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Lovin' Life In Our Tiny Town!

Australia is dotted with them. In any State in the country, where it is possible to live, where water is freely available, where the soil is fertile, where the climate is pleasant and the view pretty, you can bet someone will put down roots, build a homestead and throw seed onto the patch of earth which has been carefully prepared for the purpose.

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I'm so damned lucky!!

I’ve had a lucky life!

There have been ups and there have been downs of course, what life hasn’t gone through those periods, but generally everything turned out for the best, as far as I’m concerned.

Right from the moment of my birth I was lucky; I was born into a country that was civilised, rich and well governed, unlike many poor individuals who arrived where none of those advantages existed.

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Lookin' good Granny!

I suppose the joy in having grandchildren can be many things.  

At first there is the pure joy of seeing that first baby, the child that brings hope and will take your family into the future, the first cuddles; the wonder at seeing the way they develop.

It's sometimes a journey of pain as well as pleasure. For some there is the tyranny of distance.

Having a grandson or daughter way across the world and only being an occasional part of their lives, can cause immense hurt.

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Ewww YUK! - Cigarettes!!

The first time I gave up smoking, it lasted for about half an hour. I was sitting in a pub with a few mates and in a moment of bravado I said I thought it would be easy to give up.

All that was needed was will power.

Mine lasted the half hour mentioned above, and it also cost me a pint all round, so I decided then that if I ever did try it again, I would be more circumspect, and keep the idea to myself.

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OMG... It's An Emergency!

I don’t know about you, but I like to remember life in the fifties sometimes, a time when everything moved at a slower pace and we didn’t rush around eating fast food all the time, as so many of us appear to do now, in fact true ‘fast food’ hadn’t been invented yet, apart from a couple of exceptions as you’ll see below!

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Why So Many Quiz Shows!

I was just browsing through my weekly TV magazine yesterday, checking on what was upcoming and interesting. We old-timers do this a lot. The magazine is often more interesting than the actual programs these days!!

Any way I digress, and I’ve hardly even got to the end of the first sentence yet!..

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R-U-OK?

Is being lonely the cruelest legacy of the latest pandemic?  

There is a raft of difference in being alone from choice and having it forced upon you.  If you like solitude and can deal with the quiet of an empty home, it can be a way of life. 

Yet for widows, or families split up and isolated, it can be the worst fate.

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So what's the truth really?

Friends who know me know that I am not a religious person.

My personal belief is that there has been a logical progression of the Earth and its development, involving evolution and physics, where it all started as a red-hot ball of iron circling around a fairly young star, which we now call our sun.

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Life on the road! - Toowoomba QLD

Having been ‘on the road’ for 3 years now – from Sydney up to Cairns via Mackay and of course plenty of overnights and occasionally weekly stays at all the little places in-between then down to Toowoomba for 6 months, ‘locked down' by the COVID restrictions, then back up to Hervey Bay, while we haven’t moved an awful lot as many ‘nomads’ do.. (we call ourselves ‘slow-mads’) we continually enjoy meeting new people on an almost daily basis.

Something we realised today that you simply do not do living in a house in suburbia!

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So WHAAAT!...

Excuse the language but it was the easiest way to grab your attention!

After watching tonight’s news, it seems not too many people care – like we used to.

There’s the story of a guy in Townsville who had a stroke while driving, hit his head on the steering wheel and was left to die by passing motorists.

We’ve read similar things where people seem not to care about someone who perhaps is being harassed, publicly or whatever and mostly they just don’t want to get involved, especially if it’s an on-going potential ‘DV’ or Domestic Violence situation with neighbours constantly arguing.

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My Dad was called up in early1941, and although I was seven then, I can’t say I remember much about the occasion. Mum, who was always a very quiet, within-herself kind of person, who only on rare occasions allowed emotion to show, didn’t make a big fuss about it at all, (probably so as not to worry me). Consequently, as far as I was concerned, Dad just quietly disappeared one day, possibly while I was at school, with Mum telling me something like, “Oh Dad’s gone to join the army”, in response to any questions I might have asked when I came home.

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