Happy 100th Birthday to my Auntie Phyl

Now that I’m in my 70’s, I am very lucky to have some Aunts who are still alive. People on both sides of my family seem to have lived long lives. My favourite, Aunt Phyllis, turned 100 years today. She is my mother’s younger sister.  Phyllis was born in Hamilton in 1920. She was the…

Bruce’s 70th Birthday

Well, I’ve reached the ripe old age of seventy. It was only a little while ago that I thought that it was inconceivable that I would reach the same age as the Beatles song ‘When I’m Sixty Four,’ but now I am even older. It’s a little consolation that according to my seven year old grand-daughter…

Welcome to Our New Grandson

We had a surprise on Sunday when our second grandson arrived early in Perth. Yuki had expected to have an elective Caesarean on Wednesday but this little guy decided to come early and she gave birth naturally on Sunday. He was born at 10.45 am, weighing 3.54 kg with a length of 52 cm Jill…

Looking Up My Cornish Family History

Some of my ancestors came from Cornwall and today we had some fun looking at the locations where they lived and worked. My mother’s maiden name was Davey and it is quite a popular Cornish name. We can trace her family back to the area of Crowan in Cornwall over at least seven generations but…

The Wedding of the Year

  On Sunday, we had great delight in attending the wedding of my nephew Robin Wilson to  Larissa Wolf-Tasker in Daylesford. Robin is my younger brother’a son. Larissa’s parents Allan and All Wolf-Tasker own (and run) the Lake House Boutique hotel and restaurant in Daylesford Robin, of course, was turned out more resplendently  than I…

It’s Been a Busy Week

This week has been an active one for us – at least compared to a few of the previous weeks.  This weekend, we celebrated Jill’s 70th birthday and enjoyed the company of our whole family who made it a very special time. Actually, her celebrations went on for a few days. A week, or so,…

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…

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…

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)…

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…