Thoughts on losing my Father

My father

Life and loss You may, (or may not), have noticed that I’ve been missing in action in the blogosphere recently. I haven’t blogged, I haven’t read many blogs, I haven’t commented or interacted, I haven’t shared or participated in any group threads and you know what, I make no apologies for my absence. Sometimes life, …

Guest Post Series: Reflections on My First Year of Retirement

Our retirement home at Hobbiton New Zealand

Holiday Greetings to you all from the Land Down Under! Donna at Retirement Reflections kindly invited me to be a guest in her 'Sundays at Six' series and gave me free rein as to what I could write about. Donna has many interesting bloggers join her in her series and it's great reading what everyone is …

What happens when you have a spectacular daughter out there?

Melanie from The Wandering Darlings

It's time to meet one of my favourite bloggers, Melanie from The Wandering Darlings.  I must declare, she also just happens to be my eldest daughter 🙂 Welcome to another edition of People of Interest where I get to share some interesting people with you, my interesting readers. I post these on Tuesdays. And that's …

People of interest #1 – Meet Sharon

Sisters

I find it interesting to note that throughout my blogging career, I have been a guest poster on a few blogs (see list below) but to date the only person to ever guest post on my blog was my youngest daughter, who wrote this heartfelt piece without any direction:  To my mum My recent guest posts include these: …

Layers of Life

Parents

Life is like an onion: you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep. I am probably cheating a bit here by not sharing one of my own photos for this week's photo challenge, instead I am sharing an old photo of my beautiful parents in the bloom of their life. …

Travel thoughts – Care, share and respect!

Travel thoughts - care, share and respect

Every journey is a voyage of discovery Clare Boylan River Gums The adventure is over We are home and have been for a while now. The clothes that reeked of smoke from the campfire and physical exertion are clean again, my husband's beard has been removed, the car has been emptied and bags lie around …

What It’s Really Like to be the Mother of the Bride | Bridesmaids Confession

As a mother of three daughters I was asked to write about weddings from the perspective of the Mother of the Bride. I'm thrilled to share it here, hot off the press, from Bridesmaids Confessions.  Just in time for Mother's Day next weekend! I'd love you to go and read the story by clicking the …

Globetrotters- G’day Debbie 👋 

My daughter has featured me on her blog today – it really is all about me!!! Thanks Melanie, it’s a great post 🙂

the wandering darlings

This weeks Globetrotter is a special one as it’s my lovely MumDebbie

My mum and dad are solely responsible for my sisters and my traveling genes. They took us on our first overseas trip when we were little and that started us all off on trying to see as much as the world as possible. They are always off seeing or doing something new. From walking the Kokoda track (REPEATEDLY!), hiking in Nepal, exploring India, cycling through Europe or just exploring new places within Australia they truly are #travelgoals. I mean any two people that can take 3 girls under 9 on a 30 hour flight must have some awesome travel resilliance. She’s also managed to wave her daughters off from most airports and whilst I know she misses us all dearly she wants us to go and explore and see the world. As a previous teacher she…

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Playing Favourites

Love my family

Playing favourites with my blog, not my children! As a parent I have always told my three daughters that I don't have favourites and I don't. They all have something unique about them and I love seeing how different they are to each other while at the same time being so similar it scares me! …

Hello my name is…awesome!

I don't often get requests for specific posts on my blog but recently I had a request for a post about how our daughters were named. This request came from my youngest daughter after she read a post where I told the story about how I was named Debbie. She wanted to know the story …

A sad day

Today is Stephanie Scott’s 28th birthday and her mother asked us all to join the family by stopping for a cup of tea and a mint slice (her favourite biscuit) at 3pm today. My workplace stopped to honour and remember Stephanie, it was a sombre tea break to say the least.

I’m pleased to say that most shops sold out of mint slices today as people heeded a mother’s simple request. At the end of the day I was able to come home knowing my three daughters are all safe and happy living their lives to the fullest. I have a 28 year old planning her wedding and another daughter was married late last year so this hit me very hard. I can only wish her family and her fiancee peace and the strength to continue on.

Her body was found on the day of her wedding and her killer was convicted to a life sentence just days before her 28th birthday. How sad!

As I said in my original post ‘Rest in Peace Stephanie’.

Deb's World

Today should have been the happiest day of their lives but it was the saddest day of all.

You may have heard of this but just in case you haven’t…..

A young teacher went into her school last weekend to complete work for while she was to be away on her honeymoon. She was due to be married within days. She was never seen again by her fiancée, her family or her friends. A massive search was undertaken.

What is thought to be her remains were found today, the day she was to be married to her childhood sweetheart. It is alleged that she was murdered by a cleaner at the school.

As the mother of a bride to be, I can’t begin to imagine how her fiancée and her family are coping with this awful tragedy. With everything ready for the wedding and guests arriving, the sadness would be…

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Shock and grief – two years on

Cliff, Carol and Grant

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die  I wrote this piece two years ago but it is still so relevant that I can't think of any reason to change a thing.  We all miss Cliff and there are still times I forget that he's not here anymore.   One thing I …

Boom netting fun!

Boom netting fun on Jervis Bay

Thrills! I'm not the sort of girl who enjoys theme park rides, I don't like heights and I don't like being scared but I do like an adventure with some thrills involved.  I once won the prize for being the slowest, most cautious person on a quad bike tour in the sand dunes and along …

Victory – Final MOB update

Final update from the Mother of the Bride (aka MOB) THE WEDDING of the year (2015) has been and gone. It was beautiful, amazing and everything we could have wished for.  I'm happy but also sad - if that makes sense. We had the wedding over the course of a weekend with the majority of guests staying …

MOB update #3 – Trials and chook runs

Update #3 from Mother of the Bride (aka MOB) There are now just 33 days to go until THE WEDDING. My daughter, B2B and fiance G2B, and two of the beautiful bridesmaids have just been and gone!  We had  a weekend jam-packed with all things wedding related. As they all live a long way away …

Congratulations…but who’s counting?

I am upset that I have missed a bit of a milestone! I have now surpassed 400 posts - yay me 🙂  This time last year (almost to the day) I received a lovely message from WordPress congratulating me on posting my 100th post on my blog since starting it in 2012. That means, if my …