Looking Back on 2017


As I look back on 2017, images and memes peek out at me. There were fireworks over Sydney Harbour, a celebration with 1.6 million people. There was exhaustion on every level, and grief for a young lady who passed before her time. Conversations have been more open as a result, and many a brave demeanour... Continue Reading →

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Christmas starts early here…


I once rejected the idea of putting up the Christmas tree and decorations before December 1st. That was until I met a group of ladies in an IVF support group twelve years ago. We went through it all, from pregnancy loss, and losing much-loved babies to enduring cycle after cycle with no result. Christmas felt like... Continue Reading →

Rotorua, Sulphur, Mini Golf and Flemish Rabbits!


My daughter and I travelled to Auckland airport from Sydney to attend a wedding in Rotorua. It was our first international flight, so we were excited! We left home at 5am, and got to our lodgings after 8pm. Fortunately, I had prepared my spine -full of arthritis, spondylosis, etc- for this epic adventure, and after... Continue Reading →

Vale, the Birdwatcher


We received an email from a lovely friend, courageously explaining that she had just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She also mentioned she would be starting treatment at Chris O'Brien's Lifehouse, which may gift her more time. We saw her shortly afterward, and my daughter wrapped her arms around the diminutive Scot. This lady knew that her days were numbered,... Continue Reading →

Old Magazines and Time Travel (part 2)


March 9th, 1987 Elton John was married to Renate Blauel and Michael Crawford was on stage in Phantom of the Opera. March 12th, 1984 There was a feature on Celebrity Homes, with pictures of Liberace, Rock Hudson and others. Joan Collins had started seeing Peter Holm. In good news, stress increases your metabolic rate! A... Continue Reading →

Old Magazines-A Time Capsule


I stopped in at The Bower, a darling little shop in Parramatta that sells everything from pre-loved tea sets to furniture. To my joy, I found magazines for 30 cents each, some dating back thirty years. It was extraordinary, the information on the pages. So much has changed regarding everything from medical advice to technology. Here is... Continue Reading →

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