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Kaohsiung – Taiwan

Click here for part 1  Blurb repeated from previous entry so skip to the photos if you read the first one 😉 When we did our Royal Carribean cruise back in July, for the second cruise we had two stops in Vietnam. One of these was Hoi An which is situated on Vietnam’s central coast.  Mum and […]

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Miegunyah House Museum – Historic House

So after the zombie mannequins at Beenleigh Historic Village, I was pretty sure that a visit to Wolston House was going to be your standard, run of the mill historic house. For the most part, I was right, however visiting Wolston House will remain memorable for a couple of reasons, but I’ll come to those shortly. First […]

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Wolston House – But oh, the gift shop!

So after the zombie mannequins at Beenleigh Historic Village, I was pretty sure that a visit to Wolston House was going to be your standard, run of the mill historic house. For the most part, I was right, however visiting Wolston House will remain memorable for a couple of reasons, but I’ll come to those shortly. First … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday – Prince Charles photobombs my Dad

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Throwback Thursday – Disneyland’s 25th Anniversary Parade

Mum bought some slides back from New Zealand.  Over the last week I have converted them to digital format.  So for the first time, after 35 years we can actually now see these photos. This is the second set which feature the 25th Anniversary parade.  Please forgive the somewhat blurry photos – we are spoilt nowadays … Continue reading

Then and Now – The Lion’s Head

First photo taken around 1952, with Lion’s head attached to the my father grew up in – Riccarton, Christchurch, New Zealand.  The little boy in the photo is my father aged around 5 years old. Second photo taken yesterday, Gold Coast, Australia.  Lion Head firmly attached to our home here, overlooking the pool. Not sure on … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday – Disneyland 1980

Mum bought some slides back from New Zealand.  Over the last week I have converted them to digital format.  So for the first time, after 35 years we can actually now see these photos. I’m in the white t-shirt, my brother is the little boy in the red t-shirt and Mum is the woman in the … Continue reading

Visiting Hoi An (part 2)

Click here for part 1  Blurb repeated from previous entry so skip to the photos if you read the first one 😉 When we did our Royal Carribean cruise back in July, for the second cruise we had two stops in Vietnam. One of these was Hoi An which is situated on Vietnam’s central coast.  Mum and … Continue reading

Visiting Hoi An (part 1)

When we did our Royal Carribean cruise back in July, for the second cruise we had two stops in Vietnam. One of these was Hoi An which is situated on Vietnam’s central coast.  Mum and I had previously visited Vietnam back in 2004 and Hoi An was one of our favourite stops.  Not so much for … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Monday 26th July – Saturday 31st July 1943

Click here for entry for Tuesday 20th July – Sunday 25th June 1943 Monday July 26 Day 841 Made more enquiries concerning Canal, learnt guarded for six months.  Due early in Aug.  Played cards in afternoon.  Word through that Musso*  ??? had resigned.  Continued letters in evening. Tuesday July 27 Day 842 Spent full day … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Tuesday 20th July – Sunday 25th June 1943

Click here for entry for Wednesday 14th July (cont.) – Monday 19th July 1943 Tuesday July 20 Day 835 Got parcels ready in case I see Meaty*.  Swimming in afternoon returning early then acting as Pall-Bearer for Maori Boy.  Small walk in cool of evening. Wednesday July 21 Day 836 In morning told could go … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Wednesday 14th July (cont.) – Monday 19th July 1943

Click here for entry for Saturday 10th July – Wednesday 14th July 1943 Wednesday July 14 Day 829 … from Sicily. Wrote in evening. Thursday July 15 Day 830 Received Marg’s tabacco parcel today, no swimming today but slept instead.  Fit men on guard returned to Maadi – graded men from Helwan taking their place.  In … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Saturday 10th July – Wednesday 14th July 1943

Click here for entry for Monday 5th July – Friday 9th July 1943 Saturday July 10 Day 825 News through today of invasion of Sicily.  This where the huge convoys which passed through canal have gone.  In evening walked to church arriving to read (news)paper but nothing in it about invasion. Sunday July 11 Day 826 … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Monday 5th July – Friday 9th July 1943

Click here for entry for Grandad’s WWII Diary – Friday 30th June – Sunday 4th July 1943 Monday July 5 Day 820 Had leave to Ismailia – left Hospital at 7.30 by ration truck.  Could not not see hand-bag suitable for Marg – plenty of wog mades but all very rough – decided to wait and … Continue reading

Grandad’s WWII Diary – Friday 30th June – Sunday 4th July 1943

Click here for entry for Friday 25th June – Tuesday 29th June 1943 Wednesday June 30 Day 815 Usual swimming etc during day – received Patriotic parcel & cigarettes – large convoy of troop ships passing on way to Port Said. – ships fully loaded – seems likely new operation nearing time.  In evening dramatic … Continue reading

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