here in Bairnsdale (Gippsland, Victoria, Australia) nearly 2 weeks now and it has been lovely to meet some of (and by no means all!) of Uncle Jerry’s friends who provide fantastic support to him. What I am learning is that it is just pay back for the support he provided many of them over the years. Take a look.
Uncle Jerry with Mary Anne Scott who sees to his every need at the nursing home … and more besides. It’s in Mary Anne’s beautiful home that I am staying in right now.
View from Mary Anne’s balcony, overlooking the River Mitchell. This is the riverside 5.5km walk I do early every morning.
Uncle Jerry with long-time friend Prue McGoldrick who just celebrated her birthday and is in her 90th year. This was take in Metung, Gippsland
With Sr. Jeanette who delivers Holy Communion to him every day. He is blessed to have her in his life.
With Fr Bernard Buckley – Parish Priest of Traralgon who has great wit and a good soul. Uncle Jerry values their friendship greatly.
I did Sunday Lunch last week (pea & mint soup, roast lamb with all the trimmings) at Mary Anne’s house. This is a photo of Mary Anne (l), Uncle Jerry (centre left), Fr Peter Bickley who is Parish Priest of Bairnsdale and also a good friend to my uncle, and of course Sr Jeanette on the right.
We visited Sale in Gippsland yesterday and returned to St Mary’s Cathedral for a visit with Myriam and a few other ladies who work in the Dioceses office. Myriam is housekeeper at the Bishop’s House for over 25 years (she must have started when she was 10 years old!) and gave us a lovely lunch, complete with her infamous soup that Uncle Jerry was hoping would be on the menu.
Cath (r) and Jenn (l) who joined us for lunch in Sale yesterday, and who are long-time staff at the Diocese office. I think the Diocese is run by all these women, the clergy only show up when the women tell them to!
Veronica Barnes is another long-time friend of Uncle Jerry’s who also works in the Diocese office. She is flanked by Mary Anne (l) and Myriam (r).
Never one to miss one of Myriam’s delicious meals, Fr Buckley (l) came all the way from Traralgon to Sale for lunch. To his right is Fr Stephen who Fr Buckley met in Dublin, Ireland for a course and enticed Fr Stephen to come to the Diocese of Sale. Dr Stephen is originally from Nigeria. it’s a small world.
Uncle Jerry in St Mary’s Cathedral in Sale, where he spent many a happy time.
And so not to generate the ire of many of you for having no photos of myself, here’s one to keep you at bay. It was taken in the recently renovated church at Lakes Entrance.