Returning to England. Michael was now formally adopted, Gloria’s baby boy gone forever from her arms but never ever from her heart. She had to get on with life though so she found a nursing job in Sydney and spent the rest of her two years in Australia working there. She loved life in Sydney… Continue reading Gloria – part 5
‘A baby is born’ As the small ship Castel Felice made its voyage south, it headed down the Bay of Biscay, through the Mediterranean, docking in Port Said, then down through the Suez Canal, before stopping again in Aden (little did Gloria know then that Bill, her future husband was stationed in Aden with the… Continue reading Gloria – Part 4
‘Bon Voyage’ Gloria’s upbringing was a very strict and traditional one. Her Mother Betty was born in 1906 and her father Percy in 1910, years when Great Britain was only just emerging from the Victorian Era. Her parents both grew up around the Ealing area of London. Percy was one was two children who spent… Continue reading Gloria – Part 3
“You’ve got a brother…” I still remember it as if it were just yesterday, I was sat in an old armchair in the corner of our dining room. It was October 1986 and I was 15. My beloved Nana (Mums mum) had died in February of the same year and my grandfather had been very… Continue reading Gloria – Part 2
As I write this blog, my first in a while, I do so with a completely broken heart. My lovely Mum died on 16th December following a covid related stroke 9 days earlier. Although she had some ongoing health problems there was absolutely nothing which was ever considered life threatening and certainly we expected her… Continue reading The First and Final Journeys Down Under.