60 years young today !!

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We hired a little car today – a relaxed drive round the Island of Brac was the order of the day. Barb was paying for EVERYTHING!

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Our very close friends Gus and Sandi Schick trace some ancestry to this island – Sandi’s paternal grandfather came form a little village of Novo Selo and some relatives still have still summer houses in the village. Our mission was to see if we might find them at home.

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Find them we did , and we received a warm welcome. A real birthday party – they sang happy birthday in English them a different version in Dutch. They gave some some delicious walnut liqueur and some other tasty refreshments and we learnt a bit about the history of the family.

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Rina is a very young looking 81 year matriarch of the family and tells a really remarkable story of survival in the Turmoil of WW2. The Italians burnt all the houses in the village , Including Rina’s and life was extremely tough for those who managed to survive.

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Milan. — husband of Rina

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Rina’s daughter and granddaughter Tatjana and Mirna ( 7 years old)

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Pics from Novo Selo village – note the use of stone in roofs

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patron saint of Novo Selo

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Lovely lunch at Povlja

2 comments

  1. As soon as I see those pictures I’m saying ‘Oh my God – this couldn’t have been planned better!’ Tears come to my eyes. I can see that you are all enjoying yourselves. Fantastic! That’s amazing!

    • Dear Sandi, Yes amazing – we both enjoyed the moment so much and we both were glad that we found them. They thought I looked a lot like Gus – I laughed and said – yes but in the same way that all Chinese look kind of alike . They thought that funny! Rina is such a strong lady – she had a hip replacement fairly recently and is proud that she is walking well and on the mend. Loved her story and stuff about how her Dad was. Very strong lady indeed . It made my day actually.

      Barb and I have just returned from a lovely meal – my big 60 th cele is now at an end. A great day .

      Cheers, Bruce and Barb

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