Catching up with the [distant] relatives

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August 5th 2004
Published: August 5th 2004
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Auntie Janet and Susie the puppy and me of courseAuntie Janet and Susie the puppy and me of courseAuntie Janet and Susie the puppy and me of course

Susie is a seven week old collie pup. I know my sisters would have wanted me to bring her home - and I wanted to as well - but by the time she would have got through quarentine she would be older and less cute - yes, I have thought this through.
I spent the last few days in New Zealand in Christchurch staying with my great-auntie Janet - well I think that is her relation to me. Janet has been in N.Z. for forty years, yet she still has a broad Dundee accent while I have been in the country four weeks and have a strange mixture of accents depending on who I am talking to at the time.
Janet and her welcoming friends and family are proud Scots and seem to have enjoyed re-telling stories from their past and I have very much enjoyed listening to them. Janet took good care of me, feeding me home-made soup and making sure my electric blanket was turned on. In fact it was just like being at home - which is where I wanted to go when I left for the airport. I was all packed and in the frame of mind to get on a plane and go home. Something I have learned is to do my stop-overs on the way out rather than on the way back unless it is for a longer period of time.
I am going to have to work hard in Melbourne to get me out of this hopefully temporary state of home-sickness.
Will keep you informed but I am unlikely to go to the hassel of changing dates at this point.


10th August 2004

Not so distant relatives
Hi Vikki, here at Fiona's - not so distant! Looking forward to seeing you Sunday, luv dad,mum and the superbrats xxxxx. PS Fiona would like to say hello hi Vikki hope you are having a wonderful time I wish I had your courage to go all that distance by yourself. see you soon.
2nd September 2004

Vikki :)
I know you're home now and maybe mum has told you, but John and I have a gorgeous border collie puppy too. I'll maybe send you an email with some pictures. I only got an email telling me about your last journal entry (the neighbours night one) its a shame I didn't get them before because it seems I've missed hearing about most of your adventures. Take care, Pamela

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