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.:. welcome to my website!

Hello my name is Fran and I am from Australia...

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.:. my life

I was born in Newcastle, NSW a very long time ago. My first home was at Toronto on the shores of beautiful Lake Macquarie. When I was 7 we moved to the small village of Blackalls Park just 1 mile from Toronto.

Blackalls Park, also, was located on the shores of Lake Macquarie. Later again we moved to an orchard and chook farm closer to Toronto.

My life and work have taken me to many places in the world -- Papua New Guinea, India, Nepal, New Zealand, USA, Thailand, and now retirement back in Australia.

I have been a school teacher (elementary and ESL), a linguist, a photographer, a university professor. While all have been challenging occupations I have enjoyed myself immensely. I am very glad to have had the opportunity to do so many things and to live in so many places.

.:. next stage of life

The next stage of my life is quite an adventure. I am not going to sit and vegetate, rather I've bought a couple of acres in the small village of Majors Creek. This is 16kms south of Braidwood in the Southern Tablelands of NSW. My goal is to build a small retreat centre where people can come for refreshment and renewal, spend time alone with God, and receive prayer. First phase is a house for me to live in, then a couple of cabins and a prayer room/chapel. The soil is good and hopefully I'll be able to grow my own veggies. It's a big project for me... but God has been encouraging me all along the way.

Phase1, a house for me is complete.

Phase 2, the retreat cabins are still on the drawing board.

God has been so good to me!

.:. here's some photos

At flower festival, Feb 2005

Many years ago!

Fran Christmas 2005

Christmas 2005

Fran December 2004

December 2004

Fran drinking iced coffee

Fran drinking iced coffee, April 2005

Fran and her camera, 2005

Fran and her camera, May 2006