Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Every now and then you come across something that is too good not to be shared...

Monkey Face Orchid (Dracula Simia)

Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis)

Naked Man Orchid (Orchis Italica)

Hooker's Lips (Psychotria Elata)

Dancing Girls (Impatiens Bequaertii)  

Laughing Bumble Bee Orchid (Ophrys bomybliflora)

Swaddled Babies (Anguloa Uniflora)

Parrot Flower (Impatiens Psittacina)

Snap Dragon Seed Pod (Antirrhinum)

Flying Duck Orchid (Caleana Major) 

An orchid that looks remarkably like a tiger

Happy Alien (Calceolaria Uniflora)

And his friends...

Angel Orchid (Habenaria Grandifloriformis)

Dove Orchid Or Holy Ghost Orchid (Peristeria Elata)

White Egret Orchid (Habenaria Radiata)

The Darth Vader (Aristolochia Salvadorensis)

An Orchid That Looks Like A Ballerina 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014



…and held it's breath
hoping that time would stop 
and peace would resume..

It was not to be
and would not be that way again
for five long years.

So much heartache, tragedy and death
broken dreams, families, 
and so many broken bodies and minds.

Brave men and women  
at the front and at home
fought and waited and hoped.

100 years ago 
it was to be the war 
that would end all wars..

If only that were true.

©Crissouli August 2014

Many have written, and will write, of the history of World War 1. I have chosen instead to revisit some earlier posts.





The photographs used were from the Public Domain. 

ANZAC Mounted Div (B01518) Frank Hurley

FrankHurleyAustralian8inchHowitzerBattery   Public Domain

Friday, July 11, 2014


CATHERINE,  you know I had to say something..

It is with great sadness that we, her friends and fellow bloggers and genealogists, recently learnt of the passing of our friend, Catherine Crout - Habel.

This was so unexpected to most of us and the waves of disbelief and sadness spread quickly., yet I can't think of Catherine without smiling...

Catherine first made her mark in the blogging circles with her blog, 

It was a must read for many, passionate, informative, full of family history and always seeming as if Catherine was talking beside us. As bloggers do, we tended to become friends quite quickly.  Catherine lived in South Australia, she was very enthusiastic about the history of her state, and interwove her family stories with the tales of the times.

Catherine's love of her family shone through all. She often included very personal stories in the hope that by sharing them, she may have been able to help others. One in particular was about her son, Jarren, who died from measles when just an infant. She mourned him all her life, but delighted in telling us what a beautiful family she still had.. she was so proud of them all. 

 Rather than tell Catherine's stories, I'll let her tell you via her posts... via the various links I will add here...  she had so much to offer...

 What I can do is to tell you about my friend, who made me laugh and made me cry, often at the same time.. We didn't always agree, but that was ok. However we were often involved in the same things, such as bringing various issues to the fore...

 Catherine, of course, went on to really get involved, working with another friend, Kylie Willison and others...

 Catherine loved to see the funny side of things... as she showed with her lesser known blog....

She was passionate about history, genealogy, her family, her friends, her very many causes ( just Google her name), did I mention family? She would argue at the drop of a hat, then tell you a funny story to follow... she had a great sense of the ridiculous, and  had a way of including you in the joke. As a former teacher, who never really stopped teaching others, she also loved to learn. We were working together on a project that remains at this time unfinished, but I will finish it for you, Catherine... and to think I spent all that time teaching you how to use EXCEL...

Catherine, ever the teacher...

Catherine didn't often talk about her health, but this one post was an exception... she scared us all, but she laughed it off saying if she could beat that, she could beat anything. Unfortunately, there was more to come...

 Rest in peace my friend, while we are saddened, Heaven will be a brighter place for having you there and while we all know that there is a season for all of us, it is still hard to say goodbye....

♡♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ 

The photos below are courtesy of her daughter, Kirrily...

Catherine, her great grandmother, mother and grandmother...
Catherine with Kirrily

Catherine and Cullen
Catherine and grandson Jay

and Catherine so happy on one of the family gatherings she loved so much.

♡♡ ♡ ♡ ♡ 

Thursday, July 3, 2014


I can't believe I missed it, but I did, I really did...
I thought I knew the actual date, 
but it seems that it was hid...
...den ...from all the dates I have to know..
Sorry, yes, I really am, but here, with little fuss
it was the 30th of June, just 3 short days ago...

Three short years I've had this blog...

It's now nudging 50,000 views... and still the most popular posts are anything to do with Australia.
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 Thank you for your continued support...

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