Yesterday I spent a very relaxing afternoon with my friend Olga. Every Thursday I go to her house to practice Spanish conversation, study grammar and generally chat over our common interests. This is one of the joys of being retired that you can catch up with friends and comrades in a relaxed manner.

My little dog Sophia loves going to Olga’s house because she gets spoiled and also knows that there is going to be a nice long walk on the beach. It was an absolutely beautiful day and we did indeed walk on the beach and sit on the sand for a while. The beach was mostly deserted; so very tranquil.

Later Olga brought out some photos of her ancestors who are Chilean/German/Swiss. It was an enjoyable session. Olga was born in Chile (her native tongue is Spanish) so it’s not so easy for her to delve into her past living in Australia. Being from different cultures makes for much conversation about our youth and broadens our knowledge and understanding.

Many thanks Olga, for a lovely afternoon.

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About Janice Graham

I was born in England in 1938 and migrated to Australia in 1976. During my working years, along with my husband Ken, I managed a goat dairy and distribution business supplying health food products. At the same time I took up the challenge of helping build a mud brick home and lived a somewhat 'alternative' lifestyle. Since retirement I have published three e-books, two on vegetarian cookery and a collection of short stories from my younger years. My pastimes are studying the Spanish language, volunteering as a Crisis Counsellor and Community Visiting. I have been married for 54 years, have a son and a daughter and five grandchildren plus a little terrier called Sophia.

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