A message from Australia


Lovely poem by Amanda Addison. 

I’m reading it here in Caves Beach, part of the City of Lake Macquarie in south-east Australia. The images in this mild season before we move properly into autumn – azaleas fooled by the springtime range are in bloom – though chrysanthemums are on time – of lawns mown and birds chirruping and walkers, cyclists and joggers out and about keeping physically distant because of Covid-19 are pretty much the same as in Surlingham.  We are all in this together.

My great x 3 grand-mother was Susannah Holmes b. 1764 and became part of the complement sent to New South Wales with the First Fleet arriving in January 1788. 

I have been to Surlingham – first time was 1988.

Greetings to you all from Australia.

Information received from Jim Kable

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