Life Lessons From Vietnam

I was recently asked to give a talk on my experience as a soldier in Vietnam. Others have also asked for a copy of my talk – so here it is. This year, as normal, I attended the Anzac Day Dawn Service and the annual March to the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. For me,…

Three Days at Tidal River

We have spent the last three nights at Tidal River on Wilsons Promontory, the most southerly part of Victoria. The National Park here covers over 500 square kilometres (including offshore islands) and has always been one of my favourite bush walking venues. Over the years, I have walked to every remote camping location on the…

Election Day in Australia

I’m sitting in front of the television tonight watching the news reports on the results of our Australian national elections that were held today. The more I watch, the more it seems as though we are heading for a change of government. I actually voted a week ago as I wanted to attend the biennial…

My Five Days in the Tarkine Forest

I am back in Launceston having completed the second of my two back to back photo workshops in Tasmania. We left last Saturday and the whole six hour journey to Corinna was in drizzling rain. Corinna is at the southern edge of the Tarkine Wllderness which has the highest annual rainfall in the state. We…

Five Days at Cradle Mountain

I’ve just returned to Launceston, Tasmania, after spending five days at Cradle Mountain with my friend Michael Snedic and a fellow group of quite serious photographers. This is a good time to be in this alpine area as Australia’s only deciduous native tree, the Nothofagus Gunnii, is turning yellow and gold as we near the…

Camping, Anzac Day and ‘General Busyness’

It’s been a busy few days for us this week, Just after returning from Perth, we have been thrown into a flurry of activity. Our eldest grandchild, Audrey, (14) has decided to have a shot at undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Their official website tells us that this award is “An internationally recognised program…

Goodbye to Perth

Over the last four days, we have had lots of fun exploring some more of Perth and spending time with our grandsons. I had offered to cook fish for lunch for the family on Good Friday, and if I say so myself, we had a nice meal of Barramundi in lemon cream sauce.. It was…

Looking Around Perth and Time With Our Family

The weather in Perth is balmy and sunny. We are enjoying a few days of mid 20 Degree Celsius temperatures. After two days of being here, we haven’t yet seen Yuki, our Japanese daughter-in-law. Apparently, she just can’t be interrupted while she is working. Japanese women rarely make it to senior organisational roles, so dedication…

We are Finally Visiting Perth

We have finally travelled to Perth, Western Australia to visit our family and grandchildren. The state has been completely closed until recently because of Covid-19 and has just recently reopened. Our flight across the breadth of the country was very frustrating. With a combination of more people starting to travel, along with Easter coming on,…

Porepunkah – Our Last Night on This Trip

We delayed our departure from Deniliquin this morning because the local Museum opened at 10.00 am and we wanted the opportunity to see inside. This was the house in which Jill’s grandfather lived whilst he served as the Inspector of Police in the town from around 1931 to 1938. It appears that the police stopped…