a complete episode or period of play,
ending in a final result.

Next weekend will mark…

…the halfway point of the 2022…

…Australian Rules Football Season.









The Dressmakers of Yarrandarrah Prison


Meredith Jaffe

The Dressmakers of Yarrandarrah Prison by Meredith Jaffe is a wonderful read telling the story of a group of prisoners who decide to make a wedding dress for the daughter (Debbie) of one of their own.

Derek has been sentenced for skimming around $750,000 from his local golf club’s revenue.  To help keep his sanity Derek has joined a weekly sewing class, run by Jane.

Derek has served five years of his sentence without any contact from his wife or daughter.   During that time he has written a weekly letter to Debbie and never received a reply of any sort.   It is only through a visit from sister-in-law Sharon that he becomes aware that Debbie is to soon be married.

Whilst my personal prison experience is limited to teaching computer skills to inmates of a maximum-security prison for six years, I am fairly certain that I had all of the Yarrandarrah sewing class members in my class at one time or another which further emphasises how well the author researched The Dressmakers of Yarrandarrah Prison.

I have rated

The Dressmakers of Yarrandarrah Prison

as an enjoyable

five-star read.

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers have awarded

The Dressmakers of Yarrandarrah Prison

an average of 3.92 stars,

from 1,352 ratings

and 212 reviews.

The Dressmakers of Yarrandarrah Prison

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an arithmetical value, expressed by a word, symbol,
or figure, representing a particular quantity
and used in counting and making calculations.



…followed by learning to tell the time.


For the first twenty or so years birthday numbers,

mark important stages of our lives. 

Then we try and forget that we are getting a tad older

with each and every birthday.


During my late teens and early twenties,

it was a must to know the address

and opening hours of the local burger store

especially on a Saturday night.


During my late teens, I was introduced to these

numbers and for a couple of years joined local

football tipping competitions. 

It took that long to realise that if I had

a bad week (of tipping) it was highly unlikely

that I could catch the leaders during the rest of the year.


During our twenties as begin to branch out from home

for work and/or travel, these numbers tend to rule

our lives as we learn to budget as we fend for ourselves.


Without these numbers, I would not have known

that this monument was erected, by

public subscription on July 19, 1896.


As our offspring age…


…which means we have also aged…

…these numbers suddenly become

vitally important to all but the very lucky.