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    My month of May has been devoted to fund-raising for cancer research as a memorial to my husband Olivier who died 12 months ago this month.  Relay for Life, for instance, was a big event for our family (even though I copped out of the 19 hour relay around the Adelaide Showgrounds Oval).  My son […]

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    May has brought a bagful of new experiences, including reaching the first anniversary of the death of husband, Olivier on May 11. It was a date that I was dreading, yet it would draw to a close the worst year of my life where sorrow had soaked my being.  I wanted desperately to avoid any more sadness and that would […]

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    Today (May 23) has been a day of diamonds . Sister Anne and I have secured a bed for our frail father at Glynde Nursing Home bringing the 94-year-old back from Renmark where he has lived for 13 years of his life.  Our little family group – Anne, my brother Andrew, my daughter-in-law Vanessa and […]

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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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    With the arrival of an early August  spring, I seem to be living in a bird aviary, so prolific is the birdsong.  The plumber who is installing a tap in readiness for summer, comments; “Those birds are the noisiest I have heard.’’  And ,speaking above the chorus around us, I agree. The sun shines in […]

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      Adelaide’s own ‘ silver bodgie’’, former rock star and amusement industry entrepreneur, Frank Sebastyan has turned 70 with a karaoke night for family and friends at the Stamford Plaza Crystal Room.   Nowadays instead of handling a microphone, he swings a tennis racket with great successful for a late bloomer at the sport. And […]

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    It was so thrilling to see a dose of Australia on French television on 20 Heures, the daily news/current affairs program  which filmed a segment on The Ghan trip to Alice Springs. The program goes to air on SBS  daily at 8:40 am to 9:20am as a repeat of the night before screened in France. […]

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    Sometimes it takes serendipity to reach out to strangers and decide on the spur of the moment to meet them at a local coffee shop to learn something of another woman’s difficult life. Such is the story of how I came to meet local poet, Jill Gower, who has written the story of her life […]

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  • 09/01/13--16:07: Father’s Day family fun
  • Fathers Day is a continuum of family fun from lunch in father Frank’s nursing home to watching entranced as Scarlett took her first three steps.   This big step forward for a 13-month-old was a show-stopper for her doting dad, my son Tyson. At the other end of the life cycle, Father Frank, on the cusp […]

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    In his grand tome entitled Paris, Edward Rutherfurd describes the site on the Left Bank where the Romans established their town, named Lutetia, as “a low, flat hillock, like a table overlooking the water”.  Here on this gentle rise of land, they  had laid out their town, building a large forum and “the main temple covering […]

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    My frail father, Frank, turns 95 today and my sister Anne and I are with him as he shuffles on his walking frame to Kafe Schulz, the restaurant in his nursing home where we will buy him a chocolate drink and cake. Frank has always been a chatty fellow and talks as he walks. He is […]

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      It was a touching moment when the two siblings – my 95-year-old father Frank and his 92-year-old sister Lilian – fell into each other’s arms and wept.   They had not seen each other for two years since my Auntie Lilian’s 90th birthday and the emotional reunion took place at father’s facility – the Glynde […]

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    I write my tribute to our fallen Australian soldiers at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month on Armistice Day when peace was finally signed after the four year Hell which was the Great War 1914-1918. We remember the catastrophic trench warfare in Belgium, Flanders and Northern France when the French people lost […]