#ShoutoutSaturday 6 – a first birthday, old friends and Tumbafest

Welcome to shout-out #6

It’s time to share something!

welcome to #shoutoutsaturday
welcome to #shoutoutsaturday

1. A special little man turns 1

This time last year I was up here in Queensland waiting for news of the arrival of my newest (at the time) grandchild. This year I’m up here to celebrate his first birthday. Where has that year gone? A lot has certainly happened in that time!

Patrick is very clever!
Patrick is very clever!

He is almost walking, loves taking you for ‘walks’ as he practices his newfound skill, cruises the furniture, plays happily, loves his swing, reading books and gives lovely snuggly cuddles. He is a delight!

Granny Debs and Patrick
Granny Debs and Patrick

Huge shout-out to my daughter and SIL for their parenting during what has proven to be a testing year in many ways. Huge shout-out to Patrick for being such a sweet little man.

Let the party celebrations begin! We’ve made the cake and are ready to party, first birthday style 🙂

2. Tumbafest

Tumbarumba has held an annual music, food and wine festival on the last weekend in February every year, called Tumbafest for the past 24 years. At one stage it looked like this year it wouldn’t happen, but despite COVID conditions it is going ahead, with smaller numbers and other restrictions in place.

We have been to every Tumbafest since its inception, usually in some form of volunteer capacity, but in recent years as mere spectators, along with family and friends. This year for the first time ever, we will miss it! Our grandson’s first birthday takes precedence.

I took this photo last week while out on a bike ride around town, and put it on my Facebook page, where it went ballistic (almost viral) with so many views and shares it’s not funny! This is where Tumbafest will be held, along the creekscape and park in town, behind the main street. It’s a beautiful place!

Tumbarumba creekscape
Tumbarumba creekscape

Shout-out to all the organisers and volunteers who help keep Tumbafest alive even in these tough times. Hope the many locals and visitors enjoy their weekend of fun.

3. Road Trippin’

When you drive 1700kms for a birthday party you need to stop along the way! We reached out to old friends we haven’t seen for a while and ended up stopping the night with them. It was so much fun reminiscing and catching up on the years. Ros and I met through Nursing Mothers ( a breastfeeding support group) when we had our first babies and have stayed in touch over the past 30 years or so.

Old friends are great friends
Old friends are great friends

A funny story – the Mathematician was walking the Kokoda Track in 2009 with a group of high school students and ran into Ros and Brian walking the other way! You couldn’t have planned to meet up like that but they randomly met on a hill in the middle of the jungle.

Shout-out to Ros for her friendship and support over the years, despite us not seeing each other in person for many many years!

4. Natalie’s Weekend Coffee Share

Natalie shares a Weekend Coffee Share #weekendcoffeeshare link up each weekend and I enjoy meeting other bloggers and reading their words. Natalie is a generous host and I encourage you to pop over and say hello and see what else you might find to enjoy.

Fun shout-out to Natalie for having us all over for coffee every weekend!

And just because I love a pun joke!

pun quote
pun quote

What’s my Shout-out Saturday all about?

Shout Out Saturday is where I invite you to join me, by leaving a link or a comment, to something that has had an impact on you recently. Something fun, something you’ve enjoyed….

We need all the good vibes we can get at the moment, don’t we?

You can read more about #ShoutoutSaturday in this post

You can leave a link to a post on your blog, or maybe something you’ve read on someone else’s blog, or simply share some good news, something you’ve enjoyed, or watched or you can just drop in to say hello. Join me for #ShoutoutSaturday

Anything really – it’s up to you!

Thanks again for all your support, here’s wishing you a great week ahead!

Becoming BOLD is like getting a new lease on life!

Deb 🙂

You can find all my Shout Out Saturday posts here

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38 Replies to “#ShoutoutSaturday 6 – a first birthday, old friends and Tumbafest”

  1. Hi Deb, enjoy your time in Queensland! Happy birthday to your cute grandson. My news is that I can finally see the end to my long recovery from bilateral mastectomies. Thanks to my very supportive GP, exercise physiologist, psychologist for getting me well again. My boss has been so supportive with allowing me time off to heal properly, and she’ll let me work at reduced hours for 8 weeks. I’m hoping to be back in April, 11 months after my surgery. Shoutout to all the people who have helped me get this far.
    Have a lovely weekend

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    1. Thanks Christina, I’m not a fan of the humidity but it’s lovely to be with my daughter and her family, it’s been too long! I’m so pleased you are making progress and that your boss is being supportive, as they should be!


  2. Deb, I hope you and your family have a lovely time celebrating Patrick’s 1st birthday. We’re still in lockdown over here so every time I hear about an in-person family or friend gathering, I’m excited for the participants. Thank you so much for the shout-out and for linking with my Weekend Coffee Share link-up. The blogging community has been supportive to me. Hosting the weekly blog link-up is a way for me to give back. I hope your blog readers consider joining any and every week. Have a wonderful weekend! #WeekendCoffeeShare

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    1. Thank you Natalie, we are enjoying some lovely family time together. We are fortunate to be able to get together and I certainly don’t take it for granted. I’m so pleased your linkup is going well and thanks again for having us over.


  3. One of my cousins has headed down for the weekend. I so wish I could go sometime…sigh. I love that photo of you with Patrick. My shoutout this week is to catching up with friends.

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    1. You would really enjoy Tumbafest Jo…one day you’ll get there! That photo of us makes me smile every time I see it, so thanks for your comment 🙂 Catching up with friends is a great shoutout and I hope to see you soon.

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    1. Hi Donna, thanks for your kind words on our photo together, we are having fun getting to know him and him feeling more comfortable with us every day. Thanks for sharing Sandy’s post, it’s a fabulous collaboration. I will join in one day!

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    1. Yes Sue, that year certainly has flown by and he is adorable. He’s not well at the moment with a bit of a cold and not sleeping well, so we are helping out where we can. Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you soon 🙂

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  4. So lovely that you could make the trek to this young grandson’s first birthday. Still it must have felt different not being home for Tumbafest. Nursing mothers …what a great connection and group. My husband’s fave cake is the Simplicity Chocolate cake from the NMAA cookbook I got in 1976. Talking of birthdays,we are just back from celebrating my husband’s 72nd at our son’s house. First time we have all, 2 kids, 8 grandkids & i partner have been together since my 70th in 2019. Enjoy the boy!! Denyse

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    1. Yes Denyse, it’s been a great trek up north but worth it! Your husband and Patrick share a birthday 🙂 I did miss Tumbafest but family takes precedence as you know. Nursing Mothers was a great resource for me back in the day with their cookbooks and other useful merchandise. I always credit NMAA as being my start in gaining confidence in myself to take on new challenges and growing into who I am today. So glad you got to celebrate B’s birthday with family, so good for you all.


  5. Hi Deb – Patrick is such a cutie and you must be in Granny heaven atm. I was impressed that your Tumbarumba shot went almost-viral, but it certainly is pretty and I imagine it will be even more so when the festival is on. I’m also enjoying Natalie’s Weekend link party. x

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    1. Hi Leanne, Patrick is a real little cutie pie and we are loving having time with him. He’s not been sleeping too well so we are able to give my daughter a break and have time with him on our own, which is special. When I say my photo went viral, I’m not suggesting world wide viral just in comparison to my usual posts 🙂


    1. Thanks so much Carla. Things are going OK here in Australia but we are always on our guard when out and about. I’m certainly enjoying the time with my family.

      I’ll be sure to pop over to your post shortly, thanks for joining in!

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    1. Yes Leslie, Patrick is very sturdy and such a cute little man. He is a bit poorly at the moment and not sleeping well so we are helping out as we can while we are up here. The creekscape is a lovely place to relax 🙂


  6. Hi Debbie, I missed last week’s Saturday shoutout, so I’m catching up with it this week.

    Here’s a great post I’d like to shout out from Nick at Just Write Right. It’s all about the confusion involving when to give certain words/names a capital letter and when not too. I can’t tell you how much help reading this post gave me.


    Wishing your Grandson a happy 1st birthday. I hope there is some spare cake left for me? And what a gorgeous photo of Tumbarumba. I can see why it went viral. Good to hear that the festival is still going ahead.

    Have a great week ahead.

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    1. Thanks very much Hugh, I enjoyed the grammar lesson from Nick and left him a comment saying so, and also that you gave hime a shout-out 🙂

      When I say my photo went viral, that’s quite subjective as anything over a few hundred seeing my posts is a lot for me!!

      Patrick had a great birthday but alas the cake is all gone! Thanks for joining me for #shoutoutSaturday

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    1. Thanks Kirstin, we are thoroughly enjoying spending time with my daughter and her family and helping out where we can. Being 1700km away from them is hard at times, so we make the most of every opportunity. Congrats on the brith of your granddaughter, that’s very exciting!


  7. Happy first birthday!! I hope you had fun celebrating (it sure sounded like it). I also love that you have these long standing traditions (tumbafest) and friendships! That is amazing and says a lot about the kind of person you are. Not many traditions and friendships can withstand the ‘test of time’. Kudos.

    PS Loved the pun! hehe.

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    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes Kristin. I try hard to maintain friendships and traditions and feel it’s well worth the effort. That pun made me smile so I just had to share 🙂


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