RESTLESS…..Chapter Eight

Alice Springs May  1992 to July 1995 We set our caravan up in the G’day Mate Caravan Park with ensuite facilities. Judith brought her company car, a Toyota Lexcen, a GM Product collaboration also sold as Holden Commodore in Australia. I needed to find employment and started collecting aluminium cans discarded at select drinking places and […]

RESTLESS…..Chapter Seven

DARWIN 1986 to 1992 We arrived in Darwin and set up camp at Frank Morandini’s Park at Buffalo Creek. We had a good site. Judith dropped in to the NT News to catch up with some friends and was offered a job straight away. At least we would have some money coming in. She drove the […]

RESTLESS…..Chapter Six

  Back to Australia Whilst we were away from Australia the dollar had been floated on to the international market which made it much stronger against the South African Rand. Our other money was still in transit and instead of having $10,000 to buy a car and a caravan we had $7500. We had organised with […]

RESTLESS…..Chapter Five

South Africa September 82-Oct 84 I caught up with Judith at Jan Smuts (now Oliver Tambo) Airport where she was worried sick about me. I was sort of sober when I arrived. Judith had made some friends on the journey to South Africa and they guided her along and helped her stow the luggage. We had […]

RESTLESS…..Chapter Four

  Australia 1976 to 1982 The next two days we looked for cars and eventually settled for a Ford Panel van. I wanted to buy a new Suzuki 4×4 for less money than the Ford but was overruled by Judith. The third day we were on our way north up the Hume Highway to Sydney, and […]

RESTLESS…..Chapter Three

South Africa Part One   The majestic Table Mountain and those iconic places of habitat along the coast came into view I was forced to reconcile myself with the fact that I loved the place. The weather. The fresh winds, the humid pockets of extreme plant growth where the Cicada’s keep up the heavy tune by […]

RESTLESS…..Chapter Two

  Falling around   Return to Darwin There are so many aspects to our lives, and the things we did or attempted to do, that I am only going to recall some of the high lights. In the new year of 1970 I landed a job with Renault Australia working in Vehicle Allocations, the Department that […]

RESTLESS…..Chapter One

This is the story of my life and the jobs and work  my wife Judith and I did and all the travelling through the length and breadth of Australia. There is no reason to publish personal details and accounts of our lives as this is only a narrative of me being restless and the adventures we […]

Staying alive

No matter what the word ascribes, we all take drugs at some stage of our lives, from the day we are born to the day that we leave this mortal coil. Somehow I was born a sickly child. My first encounter with drugs was when I was rushed seven hundred kilometres along a road which was […]

Living with cancer

As there has never been a reported cancer sufferer  in our family tree, it came as a surprise to me when my GP at the time blurted out to me that I had cancer in the month of May 2016. But let me start at the beginning. As a child I was fascinated by the opportunity that […]

Some Short Yarns

Op Shop Ungarie NSW. We stopped there to buy phone credit at the Post Office, and upon doing a U-turn in the street, we saw a couple of old blokes sitting on chairs outside an old building. It turned out this was a new Op Shop that had just opened in this small town. It stretched […]

A Flying Kelpie

While Edith, Judith’s Mother, was still alive, we used to visit her on the Gold Coast once or twice a year depending on the demand for attention. It was a 4500 kilometre return drive from where we live. As per always our furry children, Jeddah, the Blue Heeler, and Modesty Blaise, the Kelpie, travelled with us. […]

Horses and I

Just between you and me…..I don’t get on with horses and they don’t like me either. It must be something in my psyche. It is a mutual understanding between two species. I was only a toddler when there was an auction at Melton Wold, Victoria West District, in the middle 1940’s. My Dad was the auctioneer […]


I have written this story in the hope that the reader may learn or take away something from our experiences This is a story about two Mothers in the declining years of their lives Our mothers carried us for nine months, bore us with pain, fed us, nursed us and looked after us, looked after all […]

Marrakai Swamp

You’re mad….you bastard !!

Hunting Magpie Geese:   I was working for a government instrumentality in Darwin. The government used to hire consultants to advise on aspects of business promotion. One such consultant by the name of Ron and I became firm friends. He was a few years my senior and hailed from South Australia. Ron was a businessman from […]

Water drum and Shade sails

Our house 1999-2018

One of the first changes we made to our house when we bought it in November of 1999, was to have Batts Insulation pads fitted in the ceiling. We then fitted heavy curtains to the windows and later we installed Reverse Cycle Air-conditioning in three rooms and set the temperature at 23°C. We regulate what we […]

Painting the Town Red

My brother was at home from studying at university for the duration of the summer holidays and we were living in Victoria West for a short while, after coming back from Australia, where Judith and I had married in the late ‘60’s. On this night Judith had already turned in for the day and was fast […]

Blou Oog

So elke nou en dan, en veral in vakansie tye, was daar ‘n partytjie gehou op ‘n plaas êrens in die distrik. Ons jong mense, as ons nie deur ‘n ouer vergesel was nie, het altyd ‘n ry-geleentheid gesoek met iemand wie ons geken het, of iemand aangeraai deur die mense wie die partytjie gehou het. […]