Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Future Nostalgic

This week Cee has asked us to share some of our older photos of times past. Mine were all taken in South Australia where we used to live. Most are scanned from the original prints and being more than thirty years old they are not great technically, but they do bring back happy memories.

South Australian Scenes

This is a photo that David took of me at the beach with our first dog Tammy. It was probably taken some time in the mid to late 1980s. We got Tammy in early 1979 as a ten week old puppy and had her until she was nearly 17 years old. Tammy was very devoted to me, and she was a hugger. She often hugged me this way. I don’t have many photos of Tammy. This one is my favourite.

Me with our first dog Tammy

Here’s my mum at the Puffing Billy Railway outside Melbourne. Mum and I had gone to Melbourne for a weekend together.

Mum at Puffing Billy

This would be from about 1990-91 at a family party at David’s parents’ house. That’s me holding Molly, our niece. Molly now has two daughters of her own which is hard to believe. David’s sister Louise must have been the photographer as she isn’t in the photo.

Jensen Family party

In 1987 David got his driver’s licence and we bought our first car. Our first big trip in it was to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. We camped in a small tent which we shared with Tammy and our other dog Nicki. The place we camped is called Angorichna Village and David was keen for me to see the area because he’d been on a family holiday there a few years before we met. We visited the open cut coal mine at Leigh Creek and of course we train spotted along the way.

The old Wool Stores were a prominent feature in Port Adelaide and David and I were always afraid that one day they would be torn down, so we made a couple of visits to take photos of all the old buildings just in case. David’s family has strong roots in Port Adelaide, so this area was important to him. These photos were taken more than a decade ago. The Wool Stores are still there and due to be redeveloped. In my book that’s not much better than demolition but at least they will still be there.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


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