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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 in Queensland
10/22/2013 5:08:05 PM

Travelling to and from Family Reunions in Brisbane and Buderim,Queensland.
Tuesday 15 October was the beginning of our one week's holiday in Queensland. We flew with Virgin Airlines. I was allocated a window seat - that was great because It was a lovely, sunny day once the plane cleared Hobart. I saw lots of arid land and beautiful fluffy clouds nearly all the way. However, while flying over New South Wales we saw a bushfire in the distance. It was a stark reminder of last summer's bushfires and the high temperatures we experienced in January.

When we landed at Brisbane Airport the temperature was a sunny, balmy 23 degrees.George's favorite cousin Tanya was waiting for us at the Baggage Collection area. She was her usual vivacious self and appeared not to have aged since the last time we stayed with her. I was amazed how much Brisbane had grown since we visited there three years ago all these highways and by-lanes made it a complex drive. When we arrived at Tanya's place, the house was hotter than the outside temperature. Due to her financial circumstances Tanya could only afford to put on the the air conditioning on hot days.

We had come up to attend a First Cousins Reunion that was to be held on the South Coast at cousin Gala's house. Since the last reunion one cousin had died of cancer a few months later. We had brought up two kilos of Tasmanian smoked salmon as our contribution to the lunch. As it was frozen and vacuum packed it survived our journey to Queensland. At the Reunion 15 cousins and their spouses were present. One of those cousins had been my English tutor in 1963. I didn't know whether she would recognise me.

One cousin's wife who was born in Northern India, opened up and told us the horrific story of her childhood when she and her sister were abducted by their father. They were starved, locked up and whipped. They never saw their mother again.

Another cousin told me how much he had enjoyed reading my book "Gaining a Sense of Self". He was so cross with himself because he had absently-mined left the book on the table at home. His intention was was to have me autograph his copy.

I had only met our Hostess once and this time I had the opportunity to talk to her in depth. She and I had much in common: she had attended the same high school as I, but 10 years earlier. She had worked at three same municipal libraries as I.Now 82, and a widow for many years she has carved out a busy schedule as a volunteer, Zumba dancer, plays bridge and golf. The Reunion finished at 4:30 pm. Everyone enjoyed themselves and were reluctant to leave. The following day my husband bussed to Buderim for our sister-in-law's 60th birthday.

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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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