Write, every day of your life 42/365

Whoa!  What’s the most surreal experience you’ve ever had?

So I have to admit I thought I better look up what surreal actually means…I mean it’s a word that people use quite often…but that doesn’t mean that people use it correctly.

So turns out it means having the qualities of surrealism; bizarre.

Right…so the most surreal experience I’ve had.  Well as stupid as it might sound it has to involve rugby…well I do have a thing for sport, in case that hasn’t been made obvious so far…or in case you’re one of the 35 new followers that have come along this year.

I’ve always liked rugby, for many years that only went as far as liking the Wallabies and going to games when I could…plus I grew up in Melbourne, in AFL heartland where I got to know a number of the Hawthorn boys quite well back in the day, when I was in uni and dear lord it seems such a long time ago.  I mean I would chat to them, they would chat to me, they knew me by name, even when I moved to a cattle station and came back to Melbourne six months later my favourite player still knew me by name and stopped for a chat, it was all kind of sweet as he was the whole of 18 and 19 at the time and I was 22 and 23 when all this was happening…like I said it was such a long time ago, hell I’m 39 in not even 3 months.

Anyhow, I decided to pick the rugby team that I would follow based on which one had the most interesting players on Twitter…well it was 2010 and I was well into Twitter then and there were some rather sweet players on there.  Anyhow I decided to support the Queensland Reds.  I still think most of those players are rather sweet.  I got a membership and kept following them on Twitter.

In 2012 I made it to my first game and had photos taken with a few players, including my favourite player, even though it meant racing from one end of the stadium to the other after the game…it is about priorities boys and girls and I was a woman on a mission…and by mission I mean I drove 900km then flew a few hours just to get to the game.  It’s what you do when you live in Country Town and you want to go to a sporting event.

I put the photo on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and the bugger liked it and when I put it as a profile pic he said he liked it…bloody hell, that was a tad unexpected.




So 2012 comes and I make it to another game…mind you it was a bigger trek this time as I went to Fiji for my 35th birthday and then went back to Country Town via Perth…a lot further in distance, but no difference in cost and of course the Reds were playing in Perth that weekend, which was the reason for going via Perth for a few days.  I was a woman with a mission again…trying to meet Fave 1 and Fave 2…especially Fave 2 as I had never met him.  So I had no luck at the game, which peeved me no end.

But the next morning I woke up early and made the decision that I might as well head to the airport early…well that was definitely a good decision. I checked in, went through security and not long later I notice some of the Reds players, not a bad sight at 6am on a Sunday.  But no sign of Fave 1 or Fave 2…that was okay, I had time to kill.

Their flight gets called and then I spy Fave 1, I go towards him and he says “Hey Shirl how are you?” and I will admit I was kind of shocked, I got him to sign the photo and he asks if there’s any more of the boys I want to meet so I say Fave 2 and he sings out to him and he stops and I get a photo, which another player takes right before he boards the plane, I’m talking 10m or so from the boarding gate.


Then in 2013 the Reds auction off their Indigenous round jerseys and I make the decision to put a bid on Fave 1’s jersey, a last minute decision and I mention it on Twitter and he asks if I got it, thankfully I did.


beau jersey 1

A couple of weeks later the Reds auction off their jerseys from the game against the British and Irish Lions so I decide to buy Fave 2’s…another last minute decision which pays off…I should stop buying jerseys and guernseys…I did for a while, then January hit and I had a week of madness there.

jono jersey

Anyway back to the story.  Scarily enough a couple of days before it arrives Fave 2 starts following me on Twitter…let’s just say there were some elements of complete shock going on in my lounge room when that happened…I was just a tad excited…it honestly doesn’t take much.


Now onto 2014.  Fave 2 has changed teams and I feel obliged to get a membership for the new team, as well as keep my Reds membership, I mean the guy sees all the dribble I put on twitter and there has been a lot over the time.  Plus I move to Country Town 2.0, a mere 900km from Sydney and 900km from Brisbane, so I make it to both games where his team plays the Reds.  The first game I met one player…who just happens to live in the same house as Fave 2…the things people know, god love social media.

The second game however, well that involved the surreal moment with Fave 2.  He ends up starting, which he wasn’t meant to, then scores a try, then gets hurt…all that aside after the game I get to where I’m able to get photos and signatures and get a few photos, but not Fave 1…I’m desperate for a photo with Fave 2 though.  I see him strolling across the ground so I sing out and he says he’ll be over in a minute.  He comes over and says “Hey Shirl, how are you?” hugs me and kisses me on the cheek…yes that was a completely surreal moment…I was in complete and utter shock.  I ask him to sign the photo and ask for another photo and he says we definitely need a new photo as the other one is a shocker…well it’s not that bad, but it’s not the best.  So we get another photo and chat a bit and I was in complete shock still.

shirl and jono 3

Onto January, 2015.  I head off to Brisbane to go to Queensland Reds training because of another jersey I bought.  Anyway Fave 1 is training and after training I get my new Reds jersey signed by a fair few players (on a side note you have to hate when you go to buy a permanent marker and because all the back to school supplies are everywhere the only sort you can easily find are super fine ones…which means that whilst you can see the signatures well on the actual jersey they’re a bit hard to see in the photo of it).  So Fave 1 comes up and says “hello, hello what’s this another new jersey?”…well I do own two that he’s worn and a team training shirt that’s been signed by a lot of the team and now this one…and that’s just the ones he’s signed and we chat for a bit before he goes inside.

Just a few surreal moments…sorry for the long post.



Write, every day of your life 31/365

Burnt…Remember yesterday, when your home was on fire and you got to save five items? That means you left a lot of stuff behind. What are the things you wish you could have taken, but had to leave behind?

Oh look…yet again this lines up with The Daily Post’s writing prompt of today: “Burnt.”  So here’s the combined effort.

Well let’s just be slightly materialistic and say I would like to take a heck of a lot of things.

My signed cookbooks and there’s a bit of a collection going on with signed books from George Calombaris, Donna Hay, Manu Fiedel, Adriano Zumbo amongst others.

My framed spineless classics poster of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory where the entire text of the book is on one poster.

My framed sea-fan.

A few things from the cherubs over the years.

The rest of my signed jerseys and guernseys and the signed rugby ball and signed football boots.

There’s a just a few things…

Write, every day of your life…30/365

Burning down the house…Your home is on fire. Grab five items (assume all people and animals are safe). What did you grab?

Gee this looks very much like The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Burning Down the House.” which is the prompt for January 29th…ummm maybe I should just put them both together (with a little update like this paragraph of course).

Oh that’s easy…and I don’t care who judges me over these things as yes they’re quite materialistic in a sense.

I’ve gone with the theory that any photos that are important to me are actually available on here, Facebook and Instagram so I wouldn’t need to take my phone, laptop or any of my hard-drives.

So for that reason we’ll start with…


1. The nice new signed Hawthorn guernsey…and only because it is nice and new and signed by a lot of the team, including nearly all of my favourites…yes I know it can be replaced easily, but hey…it’s my choice here.


2. My nice new signed Queensland Reds jersey…damn the fact that I bought an extra fine permanent marker, so in the photo the signatures don’t show up great, but 11 players signed it and I think it’s more about the experience that I had when I was invited to the training session last Thursday…oh and the conversations that were had with my favourite players.


3.  Now I have to go with the reason why I went to Brisbane last Thursday…to collect my James “Chibba” Hanson worn and signed Brisbane NRC jersey…well it wasn’t signed until I picked it up and watched training and then he signed it.  I think it’s more important because it is the only one there is.  He only played one match for the inaugural season of the NRC and this is the jersey from that match which makes it one of a kind…quite literally…and it’s now with me in Country Town 2.0.


4.  There’s no way in the world I could go without taking this…my match worn and signed Jono Lance jersey that he wore when he played against the British and Irish Lions in 2013.  I’ve got two favourite rugby union players and he’s one of them…he’s just a tad too nice…and that of course has nothing to do with the fact that he follows me on Twitter, or that when I met him for the second time, which was after a match in July last year he came over, said, “hi, how are you Shirl?” hugged me and gave me a kiss on the cheek…yes, a very unbelievable moment.


5.  This belongs to the other favourite rugby union player…Beau Robinson.  It’s his match worn and signed Indigenous round jersey…and yes he’s a tad too nice as well.  When I saw him at Perth airport in May 2013 he said, “hey Shirl, how are you?” and I was literally in shock…I’d only met the guy once before then.  Then I hadn’t met him from then until last Thursday and I asked him to sign the nice, new Reds jersey and his first comment was “gee another new jersey” and when I explained that I was at training to get the Chibba jersey he said that Chibba going to Europe was no excuse for it not being signed…god love it.

So there’s my five and the reasons.

#FMSPHOTOADAY day 24…playtime

On Thursday I was invited to the Queensland Reds training session, which I’ll write more about later. During that Quade Cooper hurt what looked like his arm or shoulder but kept training. I even managed to get a photo with him and got him to sign my new guernsey.


God love that he apologised later for being a bit down…too nice.
Anyhow, last night the club said that he had fractured his collarbone and has to have surgery and will miss 10-12 weeks!!! All this only a week before the first trial match.
So this is my version of play…but for him it is work.


#FMSPHOTOADAY day 23…something far away

I took this last night…actually about 8 hours ago at the Asian Cup match of Australia v China. Scores were still 0-0 and the finish was definitely far away!!


#FMSPHOTOADAY Day 19…homemade


Today’s version of homemade…random people getting their faces painted at the Australian Open.

#FMSPHOTOADAY Day 13…lucky number

I honestly don’t have a lucky number…but on the night I took this photo it was both lucky and unlucky.

It was taken during a rugby game.  The player shown is my favourite rugby player…the lucky side was he started the game…which wasn’t planned, he scored a try…his second in Super 15, I met him for the second time…oh and he knew my name and gave me a hug and a kiss on the cheek…yes I was slightly shocked, but also just a tad happy.  The unlucky part, just minutes before this photo he injured his knee, seconds after it he went off, stayed off for the rest of the game and didn’t participate in the finals.


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