Palacsinta Emlék (Pancake Memories)
My mother and father often told me stories of how much their lives changed when they arrived in Australia, having fled Sátoraljaújhely after the 1956 Hungarian uprising. Some aspects of life for them as ‘New Australians’ changed for the better, while others took some getting used to.
Happy New Year 2012
Happy new year 2012 to you and yours, dear readers!
The first day of the New Year is off to a great start. It's Sunday and it's sunny outside, with just a hint of a cool breeze. This augers well for a lazy kind of day; sprinkled with a little gardening, cycling by the duck ponds and, of course, some cooking... all at my own easy holiday pace.
Christmas came and went quickly again this year, but without the harried aura of past years. Peter and I made the decision to stay at home. For me, it was the first time in 32 years that I had been able to spend Christmas Day in my home (rather than visiting family) and it was also the first time that Peter had spent Christmas at home. Needless to say, we revelled in the joy of it all. My son and daughter shared the day with us and it was all very convivial and relaxed.
I celebrated my 53rd birthday on Boxing Day and Peter cooked breakfast for me, while I opened my presents and responded to emails and text messages from my family and dear friends. I spent time looking at old family photographs (a couple of which I have shared below) and reflecting on my childhood and life in general. I feel extremely grateful that my parents raised me in such a loving and happy environment. I hope my own children will always look back with fond memories too. I must say, I also feel blessed to have found such a wonderful life partner in Peter, my soul mate. Though life has thrown some rather enormous hurdles my way, I have never felt happier, nor laughed so much. Thank you, love you!
A big thank you, too, to the wonderful friends in my life: Christine and Maurie, Diana and Bryant, The Dog and MB, among others. I truly cherish your friendship.
What will 2012 bring, I wonder? Plenty more good things for all of us, I hope.
Reflections on My Childhood
I'm Liz, a.k.a Bizzy Lizzy,
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