About Me

July 2015

July 2015

Thanks for dropping in to have a squizz at my ‘About Me’ page.

My name is Christine Randall and I live in Central Victoria, Australia. I was born in South Australia in 1955 – you do the maths. I have a daughter and a son from my first marriage (1973) and 3 step-sons from my second (1992). My husband and I have many grandchildren aged from still in the womb to adult.


Oct 2015

I decided to have a blog because I like nothing better than mucking around at the computer and love writing. I used to keep a diary during my teen years, mainly to keep track of interesting happenings to share with my many penfriends. I let the last of them drift away in the late 1990s when my life when through a personal upheaval. I burnt my diaries.

Around 2003, I took up genealogy. Lots of surprises in store – a convict ancestor for me and the startling revelation that my second husband and I are 6th cousins. In 1839, a pair of Protestant Irish brothers arrived in Australia – one for him, one for me.

I also discovered that my paternal grandfather was not from Scotland, but was born in Bolton, Lancashire, England to parents of Irish descent. I was pretty annoyed to lose my Scottish heritage.

Researching family history research also brought back that previous connection I enjoyed with strangers in other parts of the world. Many many cousins of various degrees have entered my life. Most live here in Australia, but we have heard from cousins in England, Wales, Canada, USA, South Africa and New Zealand. Some come into my inbox, exchange information, and then go. Others have been happy to keep in touch.

About 2011, I finally began writing a fantasy novel.  Only in the last 18 months has it been able to shove aside my genealogy addiction. When I started this blog I had intended posting in a Family History section. This ended up a fairly random affair as I picked out interesting persons to write about. Now those posts are not even in my menu. Next year, 2017, I will set up a separate website. The novel is in revision and will be released on my 62nd birthday.

So, do check out my blog and my photos of my little part of the world. I’ll love hearing what you think.

Warm regards, Christine

(December 30, 2016)

46 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Christine, I am hoping your posts wii come through now. Have enjoyed reading more of your posts. I did enjoy finding the Hewie one about self publishing. It made me feel more confident. Thanks for that. 🙂 Barbara

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    • Hello again Cady. I just changed my theme earlier in the week and added the header. The flowers are from an eucalyptus tree. We tend to call them all gum trees and these flowers gumnuts. turn into the seedpods we call gumnuts. This tree grows outside our fence and is flowering now. 🙂


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    • Hello Christine, thanks for dropping by my blog. I love my first name. always have. 😀 I only had a quick look at your place (wandered over from Tess’s) and I’ll be back to explore some more over the weekend. Many thanks for the follow, I think that makes you 101st here. 🙂


  3. Hello Christine. It’s lovely to meet you and be able to have a look around your interesting blog. I’m pleased to hear that you’re also writing a book. I hope all goes well when you come to publishing. I’ll look forward to following your progress in that, as well as reading more of your general posts. You look good in your photos, by the – much better than I do in any of mine!

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    • Thank you for calling by my blog Millie. Lovely to meet you too. I wandered on to your blog from somewhere, a link in another writer’s blog no doubt. Your book subject sounds great – I love historical fiction, but not as much as Fantasy. I’ve been stuck in my novel, but I’ve worked on diagramming its structure and finally worked out I’d started too far along ‘in the action’, maybe as far as the middle! So I’m back at it now. Thanks for the follow, much appreciated.

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  4. Thanks so much, Christine, for visiting and deciding to follow. Like you, I have always needed to write. (Love to is perhaps a mite strong.) So we have at least that much in common. I look forward to exploring the multiple facets of your own blog…..

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  5. Hi Christine. Just to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Whether you choose to accept it or not, I want to say how much I enjoy your blog and all the lovely photos you post.

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  6. Lovely About, Christine! You sound like an interesting person and one I’d enjoy getting to know. I like and can greatly appreciate your admonishment about blog ‘awards’. The first time I was ‘nominated’ for one I was thrilled until I realized they are nothing more than a Ponzi scheme of sorts. Like you, I say ‘no thanks’! Still though, I suppose, some good intentions lie behind them but I don’t care to engage or perpetuate such nonsense.

    I’ll be Following you and checking back. So nice to have made your acquaintance!

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    • I missed your visit to this page a month ago now! Thanks for dropping by,Willow, and yes I have followed you before. I’m not a very organized follower but I will drop in from time to time. 😀


  7. I am snooping around in your blog. I saw your name/avatar often at M-R’s post. We both belong to her salon and I thought it might be nice to finally meet 🙂 I have no idea if you can delete the other comment…I will try to figure out what just happened.


    • Hello nonsmokingladybug, I’ve noticed your cute ladybug avatar about the place, too. I’ve been dashing in and out of my blog lately and haven’t checked on the innards, so only just now found this comment in my spam folder. I haven’t spotted the ‘other’ comment, and since first comments have to be moderated it might have vanished in the ether.

      Anyway, it’s lovely of you to drop by and you are welcome to snoop anytime! I’m sure I’ve done the same on your blog. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂


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  9. Thank you for sharing! Genealogy is fascinating isn’t it? I can relate to your addiction, very understandable. Are you still writing your novel? I think last I reached out to you I was working on a novel as well. I still am, just a different one. 😉 Glad to see you still out and about here. I hope much is well for you.

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  10. One thing I’m good at is jumping the gun, like I did in my previous comment. I see you have a section for your book and another page. Gosh, forgive, headed on over there I am. So hey congrats on the book!

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