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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.

Quorrobolong - Old friends

Date: 9th January 2014

One of the several dwellings I shared when living in Sydney was at Mona Road, Darling Point. Back in the 60's it would have been unheard of to share with any other than your own sex so we were four young ladies. Two were British nurses, one worked in the accounting world and then there was me who worked at night - NO! not that. I worked in theatre.

It was a good arrangement. I had the apartment to myself during the day and they didn't have me around in the evening. We've all met up a couple of times in the intervening years but the one I've kept in touch with most is another Jan. We hadn't seen each other since 1996 when I came out to lick my wounds after my marriage broke up. Jan used to live in Sydney but moved to the country a few years ago and she invited me to visit for a day or two. So, up I went on the train and couldn't believe how cheap train travel is in Australia. It was a 2 hour, roughly 80 mile journey and cost me the equivalent of £8. At home I pay, even with my railcard allowance, £26 for a journey half that length. The double decker train was comfortable enough and the journey was very attractive crossing the Hawkesbury and climbing up through the bush but I've never encountered such excrable toilets and that is saying something.

Jan's home is delightful - an old homestead with big wide verandahs surrounding it set in a 5 acre plot. As we are all ageing, I wondered how she would cope but it doesn't seem to bother her and she does have good neighbours. It's hard to believe and I think I must have joined the gang at Mona Road before a birthday and Jan must have left to get married by the next one because, in the car, we discovered that we share a birthday and both our names are short for Jan- could have been Janice, Janine, Jeannette etc. The first evening we just chewed the cud - Jan has loads of grandchildren and has been an inveterate traveller in her time. The next day we went out to lunch at Bimbadgen winery. Jan hadn't booked and when we arrived, despite the empty tables we were told to go off and wine taste for a half hour. That we didn't want to do and as we weren't even offered the option of sitting and having a glass of wine till they could cope and, not having been treated in a civil manner, we walked out. It was getting late for lunch so we turned into Pepper's Creek. The girls at Enzo could not have been more welcoming. We only had some duck pate with blackberry jam - the latter absolutely superb and just right to cut the richness of the pate - and of course a glass of wine each.

At the Creek, they also had a massive Antique shop - we only looked! - and an Alpaca boutique. I couldn't get over the silkiness of Alpaca as it felt on a little toy alpaca. However when it is woven, the texture becomes slightly harder. It is very expensive so again no purchases made but a very pleasant interlude. Tomorrow off to Katoomba in the Blue Mountains to see a very dear old friend from theatre days.

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