A Family of Published Authors

Sep 21 2014
A Family of Published Authors

I am wondering how many families there are out there where both parents and two of the children are published authors? The Johnstones are certainly unusual but are we unique?
We welcome our daughter Caity Johnstone to the world of writers of fiction. She is the second of our off-spring to publish.

Successful Book Launch at Narre Warren

Aug 12 2014
Successful Book Launch at Narre Warren

Here is a copy of the speech I made at the launch of my new book Rainbow Over Narre Warren.

My name is Elsie and I am John’s sister, older than him by five years and I wrote this book to honour him and the things he did.
I know that John would have loved to hang around on earth a bit longer. He had things he wanted to do, places he wanted to be, work that wasn’t complete, people he wanted to spend time with, meals he hadn’t eaten!
None of us wanted John to go to God just yet either. He was important in our lives and we enjoyed being in his company. John was a good bloke!

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Rainbow Over Narre Warren - A Priest's journey

Jun 30 2014
Rainbow Over Narre Warren - A Priest's journey

My about to be published book 'Rainbow Over Narre Warren' is a the story of one man's life journey and death.
I complied and wrote the book in response to the out-pouring of love and respect shown to Father John Allen upon his death from Pancreatic Cancer in 2013.
It tells the story of a very good priest who walked the path that Jesus walked with love and humor and, in turn, was revered by his people.
Here was a man who devoted his life to others, always doing the best that he could and always putting others before himself.
I am tremendously proud that John was my brother.

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Argentina - Where Life is There to be Lived

Jun 23 2014
Argentina - Where Life is There to be Lived

There are a few great cities in the world and Buenos Aires is absolutely one of them. What vibe!
It is quite beautiful in its layout, architecture, parks and gardens and its people. The whole place buzzes.
What can I say except 'put it on your bucket list'. If you get a chance go there!
Meanwhile I shall put up a few photos to hopefully capture a little of its energy.

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A Small Piece of Britain in the middle of an Ocean

Jun 23 2014
A Small Piece of Britain in the middle of an Ocean

It was not certain whether we would be able to visit the Falklands as it was entirely reliant on the weather. The harbour is not always open. It is very isolated and the conditions can be fierce.
The fact that, in the 1980', Britain had to motor at full speed for three weeks to get to the Falklands to fight a battle for possession has always puzzled me.
How can it belong to them if it is that far away?
Why would they want it?
Surely Argentina is only across the river and it is Argentinian?
What is there anyway?
It was all explained when I got there.

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Cruising Through The Chilean Fjords

Jun 2 2014
Cruising Through The Chilean Fjords

We weren’t expecting much from Chacabuco on account of the fact that it is a very small one industry town and also it was Sunday and everything was closed. We went ashore just to stretch our legs.

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Amazing Antarctica

Jun 2 2014
Amazing Antarctica

Antarctica 4

Punta Arenas is a thriving and prosperous port town. We got a taxi into town and wandered around the square where we bought some gifts to bring home. That was fun. Had a look at a museum and ate some just out of the sea salmon on a bed of mashed potatoes. They have to bring in every vegetable they eat here as the mountains are so cold and arid so consequently they don’t serve many greens. Apparently spuds grow anywhere.

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Cruising Through The Chilean Fjords

Jun 2 2014

Antarctic Expedition 3

We weren’t expecting much from Chacabuco on account of the fact that it is a very small one industry town and also it was Sunday and everything was closed. We went ashore just to stretch our legs.

Exploring South America

Jun 2 2014
Exploring South America

It’s 5.30 in the morning and we are making our way up the fjords to Puerto Montt. Graeme is asleep but I am still a little jet lagged.

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Chilean Fjords

Jun 2 2014
Chilean Fjords

Ah, still waters at last! During the night we left the swell of the Pacific Ocean and are now cruising in fjord territory. We have really never seen anything like it. Mountains all around, some of them snow peaked.
Again it is 5.30 am and Graeme sleeps. I am jet lagged. The dawn is just breaking behind the mountains, the faintest shade of pink.

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