Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

Like many other nations, Australia pays respect to its fallen service men and women on the 11th of November.  That date came from the ending of the massive carnage of WWI but now includes all conflicts since then. The ceremony was held at the beautiful Afghanistan...

War Graves at Saint James and Brucourt

On a leisurely road trip of 7,000 kilometres through Spain, Portugal and France our journey took us mostly through the country back roads, from one small village to another.  Here and there we took the expressways to make a few kilometres before again turning off into...

Victory in the Pacific

This weekend our nation is celebrating Victory in the Pacific; the ending of World War II with the surrender of the Japanese seventy years ago. In the present age it is hard to imagine the mild mannered and inoffensive Japanese we now know as the brutal and ruthless...

Shave for a Cure

A month or so back I posted about son Aaron’s fund raising for leukaemia research via the Shave for a Cure initiative.  Aaron’s goal was initially to raise $1,000 and commit to shaving his beard if it was achieved.  That evolved to a $2,000 target for...

Family Business

The send off for Jack went well.  During the service at the cemetery we experienced a real sample pack of far north weather. In that short space of time we went from scattered sunshine to humid overcast, to a short burst of rain followed by steamy sunshine before a...

Roo, Rosemary and Garlic Sausages

It has been a pretty satisfying day, on what was our first real taste of winter.  Last night I walked out on to the patio over-looking the lake to see and listen to what the water birds were doing.  For the first time in quite a while we had a clear, cloudless sky.  A...