One of the many beautiful stones we didn’t find. Did find five (one each) stones that aren’t worth much but do have some good color in them. Nice to have, to remember our mining days with, anyway. Sunning and swimming on the Gold Coast now and are off to Brisbane soon to earn some money so we can be off again.

Till later, Tom

Top quality black opal from Lightning Ridge – royal blue rather than black with a broad flash of red.

The Cheese Shop

July 1981

It was so nice to visit with you last night. We are grocery shopping and resting today. A friend of mine came in for tea this aft. We watch TV in the eve. (what there is in English). We watched “Little Women” tonight. It was good. I hope you have seen it. We’re having two in for dinner tomorrow eve.

Love to you, Dede

Alida Hoeve, Volendam, Netherlands

Bangkok, Thailand

February 1985

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Do these dancers look kind of familiar to you? We saw a dancing show yesterday – many of same steps you learned. Bill took lots of pictures! It is to be 96 degrees here today. We joined the worshipers a the Temple of the Emerald Buddha yesterday – very impressive.

Tomorrow (Bill’s birthday) we leave for Singapore for 2 days. Have a good weekend!
Love and Kisses, Mom

“Finger Nail Dance” one of the most beautiful Thai Classical Dances



Not quite exact, but appropriate! The Vikings won they first play-of game and this week thanks to Pillsbury who bought out the last tickets we can all watch on TV again. Glad to hear K and bags arrived in Nairobi – hope the safari was great – we are all envious!


Memorial Stadium. At the University of Minnesota where the Gopher football teams renew each year football relations with the best teams of the country. The Golden Gophers square off on this gridiron before capacity groups of 60,000 fans, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Hague, Netherlands

February 1981

It is zero C. today, cloudy and chilly. I will walk up to my shopping area but not buy much to have to carry. Bill goes to Ethiopia Sat. so I won’t need so much food for a week. A friend from IITA will be here the weekend Bill gets back, then Dave and Mary Bell will be here the next week, but they will stay in a hotel. We had a nice dinner at the airport with Lowell Hardin Tues. nite (he was on his way to NY) and Alicia was here for supper last night. Hope all is well.

Love to you, Dede

Bangkok, Thailand

October 198?

The trip over was long as usual. Got in about 11:00 pm. Just bit late. I am just lying by the pool and resting.

This hotel is very nice about like the Mandarin in Jakarta in many ways but with a larger pool!

All OK so far. Will write regularly.
Love, Bill

The Regent Bangkok, Thailand

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