Weekly Photo Challenge: Together

A moment of togetherness that I will treasure for a life time!


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My first and only trip to London was in 2008. I loved every minute of it. I was really taken with the AGE of the place and the history. I’ve included a few of my favourites from the trip. I am experimenting with some new features on the blog – I hope you will bear with me while I learn. I am one who learns best by experimenting. I am not so keen on reading instructions :-). I liked some of them so much that I included them twice 😉

They include the Royal Courts of Justice, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London…



Auntie Yvonne – the things we did

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Auntie Yvonne was born Yvonne McKenna in country Victoria on 28 May 1920. That makes her nearly 92 years old today. Being the eldest in the family she had a big role in looking after her younger siblings.

On 16 December in 1944 she married former Corporal Roy O’Halloran when he returned from his World War II  service with the Air Force. They settled in their home in Cohuna and both remained there for over sixty years until Auntie Yvonne was unable to care for herself after Uncle Roy’s death on 21 August in 2010.

Auntie is currently in the care of a Nursing Home due to the progression of her dementia. I live on the other side of the country so I haven’t seen much of her in recent times.

Roy and Yvonne were a strong presence in our family throughout all of our lives. They didn’t have any children of their own and were very much part of our extended family. Auntie loved to cook and to sew and was always presenting us with something she had just made. She knitted and croteched and was always busy with her hands. We especially remember the cakes she cooked for us. She was a bit outragious with her decorations with bright coloured icing!

Auntie was a great sports person as well – she excelled at whatever she took on. She played golf and bowls at the top level for many years and collected cupboards full of trophies. My Mum didn’t drive and so it was always Auntie who drove us to the nearby towns for outings and to go shopping. They were very exciting times 🙂 Our home town was very small (population of 2,200 people) so going to the larger towns and cities was a big deal.

Auntie played an important role when I was born as I was flown to Melbourne by the Royal Flying Doctors Service for emergency treatment. Mum had four other young children to look after and Auntie assisted in getting Mum to Melbourne and back  while I was in hospital for a month after I was born.

My sister went on Youth Camps on a couple of occasions with Auntie – to assist in giving a group of disadvantaged children a holiday by the sea. I am told they (Auntie and my sister) played up and had a great time once the kids were securely in bed! They still have a laugh about it today.

I am very grateful for having Auntie Yvonne in my life and the life of our family.They had cats and chooks and a big vegetable garden plus lots of fruit trees. I especially remember the mulbery tree and the mess we would make on our hands and faces 🙂

I almost forgot an important memory –  every Easter she would buy us all a wonderful candy Easter Egg. It was so strong that it was really hard to bite into and lasted much longer than all our other chocolate eggs.

That’s it for today – there are many more memories I will save for another time!

Free love and all that stuff…

An Australian anti-conscription poster from Wo...

An Australian anti-conscription poster from World War One (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was on the fringes of the hippie movement in the 1970’s.

It was an exciting time to live in Melbourne, Australia. I worked in the central City where many anti-war demonstrations were held. I felt passionately against our involvement in the war in Vietnam  – more so because my brother was an Infantry foot soldier on the front line.

So what happened to those hundreds of people who came out to protest? Where are they today?

I have a strong interest in that generation of women (in particular – because I am one!) and I plan to use that interest in an assignment I am working on.

Today I did a “brain storm” to try to drill down to what hooks me into that time. I will share my thoughts with you below. I spent six hours working on the assignment today and now I am taking a break from it all. The brainstorm exercise helped me focus on what was driving me.

Here’s my random thoughts about it all:

Why do I want to do some research about women getting older?

Am I trying to find some meaning and purpose to the pains and experiences of the previous few decades?

Do I want to be recognised as having something of value to say and pass on?

Is there a yearning to some distant past when women were able to pass on their knowledge and experience to the next generation?

Is it about wanting to still be relevant?

Do I have anything I want to say and if I do, is it about relationships, money, family, friendships, careers?

What WAS IT all about?  1970’s, hippies, free love, the peace movement? Did it mean anything?

Did we learn anything?

Do we have anything meaningful to pass on?

Was it just a stage like every new generation?

Is it the need to have a voice – to continue to have a voice?

Is it the need to be heard?

Is it REBELLION against authority (still or again) – AUTHORITY is now mostly in the hands of the younger generation!!!!

Am I wrestling with getting older? Refusing to go away?

Is it about wanting to warn others or prepare others about the challenges that may be ahead – is it out of LOVE or FEAR?

Is it about the fight to making sure I have access to good health services, living conditions and respect?

I would love to hear your thoughts about that generation and if it was just a phase we were going through!

cheers for now


Ten functions I used on my PC today

Map of Appalachian Trail

Map of Appalachian Trail (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. I checked on FaceBook lots of times to see if there is any news from my son who is on the Appalachian Trail

2. I checked my work emails – I really need to get a life – it is SUNDAY

3. I did some work on my latest assignment – realised I needed to DO the Module before I can DO the assignment!  ouch! 😦

4. I checked and read my emails and did some tidying up and actioned flagged emails where possible

5. I read some of the blogs I subscribe to and made some comments and ‘likes’ on their blogs

6. I did a HP survey about this computer I bought a few months back – SOMEONE has to do surveys!

7. Checked my blog stats a few times – I am nearing 300 posts and have over 8,000 reads 🙂

8. I ordered my groceries online and they will be delivered tomorrow

9. Paid my mobile phone account

10. Wrote this blog

What have you done on your computer today? Was it more interesting than my experience? I hope so 🙂


cheers for now


Weekly photo challenge: the sun

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What a difference a little sunshine can make! Have a look at these photos – the sun adds a magical element to them.

(Thank you to my neighbours for the use of their whirly bird on their roof and jasmine as the subjects of my photos).





What I found out about women!

Memorial for women of WWII

Recently I did a survey of women born between 1946 and 1963. This generation is often called the “baby boomers” who were born not long after the end of World War II. A lot has been written about them and how they differ from earlier generations. I was curious to test a sample of these women and find out how life is for them now and what wisdom can they pass on to the next generation of women.

It seems to be true that they are a group who love their independence and are mostly financially secure. The majority of the women I surveyed said their work was very important to them – for interest, social networks and the income.

I will post more information on a new page shortly on my blog under SURVEY if you would like to read more of the detail. The information was provided in confidence and so no names or identifiers are attached.

The thing that stood out to me the most was the overwhelming number of women who had advice about finance. Not only about what they did, but also about what they WISHED they had done. It got me to thinking that even today the world of finance is still mostly a male domain. This has a lot to do with many women not staying in the workplace long-term because of the decision to have children. It is often the case that they cannot catch up to the male colleagues once they have time out for having children. I know it is changing to some degree with parental leave becoming more common in some industries.

I do wonder how we to encourage young women today to be more proactive about their finances. My next task (in this assignment) is to have a look at what is available to assist women’s financial literacy.

I know there are many young women who are incredibly capable of using good financial management practices, savings, investment properties and the stock market.

In my personal experience, poverty is a very strong motivating factor – especially if you have others who are dependent on you!

Some of the women in my questionnaire cannot start afresh. They have kindly assisted me with my questionnaire and provided lots of good advice for younger women on a range of life matters.

Many thanks if you were one of my participants 🙂

cheers for now


Weekly photo challenge – two subjects

English is an amazing language (well, actually it is the only one I know)!

I love words that have multiple meanings. Take today’s Weekly Photo Challenge of Two Subjects.

The first thing that came to my mind is the two subjects that I am studying online at the moment. Maybe a bit droll? Anyway I will interested to see what you think and I look forward to other people’s interpretation of “Subjects”.

Have a happy weekend 🙂 I will be subjecting myself to working on my assignments!



Today’s blog isn’t really a blog – it is a test of my IT skills :-)

The Pocosin cabin along the trail in Shenandoa...

The Pocosin cabin along the trail in Shenandoah National Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today I want to do a blog mainly so I can test that everything is working as it should be.

I spent a couple of hours on the computer and I could get two out three things working but couldn’t manage to pull off all three. Hopefully I have achieved victory after changing my browser yet again – this time to Mozilla Firefox.

I have mentioned my son before – he is doing the Appalachian Trail. If anyone is interested in having a look at his blog it is at www.neanderjoel.wordpress.com

He seems to be having a great time – he commented that Americans are just like us (Australians) except they talk funny! I enjoyed that.

cheers for now



the sky is the limit 🙂

We can be funny creatures, can’t we?

I decided I would love to do a course in professional writing where I could gain a piece of paper to put up on the wall. I have plenty of free time to study and to do assignments but I keep procrastinating. The problem – how can I motivate myself to get on with my assignment – considering I am only doing it because I want to. No-one is making me.

The word “gratification” came to mind.

I remembered how good it felt in the past when I completed assignments and handed them in. It felt so good.

It is a feeling that you can’t buy and it only comes from doing the hard yards. It is probably the one sort of happiness that we can create ourselves. We don’t need money, good weather, friends even! We can set up a task – any sort of task really, and take steps to do it and finally reach (or move towards) your goal (big or small).

I guess it is relevant to anything we want to do. I am watching my diet at the moment (one day at a time) and each night, so far, I go to bed knowing I’ve stuck to my eating plan. I get a sort of inner glow of satisfaction  :-).  At times it feels overwhelming and I want to just eat anything (because it is easier) but I remind myself to stick it out for the rest of today and it works!

So, getting back to my study! I managed to write the first draft of my first assignment today. It is due next Monday so I still have a little time to play with it and I feel great!

The sky is the limit really 🙂

Cheers for now


PS My IT problems are sorted now. It had something to do with my browser. I changed my browser and WordPress is looking good again 🙂