November 7

Mum's Birthday 1984

I realised probably too late today it was the anniversary of mum's death. She died on November 7, 1984, and this photograph (attached) was taken at her "final birthday", February 7, 1984. I was on the verge of my nineteenth birthday, and mum was only 62 years old when she had a heart-attack. She had [...]

Family Scans

After the glorious weather of the last few days, it's turned colder and we're getting some rain here on the North Coast. For my family, it's welcome relief, as they've been complaining about the high humidity, the thunder and lighting, but no actual rain to offset the pain. Also as a positive, it's meant we've [...]

Same, Same but Different

Nimbin Valley Cheese at Lismore Farmers Market

"OMG, it's Kerry", I shouted out inside my heard. Instantly, I realised I shouldn't be surprised since I knew Kerry was a regular at the Lismore Farmer's Markets. I've known Kerry's partner, Paul for almost forty years (since the start of high school), and Kerry for about a decade. Or is it longer? Because I've [...]

Mum’s Birthday

Mum's Birthday 1984

As it's my birthday, I went searching through my photographic archives for images from birthdays past. Oddly enough, I don't have a lot of suitable photographs of my celebrating, but I did find one from a birthday I remember vividly. It's me and my mum celebrating her birthday in Feburary 1984, just nine months before [...]

Now Hear This

I didn't expect to, but ended up telling a story at the "Now Hear This" story-telling night in Sydney tonight. I told the story of my great-great grandmother who had a relationship with her first cousin (no, I don't have two heads). After the birth of their fourth child together, he married someone else and [...]

The Big Visit

Fireworks at Darling Harbour

The view of Sydney Tower (I still call it "Centrepoint") from the twenty-sixth floor of The Hilton is pretty bloody good. It's a fact I discovered on Friday when my relatives, Michelle and Shane booked in for a weekend in Sydney. Michelle and Shane have been to Sydney a few times. In fact, they were [...]