Family History – Moss Vale

We are here in Moss Vale in New South Wales’ Southern Highlands. This is the epicentre of Jill’s family history. Her great grandparents are buried here, her grandfather was born here and her mother and father were married here. Jill’s great grand parents, Robert and Mary Anne Ruffles were married in England on October 3,…

Beaches, Pioneers and History

I’ve always thought that the most scenic coastline I have ever seen is along the Oregon Coast in the USA. Yesterday, we explored the beaches and coastline for about 15 kilometres to both the north and south of Batemans Bay and I think that in many ways, it rrvals the coastline of Oregon. The beaches…

Around Merimbula

It’s been very wet here in Merimbula. Since we arrived two days ago, we have had over 100 mm of rain (4 inches). Everything feels damp, the ground is sodden and some roads are closed. Even this poor bedraggled Wattle Bird sheltered under the verandah of our cabin for an hour or two. Fortunately, we…

Bombala – Part One

It was raining when we left Lakes Entrance this morning and it stayed wet all day. We refuelled before leaving and headed towards almost the most western place that we could go in the State of Victoria. We didn’t stop at many places, not only because it was raining, but we had seen much of…

Further Along to Lakes Entrance

We thought that we might have been in for a wet day today but the rain seemed to dissipate as we headed further east. There was one weather system coming from the west that dumped 35 mm ( 1/12 “) overnight at our home but it seemed to lose strength in the east of the…

Exploring Phillip Island

We are on the road on a trip that will eventually take us north through central New South Wales. This is our first day of a fourteen day trip to explore the history of Jill’s family, especially her grandfather. Today and tomorrow will be inconsequential in that goal as it will take us a couple…

In Search of our Family History

Next Friday, we begin a driving tour into central New South Wales in search of some family history. We originally planned this trip some months ago but couldn’t undertake it because of Covid restrictions. It’s now a good time to go. We are going to visit the towns where Jill’s grandfather, Frederick George Ruffels, was…

Look Out Perth Grandkids – We Are On Our Way!

Our grandsons live on Perth, Western Australia. That state of Australia has become known as the ‘Hermit Kingdom’ because since Covid arrived in Australia in early 2020, its government has locked itself away from not only every other part of Australia, but the entire world. Covid has now inevitably become prevalent in Western Australia and…

We Are Home From Our Canberra Trip

We arrived back home from our trip to Canberra yesterday afternoon. It was a warm day and it became hotter, the closer we came to Melbourne. We are in for a run of very hot days of over 30C for the next week. That’s a temperature in the high 90s to 100F. Continuing to get…