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About wraxdec

I've reached the age of flamboyance and bling.I love Classical FM, Jazz, French chansons, French movies, SBS Documentaries and Wednesdays with my Women Writers Critique Group at the NSW Writers Centre.I've published short stories and the occasional article. My novel/'faction on nursing in the 20th Century,' BLACK STOCKINGS WHITE VEIL - A TALE OF ADVERSITY, TRIUMPH AND ROMANCE AT ROYAL PRINCE ALFRED HOSPITAL'- was a Finalist in the 2009 Indie Book Awards. I've critiqued a second fictional family memoir, 'SONGS FROM HEAVEN', and am working through a third, 'GOING HOME'.

JEVINGTON SUSSEX

On our quest to trace Vine ancestors at Jevington, we spent a night at Hastings. It was my first visit and we were amazed by then tall black timber sheds for storage of seafaring equipment in days when everything was … Continue reading

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MAGICAL FLIGHT

Your Etihad Business begins with a Priority Pass through boring old Customs, to the usual magical array of Duty-Free Liquor, French Perfumes, jewellery, chocolates enough to put on kilos…You resist temptation, regardless of Oscar Wilde’s famous injunction. At the Etihad … Continue reading

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ODE TO A LIFE

Sad to say some folk are denied the joy of poetry. Bad teaching at school made it punishment, not pleasure, and they loathe it with a passion. I’m lucky to have always enjoyed reading –and writing – it, ever on … Continue reading

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POETRY AND PROSE

I’ve had a lazy Saturday tweaking my poetry. It’s wonderful how one can transform a mediocre first draft of anything – whether prose or poetry – into something pleasing to the ear and eye. Often it needs a second, third … Continue reading

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BOOKS AND HOSPITALS

It is pleasing to know how books help break down barriers and build relationships. My daughter was in hospital – on holiday from the UK, she underwent emergency surgery in Sydney. Sincere thanks to St Vincent’s Hospital which gave her … Continue reading

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LOURDES

We were about to arrive. Bathtubs of water poured down the coach windows and drenched the town. In the crisp breeze roofs dripped, streams raced along gutters, trees shaking off showers of raindrops. I offered prayers for a fine day, … Continue reading

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CHENONCEAU CHATEAU

The Loire Valley is a rich area of gardens and orchards, inhabited since the middle Paleolithic period. Famed for many Chateaux, the one I visited was Chenonceau, built between 1556 and 1576. It spans the river Cher and was a … Continue reading

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ARLES

The amphitheatre has 33 rows of seats; in Roman times the actors were all men. The arena, was built on two levels, where 20,000 people could watch blood sports, gladiators pitted against wild animals. The site was in use until … Continue reading

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ST EMILION, France

SAINT EMILION Vineyards glow in the morning light, surrounded by ancient walls decorated with moss. Crumbling ruins dot the fields, testament to the beauty of past architecture. In steep, cobbled streets of the town, we imagine occupation of the region … Continue reading

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