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· Recipes for Survival: Stories of Hope and Healing.

· Gaining a sense of self is now available as an e-book Kindle. 445 p.

Short Stories
· All Aglow in Te Anau

· Doggy Doings and Other Matters

· Butt Out

· Chinese Takeaway

· Sandy Freckles' Diary

· Innocents Abroad in Tasmania

· A Ratty Tale

· Perfect Day

· Reminiscences of Thedbo Village, New South Wales

· Life in the Fast Lane

· On their Own: Britain's Child Migrants

· The Last Goodbye

· The Common Thread

· Finding Ted

· Violet Tasma Cleary: a Tragic and Short Life

· Easter Bunny

· Ode to Bella

· Lost Love

· Hi

· For Sandy

· Ode to Rain

· Memento

· Destiny Beckons

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· From Barmaid to Arts Graduate: my journey

· Foot Steps Towards Freedom Project

· Appointment to Find and Connect Reference Group

· Review of On Their Own: Britain's Child Migrants Exhibition

· Poetry Course: Making Fountains with Dictionaries

· Care Leavers in Higher Education

· 100,000 Abused, Wanting to Tell

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Holiday of a Life Time
3/11/2012 5:42:12 PM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

My blog is about holidaying to Adelaide and setting off on a seven-day trip along the Murray River in a a paddle boat.
Holiday of a Life Time
March 3 2012:
My milestone birthday.George presented me with a gorgeous chrome plated dress watch and a huge box of Norman Dann chocolates. After a restful night in our spacious room at the Majestic Roof Garden in Adelaide we breakfasted at Cibo, a takeaway restaurant that was close by. I ordered muesli, yoghurt and fruit in a mug. Funghi and cheese on toast followed. George ordered a toasted bun with bacon, eggs and tomatoes. We greatly enjoyed the food, coffee and the atmosphere. Adelaide was a buzz with excited young people who were visiting the capital for the beginning of the Adelaide Arts festival.

Guided by a map we found the State Library of South Australia where I handed cards to staff that gave information about my memoir Gaining a Sense of Self. Other cards were dropped off at the Adelaide Council lending Service for purchase consideration. From there we visited the South Australia Art gallery. Staff obligingly cloaked our luggage while we wandered unburdened throughout the impressive galleries.

We reached the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel about an hour before our tour was due to commence. By then, the hotel foyer was filled with over 100 people waiting for our tour bus. Prior to our departure my brother and his wife had arrived from Queensland to join us on our holiday. There was just enough time to grab a bite to eat before we boarded a luxurious coach to take us to the little town of Mannum – 150 kms away. The trip to Mannum took about 90 minutes. We passed through parched landscape that was populated by tumble weeds bounding around the paddocks. Apart from sighting some horses, sheep and cattle there was little to see.

On arrival at Mannum we saw the magnificent Murray Princess paddleboat for the first time. It was larger than I expected and was four decks high. In our little cabin was a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine, courtesy of Captain Cook Cruises. We shared it with my brother and his wife. They had brought along a birthday present for me – handmade silver long drop earrings they bought from Montille, Qld. They were absolutely exquisite. The accompanying beautifully decorated card read:

Life is about celebrating the moments, believing in dreams, listening to our heart.

Mid afternoon the boat began to shudder as the huge paddle wheels came to life and the boat began its journey down the Murray River. The river was lined with enormous red gum trees that were used to tie up the boat whenever the boat stopped over at various places. A huge flock of white Corellas swirled around us and then settled in the trees nearby, as if to wish us “Goodbye. Safe journey” as they solemnly gazed at us from their perches as the boat glided past. The weather was wonderfully warm and sunny – so different from Tasmania’s cooler temperature. The scenery we passed was absolutely glorious! After a magnificent dinner everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to me. I was greatly moved by their acknowledgement of my significant day. That night we docked for the night at Mundurra and were able to go for a short walk in the pristine bush. What a memorable start to our holiday!

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More Blogs by Karen Laura-lee-Lee Wilson
• Holiday in Queensland - Tuesday, October 22, 2013
• Discarded Clothes - Saturday, August 31, 2013
• Party Time - Monday, August 19, 2013
• Alone in the Dark - Sunday, August 11, 2013
• Anniversaries: Past and Present - Friday, July 26, 2013
• Adjusting to Bella - Sunday, July 21, 2013
• The Coming of Bella - Tuesday, July 16, 2013
• The Ethics of Abortion - Thursday, June 20, 2013
• Ted's Itinerary - Monday, March 18, 2013
• Entertaining Ted - Thursday, March 14, 2013
• Entertaiing Ted - Thursday, March 14, 2013
• A Hectic Week Ahead - Monday, March 11, 2013
• Whew! - Monday, February 18, 2013
• The Christmas Season - Sunday, December 30, 2012
• Post Colonoscopy Operation - Thursday, November 29, 2012
• Fasting for the Procedure - Tuesday, November 27, 2012
• One Day at a Time - Wednesday, November 21, 2012
• Hurricane Sandy's Massiive Impact - Wednesday, October 31, 2012
• Update of Illness in the Family - Tuesday, October 30, 2012
• Illness in the Family - Thursday, October 25, 2012
• The Price of Getting Older - Friday, October 19, 2012
• Thursdays - Wednesday, October 10, 2012
• Abduction - Friday, September 28, 2012
• More Than a Coincidence - Monday, August 27, 2012
• Notes on My Recent Cruise in Europe - Wednesday, August 15, 2012
• Mindfulness Exercise - Sunday, August 12, 2012
• Cruising along the Danube and Rhine Rivers - Wednesday, August 01, 2012
• Honouring the Life of James Gavin Paterson - Wednesday, July 04, 2012
• 10 Days to Go - Saturday, May 26, 2012
• Autumn Lingers - Wednesday, May 09, 2012
•  Holiday of a Life Time - Sunday, March 11, 2012  
• Compassion for Native Animals - Saturday, February 18, 2012
• A Bit of Chichat - Monday, January 09, 2012
• Christmas Time - Friday, December 09, 2011
• Health Issues and Other Matters - Friday, October 07, 2011
• What's Happening in Hobart - Sunday, September 11, 2011
• Wake-Up Call - Saturday, August 27, 2011
• The Connection between Schoolyard and Workplace Bullying - Friday, August 19, 2011
• Winter in Tasmania - Friday, August 05, 2011
• A Synopsis of My Talk at the Republic Bar on 3rd July - Monday, July 04, 2011
• The Rigours of Life - Friday, July 01, 2011
• Update on My writing and Other matters - Wednesday, June 22, 2011
• Such Is Life - Wednesday, June 15, 2011

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