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    To my darling Frenchman, Olivier, If only you were still here dear to see how the garden is continuing to bloom and bring me pleasure. Remember the discussions we had about how we would choose irises and roses to colour the exotic plantings which the landscape designer chose for foliage? Some of the roses have […]

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    My heart weeps for the victims of the Boston bombings. Particularly, I cannot throw off my sadness for the Richard parents of that little eight-year-old boy, Martin, who died and their daughter, Jane, whose leg was blown off.  Does their unspeakable grief break your heart, too? My sympathy pours out for Bill, the father as […]

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  • 04/19/13--06:41: When a grandchild is born
  • There is no point in wishing to be young again. I ponder this profound fact in the hairdresser today while having another colour to cover my rapidly increasing grey hairs.  I am impatient to finish because I am meeting my daughter-in-law Vanessa for lunch with my eight-month-old grand-daughter Scarlett . This is to be the highlight […]

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    In this laissez faire society of ours, it is hard to understand the hatred which spews forth in Britain upon the death of Britain’s first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The poor woman is dead, but the knives are out and none more vicious than from the mouth of former actress turned MP, Glenda Jackson. […]

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    It’s a good thing these builders are sociable blokes.  Not only are they doing an excellent job restoring our ‘white room’ and building a French-style fireplace for us, but they have invited me to join them for their short lunch breaks because I work from home.  During one such break, we got talking about the […]

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    For me, this has been an exhilarating week  of  girlie stuff: a strange French woman staying in my house, a glorious garden party with heaps of girlfriends, a girls’ night in delightful accommodation, a Friday lunch to celebrate a much younger female friend’s fiftieth and afternoon tea with my beloved sister.  There was the lunch-hour […]

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      High level military connections continue to serve up surprising treats for Dr Pamela Schulz, chair of the Defence Reserves Support Council of SA. What could be more exciting than an informal visit to the Pentagon during her recent visit to the United States last month. And the invitation was from the chief of the […]

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      South Australian masters cricketer Roy Schulz proved a mean bowler in Australia’s national over 60s cricket team in its tour of the United States in May. On the last day of the International Cricket Festival in Philadelphia at the Merion Cricket Club he was named Man of the Match. And no wonder! Roy Schulz […]

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  • 05/22/13--06:32: Keep Calm and Carry ON in KI
  • It is a delightful, calm Friday evening on the ferry to Kangaroo Island and we are laden up for a holiday from heaven with adult children and adorable grand-daughter Scarlett, a nine month old bundle of joy. Our destination is American River where we will stay in a holiday house which has not been visited […]

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  • 05/26/13--05:04: In the Company of Women
  •   It was a lightening decision to travel to Perth in May for the Biennial International Congress of Lyceum Clubs as a means of coping with the first anniversary of the death of my husband, Olivier.. Yet for me, as the congress unfolded in the luxurious Duxton Hotel in the company of dynamic women from around […]

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    Hello everyone.  June heralds half a year already and time to send out my writings for the last few months. I have so much for you to read on www.nadinewilliams.com.au, you are sure to find something of interest. Grandparents will love “When a Grandchild is Born’’, and those who want to laugh should look up […]

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    There is only one word to describe a Saturday evening 7-course degustation with matching wines at Celsius – “Sublime’’ ! Celsius chef Ayhan Erkoc (funny name, but don’t let that put you off)  is a culinary genius in the kitchen of his Gouger Street contemporary restaurant where his unique dining concept has already earned him […]

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  • 06/29/13--07:33: God Bless Lilly-Grace
  • June 23, the date Olivier would have turned 75 was always going to be difficult to endure. And, yes, there were tears, but there was also joy in the family celebration of the Naming Day of my grand-niece (Am I really old enough?) Lilly-Grace, daughter of my niece Katie and her husband Josh.   Lilly-Grace is […]

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    With such a proliferation of glamorous cookbooks in the marketplace, the “Bible’’ of them all – the new English edition of the French encyclopedia of cooking, Larousse Gastronomique  is on sale for a hefty $145.00. It was originally published in 1938 in French, but the first English translation wasn’t until 1961. This new edition has […]

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    Time for reflection on sweet memories of my favourite village in France.  Here is a photograph of me on market day in St Remy de Provence in 2004, and it is so exciting that I will be there again in six weeks. Yes, it will be nostalgic to return, but also cathartic to know that I can […]

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  • 07/22/13--03:11: My Sister, My Self.
  •  Have I told you about my younger sister – my only sister – who was born on my 16th birthday?  What brings her to mind is that  I wrote a message in her birthday card tonight telling her that she is the best birthday present I have ever received.  And it’s time to write about […]

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    Today is my darling grand-daughter Scarlett’s first birthday and I can hardly wait until tomorrow for her first birthday party. This chubby little lady makes my heart burst with love each time she sees me and smiles in recognition. When her daddy says “where is grand-ma’?’ she turns, smiles and points at me.  I am […]

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    When naïve artist Marie Jonsson-Harrison lived on the farm at Balaklava, she not only honed her skills as a top professional, she also day-dreamed about the scope of her work. She thought one day she might like to paint an aircraft, but because of its unrealistic nature, she painted a bright artwork instead, entitled Virgin […]

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  • 07/28/13--04:54: Don’t Blame It On The Kids
  • Don’t blame it on our kids! New research has found that the financial disadvantage women face in retirement has nothing to do with whether or not they have a family. The research paper, What’s choice got to do with it? by Prue Cameron for the Canberra-based independent think-tank The Australia Institute, says women retire with […]