June 27th ... Moira passed away ...

Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Too early and too quick, Moira passed away on June 27th.
It's hard to find the right words, except to say that she will be remembered as a wonderful, gracious Lady and a loving mum and grandmum. She was a very important part of our lives and she will always be missed. 
I'm ever thankfull she was my mum and she leaves a hole that can never be filled.
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Moira Lucy Hood ... 1947 (18 years old) ... and still beautiful in 2009 (80 years old) ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Prior to the funeral, Natasha arrived from Germany and Jared from Melbourne ... here we had a dinner in the hotel the evening before ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... after the funeral, Cynthia decided to invite close friends to the Currumbin Surf Club for a drink, Moira's favourite club on the coast ... here with her sister Glynis and her "brother" Alberto ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... here the two of us at the surf club ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... following that, we invited Tristen (coming from Melbourne!) and Sandra / Geoffrey for a buffet dinner into our hotel ... we had a "great" night - as far as it is possible on such a day.
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). We decided not to shorten our trip and to spend a bit more than a week in Queensland to relax a bit ... here having a coffee at "Rocks Resort" at Currumbin ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... here the beach with the Currumbin Surf Club (Elephant Rock) ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... we had a long walk along the beach ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and we could shoot some amazing pictures ... here a seagull ... taken exactly at the moment the "rocket" touched water ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). One day we went whale watching ... what a great experience ... unfortunately the sea was rocky and the whales quite far away ... but if you have a good tele lense ... ;-)
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). We also drove north of Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast to have a look there ... here in the local surf club in Coolum ... having a coffee ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). One night we were invited to Sandra and Geoff for dinner ... and Roy, Colin and Donna were there also ... quite some bottles of grape juice were destroyed ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Next day Roy was kind enough to invite us on his wonderful boat ... and we explored the waters around Coomera ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... here Sandra and Cynthia on the boat ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... the obligatory photo of us on the boat ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and more wild life taken with the tele lens ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and for those Europeans who couldn't find kangaroos in nature ... this one strolling along the beach ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Here Cynthia taking over control on the way home ... see the sky!
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and some final impressions of "winter" in Queensland ... Thomas liked the light of the afternoon ...