Holiday with a difference

The Dowerin Bed and Breakfast and its guests have been at my mercy for over a week. This old woman has masqueraded as the boss, while my sister, Elizabeth, and her husband, Peter, are overseas on holidays. This is a diary of the week. Dowerin is at the cross roads to a number of important places. There are many responsibilities when you live in …

Lifelong learning

There’s been a state of chaos à chez nous for the past few weeks. Chaos isn’t usually a state I embrace readily; my mind demands external order, quiet and peace. But this mess has been for the sake of a worthy cause. Believing passionately as I do that lifelong learning is not only a right for everyone, but an …

Experiencing Ballet

Two lots of ballet within a few days last week might have been overdoing it. But as a writer I know how important it is to keep the creative well topped up with new ideas, sensations and memories and two such completely different aspects of ballet so close together touched chords and left me with much to think about. John’s inspired gift to celebrate our wedding anniversary was …

Risky business

For the past few years, I’ve been writing my second memoir. It’s about falling in love and marrying in old age. John was married to my life-long friend Marcia for almost fifty years. Some time after her death, their children invited me to his seventieth birthday. Exactly a year after the birthday celebration, we married. We didn’t just …

Booklovers’ surprise

The quaint Hampton Arms Inn in Company Road, two kilometres south-west of the Greenough Hamlet, is one of only a handful of Australian colonial hotels that has survived from the nineteenth century. Opened in 1863, not long after the Greenough Front Flats were first settled, the building retains all of its original architecture and form, with a …

Ageing with Style – Elizabeth Worts

An elephant swayed from side-to-side as she picked her way down the side of mountainside in a jungle in northern Thailand. She felt her way with her trunk to test the terrain before she put each enormous foot carefully into a tiny space between loose rocks. The mahout on the creature’s head turned around to where I …

One hundred-and-one books

One hundred-and-one books make a reasonable reading list. ‘We could start a book club,’ my new friend said. ‘That way we’d get to read a lot of different books.’ ‘Good idea,’ said another friend. ‘We could each invite one other person to join,’ I suggested. ‘That way we’d meet new people, too.’ That was eleven years and one hundred-and-one books ago.

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