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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BOXING DAY AT THE BEACH

BOXING DAY AT THE BEACH

OH I DO LIKE TO BE BESIDE THE SEA! I grew up  near Ulverstone, a seaside town on the north west coast of Tasmania. Boxing Day was traditionally beach day. During the nineteen fifties we were still without a car, and  travelled the four miles (8km) from

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LETTER TO MISS ALL! …. CHILDHOOD ANGST

LETTER TO MISS ALL! .... CHILDHOOD ANGST

DAYDREAMS I was raised on a small dairy farm  near Ulverstone, on the north west coast of Tasmania. Many would consider this an idyllic childhood, and in retrospect   it was.  However, owing to a steady diet of American comic books I eventually longed to be anywhere else

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Caves – The Inside Story of Tasmania

Caves - The Inside Story of Tasmania

 A TOUR OF TASMANIA VIA ITS MAGICAL CAVES After an absence of many years, my partner Rob and I returned to Tasmania, where we both grew up. While we were staying on the North West Coast we went to see Gunns Plains caves. My first visit was

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FLANDERS; FOOD FOR BODY AND SOUL!

FLANDERS; FOOD FOR BODY AND SOUL!

OLD MEMORIES LINGER! I grew up on a hilltop farm in Tasmania….next stop ANTARCTICA!  In winter,  biting  winds and sleet often prompted my  father’s diary entries to  begin, “Very rough day!”  No wonder we appreciated  my mother’s  ‘comfort  cooking’ ; rabbit pies,  rich beef stews, pastries  and

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SIFTED AND STIRRED – COOKBOOK NOSTALGIA

SIFTED AND STIRRED - COOKBOOK NOSTALGIA

MEMORIES FROM OLD  COOKBOOKS We all become a bit nostalgic around Christmas time, especially when it comes to food. One of my favourite photos is of my  mother Myra making Kiss Biscuits with her grandchildren back in the 1980s. Katey and Graeme now have children of their

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A Mother’s Love Expressed in Reading Aloud.

A Mother's Love Expressed in Reading Aloud.

Sixty years ago I was a wide eyed, sharp eared kid growing up on Tasmania’s North West Coast.  One weekend my mother and  I visited her brother’s family in a nearby town.  Over afternoon tea my aunt  described an incident that had taken place a few days

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ERNIE APPLE TREE JNR.

ERNIE APPLE TREE JNR.

IN THE BEGINNING – ERNIE APPLE TREE SENIOR In 1953 my parents moved to the Tasmanian farm I grew up  on. It was four miles from the coastal town of Ulverstone In the back garden (out on sight in the photo)  was an old apple tree. Unfortunately

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