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Aussie Life Family

His Name

Yesterday was the 35th anniversary of the day my brother lost his fight with leukaemia; a day I have difficulty in remembering every year. My natural coping mechanism was to erase the date from my memory. I always know it’s August but can’t remember exactly when. But yesterday my parents sent me photographs and a […]

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Aussie Life Challenges

This Retreating Wombat

And so it came to pass that the little hairy-nosed wombat emerged from a deep, long slumber. She sleepily made her way to the mouth of the burrow and blinked in the bright summer sun; it’s been way too long she thought to herself – time to face the world. It really has been way […]

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Aussie Life

Happy Anniversary Wombat

This week I received a WordPress Happy Anniversary notification that it is four years since I created Waking the Wombat. I thought it an appropriate moment to reflect on what I’ve achieved in those four years. I created WTW as an outlet for expression and a place to share my experiences of immigrating from the […]

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Aussie Life Challenges

Goodbye Double Space

I’ve been wondering for quite sometime (a few years in fact) as to why the younger generation don’t double space after ending a sentence with a full-stop while I do. I learnt to type at school back in the early ’80s.  We used Olivetti typewriters and learned about home keys and carbon paper.  Woe betide anyone […]

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Creative Writing

Trapped

I’m trapped and there’s no escape.  I am up high; the fifth floor I think and the windows don’t open.  I can see the door but THEY would notice if I went for it.  If I keep looking at him; he’ll think I’m paying attention.  There are others – next to me and behind me.  I […]

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Aussie Life

One Hundred Not Out!

Yay!  I’ve just reached a WordPress milestone – ONE HUNDRED POSTS!  It’s taken awhile but I’m feeling pretty boosted by receiving a milestone badge so thank you WordPress and thank you all for still following the Wombat -we appreciate it. Talking of wombats, I just wanted to share Patrick with you – some of you […]

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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

In Mourning This Morning 

The weekend is well and truly over and so too the queue of scheduled posts; the pressure is on!  Thought I’d share with you just how I’m feeling this week. For just under ten years I was employed by the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of SA (RA&HS).  Sounds mighty grand doesn’t it? I was […]

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Aussie Life

Having “It” – Still

As soon as I had finished writing yesterday’s post Upping the Ante, I slammed shut my laptop and toodled off to the gym.  It’s the same gym chain I was a member of in South Australia, Anytime Fitness and I do my best to go two or three times a week, mixing with walks around […]

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Aussie Life Challenges

Upping the Ante

Apparently I need to write more; I’ve had some requests to post more often but two things hold me back; time and inspiration.  I’m certainly a writer who’s been waiting for inspiration to smack her in the face but apparently that’s all wrong.  An article published on the Australian Writers Centre’s Facebook page, by The […]