Thursday, October 20

Senior Solo Women

I heard on the radio today of a play Mother - a one woman show with Noni Hazelhurst. I'd love to see it, as it focuses on one of the issue of homeless ageing women.

I am not sure I can go to it, as all online tickets are sold, and I have a BIG week this week too, but I will try to find it.

The issue of senior solo woman is very important to me, because I am one!  I am lucky though, but not without some major challenges in my life.  I am concerned that despite much research on the topic suggesting that so many women are in dire straits, nothing is being done by our governments.

I have learned that there is special accommodation for senior solo women - at least one place in Brisbane, and I hope to be able to visit it one day.  It is a private operation.  I believe that there is the potential for more of these - and I believe that they could be profitable.

What do these women want?  (Oh, yes, I do remember the movie - but it has nothing to do with what I am considering.)

Women are very concerned about

  • Security  -   women are very vulnerable and worry about their own safety.
  • Loneliness - so many women have friends, but spend many hours on their own.
  • Financial Security - men have always earned more and generally had more money than women and many were left with very little or nothing after the death or departure of a spouse.
  • Health issues - being alone and sick is not good!

There are other issues that individuals have too.  

I am not sure what I am going to do, but it is an issue that I am passionate about and hope to do something positive for this cohort.

Woman dies alone and her body not found for  2 years.  Read here.
Body of woman not found for 41 years. Read here. 

The woman Sydney forgot here. 

More stories here. 

Do you know a senior solo woman?  Do you know what her concerns are?

I'd love some feedback.

Friday, October 14

Sausage Dogs and Me

My first dog was a bitzer - a bit of this and a bit of that.  My husband bought her for me soon after we were married.  I was no well and was lonely and miserable.  Lena was a lot of fun, and she had seven puppies soon after our daughter was born.  It was a crazy time.  A baby and eight dogs to care for.  

The puppies were cute as babies, but as they grew they looked like goats!  It was hilarious.  We found homes for all of them.

We lived in Warrnambool, Victoria at the time, and when our daughter was about 15 months old, my husband was promoted and we moved to Melbourne.  Lena of course came with us.  I can remember the day we drove to Melbourne.  Our daughter was sick in the car, and coping with the crazy dog and a sick baby while I was about 7 months pregnant - well, it was a terrible day.  However, we managed it.  Somehow.

Not long after our son was born, Lena presented us with a problem. She became rather nasty to me.  I suspect she was jealous and would be aggressive to me when I went to hang washing on the line.  Sadly we had to find another home for her.

Several years later we bought our first dachshund. Koko was a lovely dog and we had him for many years until he died.  Some time after, our son wanted a dog, so we bought Milo - a miniature short haired dachshund, and then we bought him a wife - a black and tan.

We went on to breed them - so had many adventures.  I did have a video of one of the dogs and a pizza box, and thought it was on Youtube, but I cannot find it.

However, I have found some funny videos with dachshunds.

I wish I had one now, but my life is too complex now.

Wednesday, October 5


What is retirement?  Is that when you are supposed to do nothing and watch tv or visit friends all the time?  Not me - I am still "working" - as a volunteer for several groups.

My friend and I laughed about it today.  She and I did our nursing training together in the 1960's and she now lives on the west coast of Australia and I live on the east coast.  We meet up occasionally and regularly talk on Skype.

We are both involved in community organisations in our local areas and neither of us have time to do nothing.

South Australia is where we were born - she in the south east of the country and me in Adelaide.  We were both in Adelaide recently and spent a day together - visiting a few places including Port Adelaide, where we visited the City of Adelaide - a clipper that brought a lot of migrants to South Australia in the early history of the city.

We are catching up again soon, as she is headed to the USA for several weeks and will visit me on her return.  We will have five days together.  

We often laugh about what we do.  Both of us drive long distances!!  She recently drove from her home town, just south of Geraldton, WA to Adelaide - a journey of some 3000 kms.

I recently drove from Brisbane to Hobart (yes, ferry across Bass Strait) then on to Adelaide from Melbourne, and then back home to Brisbane.  About 8000 kms!!!  

Monday, September 26

Still Trying to Catch Up

After returning home from my trip, I was exhausted and my foot was swollen making walking challenging, so I tried to rest up - elevate it.  But nothing seemed to work.

Then I was off to a hockey tournament with my daughter (whose two daughters were involved in the Carnival.)  It was messy for the first two days as it rained a lot, but it got better, though rained the last day.

The younger granddaughter was a player in the tournament.  She's the one with the red skirt - closest to the camera.  The other was an umpire.

My daughter and I spent three nights at a B & B - about 45 minutes from the Hockey venue - the motels were all booked out!  It was Cudgerie Homestead, near Cooroy.  Lovely place.  Beautiful gardens, great host, lovely house, good breakfasts!

I didn't have internet access (except on my phone), and anyway didn't have time or space to use my computer.  We did however get out to dinner on two nights.  One was to Serge's at Pomona - a lovely Italian restaurant that creates awesome pizza's.  I suggested that we only needed a small one, but hungry daughter insisted we needed a large one!  Result?  We took more than half of the large one home - and had it for dinner the following night.  

On the third night we went to the RSL Club at Cooroy.  Great place.  

One day I must spend more time in the area in daylight.

After the hockey tournament was over - they had an awards ceremony.  Granddaughter No 1 received certificates and awards for her Umpiring, and subsequently granddaughter No 2, was selected in the state squad!

I returned home - just for one night - and then went off to Brisbane to be the adult at home with the two girls as her parents went away for a couple of nights.

I am back home - with massive tasks to complete - with so much writing and other tasks to complete - neglected by my absences.

Luckily my orchids will flower for the next few weeks.  I am so lucky to have them.  Read my Orchid Story here.

Tuesday, September 13

Sorry, for lack of Posts.

Well, I have returned to my home in Beachmere, after around 8000 kms driving from Brisbane to Canberra, Melbourne, across the Tasman Sea on the Spirit of Tasmania, then on to Launceston and Hobart, then back to Melbourne via the Spirit of Tasmania, then on to the Great Ocean Road, stopping at Warrnambool, then on to Adelaide.   

After a few days in Adelaide I set off on the return journey via Broken Hill, Bourke, Lightning Ridge, and St George - arriving home just 27 days after I left Beachmere.  

I packed an awful lot into the trip - and came home feeling great until the day after, when I became quite tired (perhaps more to a sleepless night due to a dog barking all night!)

The Wobbly Boot Hotel at Boggabilla, NSW

At Dubbo Zoo

Along the Way

Canola in bloom

At Dubbo Botanic Gardens
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I took hundreds of photos - and hope to share some more of them there.

Wednesday, September 7

The Journey Continues - Mt Gambier to Adelaide

Before leaving Warrnambool I visited the Allansford Cheese Factory, and then went on to Port Fairy and the drive across to Mt Gambier.

I'd driven on the route several times but man years ago and there are many changes including a big wind farm has been created along the way.  I had wanted to go to Nelson after Portland, but the road was closed.

I arrived in the Mount and called my friend.  She was not there, but called back later and we had dinner together.

The following morning I went up to where the old hospitals once were.  There's nothing there but a park.

The "old" Nurses Home.

Where the old hospital used to be.
It was quite moving to see the spot where the hospital, which had been so much a part of my life for five years way back in the 1960's, used to be.

The Nurses Home is now a residential - apparently great comfortable places, but of course I have not seen inside.  I headed for Adelaide after my short tour of the city.

Wednesday, August 31

Two Weeks Later

Sadly I have been unable to find the time (and the internet access) to update my travels on this site.

I am still travelling.  I set off as planned and stayed at Boggabilla, Dubbo, Canberra, Eden, Sale, Launceston and Hobart before returning to Melbourne.

I spent two days in Melbourne - almost in rest mode with a friend, and yesterday I set off early in the morning to visit my sister in law, and then drive along the Great Ocean Road, and on to Warrnambool.

Way back in 1968 we lived in Warrnambool.  It was where our daughter was born.  When in Melbourne I visited a house in Seaford, where we lived in 1969, and took a photo of it.  My (now adult) children would not recognise the house - but it will be recorded in our family history.

The journey to Warrnambool took all day.  I did stop frequently to take photos

Around Anglesea

Amazing houses with views to sea

More Sea

Some of the sights

The weather was not the best.  Cold and frequently raining.  Perhaps another time I can come back and have a better look - especially around Port Campbell, which is where the 12 Apostles are.

I reached Warrnambool just before 6 pm.  It was dark and cold and I quickly found my motel and decided just to have snacks for my meal.  

Today I will visit a few places around Warrnambool and Port Fairy, before going on to Mt Gambier.

What a Journey!