What do we want?

poinsettiaAnyone who grew up in Queensland during the Bjelke-Petersen era will instinctively answer that question with ‘the right to march’, followed quickly by, ‘When do we want it? Now!’  As worthy a want as it is, I’m sorry to say ‘the right to march’ hasn’t ever made my top ten. Recently, however, I did get something I want very badly (but thought I would never get) and I am currently basking in a post-want fruition glow.

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The new normal

Jacaranda time in Sydney. What's not to like?
Jacaranda time in Sydney. What’s not to like?

Happy anniversary to me!  I’ve just celebrated one year of taking a daily dose of tamoxifen and I can attest (smiling through gritted teeth) that the side effects are well set in and do not appear to be going anywhere any time soon.  Yeah, yeah – I know this drug is protecting me from a relapse in my cancer but as I found with chemo, the side effects of tamoxifen seem to work counter to the whole process of getting well – in psychological terms for me at least.

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Wollongong wrap!

imageThe 10th and final day of the tour, folks, and Wollongong – perhaps the most famous of ‘Ongs – is where we find ourselves.  We bunked down just north of the ‘Gongs city centre on the shore of the pictureseque North Beach, which not so long ago segregated bathing for men and women.  There were different changing sheds and bathings times of day for both genders, all of whom were garbed in neck to knee costumes which we doubt had anything at all to do with sun protection! Continue Reading

What’s on in Tomerong?

imageSouth of Gerringong there’s a veritable nest of ‘Ongs that we knew of – Tomerong, Bewong, Comerong Island – and a couple we stumbled upon like Currarong, Yerriyong, Bendalong and Warrawong.  Well may you ask what’s on in Tomerong? The chalk board on the front of the community hall in that town told us there are markets on Saturday, from 8am.  Continue Reading