Living off the Land

Living off the Land

The three of us moved cautiously past the ruins of the house and into the overgrown back garden. We were moving carefully as the long grass hid ankle-turning bricks, toe-stubbing baulks of timber and shin-barking pipes. We had learned of these obstacles the hard way...
History Police and ancestry.com

History Police and ancestry.com

The History Police were doing their regular spot check on the records of ancestry.com. They did random samples on any Family History that appeared to be unverified, unsubstantiated or plain unbelievable. “Here’s one” said Arthur. This family had a...
The Bridge

The Bridge

You hear people talking about the Sydney Harbour Bridge “ad nauseum.” I would like to tell you a personal story about the Bridge through the less than favourable eyes of a schoolgirl. You see, my school was on the southern approach to the Bridge, on...
Conservation and People – an Essay

Conservation and People – an Essay

Conservation: retaining Earth’s assets as they are now – the forests, the sea, rivers, mountains and agricultural land. People: preserving the rights of present and future generations to feed, clothe and shelter themselves. These two “terms”...
The Colour Blue

The Colour Blue

The wind blew quite strongly but the sun shone red hot on his skin. The sky was its usual deep blue. He sat on the wooden seat in his garden, holding a mug of hot coffee and thinking of nothing. How had he come to be so alone? The wind strengthened and broke through...
We Will Fight Them on the Beaches

We Will Fight Them on the Beaches

“We Will Fight Them on the Beaches………” Winston Churchill (British WWII PM) This phrase conjures up survival strategies of a different, non-military nature in our family. It exists in the simple act of our two sons, aged 14 and 12, setting off to go...