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So Near, Yet So Far…

Absolutely everyone has a story to tell on how this pandemic is impacting their lives. You see, tomorrow is the day that our son and his beautiful fiancé were due to marry – Saturday 28th March 2020. Instead, we are in lockdown, protecting our health and the health of others, and even though you may […]

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Aussie Life Family

Bluebottles, divorce & other ramblings

I’ve neglected my blog and WordPress for the last few weeks. Life got really busy – as I’m sure you can all appreciate – and then the mad preparations for the festive season followed by the need for us to transform ourselves into the ‘new us for the new year’. Christmas was wonderful and exhausting […]

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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 Challenges

On My Way to the MBE

Some of you good folk may have read in one of my earlier posts that my lovely Dad was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s honours list?  Dad was duly notified that his official investiture invitation could arrive anytime in the next seven months and that he would dearly love me to be there […]

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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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Everyday Inspiration Family

Everyday Inspiration, Day 8

Reinvent the Letter Format I’m cheating and hope you won’t mind?  You see, I’m time poor at the moment and have decided that you absolutely won’t mind that I’ve linked this assignment to a post I wrote back in November 2014.  It was actually a Blogging 101 assignment and the subject was my dream reader. […]

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Aussie Life Challenges Family

Embracing Change

After months of uncertainty and the odd feeling of limbo that comes with it, we have finally had confirmation that a move interstate, to Brisbane, is on the cards for us.  When I say us I mean my husband and me; our young adult children have decided to stay in Adelaide; our daughter would prefer […]

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Family Photo101 Assignments

Day Sixteen: Treasure & Close-up

Our family treasure George.  Rescued from the care of the RSPCA he came to live with us for eight years.