Columbina Member since February 2013
I was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands in September 1929. I attended Primary and then High School and had piano lessons as a child but stopped during WW11. Growing up during the war was difficult, there were many things prohibited and you had to take care not to speak too freely. The last year of the war (1945) was very grim, not enough food and schools and other establishments were closed down.. At the time I was working for KLM – Royal Dutch Airlines, I met my husband John and we were married in 1951.
In 1952 we migrated to Australia. It took a while to settle down. Initially we both got jobs in a spinning mill but after a period of time we found jobs in offices and worked our way up to better positions. We had a house built in Woodridge where we lived for 37 years.
At the age of 32 I took ballet lessons. Everybody told me it was silly as it was not the thing to do at the time, but I persevered and took exams and got as far as intermediate. I inspired other women to take up ballet and soon we had a nice group together.
At the age of 50 I stopped dancing. I renewed my interest in music, mainly piano and theory. I studied for approximately 6 years. During that time, to keep fit, I did yoga, played mini tennis and later did 2 years of line dancing.
Then at the age of 70 I took up Tai Kwon Do which I did for 5 years. After that I started Tai Chi (another Martial Art) and I am still doing it.
In 2010 my husband passed away and I got more involved with music clubs, did some mime and played piano for nursing homes.
A friend of mine is a clown (DAFFY DILL) with The Coastal Caring Clowns and in March 2013 she asked me if I would like to join them – which is an honor. I have been clowning since and find it very rewarding and enjoyable – it is the best thing I am doing right now.