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Challenges Family

The Tears of Tiny

I’m offloading emotional baggage; I am cleansing my inner self. It’s been inside for over forty years. I have a wonderful friend who has been on her own spiritual journey for some years now and she is there to offer me words of wisdom, inspiration and guidance at any time if  I’m ever in need. […]

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Aussie Life Family

Move Over Dad

Dad, you’ve enjoyed your 5 minutes of fame and now in honour of Mother’s Day, it’s Mum’s turn. You know the phrase ‘behind every great man, there has to be a great woman’ well I know you would be the first person to agree Dad, that Mum was always there for you; supporting you over […]

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Aussie Life Family My Travels

Must Fly

The time has come for me to make my trip to the UK for Dad’s investiture at Buckingham Palace. My suitcase is packed – lightly, but I am travelling with an extensive shopping list from Chief. Spending a total of 22 hours in the air is certainly an endurance test but at the same time, […]

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Aussie Life Family

My Daddy, MBE

I’m so proud I could burst!  My lovely Dad has been recognised in the New Year’s honours list for his fundraising work. He has been awarded an MBE for 30 years of service, raising money for Bloodwise a charity who are ‘here to beat blood cancer.’  Dad has volunteered for Bloodwise since losing his teenage son, my brother Paul, […]

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Challenges Family

MG in Transit

This weekend our son flew up from Adelaide and on the way home from the airport, we stopped in our local suburb, Paddington to grab a spot of lunch.  Paddington is a suburb just a stones throw from the centre of Brisbane and has some of the steepest streets and roads in the area.  I was […]

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Aussie Life Creative Writing Family

Remembering Gran

Today would have been my lovely Gran’s one hundred and fifth birthday and by way of rememberance, I’d like to share with you the poem I wrote just after she passed away in 2000. I’m not into poetry in any shape or form, in fact in English classes at school, it was my worst nightmare; […]

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Aussie Life Books Family

His Name

I found our old childhood book while rummaging through a removal box for something else.  The cover was slightly torn but it brought a smile to my face; a well-loved book, Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne.  I opened the cover and there on the inside page his name written in blue ink in his unmistakable cursive hand-writing.  […]

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Aussie Life Books Family

Family

One of the bravest choices to make when immigrating to the other side of the world is to leave family and friends.  It’s not like it’s near enough to ‘pop’ over for afternoon tea with Auntie or catch up with the whole family over a long Sunday lunch.  It’s a good twenty-four hours and a few […]

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Challenges Family

Back to Front

Have you ever had to sleep on the wrong side of the bed? After you’ve staked  a claim to your-side-of-the-bed for over twenty seven years, just imagine how odd it would feel to sleep on ‘the other side’.

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Challenges Family Happiness Project

Fifty & Celebrating

I am fifty – FIFTY!  I feel like I’m confessing to being an addict.  I’ve been dreading this moment and on the eve of the big day, feel like bursting into tears.  I can’t believe that I have reached this milestone age – my life has flashed by and I’m on the downward slope – […]