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This weekend was the annual Technology Challenge Maryborough here at home.  It is hard to believe that it was ten years ago that this iconic event began and my involvement began in earnest a year later. 

These days I am a volunteer and do not need to put in the 96 straight hours that I once did!  It’s great to see the thousands of young people converge on the site, renewing old friendships and making new ones and all the time competing in teams that bear none of the dog eat dog attitude that we see so much these days.  Yes, there is much to be proud of.  And with the community of Maryborough out in full force to support it with every service club, the scouts and many sporting groups helping out, this is the City at its best!  Michael has gone down to marshall one of the corners today and I take on the graveyard shift at Admin from midnight tonight!

With the arrival of September coming the start of the preparations for Christmas.  Don’t groan – at least this year I am on time!  When we were in Brisbane last week, one of the purchases at the wholesalers was the bulk dried fruit for the fruit cakes.  It has now begun its journey into drunkenness with the first of a bottle of rum and brandy added!

Winter continues its late visit to Queensland with the temperatures plunging again last night, although not as cold as the 4 degrees on Sunday morning at 5 am – just an hour before my shift at the Technology Challenge Maryborough finished!

My aunt and uncle from Newcastle are visiting tonight and so I have spent a couple of hours preparing rolled pork belly stuffed with prunes and pistachios, potato and celeriac mashes, veges and a bread and butter custard with a difference – made from the last of the panetonne left over from last christmas!  You should smell the house just now – amazing!

Plans are now being considered to go to Jamaica for the wedding of my brother Michael and his lovely fiancee Carline.  This event was a big surprise for the whole family – and I think even Michael has surprised himself somewhat.  The Caribbean is not somewhere that I have actively considered before, but I’m liking what I see in doing some research!  Quite a few in family are going to try to get there – so it should be a blast.

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