August 2003

Friday 1 August.  After breakfast with Simon and his house mate Abbey, we flew into Adelaide to our respective families.  We held a much smaller memorial gathering at Clarence Park Community Centre, which is where Doris and I spent lots of time in our early days, especially in the TOYS workshop out the back.  I was especially pleased to be jo…

July 2003

July kicked off with lots of moving on with the processes that we had already been putting in place. Doris and Stewart attended the first of the volunteer training days at Woodland Park Zoo, Doris continued to help out at the local Thrift Shop, Stewart was scheduled to start at the local YMCA Gym as an assistant and we all survived our “written…

June 2003

Highlight further down: Orlando, Florida. Doris writes: Niagara Falls was everything we expected it to be.  We crossed the border to Canada and stayed there for 2 nights, in one of the hotels that overlooks the falls.  The Canadians have certainly done a lot of work to make their side attractive to tourists, while maintaining a balanc…

May 2003

Highlights further down: San Juan Islands, New York. You'll see from her message below that we were too busy traveling to write anything this month, so I have split the relevant portion out of June and put it in here, so that I can inject the pictures into the narrative . Before we hit the East coast, we did more road travel. The Columbia …

April 2003

Doris writes: Folks,G'day!  This has become the trademark of the Aussies working on the project at Boeing.  Sure, you can say Hi, but it doesn't have the impact and even if you don't know the person, you can still immediately identify him or her as an Aussie! We have made a point of going somewhere every weekend.  Vancouver was just to…

March 2003

Doris writes: Folks,Hello friends and folks, As they seem to keen on saying over here, "Welcome ..... to the March edition of the Turner Fiddaman Newsletter." We managed to survive our last week in Australia, filled with packing the house and farewells, not to mention collapsing every night at the Waldorf Apartments.  Even on the way …

February 2003

With Rodney picking up a short term assignment to Seattle, it was time for a farewell from the Scout Group. He was also awarded the Silver Arrowhead .... ... and a token of appreciation from the Cub Scout Pack. Doris received a token of appreciation from the Venturer Unit. Thanks to George Wilson for the pic…

November 2002

This story starts with milestones: Stewart and two of his fellow Venturers being awarded their Queens Scout badges. Doris having the satisfaction of seeing all of her (and their) hard work come to fruition. This was the ceremony for Stewart. The guest of honour arrives. The ceremony finished with Tony, for…

February 2002

This story starts with an earlier milestone:  My 50th birthday. Doris had secretly arranged a surprise party for me, except that she had needed me to provide her with the contact details of my Defence boss, so that she could invite my work colleagues, so I knew that SOMETHING was happening, namely a party at Don and Deb's property near Burra. H…

Pre-2000

This is an attempt to preserve some family history, by gathering together photos that might otherwise be lost forever. Claude in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Claude and Marjorie. Left to right: Ian, Claude's brother Joan, Marjorie's sister Claude and Marjorie Roy, Marjorie's brother Peg, Claude's sister RA…