Robert Gordon Van Buerle. An amazing man. My Dad and my hero. Strict but fair. He loved his family passionately and everything he did was for us. Dad passed away peacefully in his sleep last Friday, 15th January 2021. We are so blessed that as a family we are all together on Bribie Island; and … Continue reading VALE ROBERT GORDON VAN BUERLE
It's been many months since I've written here. Much has been happening in my life - and I am sure also in yours! It's time to share an update. 2020 has been a heck of a year. That's an understatement! On the home front it has been a challenge. Wayne (my son) was diagnosed as … Continue reading November Update
This time last Sunday I was in Ecija, having breakfast with Anne and Miguel plus the gorgeous Hugo who is growing up so fast! My quick trip to Spain last week came out of the blue. Although it was a very short trip, there is always an upside to everything. For me, these were the … Continue reading There’s always a silver lining 🙂
If there is one holiday in the world that has a sweeping impact on everybody, it has to be Christmas. What unifying theme inherent to Christmas makes it one of, if not THE most awaited time of the year? This seems to be true regardless of race, social background, creed, or religion. Is it the … Continue reading Christmas – a global marketing feast!
It’s 18 years since I was diagnosed with breast cancer and today, on ABC Day (26th October 2015), it’s time for reflecting on how fortunate I am. My life was turned upside down by my diagnosis and forever changed. Changed in so many positive ways. SO if you're newly diagnosed and reading this, it might … Continue reading AUSTRALIAN BREAST CANCER DAY 2015 – a time for reflection
Over the course of my career, I have met a great many people and listened to a zillion public speakers ranging from royalty and heads of state to PTA Chairs and multibillionaires. Tonight, I heard the best speaker ever! This evening I was very privileged to meet Li Cunxin. Many of you reading this post … Continue reading The best speaker I have EVER heard!
Maria Angeles is my oldest female friend. My father, a Dutch Eurasian and her father, a Spaniard, worked for the United Nations and were both posted to Jerusalem. No, they were not military observers or troops, they were permanent staff of the United Nations. We met at Schmidt Girls College, a strict convent school run … Continue reading A Unique Friendship
Friday night saw me bidding a sad farewell to the last group of my lovely students who have been a part of my life since last September. I have to admit I shed a little tear (and so did some of them). My walk home, after handing in the keys to my boss, was filled … Continue reading GOODBYE ECIJA
Whilst I have enjoyed every moment of being in Europe and have loved teaching, mentoring and coaching, it is time to return to Australia – at least for a while. I have cherished being in my little apartment and not having to worry about anything except myself and meeting a few deadlines. Well, OK, more … Continue reading My European interlude is coming to a close
I'm writing this one especially for my Spanish friends to give everyone a quick catch up on what I've been up to since leaving Ecija on the 27th June. Big shout out of thanks to Arnaud for the lift to Cordoba railway station. I had to dash off on that particular date because I was … Continue reading An Update from Australia