PLACES

Stories about places where my husband and I, or family members, have lived or visited, and what we learned and experienced in these places. Personal photographs bring these stories to life.

 


 

Christmas in Outback Queensland

Have you ever wondered how people in outback Queensland prepare for Christmas? How do they decorate their streets, buildings and homes, and with what? Where can they do their Christmas shopping? How and where do they worship? What is special about Christmastime in outback Queensland? Two weeks ago, in early December, my husband Tony and […] Read more…

Postcards of early Longreach

This story is about Longreach in its early days and one of its pioneer families. It is inspired by six illustrated postcards of Longreach I found in my late mother Evelyn’s collection of photographs and memorabilia. The postcards reveal key features of this small Central Western Queensland town in the late 1800s and early 1900s […] Read more…

Weihnachten: Christmas in Germany

Advent traditions, Christmas markets, traditional German Christmas food, Christmas trees, stars and nativity scenes, Christmas Eve celebrations … and the cold! These are the things I remember most about Weihnachten, Christmas in Germany. At Christmastime in 2015 my husband Tony and I visited our family in Germany. We arrived in late November 2015, just before […] Read more…

Koumala: Where’s that?

At the end of 2014, my daughter and son-in-law announced that they would be relocating to Koumala in 2015. My son-in-law had been appointed Principal of Koumala State School. I had heard of Koumala and remembered passing through it once or twice, as it is on the Bruce Highway (the main road linking Brisbane and […] Read more…

Doctor Thorne on location

Have you heard of Lacock or Tyntesfield? Do you know where they are located? What is noteworthy about these two places? Lacock and Tyntesfield are two stunning National Trust properties in England, chosen from time to time as locations for film and television productions. Doctor Thorne, a three-part British television series recently shown on ABC TV […] Read more…

Easter in Jordan

In 2012, after spending Easter in Germany: Bavaria, my husband Tony and I travelled to Jordan, in the Middle East, where we celebrated Easter for a second time. That year, the Eastern and Orthodox Christian churches, following the Julian calendar, observed Easter one week later than the Western Christian churches. Easter in Jordan: What a […] Read more…

Easter in Germany: Bavaria

Four years ago, my husband Tony and I had the privilege of celebrating Easter twice: first in Germany, then one week later, in Jordan. This story is about our experience of Easter with our extended family in the southern German state of Bavaria in April 2012. We stayed with them for 11 days. During that time, they showed […] Read more…

Korčula: This brought Tony to tears

When we visited the Island of Korčula in December 2004, it was 46 years since my husband Tony (born Ante Salečić) left the island and his hometown Korčula for far-away Australia. Tony’s childhood memories of Korčula Tony was in second grade at school when he left his homeland, and he remembers saying goodbye to his […] Read more…