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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 3rd January 2011


It has been wonderful to catch up with old friends and to meet my cousins. By a strange coincidence, the film on ABC last night was 'Strictly Ballroom' with my erstwhile acting colleague from the Young Elizabethan Tour in 1965 - Peter Whitford. I've seen the film several times and never cease to enjoy it. Apart from here in Perth, the weather has been very disappointing. I spent my first three days in Melbourne wearing the polo necked sweater and trousers in which I'd travelled - they being my only 'warm' clothes. My few days in Sydney were spent under grey skies although it was considerably warmer than Melbourne. I was fortunate at Lizard Island because the weather was good - I've read that over Christmas they had a lot of rain. I'd have been spitting chips if, after all the expense, I'd had to endure rain and had not been able to go out for a snorkel.

Facilities at Lizard were second to none - I think - but I'm not used to 5 star hotels!! Lilianfels in the Blue Mountains was gorgeous but very very expensive and for a 5 star hotel, the room service left a lot to be desired. You don't expect the towels not to be replaced and to run short of loo rolls!! However the Christmas lunch could not have been bettered and spending it with my friend Michael Laurence, and my son and his friend Felicity was an added bonus. We had beautiful weather on Christmas day but the other days were lousy - misty, rainy and chilly.

Perth - the weather has been lovely and we've crammed in a fair amount of sight-seeing. I think it's a compliment that my cousins have said the visit has been all too short. However, not knowing them I didn't want to subject them to a lengthy visit - what is it they say 'Guests, like fish, stink after five days'. I have always loved Australia and as I've stated, had it not been for the death of my fiancé, I'd never have returned to the UK. I've been back for visits several times and would still love to live here but unless I win on the lottery or come up on the premium bonds, it would be out of the question. Australia is very very expensive - real estate is phenomenally pricey and I've never see homes like they have along the Waterfront and the Beachfront in Perth. Homes in Melbourne and Sydney are also wildly expensive. For what I'd get for my flat in Kent, I could just about afford a garage in Oz. Not only is property expensive - everything is at a premium and it is not just because of the weak pound - Jonathan and I were totally shocked at food prices. Admittedly we were in a posh part of Melbourne and in Sydney my hotel was on Darling Harbour - but 25 dollars for a pizza really does seem excessive even in a touristy venue.

NIKON CAMERA - I really don't have much luck with technical stuff. My ipad malfunctioned after 2 months and had to be replaced. Earlier this year and just before a trip to Florence my lovely Sony camera developed a hiccough. It was going to take 6 weeks to send away and sort out so I had to buy another camera. Because it had a better zoom (and I like photographing animals) I went for a Nikon. I was assured that it was easy to use (being a technophobic dinosaur) and very little different from the Sony - Wrong it is different and in many ways I don't like it as much. I suppose I should be grateful that it has seen me through the holiday but it gave up the ghost yesterday - just when I wanted to take photos of my cousins on our trip up the river. I've only had it about six months and it will have to go back to the shop. Better pack up and get ready to go to the Airport. Provided there are no hold ups I should be back in the UK on the 4th. Then I will post some photos for you - unless the chip has also given up the ghost. Wouldn't be so cross except that the camera cost me around £400 - it wasn't a throwaway cheapy like the underwater camera which also let me down.

My Website designer has just told me that all the extra hits were predominantly for my 'Nude' picture.  I'll have to put it into the Gallery.  It's now a year old - having been published in the Daily Mail on New Year's Day 2010.

Once again - I wish you all a HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PEACEFUL NEW YEAR - Jan


I can only upload one photo per Blog and took hundreds on my Australian Trip so thought you'd like to see the very glamourous Carla Zampatti - a superb designer and Australian Icon 


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