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DEMENTIA; DREADFUL ANY DAY OF THE WEEK

DEMENTIA; DREADFUL ANY DAY OF THE WEEK

Dementia has become an epidemic in our society. This is  a story about my mother-in-law Jean, but it is also  the story of countless others in the same situation. CIRCA 1945    A CALENDER OF DEMENTIA APRIL 2015 This calendar had become a lifeline in my mother-in-law Jean’s  […]

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BARBED WIRE AND BINDER TWINE

BARBED  WIRE AND BINDER TWINE

WIRE IN THE BLOOD Growing up on a small farm in Tasmania, I often felt that the whole place was held together with barbed wire and binder twine. Most of our fences were made of  wire and wooden ‘droppers’. My sister and I quite enjoyed collecting snagged  […]

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EDITOR DES – HIS VERY OWN GARDEN

EDITOR DES - HIS VERY OWN GARDEN

THE BIRTH OF A GARDEN Well  people who know me may remember I  once had ideas of becoming a barista, to supplement my meagre editor’s wages. This didn’t work out so well, because I couldn’t get the crema quite right. Anyway, after my guardian Pauline  Conolly  accidentally […]

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TEDDY BEAR’S PICNIC

TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC

‘If you go down to the woods today……sing sing …….Today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic.’ Well I love picnics….I think it’s in the genes of bears really, don’t you?  Most picnics require a bit of shopping before hand; bread, wine  and stuff like that. […]

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THE BEST PART OF WRITING A BOOK?

THE BEST PART OF WRITING  A  BOOK?

Some people might say that the best part of writing a book is typing the words THE END.    Or that the most satisfying part is setting  out on the journey and writing that first sentence.  But for me, there is one stand out moment of pure joy […]

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THOSE OLD CHESTNUTS!

THOSE OLD CHESTNUTS!

  Every autumn my guardian Pauline Conolly takes me to Mount Tomah Botanical Gardens  so we can gather  Spanish chestnuts from their big tree. It’s very exciting.  It’s usually a bit chilly, but there is a lovely fire in the cafe where you can warm up first.  […]

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THE DES SHED…HOW HE BUILT A GREENHOUSE!

THE DES SHED...HOW HE BUILT A GREENHOUSE!

Hello Dear People                 Well because my vegie growing has been so awesome, my guardian Pauline Conolly finally agreed to buy me a little greenhouse.  The only trouble was she took the cheap option (what a surprise..NOT) and it came […]

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TROUBLE AT THE MILL

TROUBLE AT THE MILL

This piece was first published in the Sydney Morning Herald. Following in the footsteps of Gracie Fields…my brief career as a mill worker. In a radio survey that set out to find Australia’s worst job, removing chicken innards on a production line won hands down….or rather hands […]

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SISSINGHURST; A SUBLIME GARDEN

SISSINGHURST;  A SUBLIME GARDEN

SPRING AT SISSINGHURST   House hunting in the spring of 1930, the English poet Vita Sackville-West viewed a crumbling castle in the Kentish countryside. Standing in the middle of a cabbage patch she looked up at its romantic, Elizabethan tower, turned to her son Nigel and said; […]

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A ‘CAPT’N COOK’ AT THE AUSSIE COCKTAIL

A 'CAPT'N COOK' AT THE AUSSIE COCKTAIL

                           SHAKEN AND STIRRED!   Thanks to  classic  wines such as Penfold’s Grange, Australians are now less likely to be perceived as a nation of unsophisticated  beer swillers. However,  cocktails are perhaps  more generally associated with Manhattan or Paris than the land ‘down under’. Nevertheless, there are […]

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