• A fond farewell to Ambassador of Brazil Ruben Correa Barbosa and his wife Lenise Barbosa

    A fond farewell to Ambassador of Brazil Ruben Correa Barbosa and his wife Lenise Barbosa

  • Brendon Hammer and Ambassador of Brazil Ruben Correa Barbosa

    Brendon Hammer and Ambassador of Brazil Ruben Correa Barbosa

  • Ambassador of Italy Pier Francesco Zazo, Ambassador of Mexico Armando Alvarez and Rick Forster

    Ambassador of Italy Pier Francesco Zazo, Ambassador of Mexico Armando Alvarez and Rick Forster

  • Adeline Wiles, Del Fisher, Lenise Barbosa, Jacqui Pinto de Caruaco, Svetlana Sharapa Zazo and Roula Raad

    Adeline Wiles, Del Fisher, Lenise Barbosa, Jacqui Pinto de Caruaco, Svetlana Sharapa Zazo and Roula Raad

  • Ambassador of Bulgaria Emilia Stefanova witj Edgar Castellanos

    Ambassador of Bulgaria Emilia Stefanova witj Edgar Castellanos

  • Ambassador of Guatemala Connie Taracena Secaira and the Ambassador of Colombia Clemencia Forero-Ucros

    Ambassador of Guatemala Connie Taracena Secaira and the Ambassador of Colombia Clemencia Forero-Ucros

  • Carolyn Forster with Ambassador of Indonesia Nadjib Riphat Kusoema and Nina Nadjib Riphat

    Carolyn Forster with Ambassador of Indonesia Nadjib Riphat Kusoema and Nina Nadjib Riphat

  • Edward Sellars and Fabio Rocha Frederico

    Edward Sellars and Fabio Rocha Frederico

  • Angela Gutierrez, Maria Varela and Anne Gangotena

    Angela Gutierrez, Maria Varela and Anne Gangotena

  • Ambassador of Mexico Armando Alvarez, Ambassador of Uruguay Ricardo Varela, Ambassador of Ecuador Raul Gangotena, Ambassador of El Salvador  Manuel Gutierrez-Ruiz and his sone Fernando Gutierrez

    Ambassador of Mexico Armando Alvarez, Ambassador of Uruguay Ricardo Varela, Ambassador of Ecuador Raul Gangotena, Ambassador of El Salvador Manuel Gutierrez-Ruiz and his sone Fernando Gutierrez

  • Adi and Yogesh Punja

    Adi and Yogesh Punja

  • Ambassador of Peru Miguel Palomino and his wife Teresa Palomin

    Ambassador of Peru Miguel Palomino and his wife Teresa Palomin

  • Filomena Alves and Nessa Delaney

    Filomena Alves and Nessa Delaney

  • Ambassador of Portugal Paolo Cunha Alves and Ambassador of Bulgaria Emilia Stefanova

    Ambassador of Portugal Paolo Cunha Alves and Ambassador of Bulgaria Emilia Stefanova

  • Barbara Boeck, Chief of Protocol Lyndall Sachs and Ambassador of Austria Helmut Boeck

    Barbara Boeck, Chief of Protocol Lyndall Sachs and Ambassador of Austria Helmut Boeck

  • Roula and Milad Raad

    Roula and Milad Raad

  • Penelope Wensley and her husband Stuart McCosker with Gary Humphries

    Penelope Wensley and her husband Stuart McCosker with Gary Humphries

  • Angela Weiser and Juliana Rocha

    Angela Weiser and Juliana Rocha

  • Ambassador of Russia Vladimir Morozov, Ambassador of Chile Daniel Carvallo and Jeff Hart

    Ambassador of Russia Vladimir Morozov, Ambassador of Chile Daniel Carvallo and Jeff Hart

  • Julia and Patrick Sabugosa with Elizabeth Mayer

    Julia and Patrick Sabugosa with Elizabeth Mayer

  • Hamzeh Al-Omart and Jamil Skaaf

    Hamzeh Al-Omart and Jamil Skaaf

  •  Colleagues and friends at the farewell for the Ambassador of Brazil and his wife

    Colleagues and friends at the farewell for the Ambassador of Brazil and his wife

Embassy of Brazil Farewell Reception for Ambassador Rubem and Lenise Correa

10 December 2015

There’s something very ‘at home’ for me at the residence of the Ambassador of Brazil. And it goes back such a long way to when I lived next door as a new kid on the block in the then Fairfax House on Mugga Way. I have checked the perimeter on occasions to find the little ditch where the water drained away and we built bridges.

There were no fences just pines and gums then and we roamed free. Those freedoms are what kids today need to experience, when you could be out until the dinner pot banging call and doing a Huckleberry Finn like adventure climbing Mount Ainslie and Black Mountain – neither of which are really mountains – was a much anticipated adventure.

I’ve probably met quite a few ambassadors scampering around that perimeter and coming back to the house for any official occasion always brings back memories, as it did for the farewell of the outgoing Ambassador Rubem Correa Barbosa and his wife Lenise who are now posted to Indonesia. The house has been here for quite a while and a quick zip in and out by Gareth Evans, stopping for a photo op next to the 50 year plaque he unveiled in 1995 to acknowledge all those years of diplomatic relations is one among many receptions I’ve remembered.

As well and separately have been the concerts and Brazilian entertainment at the Yarralumla Embassy offices with choro serenades from mandolin maestro Hamilton de Holanda and samba sounds from Cicilia Kemezys, Reinaldo Portillo-Castro and Gilmar Munor such a pleasure. Now I can add my own Ipanema experience to the Brazilian memory bank of a samba songbook with my stroll along that beach.

Rubem and Lenise will be back, they love the country and Aboriginal art has been added to their personal eclectic collection. I’ve always enjoyed their company and wish them well.