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

 Back on the Track – Enjoying Outback NSW

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It’s been something of an hiatus for me as family envelopes time. Travel however is still very much part of our world and revisiting those places we love, very much part of out time. But it is time to hit the tar… a very much anticipated event.

Given time and inclination I plan… and the planning for this trip has taken time-upon-time. Taking friends and family along with us is something I love to do, such as including the Grandies while we tour, or even bringing them to us on those much enjoyed occasions. It all makes for those special memories. This time we have my Sis’ in tow… and I’m looking forward to the fun and games we can get up to as we drive ‘The Man’ to distraction. Continue reading

Visiting the Yarra Valley, Vic

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RV Daily Editorial by Jan Hawkins

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

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

Mon Repos, Bundaberg – Turtles and Taking to the Skies

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The opportunity to spend time in the beautiful backwater of Bargara in Central Qld Coast, on the Bundy shoreline, is something not to be passed up. What draws us to the region is the nesting of the turtles. Mon Repos, is a precious mainland turtle rookery, active between November and March. This is truly something special that we enjoy visiting when we can. From the labouring of the mums… to the hatching of the clutches, sprinkled up and down the beach at the National Parks Turtle centre near Bundaberg in Qld.

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The Longest Shortcut in Australia – The Goldfields of WA

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We’re on an adventure at the moment, crossing the continent on Australia’s longest shortcut travelling some 4,600klm. Strictly speaking this is a outback route, largely a dirt road, one that stretches from Perth on the sunset side, through the centre of Aus’ and onto Cairns, this on sunrise side or vs vs. This route across Aus’ is also known to take in the remote stretch of track known as the Outback Way, which is nearly 2800klm travelling from Laverton WA to Winton Qld, and is presently from Laverton to Kata Tjuta (The Olga’s) a notorious 1000klm strip of dirt track that is subject to some extreme weather conditions and which is currently still rough and ready. Though they are threatening to tar this route over the next decade or so, at the moment it is very much an adventurous run.

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It’s all in the Planning… Making the most of Travel

Screen shot.pngAt the moment I am thick into another trip plan… one coming up soon, and as usual I have two or three of these trip plans sitting on my desktop as I develop them as the mood takes me. A number of travellers like to just go with the flow, and there are certainly times when this is the fun way to go, but then at other times planning is a part of the enjoyment of discovery and I wouldn’t even consider not building up a plan for any given tour… Even the roughest of rudimentary plans is a good option.

Traveling as we do as a lifestyle choice, as opposed to a 2-4 week or month stint across the country, we do have a broad based guide that gets us to where we want to go and then there are times where we just head off in a general direction… or in pursuit of a general goal or season respite… or even in pursuit of an interest, but the trip plan is an essential part of our future plans and I wouldn’t be without it. Mind you these trip plans are very malleable … such as this years primary plan which was to have seen us up in the Kimberley, but instead saw us spending 6 months in and around Perth… exploring, instead. Plans change as does your focus, and often. It is best to roll with the waves and enjoy the ride. Continue reading

Mimi People of Australia

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Learning about, and interpreting the Ancient Lore and Legend of Aboriginal Australia is an aspect of my writing that I have studied for most of my life. One of these fascinating avenues of Australian Lore is that of the Mimi people. That mystic and secretive Lore of a people who lived once amongst us and who still, today, drift through the stories told and the experiences of Australian Lore.

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