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Memories from my childhood – The shed

We had a 4-car garage with fibro board walls and a corrugated iron roof built in 1982 and that was to be our home. The shed had three rooms; one … Continue reading

July 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Memories from my childhood – Moving in and setting up

After the earth-moving equipment had prepared a patch of flat ground and an access track it was time to move to our new home. We packed up our things and … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Leap of Faith by Queen Noor

Lisa Halaby grew up in the USA with a Swedish-American mother and an Arab-American father. Her father was an influential man involved in the air industry and governance, at one … Continue reading

July 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Memories from my childhood – Spider in my boot

While we were living in the caravan in the backyard of my grandparent’s house, my parents must have been saving every cent they could spare. Apart from repaying the loans … Continue reading

July 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

Memories from my childhood – Jacko

One of the distinct advantages of living in the backyard of my grandparent’s house was spending time with my grandparents. My grandfather had somehow developed a bond with a wild … Continue reading

July 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Memories from my childhood – Like a waterfall

I loved living in the yard of our grandparents. Suddenly my brother and I had access to space that we had never known before, with farmland, forest and creeks to … Continue reading

July 16, 2017 · 2 Comments

Book Reflections – The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

The Miniaturist is a captivating novel that I found difficult to put down. Set in Amsterdam in 1687, the novel follows four tumultuous months in the lives of a wealthy … Continue reading

July 16, 2017 · 5 Comments

Memories from my childhood – Caravan

It was nice living in our new house on the hill, beside the forest. It was a normal suburban life. We lived there for about four years and then suddenly … Continue reading

July 14, 2017 · 4 Comments

Memories from my childhood – Home daycare

While my older brother went to school and my parents worked, I went to home daycare. The home daycare mother lived in what was probably the poorest part of the … Continue reading

July 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Tomorrow to be Brave by Susan Travers

Susan Travers was awarded 12 medals for her bravery and service to the Free French Army in WWII. After the war she joined the French Foreign Legion so that she … Continue reading

July 11, 2017 · Leave a comment