Brisbane, QLD

Tuesday, April 30, 2019


My Story Continued:

(I am still scanning old photos and renovating photo albums as well as publishing them here to make a blog book  for my girls to keep.)

We visited my parents in Sydney for Christmas 1976 and stayed on into the new year 1977. Mum and Dad took us to the Camellia Gardens for the girls to have a play and feed the ducks.

With Granddad

With Grandma

Sonya makes a friend

We visited grandma's friends and the girls had a swim in their pool with grandma.

 We went to the local park at Loftus where I used to play as a kid.

The girls liked playing at grandma's house.

Sunday, April 21, 2019


It is 36 years today, 21st April, since I lost my Dad. Recently, I have been scanning old photos as I renovate old albums. I came across photos of my dad and remembered what a great Dad he was.

On the MS Georgic ship on the way to Australia 
Back in 1949 when he was 35, he was brave enough to gather up his family and emigrate from war torn England with stringent rationing and come to Australia an unknown land with no family or friends.
While we lived in a tent and then a garage, he built our house with his own hands.

After seven years of working hard and building the house on weekends, he together with my mum, saved enough money for a car and a caravan holiday from Sydney to Brisbane.

When the house was finished he attended night school and upgraded his education qualifications. He and I were studying for the 'Leaving Certificate' at the same time.

He took us on holidays every year and we had fun together.

When I floundered in my teenage years he spent time talking to me and supporting me through my troubles.

He helped me find jobs and encouraged me to go to PNG and start a new life and an exciting career. This photo was how I remember him when I left home in 1963.
Seven years later when I returned to Oz married, he continued to support my family. He became sick at the same time that he retired and after 2 years of pain and suffering with bone cancer he passed away on 21st April, 1983. He's always in my memories.

Sunday, April 14, 2019


Last week we took some friends from the village to visit Hinze Dam. They are new to Australia from England. They have moved here to be nearer their family who live in Springwood the same suburb as our village. We thought our move from the next suburb was emotional but to move from the other side of the world at our age, I admire them.

The Hinze Dam and Advancetown Lake are situated in the Gold Coast Hinterland, near Mount Tamborine.

 We walked along the dam wall, which was made higher a few years ago. We saw some bird life and the foot hills of the Great Dividing Range.

We stopped in at the cafe and had a very nice lunch before we walked down to the water's edge.

 It was relaxing sitting on the bench and admiring the view

Even Bill enjoyed the little walk.

Friday, April 12, 2019


Recently we spent 5 days on the Gold Coast with our family. On the last day the weather was perfect.  We have a saying in Queensland,  "....where the weather is beautiful one day and perfect the next." Well we did have one overcast day but the others were great. I took a look over the balcony and wished we could all stay longer, but work called for the young ones.
 Looking south

Looking north

Then I saw Sonya, Carol and the boys playing on the beach, so I went down to join them.

It was a bit cool in the water today so we packed up and went for a walk to the shops where the boys wanted to show me "Cheeky" the fish, which was in a Real Estate Office.

Later in the evening Grandaddy was cooking dinner and pretending to be "The Swedish Chef" from The Muppet Show. However, the boys had never heard of him (a bit before their time) so Grandaddy introduced the boys to 'The Swedish Chef" on You Tube. They really enjoyed it.

We were up early the next morning to drive Sonya and the boys to the Coolangatta Airport.  Luckily it is only 15 mins away. It takes them 2.5 hours to get home to Melbourne, where Sonya had to rush them to school for a colour fun run.

Time to say goodbye to these scallywags.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019


When we went to the beach with our family for a few days, we had one day where the weather wasn't the best. It was still warm but overcast with showers. It didn't stop the young ones from having fun. They went to explore some of the indoor attractions on the Gold Coast. Meanwhile I took a short walk on the beach to strengthen the ankle which I broke some months ago.

We did a routine walk to the coffee shop in mid morning.

The cloudy sky and showers provided a stunning sunset.

Looking towards Surfers Paradise from Burleigh Heads.

Carol snatching some well earnt relaxation.

The sun sinks behind the hinterland mountains seen from the back of our building .

Saturday, April 6, 2019


Our daughter, Sonya, brought the boys to Queensland's Gold Coast for what she called a 'sneaky holiday'. This is because she took the boys out of school for 3 days, last Thurs, Fri and Mon. Her husband, Bernie, couldn't come because he was sent to England for work. Actually it was to meet the fans of the show that he stars in 'Wentworth' as it is very popular in UK.
When our other daughter, Carol,  heard of the 'sneaky holiday' she and husband David, decided to join us too. So they all flew from Melbourne and Sydney, respectively, and we drove (1 hour) to the Gold Coast to meet them. 
We had hired two apartments at Burleigh Heads Beach and had a lovely time with family for five days.

Luckily our extreme heat has calmed down and the weather although overcast at first turned out to be good. Fox on the left had fun extending his hair with pine needles which just stuck on. Banjo enjoyed designing sand castles.

It wasn't long before they were swimming in the surf. They keep their hats and shirts on as well as suncream to protect their skin. Hopefully they won't get skin cancers when they are older. Queensland has the sad reputation of being the world leader in skin cancer diagnoses.
We are proof of that, both Bill and I have had cancers removed.

Sonya bought the boys Boogie Boards and they had fun learning to ride them. Aunty Carol and Uncle David helped as well as mum.

In the evening we returned to our unit to swim in the pool, jump in the spa and clean up ready to go out for dinner. Banjo conked out before we had finished.