The Pages of Our Lives

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This damn virus has impacted our lives for nigh on 18 months plus now, so travel is complex and family are paramount in our lives.  But life does go on regardless.

We (The Man and I) have staged a break-away and I am currently sitting up in the rainforest at the Top-of-the-Range above Cairns where it is warmer, the cold got to me so we staged our break-out to touch base family, putting the finishing touches to my latest project. A new publication for the Family Historians.

(Nb: For a preview of this title visit the US site here. Australian purchasing can be done through all other links)

The covid times for us haven’t been a complete hiatus, as there are a number of positives which came out of the restrictions. But as I am over it all… I won’t go into that.  Perhaps the most positive thing is that it all provided time to put things-to-rights with my interest in Family History research – You see ‘I Hunt Dead People’ as a hobby.  Given the time, I have dived into my Family History interests and taken on a Uni course… A Family History Diploma, with  UTAS (Tasmania) and what an adventure it has been, and a joy to anticipate.

For those who know me, you know of my interest in family history and research. It has been a life long interest… born of the way that some of my maternal family (Mothers side) arbitrarily decided that my mother wasn’t entitled to know about her fathers identity, or I, my Grandfathers identity. That issue was resolved quite early in the peace (literally)… as not everyone in the family agreed on the unnecessary secrecy and deceit.  However, my keen interest in research and resolving questions was here born in my teens, and it has flourished ever since for literally half a century.

The result of this interest, and enjoyment derived from research, has been a vast collection of histories, recollections, photo’s, documents and files that when arranged, will tell the story of the lives of those who have stepped before me.  As was recently quoted in a study session…

I did not begin this book looking for skeletons in my family’s cupboard, but once the cupboard was open, they simply fell out.

This book is a collection of facts found within everyones life, a spattering of selected photo’s and documents and tales told by others has finally come together and I have published a tome, a collection of my family history research.  Organizing it into some type of order was always the problem, and realizing why I even wanted to, was the reality.  You see I do love the journey of research, and it is  this that inspired me to create a point of discovery for the journey of others into further research. I wanted to record and recount many of my discoveries for those who will step after me, as well as others who are interested in such things now… and there are some great tales within these pages.

This is my publication “The Pages of Our Lives” which is now available on amazon.com.au 

The book is a journey, and you are invited to find your ‘point’ or ‘person of interest’ and continue the research. To build your own story, and that of your ancestors from this point of contact.  

“The Pages of Our Lives” is not the complete story… as there is much that I couldn’t include for so many reasons, but the recounts and facts within the pages, merely offers the choice in points to begin your own journey into your history. This for my extended family, as well as the many stories to be found within the history of the ordinary people who built our Nation, Australia, which would be of interest to others.

I hope you enjoy the journey and its vagaries you will find in building the story of your fore-family, as much as I continue to do. And I hope you too can find the love of discovery… for there is so much to discover still.

Enjoy

You can find more information about my other books on my Authors Page at Amazon

Travelling Our Aussie Stock Routes

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Visiting the Yarra Valley, Vic

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Living The Dream – And Family

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Living the Dream

Planning for our next tour is always fun and between family time and living, this is what has been filling my thoughts of late and its led me to reflect on travel and family. After a number of years there still is simply so much of our beautiful country to see. Even revisiting places we love is a joy, as we get to see what time has made of them and then there is Family… yours.

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Noodling for Nundle Diamonds

Nundle diamonds.pngNundle in NSW, east of Tamworth, is an old gold prospection area that we love to visit. Cold in winter or hot in summer if offers challenges… those which include access to water, unless of course it is flooding.  Nearby Chaffey Dam is a favourite camp for many as is the caravan park in Nundle itself, spacious and comfortable, and it is here you will find the Info Centre which is necessary for panning and noodling advice. Particularly if your not sure what your doing. Continue reading

Australia’s Rainbow Serpents

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Serpents have starred in religion since Adam and Eve… which is relatively recent. Before that they also starred in the Dreamtime and predominantly in ancient Lore around the globe, being involved in the creation and the evolution of mankind. In Australia, which has some of the most ancient lands still above the tide, serpents hold a special place in Lore… and they are commonly known as the Rainbow Serpents. Continue reading

Home, Hearth (or Campfire) & THAT Fridge

Oonidiri camp cavesThe last few months have been something of an hiatus for us as we regroup at the home base, attend to a bit of maintenance … for the vehicle, van and person, and to enjoy the gathering of family of the Christmas Season, listening to the noise of Grandies, the gossip of our brood and the ‘putting into order’ that which a household needs from time to time.

Last year… 2017, was a busy year that saw us enjoying a sojourn in beautiful southern corner of WA and Perth, then out to crossing the Central Desert Region along the Outback Way, a bit of the Gunbarrel and the Great Central Road, along with our adventures into the beautiful red gems of Harts Range.  Continue reading

A Celebration in Sydney

 

Sydney has to be one of our favourite places to explore. While accommodation is always an issue, and the cities Caravan Parking is as scarce as hens teeth, one of the biggest advantages in Sydney is the Opal card… coupled with what is generally a affordable, usable and convenient public transport system. Yes… you can easily get around the vast city on the public network and with the use of one of the transit apps available for smart phones which links you via public transport, from where you are, to where you want to go.

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The Dreaming E-books – 50% Off

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E-book 50% Discounts

A small Chissy gift to all in this season is a 50% discount vouchers that expire on the 11th January 2018, this for the 4 books of the Dreaming Series from Smashwords, which offers e-books in all e-formats.  Following are the voucher codes to download the e-books of this fictional series on Aboriginal Lore.

Loose yourself in the tales of the Dreamtime. Travel with the Featherfoot and touch the world of the Rainbow Serpents. The tale is a celebration of family… of love… of life and of culture. I hope you enjoy the journey. Just follow the hyperlinks.

Shadow Dreaming:  50% Discount Price – $1.45 The code is: GE24E
Sky Song: 50% Discount Price – $1.95 The code is: VW93U
Spirit of the Rocks: 50% Discount Price – $1.95 The code is: UE43N
Caverns of the Dreamtime: 50% Discount Price – $1.95 The code is: MN78P

Travel well

Jan

Australia’s Longest Shortcut – The Red Centre

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From Docker River to Boulia, the scene is that of an ancient landscape, weathered down over eons of time from an epoch in Earths history that saw the very earth rusting. Born of this time are the burnt ombre’s, reds and sun bleached sands left by time. Travelling on what is the end tail of the Outback Hwy you will encounter both dirt track and welcome tar. The most spectacular highlights are the ancient rocks of the Red Centre, the magnificent gorges of the MacDonnell Ranges… or the Caterpillar Ranges, to use an Aboriginal description that has been a reference for thousands of years. Continue reading