I just scanned in some old photos
from about 1978-80 and emailed them to our daughters. These were taken about a year before Don's accident and I don't think the girls would remember too much of the time before. our eldest remembers bits, but our youngest only remembers the odd image of the house but not her dad before he was injured.
The house we rented was old on the outside but really comfortable inside and close to the beach. it cost us $12 a week at a time when our friends were paying about$100...so we were pretty happy little Vegemite's. The owners were going to pull it down to build a block of flats (which never seemed to happen - we were there 5 years and it stood for about 3 more years after 1982 when we had to leave.
They told us we could do what we liked to it and we did...every room was painted differently...our artist friend Alan (who died just before Don sadly and was a lifetime mate of his) painted the kitchen all with hibiscus and other tropical flowers...the back bedroom was dark blue with orange stripes.
Remember straw grass matting - everyone had it in those days who could not afford any other sort of covering.
(Melissa 6, me, Alison 3 and Don. )
Remember Polaroid cameras... it was what we had...Don's patiently counting down the seconds it took to develop photos right there in your own home!!!Modern technology!
Don and Melissa on Don's horse Lucky in the huge paddock behind the house. We had as much land as we needed and Don planted rows of vegetables as well as a yard full of chooks, some ducks, cats, and at one time a doggie.
Somehow we managed to feed all of them and us and even tho no money in the bank it was a time when you didn't worry too much.
I made sure Alison got this one as well as she would not remember her dad ferrying her about like this, just for fun... I remember this day and he even put in an old worn out bit of cloth for her to not have to sit on the dirty wheelbarrow - I think it was an old work sloppy joe...or something - he had a big rag bag collection for his work...