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…

A Week in Creswick With The Girls

This week we had the pleasure of taking Cathy and her girls away for four nights to the new RACV resort at Creswick. This was previously a Novotel property with a golf course and all the associated amenities of this type of resort. It’s very nice, although it did lack a few facilities for children,…

New Year Musings

Now that the dust has settled after Christmas and the New Year has begun, it feels as though our lives are back to normal again.   It was wonderful having all our family around on Christmas Day. Because of the hot weather, Christmas lunch for us was a variation on the traditional Christmas meal. We…

Lunch With Yuki’s Parents

We had a very enjoyable day today, meeting up with the parents of our Daughter in Law, Yuki, for lunch. Our lunch was at a very nice restaurant in the vicinity of Nezu Station called ‘Hantei Nezu’. It was a place that Yuki recommended as having good food and being easy for both her parents…

ANZAC – Our Family Story

April 25, 2015 is the commemoration of the Centenary of ANZAC.   I have a great deal of pride in being one, of what I estimate to be perhaps as few as only 15,000 to 20,000 Australians, who are third-generation returned servicemen. I wrote this rather longish post in an attempt to describe the experience…

Meet Orin Sugiura-Wilson

We spent last weekend being introduced to our newest grandchild and first grandson, Orin Sugiura-Wilson, in a visit to see David and Yuki in Perth, WA. We flew over from Melbourne but stayed in town as we didn’t want to be too much of an imposition on them as a new mum and dad who…