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Re: Pat Ritter. Books

Post by patritter » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:49 pm

'The Year That Never Was' - Page 55:

'No one will ever find out Martha. In future I'll need to make certain you keep to non-alcoholic drinks. Leave drinking the hard stuff to me.' Julia giggled.
'Julia. I must apologise. Perhaps its time I went home. I've ruined your evening. I'm so sorry.' Martha pleaded.
'Martha. Don't worry. We'll be together for the next six weeks following our husbands on SS Australian leaving Brisbane tomorrow at two o'clock in the afternoon. I want you as my companion. I'll remember not to make you drink alcohol.' Julia explained taking another glass of drink from the waiter.
'I didn't realise we were leaving tomorrow. I'd better be getting home to pack. Thank you for a wonderful evening Julia. We are friends.' Martha stated kissed Julia on her cheek.
Julia spoke with a waiter to pass a message onto Nat. His wife was ready to leave. The waiter rushed off toward the ballroom. Julia stayed with Martha until Nat appeared before them.
'Is everything okay Martha. The times not twelve o'clock yet.' Nat smiled.
'Nat. Do you realise our ship leaves at two o'clock tomorrow afternoon?' Martha questioned her husband.
'Yes. Our trip will take about fifty days. You've found a friend Martha.' Nat questioned looking at Julia.
'Julia and I are now friends Nat. I want to go home to pack. Please.' Martha commanded.
'Give me a couple of moments to say farewell to Joseph and Sir Samuel.' Nat walked away leaving Martha to ponder if this journey was beneficial to her. She didn't want to stay on her own at 'Kahmoo Station' nor annoy Hannah by staying in Cunnamulla.
Nat returned with Joseph and Sir Samuel Griffiths. Sir Samuel looked at his wife. 'You have had a good night my dear?' His response made Julie sit more upright continued to drink her drink.
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Re: Pat Ritter. Books

Post by patritter » Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:07 pm

'The Year That Never Was' - Page 54:

'You don't drink often. Do you Martha?' Julia asked emptying her glass, asking for another.
'No more for me thank you Julia. I've had enough. I'll sit quiet for awhile to perhaps sober up.' Martha placed her arms on the table in front of her, holding her head upright trying not to have her head fall flat onto the table.
'Do you need fresh air?' Julia asked her new companion.
'No. Thank you. I've never drank alcohol before. This makes me light headed.' Martha tried to explain embarrassed by her actions sat upright looking toward the city lights.
'Joseph tells us he worked on your property shearing.' Julia said to commence a conversation. Before Julia finished; Martha collapsed onto the table. Her face falling onto her arms. Tiredness overtook her.
Julia didn't realise Martha had fallen asleep. She shook Martha in the hope to awaken her. Martha lifted her head, her eyes gazed over, she couldn't speak. Martha dropped her head again on her arms, snores soon erupted from her nose.
A waitress appeared beside Julia. 'Is anything I can do my Lady?' Asked the concerned waitress.
'Not at this stage, thank you. We'll let her sleep off what she drank. Would you bring me another drink.' Julia asked the waitress who rushed off to do her duty.
Martha slept for the next hour. Julia sat alone by her side drinking glass upon glass when the waitress arrived with a drink. Martha moved, sat upright, blinked her eyes, looked sideways, Julia seated beside her drinking from a glass.
'Are you okay Martha?' Julia asked concerned.
'Yes, thank you my Lady. I'm so sorry what happened. I don't drink alcohol as you would realise by now. In my opinion this is no way to act in your company. I am sorry for my actions.' Martha apologised.
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Re: Pat Ritter. Books

Post by patritter » Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:48 pm

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The Premier shook Nat's hand whilst kissed the back of Martha's hand. 'I'm most pleased to meet you both. Joseph has told me so much about you. Please meet my wife, Lady Julia Griffiths.' Martha curtsy to show respect.
Lady Griffiths took Martha's hand leading her away from the main ballroom. 'We don't want to mix with this lot. Come. We'll entertain ourselves on the front veranda.' Martha followed Lady Griffiths like a sheep dog. 'Two strong drinks.' Lady Griffiths asked the waiter serving drinks. Two glasses filled to the brim with drink handed to Lady Griffiths.
Martha couldn't believe the view of city lights spread across the horizon.
'Joseph has a fine home.' Lady Griffiths remarked sipping her drink.
'I've never witnessed anything so beautiful in my life.' Martha expressed. Sipping her drink. The fine liquid drained down her throat into her stomach. Martha never drank alcohol. On this occasion being different, she didn't want to be a wet blanket in front of Lady Griffiths. She took another gulp of drink to ease her nerves. 'Lady Griffiths.' Martha relaxed; threw caution to the wind. 'I'm so embarrassed.' Martha tried to explain why she was nervous.
'Martha. May I call you Martha?'
'Yes by all means. I'm a pastoralists wife. Not a Lady like yourself.' Martha replied, swallowing the fire eating liquid.
'Another.' Lady Griffiths beckoned to the waiter. 'Keep them coming.' She told the waiter. 'Martha do call me Julia. I believe we are going to become great friends.' Taking two glasses from the waiter handed one to Martha.
Martha took another sip from her glass. Her eyes glazed. Her mind fuzzy. Her body relaxed.
'If you don't mind.' Martha's words slurred. She hiccuped. 'Sorry.' Martha placed her handkerchief over her mouth. Dizziness overtook her.
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Re: Pat Ritter. Books

Post by patritter » Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:24 pm

'The Year That Never Was' - Page 52:

'What about you Martha. You looking forward to accompanying your husband to Melbourne for this important occasion?' Gloria asked.
'Which reminds me. Can you recommend any good dress stores. I need to purchase the latest designs. We're invited to attend The Honourable Joseph Ryan, Esquire, M.L.A. home tonight for a banquet to meet the Premier.' Martha shared, excitement in her voice.
Hearing the carriage pull up outside, Nat and Martha excused themselves to go shopping. Martha selected numerous dresses. Nat purchased a couple of suits, they returned to Spring Hill. Arrangements for their journey to Joseph's home to be ready by seven o'clock.
'Martha, you look divine.' Gloria's mouth dropped open when Martha entered the lounge room. Martha twirled around to show everyone her new dress.
'You look beautiful my dear.' Nat took her hand kissed her knuckles. 'I'll be the proudest man at the banquet tonight.' They said their goodbyes. Nat escorted Martha on his arm to their waiting carriage.
Arriving at The Honourable Joseph Ryan, Esquire, M.L.A. home, Martha took in a deep breath to overcome the sight of the grand home overlooking Brisbane. Stepping down from the carriage Martha smiled, whispered to Nat. 'I'm in a fairytale. Cinderella. Dressed for the ball.' Nat escorted his wife to the front foyer.
'Don't forget to leave before midnight otherwise our carriage may turn into a pumpkin.' Nat joked.
'Welcome Nat and Martha to my humble abode.' Joseph said taking Martha by the hand. Escorted his guests to the ballroom. 'Let me introduce you both to the Premier of Queensland.' Joseph whispered. 'Mr Premier. I introduce two most important people in my life. Mr Nathan Young escorted by his wife Martha Young.' Joseph concluded in his proudest voice.
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Post by patritter » Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:50 pm

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'I'll drop you off at your parent's home in Spring Hill, Nat.' He said after they left the railway station.
'Thank you Joe. What happens next. Your letter told us to be here today.' Nat tried to explain though frustrated. Being the Boss, he always thought through every detail before doing the work. Here: he treaded water. Didn't want to drown in rough waters; uncommon to him.
'I understand. Tonight I've invited guests to my home for a banquet to introduce you to the Premier of Queensland including cabinet members. My driver will pick you up at seven o'clock. Would this time suit you?' Joe asked.
'Nat. I'll need to go shopping for a new dress. My dresses won't be good enough for meeting such important people.' Martha exclaimed.
'My driver and carriage is at your disposal Martha. I'll have him return as soon as he delivers me to my home.' Joe answered.
'Joe, or The Honourable Joseph Ryan, Esquire, M.LA., thank you so much.' Martha expressed.
'For what you and Nat are doing to represent me by taking time from your life, this is a small service to do. If you'll excuse me. I send my driver and carriage for you soon.' Joe finished. Stepped down from the carriage, extended his hand to Martha who followed his instruction to step down onto the curve of the roadway. 'I'll talk to you both tonight.' He re-entered the carriage whilst his driver took control to guide them away from the curve.
George and Gloria were pleased to see their children again after their previous visit. After hugging both, Gloria said, 'I'll put the kettle on. Just made a fresh batch of scones.' All joined Gloria in the kitchen savouring the odour of fresh cooked scones.
'How're the sheep going?' George asked his son.
'No rain yet Dad. We have a bore on each of the properties. Peter Greig is keeping an eye on things while we're away.' Nat said in between eating a scone, drinking his tea.
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Post by patritter » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:52 pm

'The Year That Never Was' - Page 50:

'Captain Cook when he discovered the place.' Nat answered as if he was Hannah's student.
'Sorry Pa. Matthew Flinders named Australia when he circumnavigated the continent.' Hannah answered.
'You have all the information here, have you?' Nat asked pointing to the sheets of paper.
'Yes. All the information I found from my research.' She answered.
'Thank you. I will study everything you've written and use the information to make Australia a nation.' Nat finished his breakfast.

Settled in their seats on the train Hannah waved to her parents not knowing on their return. Arrangements made for Peter Greig to oversee their properties during their absence. A loud whistle sounded with the words, 'all aboard' called by the conductor. The train pulled away from the platform of Cunnamulla Railway Station.
Daisy waited when the train stopped for water at Coongoola Railway Siding handed Martha a basket filled with delicious food she prepared. No sooner the train stopped, they were again on their journey. Martha's excitement showed when hugging Daisy goodbye before leaving the Siding. Martha took a small handkerchief from her sleeve, dabbing her eyes.
'Coal from the engine'. She remarked before leaving her friend.

Next day the train arrived at Roma Street Railway Station in Brisbane. The Honourable Joseph Ryan, Esquire, M.L.A., waited on the platform to welcome his important guests. Waving to both when the train stopped. Shaking both their hands Joseph welcomed them. After instructing his staff to handle the luggage he escorted his friends to his waiting carriage.
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Re: Pat Ritter. Books

Post by patritter » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:49 pm

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Nat and Martha arrived at Hannah's home to stay before boarding their train to Brisbane. Hannah prepared breakfast for her parents. Nat's selection by The Honourable Joseph Ryan Esquire, M.L.A. to represent Queensland at a meeting in Melbourne Victoria to determine how the Nation of Australia would be established.
'Pa, I'm so proud of you to be representing Queensland. This is something you have been hoping to be a part of for many years.' Hannah placed a plate filled with bacon and eggs in front of her father seated at the kitchen table.
'Hannah, I've got to thank your friend The Honourable Joseph Ryan, Esquire, M.L.A., for this opportunity. Through his encouragement with Parliament to have me represent the State of Queensland. Strange as this may sound I think Joe cleared his bad name with me. I look forward to working with the Founding Fathers.' Nat filled his fork with bacon, pushing the food into his mouth.
'Mother. You must be proud of Pa.' Hannah asked her mother.
'Yes dear I am. Your father has been working on this idea since he decided to purchase all those properties years ago. Of course I'm proud of your father, plus to be accompanying him on his endeavours is something I look forward to.' Martha answered with a smile in her voice.
'Your train is scheduled to leave at eleven o'clock this morning. Before you go I have prepared some information which may assist you.' Hannah handed her father several sheets of paper she recorded information to help him.
'Thank you Hannah. Why would I need to have this information. All my knowledge is up here in my head.' Nat pointed to his right temple.
'You never realise when you may need this information. For instance Pa. Who named Australia?' Hannah asked in her school teacher voice.
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Re: Pat Ritter. Books

Post by patritter » Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:23 pm

'The Year That Never Was' - Page 48:

Chapter 7

Hannah's hand shook holding an envelope addressed to her from Joe. She placed the envelope into her carrying bag waiting to sit in a quiet place on the front verandah of her home to soak up Joe's words. She missed him more than one ever imagined.
Arriving home she prepared a cup of hot tea for herself, walked to the swing on the front verandah, sat on the swing, opened her carrying bag removed the envelope. Opening the envelope, her fingers trembled to hold the sheets of folded paper. Removing the sheets of paper, she breathed in a deep breath to tell her mind everything was okay to enjoy this moment reading Joe's letter.
Sipping her tea she replaced the cup on the small table beside the swing. Hannah started reading his words. Tears of joy filled her eyes. With her left hand she removed a small handkerchief from her sleeve, placed the handkerchief to her eyes, sobbing out of control.
Opening her eyes, blurred with tears she dried her eyes to identify the words written by her husband. 'To My Dearest Darling Hannah' entered her mind. She loved her husband more than life itself. Continuing to read; her mind relaxed taking in each of his words. After a long train trip they arrived in Brisbane to be greeted by Joseph Ryan. Her imagination drawn on the home Joe explained in the letter imagining the sight of the city lights.
After reading the letter almost ten times she refolded the letter to replace into the envelope. This letter marked an occasion in their lives to show their deepest love they held for each other in their time of separation. Over the following couple of weeks she sat on the swing on the front veranda re-read Joe's letter until the writing almost faded from the pages.
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Re: Pat Ritter. Books

Post by patritter » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:33 pm

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'Thank you for accepting my invitation, gentlemen. Better to have four instead of two to celebrate this time of the year.' Captain Taylor handed both men a tumbler of beer.
'Merry Christmas Captain, also staff Sergeant.' Raising his arm in celebration, drawing the tumbler to his mouth sipping the contents. Different to our beer back home he thought.
'Same to you gentlemen.' Captain Taylor did the same; drank from his tumbler. 'Lunch will be served. Take a seat.'
Whilst staff Sergeant served each dish of pheasant with roast vegetables all four sat down.
'Would you do us the honour of saying Grace, Lieutenant Gibson. Like you would if you were home in your colony.' Captain Taylor requested.
Joe thought of his father-in-law giving Grace the previous year at his new home on 'Tilbaroo Station'.
'Be my pleasure.' Joe stood. 'Please God bless this food we are about to partake, bless also these fine friends present.' Joe leaned across to shake Captain Taylor's hand who returned his hand shake likewise with staff Sergeant and Billy. After everyone shook hands they seated to commence their meals.
After the dish finished Captain Taylor asked. 'What food do you have in your country for Christmas Dinner?' He queried.
Joe hesitated to think about his Christmas Dinner in 1898 eating goanna. 'Last year we ate goanna.' Joe smiled.
'Goanna.' Captain Taylor asked in astonishment. 'I thought goanna - a wild lizard.'
'You're correct. A goanna is a wild lizard. We have aborigine friends back home who killed and cooked the goanna for Christmas Dinner. A bit like this food.' Joe countered showing a slight grin.
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Re: Pat Ritter. Books

Post by patritter » Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:39 pm

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A knock on his office door returned his mind to the present. Thinking Billy stood outside his office he called, 'come in Billy.' When the door open Captain Taylor's Sergeant stood alert saluting.
'Captain Taylor requires your presence.' The Sergeant shouted.
'Tell him I'll be right there.' Joe replied to the Sergeant who did an about turn, left the office. Joe wondered why Captain Taylor needed to meet with him. Placing his tunic on, he walked to Captain Taylor's office. Knocked on the door, he opened after hearing the word 'enter'.
Joe stood to attention, saluted Captain Taylor who rose from his chair, returned the salute. 'Take a seat Lieutenant Gibson.' Joe sat opposite Captain Taylor. In Joe's mind he didn't trust Captain Taylor. For some reason each time the Captain spoke, hairs rose on the back of Joe's neck indicating he should be careful with the Captain. Show respect for his rank, by all means, instead take whatever he says with a grain of salt.
'Have you settled in yet Lieutenant Gibson?' Captain Taylor asked in an inviting tone.
'Yes Sir. I've written to all the families of the deceased soldiers killed on the train on the journey here. Also wrote to my wife.' Joe remarked.
'I understand yourself with your Sergeant have remained in barracks instead of joining your troops.'
'Yes, Sergeant Campbell with myself wanted to remain.' Joe answered.
'Would you with your Sergeant do me the honour of joining my staff Sergeant and I for Christmas Dinner?' Captain Taylor asked.
'Sir. Would be our pleasure.' Joe smiled.
'Good. Christmas Dinner will be served in my quarters at two o'clock this afternoon.' Captain Taylor said.
'Do we need to bring anything?' Joe asked.
'A pity all the champagne bottles were empty from the train. A bottle of champagne would've quenched our thirst.' Captain Taylor passed on an invisible message to Joe.
'Cup-of-tea will do myself and Sergeant Campbell instead.' Joe finished. Standing he saluted, left the office.
Joe found Billy in his quarters resting. Entering his quarters Billy jumped to attention to salute his Officer-in-Charge. 'Easy, Billy. You and I have received an invitation to attend Christmas Dinner with Captain Taylor with his staff Sergeant at two o'clock.' Joe explained.
'Does this mean we're to be in full uniform?' Billy asked.
'Yes. I think appropriate to dress for the occasion. Don't you think.' Joe finished.
'If that's the case. We can't leave the Captain waiting.' Billy ended with a smile.
At two o'clock sharp Joe with Billy stood in front of Captain Taylor's quarters. When the door opened staff Sergeant in full dress ushered the two soldiers into the dining room. Captain Taylor invited them to partake in a drink which both wanted beer.
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