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Families.... very special

Having children is a leap into the unknown. My husband Brian and I decided to take the plunge because we had recently had a traumatic event. Strange reason I know.

Brian was 24 and I had just turned 20…. which is young these days, but my rather warped reasoning was not steeped in logic.

Living in New Zealand at the time, and with husband in a new job, I had just survived Tuberculosis but had been sick for a few months without even knowing.

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K'Gari = Paradise!

For me, if ever there was something that we should ALL be doing, it’s these three ‘lores’...

1 - What is good for the land comes first
2 - Do not take or touch anything that does not belong to you
3 - If you have plenty, you must share

FYI, a ‘Lore’ (as opposed to a Law) is knowledge or tradition passed from generation to generation. In this case it’s from the local Butchulla mob here on the K’gari coast (prev. Fraser Island/Fraser Coast) where we are right now!

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Great fun catching up!

We have our daughter Kerry staying with us at the moment - all the way from Devon, England and her brother Vince was there from Melbourne to greet her too, and unfortunately Kerry is here for only a couple of weeks, which are already over half used as I write this. 

It’s the first time we’ve “seen” her for over three years - that is, sitting together in the same room and chatting together, although we also see her most weeks when we talk to her through the wonders of Facetime.

But somehow that isn’t the same is it, although it is admittedly, better than not being able to see her at all, if we had no iPad.

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Remember the Ice-Cream van?

Have you ever wondered what happened to the ice-cream van that used to call up your street, pretty well every day of a 1930’s/40’s/50’s summer?

And how about the horse-drawn cart that the man with the vegetables used, shouting some mysterious word that sounded vaguely like, “Vemanear”, (perhaps that was “veg man here”, I don’t know), to let the housewives know he was around.


Add to that the chink of glass on your doorstep at about dawn every morning and the clatter at the mailbox, and you have a pretty well complete picture of suburban life in the fifties.

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The Power Of Being Positive

Now I’d be the first to admit that it drives me a little nuts when I’m driving and somebody ahead of you or behind you does the wrong thing.   Once upon a time if that happened to me it would be like ‘a red rag to a bull’.  I’d get all steamed up, mutter abuse and really make my heart beat faster.

Nowadays, when somebody cuts me off in the car, I actively tell myself - don’t worry about it.  

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Love all my cars!

Do you remember when virtually all cars had nothing automatic in them, even an automatic transmission was a rarity for the ‘idle rich’, when you only had a car radio if you bought and fitted one yourself and the front windscreen was kept clear of steam or frost with another little gadget, (again fitted by you), attached to the glass by suckers on each end and an electric wire in between that heated up when switched on?

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Fun catching up with friends!

My wife Jacqui and I meet up with friends at our local pub most Friday evenings.

Not the most exciting or adventurous outing you might say, but all nine of us are either into, or close to being, in our eighties, so our idea of an exciting night of debauchery may differ somewhat from the way we might have felt forty years ago!

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F-F-F-Fa-Fashion!...

Think about this for a moment... life in general has a fairytale gloss about it - for instance reality TV. Probably about as far from reality as we can go right?...

Or what about the beauty business? Not much there that is real either! 
What you see is not what the person started life with. Too often it cost a few thousand dollars or a trip to Thailand.

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Should We Re-design The Human Body?

The human body is undoubtedly the most wonderful piece of engineering, designed over billions of trial-and-error years by “Nature”, (I’m using this term, then no one can get offended because their favourite Deity has been left out!), to arrive at what we have today.

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Then & Now!

I sat in our living room last night, enjoying the comfort of my automatic lifting chair, the warmth of the air conditioning and playing with my iPad, when it occurred to me what vast changes had taken place in my lifetime, possibly the most fantastic period of progress in the history of the human race!

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WOW!... I Did It!...

The world is full of new ideas these days; there’s something new to please and surprise us virtually every day.

Either it’s a new telephone that will double as a camera, computer, diary, notebook and games machine, or it’s a fridge that knows when you’re running out of something, (and it orders replacements from your local supermarket too!), or a car that is quite capable of parking itself, with little or no help from the owner!

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