Brisbane, QLD

Thursday, April 23, 2009

"I Love the Rough Sea"

Sunday 16th Jan 1949
Ship rolled a lot in the night. Loads sea sick again. Went on deck to see gale and storm. Lovely and rough and ship pitching and tossing. Diane and Len sick again, but I enjoyed breakfast. Starving again by 11 am although lots are looking rotten. Steak and onions for lunch. I had 2 helpings of sweets. I love the rough sea.
"I love the rough sea."

Monday 17th Jan
Lazy day. Slept and ate ice cream etc. Played Housie Housie but not lucky. Some won 9 pound prizes. Put clocks on another hour. Bed about 1:00 am.

Tuesday 18th Jan
Diane had shampoo at hairdressers. Another gale blowing. Pitching and tossing. Cloudy sky and cold. Washed and hung it out on the deck. Nearly blew me away while pegging it out. Dry in a jiffy. Strange feeling, ironing and swaying to and fro, but comfy kneeling down. Earlier to bed.


  1. So my darling wife... you were sea sick?? How come you keep wanting to drag ME onto boats?? BB

  2. I just love reading these entries! And I'll say it again - what a wonderful memory to have in printed form:-)

  3. Diane, it is great to have the opportunity to share your Mum's Diary entries, including pics.
    My Mum was an avid writer for which I am very grateful.
    Wonderful memories!

  4. Your mother had a solid stomac ! good for her. I love to read this diary it must be very couragious to go into a completely strange country on another continent and start a new life ! Do you remember this trip ?

  5. I am thoroughly enjoying this Mum! It"s so great to see the photographs along with her words. I love her lust for adventure and for food! She is so skinny in the photos, can you imagine what it must be like to have unlimited access to so much food after so many years of rationing? What can you remember from the trip?

  6. hello just dropping by here again
    have a great day and happy blogging

  7. What a fascinating read. Loved it.

    Many of my great uncles and aunts emigrated, mostly to US, but some to Australia. My granny also tried to emigrate to US but was deported from Ellis Island!

    Digital Scrapbooking would be perfect to record all your wonderful travels. I have some links and posts on my blog about digi-scrapping, or you can just google it. There are lots of tutorials and freebies out there to get you going.

    Feel free to ask me any questions - I am passionate about it!!!

    Thanks for visiting my blog today.

  8. I found this blog via english girl rambles via another one that follows my blog - I love the diary of your mother's impressions of the trip to Australia. I remember many people travelling on the£10 passage from Ireland in the 1960s and 70s when I was in school here. You seem to have had an interesting life, I have PNG friends living in Armidale, met them in Tanzania. Please visit my blog and leave a comment if you like. Greetings on Anzac Day - Ihave a post on Anzac cookies on my blog! with their history for me.

  9. Diane, I am loving this and your mother certainly had sea legs.

    Condolences for the recent death of your brother. He lives in your memory and are richer for his being in your life ....gathered by the thoughtful words and photographs in your writings.

  10. Now I'm wondering if your mom loved the rough seas becasue she got to eat more or if it was because she found it invigorating?

  11. This makes me laugh as my Mum's diary were always full of the food we eat! Diane