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Our Next Adventure

We are off on another adventure on Saturday and here’s a clue a to our ultimate destination. For those of you old enough to remember, it’s Sergeant Preston of the Yukon with his dog King.  We’ll be in the Yukon in about four weeks time but we have some serious traveling to do before we…

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The Creativity of a Child

My grand daughter Violet (aged five years) is now in her first year of school. She has begun to learn maths and her teacher involved her class by using a worksheet that required the children to work out some addition equations such as 8+6=14 and 5+3=8. Violet then had to create two more equations to…

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Bushwalking Around Marysville

The little town of Marysville is about 100 km NE of Melbourne. It was virtually wiped out in the bushfires of ‘Black Saturday’ in 2009. It’s slowly coming back, but I guess that only about half of the original number of houses have been rebuilt and there are still lots of vacant house lots throughout…

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A School Teacher’s Influence

I’m with Miss Yoshiko Denogami who has been visiting us over the last few days. In Japan, she is more formally known as Denogami Sensei. (Sensei  is a Japanese honorific and a word that is literally translated as “person born before another”. In general usage, it is used with proper form, after a person’s name…

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ANZAC Day 2016

I spent yesterday commemorating another ANZAC Day. I guess that by now, my international friends will understand that ANZAC is the iconic reference to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. It is the name given to the organisation in which troops from both countries were first organised at Gallipoli in WW1 (101 years ago)…

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Grandchildren

We’ve just spent a few days in Perth visiting David, Yuki and little Orin. We are fortunate that even though they live on the other side of the country, we are able to se them two, or three, times each year. Orin is now 15 months old and is a little ‘live wire’. I’m sure…

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Surf’s Up Again

The surf was up again at Margaret River and the Surf Carnival is back in process. The semi finals were being conducted near Surfers Point and the locals were out at the other beaches  along the coast. This area has powerful and challenging waves for experienced surfers and is regarded as a world class surfing…