Laurie’s Blog

Woollen trousers, Levis and bum cracks

Sep 29th, 2017 | By

Must admit that my favourite jeans are Levi 101’s.  Pulling on a pair with button up fly is like meeting an old friend.  Of course these days the waist has gotten somewhat bigger than that of my first pair circa 1974. It was a long time before Mum agreed to let me wear denim.  She’d

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Meat and three veg

May 27th, 2016 | By

I’m writing this post on Sunday night with the smell of a beef casserole simmering on the stove in the background and remembering that as I was growing up the food we ate was very much a part of the daily and weekly ritual. I wrote in the post Of Chow Food and Other Things about our

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Mum and the gathering of the ghosts

Feb 10th, 2016 | By

I wrote this in 2010 Mum had her fair share of health problems over the past few years; osteoporeosis and osteoarthritis lead to a lumbardectomy on her back about four years ago; two years ago she had an artery replaced in her leg, and, she has had a couple of colonoscopies this year which came

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Home at the Golf Links Estate

Feb 5th, 2016 | By

I thought I’d start because my memories go back further than Karen and Deb’s.    Mum and Dad moved to the Golf Links estate in Box Hill South in around 1959.  I was approaching 2 and Karen hadn’t long been born. The house was pretty trendy for the time, flat roofed, vertical pine weather boards and

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The Boys of Summer

Jan 3rd, 2016 | By

The exceitement began with Christmas Day but continued into Boxing Day when I was a kid.   That was the day that the holiday started.  For many years when we were kids the holiday destination was the Ball Caravan Park on the Murray River at Corowa.   For around 10 years I made that trek with

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Blink of an Eye Revisited

Nov 12th, 2015 | By

Published 2010 It’s only around 9 weeks to Christmas and the year has flown, admittedly a lot has happened – new house, lost job, new job, new dog, overseas holiday.   But the rush of years continues apace. Somewhere I read of the major measurements of stress and when I look back over the past four

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School Daze 4

Nov 7th, 2015 | By

I don’t remember much about school excursions in those days. I’m sure we may have had some but they were few and far between and none stuck in my mind. However, when I was in sixth grade at Bennettswood State School in 1968 we had a week long excursion to Tasmania, travelling via the ship

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School Daze 2

Jun 6th, 2015 | By

The corridors of the school were always busy during the breaks.  Then as now we had hooks outside our classroom where we hung our bags.   Inside were desks at which two people could sit.  There was a lift up lid invariably covered in penned notes like John Loves Betty or Mr Stafford has a pig

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May 31st, 2015 | By

The dust motes floated serenely through the sunbeams split by venetian blinds streaming into my bedroom.  I used to imagine that each one was a whole new world filled with civilisations that built wondrous things and looked out upon us as gigantic Gods like the elephants on the turtle that the ancients used to believe

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Karen’s Home

Apr 16th, 2015 | By

Here is my oldest sister Karen’s recollections of our childhood home following on from my post Home at the Golflinks Estate and our sister Deb’s post  Deb’s Home.   Richardson Street, Box Hill South is the place I grew up. It was here I spent my lifetime before marriage and raising my own kids in

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