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April 26, 1978….

Was it really that long ago.. Seriously… has it really been 34 years since I was born?? I’m sure that it can’t have been.. No.. I only feel like I’m 26!.. wonder if I still look that young??  would be nice hey??

Agh.. yep.. and another year passes!.

Considering that I AM now 34… I definitely made the most of ‘drawing out’ my birthday this year.. I have to laugh actually because I can so clearly remember my niece T when she was only 7 or 8 and it seemed as though she was able to drag her birthdays out FOREVER.. there was always some reason why she had to have a cake, or a party.. whether it was because ‘Nan was coming up to Mildura’ or because ‘Grandma would be here’ or ‘ C & H will be up for the day’ she always found an excuse (well her Mum and Dad did) to have another celebration.. so I guess in part I was the same last Friday, as I was tonight.

Last year I  got to share my birthday with a new mate B, out at Shanks in the northwest and last Friday it was great to get together again to celebrate our 2012 birthdays with some of our Aussie, Canadian and American friends at an awesome Moroccan Restaurant downtown, The Casbah… (yes.. we did rock the Casbah!!)…

But tonight I got totally spoilt again by some of the girls that I play Netball with, so it just proves that you are NEVER to old to draw out your birthdays and enjoy spending time with great friends!!

 

 

 

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My first memories of ANZAC day are as a child growing up in Patche.  ANZAC morning there was always a march down the main street. From the tennis courts to the hall.  It definitely wasn’t no Melbourne parade, but it was a chance for the local community to give thanks and to remember those from the district that were called to duty for their country.  As a ‘Brownie’ and primary school kid, most years we marched in the parade too.  We were behind the brass band, but in front of the veterans.  I must admit it took almost 15 years for me to actually truly understand what an honour it was, to be part of something that represented so much to our small community.

Some years later (yep almost 15!!) I was in Canberra for a friends 30th Birthday and I was fortunate enough to attend the dawn service at the Australian War Memorial.  I remember waking up around 4ish and thinking ‘it’s cold, it’s dark..do I really have to go out there?’

I can tell you now I am so glad that my friends gave me the ‘come on ole Spuddly’ and got me moving.

With the sun rising behind us, Parliament House to our left – beyond the waters of Lake Burley Griffin and Simpson and his donkey at the base of the Australian War Memorial to our right, I had to pinch myself to believe that I was really there.

In 2006 I attended my first ANZAC day service away from Australian soil and have since attended two here in Calgary. No matter where I am, the familiar sounds of ‘The Last Post’, or the reading of the ‘Ode of remembrance’ always give me goose bumps and takes me back to Patche, to my home town and the days us school kids were honoured to march in front of heroes.

Ode of remembrance

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.

Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.

They were staunch to the end against all odds uncounted,

They fell with their faces to their foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, not the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.”

 

 

 

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Competition has now officially closed… which means that my entry in the World Nomads / Rough Guide travel writing Scholarship competition is OFFICIALLY entered.  eeek!!!

I’ve always dreamed of being a writer that people respond to and enjoy.. but secretly I’ve also been too afraid to put myself out there for judgement (just another one of my quirks!)…

I don’t expect to win.

Simply remembering a simple moment, a simple joy of one sunny morning amongst the Hill Tribes of Sa Pa and putting it into words for others outside of my immediate circle felt/feels amazing!.

I hope you enjoy..

http://journals.worldnomads.com/jean12/story/84879/Worldwide/My-Scholarship-entry-Seeing-the-world-through-other-eyes-A-log-ride-with-the-Hmongs

 

 

 

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For a while now I’ve loved the moments that you can capture in time through the lens of a camera.

It’s not very often now that you even find me without some form of camera on me.. be it my iPhone, my Sony Cybershot or my Nikon SLR..

Throughout my travels I’ve been lucky enough to ‘capture’ some awesome moments, so when I found the Artistswanted website and their competition to take on times square, I thought ‘why the hell not’.. so this is my entry.. these are my photo’s.. I hope you enjoy, as much as I enjoyed taking them… and I enjoy sharing them with you!…

http://janinemclean.artistswanted.org/atts2012

Oh and PS.. if you like them.. make sure you login to vote and add them to your collection… I will be forever grateful!!

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