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Grandparenting: Ain’t it Grand

This story is about grandparenting. It’s a compilation of strategies and examples of activities my husband Tony and I have found helpful in building strong loving relationships with our grandchildren. The examples cover what I call face-to-face and long-distant grandparenting. … Read More

Dida’s Caramel Slice

Last year, around this time, my husband Tony and our grandchildren made caramel slice. Given that our grandchildren were coming to stay with us for a couple of weeks in the school holidays, Tony planned a cooking activity for them. … Read More

The Neuendorf Connection

Earlier this year I resolved to find and reconnect with Alwyn and Fay Neuendorf. This is how I went about it. On 16 March 2016, I posted the following message and photograph on my Love in a little black diary … Read More

Bung-in Cake

The “Bung-in Cake” is my all-time favourite recipe. If there was one recipe I could not do without, this is it! I have been using this recipe successfully for as long as I can remember. It was given to me … Read More

Easter in Germany: Bavaria

Several years ago, my husband Tony and I had the privilege of celebrating Easter twice: first in Bavaria, Germany, then one week later, in Jordan. This story is about our experience of Easter with our extended family in the southern … Read More

Barbecue Steak Marinade

In Australia where I live, no matter whether it’s Summer, Autumn, Winter or Spring, it’s always a great time to share a barbecue meal with family or friends. That’s why my mother’s steak marinade recipe is used so often. It’s … Read More

Pasta Bake (and family traditions)

Are you feeling tired – struggling to juggle work, household tasks and family commitments?  Then my story “Pasta Bake” and accompanying recipe is especially for you. It’s a follow-up story to The Ubiquitous Carrot Cake (November 1, 2015), in which … Read More

Snow angels in Cottbus

My husband Tony and I arrived by train at Cottbus (Chósésbuz) at 12.40 pm on Tuesday 5 January. The outside temperature was -7 degrees Celcius and it was snowing. The sky was grey and visibility low in the dull light. Everywhere … Read More

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