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This is part two of a set of photographs, taken by me over a considerable period of years. It, and its predecessor, has been created to show what rural England has always looked like, unchanging in a changing world, holding on to its traditions and fitting easily into the natural … read more

Is texting strangers really such a bad idea?

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  Is texting strangers really such a bad idea? I mean to say, it is a great way to make new friends. One does not have to join a dating site to meet people. I have been texting several males and females whom I met on this very site. It is … read more

They’re a weird mob!

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Many of our people have European names and origins. As a nation, we embarked upon a worthy immigration process after the Second World War. A burgeoning, developing land, we had desperate need of population to take us where we needed to go. Thousands came, from every country through war-ravaged Europe. … read more

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Mrs Jones and the Magic Land

Being a minister’s daughter carries many obligations. One of these was the ability to play the piano and organ. Who ever heard of a minister’s daughter who could not graciously step in and take over when the organist was absent? With this in mind my parents engaged the services of … read more

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From one mother to another: ‘Junior’ and the war

The letters from my mother became a weekly routine for her, and some of the more excited letters were like this one where she divulges news of her first pregnancy. It is interesting, perhaps, to note that this was in the days before there was any way of telling the … read more

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Refugees in Australia: It has been good for our past and it will be good for our future

  I was asked would I speak at a rally about refugees and I readily agreed.  But before you make too many assumptions and think I am going to lay it all at the feet of the present Coalition government let me say that I believe both sides of politics … read more

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It’s an old place: the English countryside in pictures (Part one)

You don’t have to travel far in England to find something old! It might be really old, like Stonehenge, it might be machinery, like steam beam-engines from the industrial revolution or it might be remains of the Roman invasion of the first century AD. All these things are popular with … read more

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Our first car: a turquoise blue Volkwagen with a colourful life

Who needs a car! We didn’t have a car when we first married. We were building our house without a home loan and every penny we earned went into living costs and the all-important house. Even after we got the house to a liveable stage we still needed to pour … read more

The life of Boss – a dog’s journey back and forth

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Boss has travelled far and wide in his short life. He is a beautiful... read more

Getting back to basics: living life passionately and inspirationally

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We only have one chance at this life. Do we live a fulfilled one... read more

Shirley Valentine, eat your heart out – a birthday to remember

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  “It was siesta time, the silence punctuated only by the flop, flop, of... read more

Letters by my mother: pregnancy and a stickybeak neighbour

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Jane had four children: three of them, Richard, Gillian and Phillippa born in Scotland... read more

A university education – is it necessary?

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When I was a teenager, in the late 40s and early 50s, a university... read more

When breaking a leg breaks the drought…

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“Break a leg” – an idiom used to wish actors or any theatre performers... read more

Rejection is not about you

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“Don’t take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say... read more

The Daisy Diaries… she’s seven months old now!

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Well, here’s the next instalment of the Daisy Diaries and I can’t believe Daisy... read more

If you don’t listen carefully, your garden could turn out like this!

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I am the first to admit that gardening is not my cup of tea... read more

What “The In-Group” did next…

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  ‘The In-Group” (a band from the 70s), had survived its first cruise on... read more

What Pleases Me Most: good customer service

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I am not pinged off, annoyed, or pushing a barrow! This is my new... read more

No trip to South-West England is complete without a run down into Devon!

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Just as Kent is the ‘Garden Of Britain’, and anywhere beyond Birmingham is glibly... read more

Farewell, number 29 – saying goodbye to the family home

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A few months after the death of your parents, having to sell the family... read more

Tobe Frank: How filthy art thy hands, gentlemen?

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To be frank I’m aghast at the number of people (men in this case)... read more

I’m so proud of my son – it’s been a long, hard and painful road.

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Christine’s son was hit by a four wheel drive whilst he was riding a... read more

I’d rather stick pins in my eyes…until I actually had to…

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There is that saying, “I’d rather stick pins in my eyes”. Sadly that is... read more

It affects everyone and does not discriminate – cancer and my father

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  It is true, as the advertisements say, cancer affects everyone and even sex-specific... read more

I’ll write to you, my ‘French Connection’…

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Helen Mirren is quite a woman, still firing at sixty seven, and a force... read more

The hero of Watson Bay

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In the 1950s, everyone expected to find Russian agents under their bed or inside... read more

The colours of Gippsland and surrounds

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I’ve enjoyed putting up some of my paintings in the past, to add a... read more

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One pot recipe: spring chicken

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It’s the 2nd day of spring so why not try something to welcome in the new season? This scrumptious recipe is sure to be a winner this week at your place! Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, chopped 500g boneless, skinless chicken thighs 300g small potatoes 425ml low-salt vegetable … read more

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Long skimming shirts – no skin tight tops here!

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The sun is coming out for spring and the layers are starting to be peeled back. And when you do, it is nice to have some simple, stylish t-shirts to wear with 3/4 pants and casual looks. Slouchy t-shirts are all the rage this year: they hide the extra lumps … read more

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Don’t you know how to cook?!

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A woman is cooking eggs in the kitchen when her husband comes running in. Immediately, he sees the eggs and gasps in horror. “Be careful! CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Oh, my GOSH!” The wife, startled at her husband’s violent reaction, dashes to the fridge to get some butter. … read more