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Precious memories


The cricket oval at Barham, NSW, with its new white picket fence 🙂

Yesterday I travelled to Koondrook and Barham with my Mum and Dad, to visit some of Dad’s cousins. We enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Barham Club and it was wonderful to listen to everyone reminisce. One cousin I hadn’t seen since I was a sixteen-year-old exchange student in New Zealand – he was living in Auckland at the time and we met up after a lady who worked with my host ‘mother’ realized I had the same surname as the Aussie her cousin had married. For a homesick teenager it was wonderful to visit a family member and see an amazing family resemblance so far away, even though we’d never met before that.

I now have a pile of family history papers, documents and details and we are hoping I can connect a few more dots.

And, it has reinforced my commitment to writing down family stories and interesting snippets . . . who knows who might want to read them one day 🙂

February Positive Words magazine


The February issue is now available 🙂

It features the First and Second prize winning entries from the Positive Words End-of-Year Short Story & Poetry competition as well as lots of other great stories and poems – Valentine’s tributes, comedy, snapshots of past times, memories, writing prompts and more from writers all over Australia and New Zealand.

If you would like a copy please send $5.50 (unused stamps accepted) to Sandra James, PO Box 798, Heathcote, 3523, Victoria, Australia. Overseas readers please contact me for Paypal and other payment options.

Sample back copies for interested contributors or subscribers are also available. Send $2.40 in unused stamps for one copy or one $6 book of stamps for three recent issues to the above address.



I’d never heard of Feijoas (Pineapple Guava) until I stayed in New Zealand as an exchange student many years ago. My host family lived on a ten acre property and had a magnificent Feijoa hedge/wind-break on one side of the house. It yielded buckets over several weeks and I ate hundreds of the unique-tasting fruit raw and learnt to cook many new recipes using them. I have two growing in our yard and although they  have a long way to go to reach the height of the NZ hedge, they’ve survived a couple dry summers and I’m sure we’ll be eating Feijoas before long 🙂

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