All posts tagged: stories from the past

Puffing Billy Steam Train

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family history / Geography / Just for fun

Here is a (very) short video I put together of our ride on Puffing Billy while on holidays recently. Around 1979 my husband at that time, was employed by Puffing Billy to maintain the track and supervise volunteers. It is mainly run and operated by volunteers today. I enjoyed the ride but I mostly wanted to experience some of the lovely rain forests in the hills that I remember so well. That is why I […]

Where do Australians come from?

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family history / Indigenous Australians

I am Australian however my ancestors are relatively new to this country compared to Indigenous Australians. My father’s father was a first generation Australian and his father was born in Ennis, Ireland. My paternal grandmother and her father were both born in Australia but the previous generation of their family called Denmark home. My mother’s father was born in Australia as was his father, however the previous generation called Barrhead, Scotland home. My mother’s mother […]

Importance of access to literacy

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Indigenous Australians / Literacy / Motivation

“Whether it’s reading or writing, literacy is an outlet to an untouchable world – your imagination. Not only is literacy a basic human right, it is a fundamental building block for learning as well as a personal empowerment tool. It is the catalyst for social and global progress.”  (from http://internationalliteracyday.org/ ) International Literacy Day was held on 8 September 2015. It is a good time to remember that some people have difficulty with the following: reading […]

A clumsy jump into retirement

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Acceptance / encore / Health / Holidays

The post below was written for an exercise in my creative writing class. I can’t do it any longer. It will kill me if I keep going. After all, it is only a job and there must be more to life than going through the motions and playing the games. The pay and conditions are good but they don’t make up for the emptiness of the soul in doing something that no-one cares about. The […]

I am not making it up …

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Baby Boomers / Geography / Indigenous Australians / Meaning of life and that stuff / Pilbara / Religion / Self acceptance / Social media / technology / The workplace / WordPress / Writing

I recently had my sixtieth birthday and that means I have done a range of things in those six decades. Sometimes I surprise people when I mention some of those things. I guess we all travel our own journeys and we can never be sure where they will take us. A list of some of my adventures follows: I left home in country Victoria at 17 years old to live in Melbourne and I was […]

What my grandparents told me …

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Friends and family / Gratitude / seniors / Wisdom

I was thinking about my grandparents this morning and some of the things they told me when I was little – and I believed them! Consider the following: Don’t pull faces because, if the wind changes, it will stay like that forever. Grandpa always insisted on walking closest to the curb. He said that a gentleman should be willing to take the splashes from the puddles in the road. Grandma said she couldn’t go to […]

Weekly photo challenge: Minimalist

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Uncategorized / Weekly Photo Challenge / Western Australia

A LITTLE ABOUT MEEKATHARRA (from Wikipedia) Meekatharra is a town in the Mid West region of Western Australia. Meekatharra is an Australian Aboriginal, the Yamatji peoples’ word meaning ‘place of little water’. At the 2011 census, Meekatharra had a population of 812, with 47.0% being of Aboriginal descent. Meekatharra is a major supply centre for the pastoral and mining area in the Murchison region of Western Australia. It is located 764 km north-east of Perth and […]

Weekly photo challenge: Adventure

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funny / Holidays / UK & Ireland / Uncategorized / You must be kidding?

In 2008 we visited England and Ireland. I had a day to myself and decided to go on a guided tour. Passengers boarded the coach at a central location and we visited St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and other key London sites. Part of the journey was by boat to the Tower of London. The details are a bit foggy now but I remember we were told to be ready to board the coach at […]