Thoughts on Climate Change

Is Climate Changing?

Climate Change.  It’s in the media every day, and there is genuine rising concern about it.  I am definitely no scientist, but with all the information that has been forthcoming, I do believe that our climate is changing. However, I believe that it has always been changing, right back since the ice age.

There’s no doubt to me that humans are doing things that are making it change faster.  I suspect we are on a journey that is going to be too difficult to divert from what we have been doing.

As I write this, a huge truck has appeared at the entrance of our block of units, to empty 8 huge bins, with items that are supposed to be recycled. We have seen enough on the media that suggests that this rubbish will probably end up in land-fill.  Perhaps until last year, it might have been shipped off to China, or more recently Indonesia, who have learned that the money they have earned from it, is not worth the time, effort and the fact that most of it ends up as landfill.

Why so much Plastic?

I remember when the milkman delivered milk to our house.  There was no bottle – plastic or glass, as the milk was scooped into a metal “billy-can” that was placed near our front gate. We used the milk, emptied and washed the billy-can, and it went out to be refilled the next time the milkman came.  Now I now that would not work these days!  Eventually we had glass bottles, and now, of course, they are made of plastic.  When we use them, we just toss them out. They don’t always go into the recycle bin, and I am not sure if they are indeed recycled.

But a visit to any supermarket and a walk around the aisles will show how much plastic is now used.  Yes, we do have a much wider range of products, and yes, when I was little the grocery store had the basics, and we would have to go home and create with whatever we had.

tomatoes hanging on tomato plant

Tomatoes are generally easy to grow.

Grow your Own

So many families grew their own fruit and vegetables and often exchanged with other families who grew different produce. But in those days the woman of the house stayed home, and not only did the housework and managed the children but also often managed the home garden.

In our home, in suburban Adelaide, we grew a lot of our fruit.  We had two almond trees, orange and lemon trees, grapes, apricots, plums, peaches, strawberries, apples, and more.  As well, there were the vegetables that we grew. We children spent holidays and weekends helping – perhaps picking fruit, weeding, or learning how it all worked.

In those days we only had the fruit in season.  There was no fruit or vegetables imported from other countries so that it was available all year round!  Our growing season only was it available.  And it all tasted better!

Nappies

I know this is a contentious topic.  I remember when nappies were made of towelling or other white fabric.  Colours came later.  There were no disposable nappies were available and the fabric ones were washed and used over and over.  They survived many children, and yes, back then there were big families too, and rather basic washing machines.

There were other products, now disposable that were made of fabric which were washed and reused.  Now, I accept that the recycled models that are used and discarded into the rubbish!

How can we Change?

It certainly is not going to be easy to change the habits that most people are now familiar with!  I am waiting for the government to announce some changes.  I think it will be very hard for modern people to change.  Can we do it in time to save the world?  There is information here that might help.  Click here for more information.

What are you doing to slow down climate change?

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Elsey Station at Mataranka

My Story – visit to Elsey Station

I am writing a story about my life and travels, and I tell the story about Jeannie Gunn. She was the wife of Aeneas Gunn, who, in 1902 went to live in the far north of the Northern Territory, to Mataranka and area near the cattle station Elsey Station.  She wrote two books about life there – one was We of the Never Never. The other The Little Black Princes. In 2013 I visited Matanka and went to the cemetery at Elsey Station.

The Book

I read the book several times, because I had my own copy, and I can recall the last time I saw the book, the pages were falling out.  It was worn out!  I now have a copy of both books from the Library, so I have a couple of weeks to read them both.

Mataranka

Mataranka is just over 100 kms south of Katherine, on the Stuart Highway, so if you are travelling in that part of the Northern Territory, you can’t miss it.  There are numerous reminders there of the story of Jeannie Gunn, around the town and out further towards the old station.  It is now a National Park.

I recall being quite emotional when I was there.  (Something that happens to me when I am face to face with history either in Australia or overseas).

Near the homestead, created for the film.

Homestead

 

The memorial for Jeannie Gunn. She was buried in Melbourne.

At the Cemetery

 

Photo taken by me

Tropical Forest at Mataranka

I would like to go back – but not sure I will be able to.  It does require one to drive and it is long distance from where I am in Brisbane.  It’s a trip of just over 3000 kms.  I could do it, but not sure that I will – as I need more funds to enable me to do it comfortably.  I can dream of doing it!

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Bad Behaviour in Adolescents & Smacking

Young Children Misbehaving

In recent days there has been quite a bit of media about bad behaviour in adolescents.  To watch the way some young children as young as 10 years old committing vandalism, and violence is frightening.   I think there are many factors that are causing this.  It makes it very scary for people, especially the elderly and women.

Violent programs on  TV and Electronic Devices

I have seen some of one of the popular games for young people, Fortnite and I believe there are others, that are just as brutal or worse.  I saw it briefly as a young high school student was keen on it.  It took minutes for me to decide, it was not anything I’d permit for my child if I had one!  In such programs, death is brutal but is brushed aside and I wonder if the young people understand what death really is.  Like movies, you see the actor alive and well after the movie.  Is death real?  I think some kids would not understand.

Parents Unavailable to Supervise.

These days both parents are often at work and young people are left to their own devices.  They can easily get into mischief without any consequences and know this.  Some children are left for long periods on their own, even having to get meals for themselves.  And so many families do not sit down at the meal table together.  It’s on the run, or at a takeaway or in front of the television or other devices.

And I think parents are often unable to adequately manage a child’s behaviour – for they lack time and patience to do so.

Is the Banning of Smacking to Blame?

Now, I have opened a can of worms.  I read articles like this where smacking gets the blame for young people becoming violent or at risk of psychiatric or stress conditions.  I’m not sure about this and would like to see more research done.  I think that for some children there are no consequences for bad behaviour, and I have always believed that a smack or two, appropriately, when children are young, can help them understand that there can be consequences for bad behaviour.  My experience is that one doesn’t have to smack often – as the threat of doing so is enough to make a child reconsider his/her behaviour.  I don’t mean a belting.  Of that, I am definitely not in favour.

Adolescents and Smacking or Naughty Corner

I watched one family use the “latest” behaviour management “tools” and learned that some children just do not learn from that sort of punishment.  In fact, I’ve experienced a young unmanageable girl who had terrible behaviour and her mother continued with the management she favoured.  The child was rude, arrogant, abusive and totally awful.  I often wondered if an appropriate smack might have worked better.

Well, I’ve said my piece.  My sister and I were smacked, and my own two children, now adults were too.  None of us is violent, nor has had issues that could be linked to this treatment.

brown duck near ducklings

Photo by Vivek Kumar – Unsplash.com – How does mother duck control her children?

 

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OWN – Older Women’s Network

What is OWN?

It is a national organisation for Older Women – this is on the Queensland website.  There are branches of the Older Women’s Network  in New South Wales and Queensland.  I have been a member of the Woody Point branch for three years and attended two of their annual conferences.  I will be going to Conference 2019 at Gympie.

OWNQ is part of a worldwide network looking after the needs & interests of older women. OWN (Australia) was formed in 1985 and OWN (Queensland) was incorporated in 1993.

Recently, I attended the first official meeting of the new Bribie Island Branch of the Older Women’s Network. .  It has a wonderful group of enthusiastic members.  A great speaker telling the story of her domestic violence issue.   If anyone on Bribie reads this and wants to join, go to this website and make contact with the Brisbane office and find out details.

It Could be You

The New South Wales Older Women’s Network members are  involved in the issue of affordable housing for older women.  I am pleased to have a copy of the publication “It Could be You”   Female, Single, Older and Homeless, a study done by Ludo McFerran.

It is a project close to my heart. We all need affordable, safe, comfortable housing. I left my husband after 43 years of marriage. The details of my challenging marriage are private. Like many women left on their own without adequate finances, I have had to deal with many issues on my own.

We know, and the research shows, that life can change overnight –  because of a death, illness, or  marriage breakup.  Women live longer then men and earn less during their working life. Many do not have superannuation.  It is a big issue in Australia, and it is something that the NSW branch is working on.

If any readers are in South Australia, Victoria or Western Australia, and interested in getting a branch in their home town or suburb, contact the OWN NSW for assistance.

Gunabul Homestead

The annual conference of the Qld branches will  be held at Gunabul Homestead in Gympie.  I am looking forward to seeing this property.

I love older buildings so I will certainly be taking photos when I get there!!

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Aged Care is Not a Home – Article

Article on Aged Care in Sydney Morning Herald

I noticed this article today.  It was a great piece to explain how some elder people feel when they are in a complex that makes most decisions for the residents, even when it is not necessary.  Moving into Aged Care is a big scary step, and staff need to make them feel “at home”.  While I comprehend that the management does need some rules for their residents, they need to get to know what their client’s real needs are.

Anyway it was good to hear the opinion of someone in such a place.  You can read it here. 

Retirement Village

One of my family members was in a residential for retirees.  I visited on quite a few occasions and liked little about it.  There were some activities arranged for the residents, but few and far between.  I am not aware if they had any committee/group of residents who participated in decision making. Such a group can be very helpful.

I know when I have been looking at such properties for myself, I am interested in what activities they have.  There is certainly excitement for me about the regular Bingo game, or even bus trips.  I may have to reconsider the latter, but as I am regularly “travel sick” in buses, it is something I am very wary about.

At one of the properties, the residents had to always sit at the same table and at the same chair every meal.  My family member found it hard to sitting at a table of fellow residents who didn’t speak.  They had no connection with each other.  They couldn’t even hold a conversation, but they were afraid of sitting elsewhere.  He had tried to, but got into trouble.   There appeared to be no concern for the people as individuals.  I often found as many as 6 or 7 sitting in wheelchairs or on their wheely walkers on the verandah staring into space.  There was little conversation, and limited things for them to do.

Everyone wants to live in their own home forever, but it is not possible.  An aged care facility may well be their home.  How do we make it feel like a “home” to them?

When people move into a seniors facility, it will take them a while to adjust, but they need to learn to feel “at home”.  Somehow we need to make them more comfortable in their new abode.

Putting Old People into Boxes

I have great concern about the way governments/aged care organisations seem to believe that a roof over one’s head, and three meals a day is all older people want.  I am sure some would fit into this category, but my understanding is that many want something interesting to do.  They need to talk, think, stimulate their minds etc.

When my late mother was in a “nursing home” I would see her and others in a room with a movie on the screen.  If you looked at the folk who were “watching” you would see that some were sleeping, some were talking, and few were actually looking at the screen.  Now it might seem a good idea to occupy a group of seniors by putting them in front of a big screen for a couple of hours, but it is not always going to work well.

Having worked in aged care, I understand some of the issues faced by the staff.  One is that there are usually not enough staff – and many have little understanding of the needs of their “clients”.

Young Staff Have No Idea

Quite a few years ago, I entertained seniors in a nursing home, with a program that I created.  I had photographs of many items that would have been familiar to folk around the 1940’s to 1960’s.  I laminated the cards with the photos, and I also had a PowerPoint presentation which included many of the photos and other information.

Generally around 15 – 20 senior residents from the aged care facility were in the room, and, for safety reasons, two or three nurses, who probably were in their 20’s and 30’s.  In those days they were mostly Aussies.  (Nowadays you are likely to see more foreign young men and women in this role.)

Anyway, I had a talk that I presented as I showed the slides on the big screen, and I would ask questions or tell additional tales too.  Generally the folk would be very involved.  They would add stories to mine, and there was a lot of communication and laughs.

Shuffled Cards

At the end of my presentation, I had about 20 cards that I had created, that had two or three words on them, which I would shuffle, get all the residents to take one, and then I would ask the residents to talk about what was on the card.  Often it was very amusing as they told of things that they remembered.

The nursing staff were most impressed.  They learned a lot about the people they worked with!  Older folk often have great memories of the past, but not much of recent times.  It is my belief that nursing staff who work with seniors daily, need to learn more about life 40 or 50 years ago, because for many older people that is what they like to talk about.

They don’t understand much about computers, mobile phones, technology etc.  They will often talk about old movies, old-time dances (which many went to weekly), living life without made roads, cars, television.  All nurses need to know more about the “olden days” to chat with their charges.

To older people, aged care, especially where they are surrounded by mod-cons that they are unfamiliar with, is not home for them.  I think that talking with them about the old days, helps bridge the knowledge gap.

What do you think?

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Housing for Seniors

Own Home

Housing for Seniors is a big issue in Australia at the moment.  The shortage of affordable housing all around the country is a talking point, and it is especially difficult for seniors, and one group that is most affected are senior solo women.

People who are able to manage to live in their own homes well into their senior years are fortunate.  I have a small number of friends, couples and singles, who still live in their own homes.  They do need finances for the upkeep of the property and family or other support from time to time. I have one friend in her 90’s who still lives in her home, alone, and appears to manage well.  She has no wish to move any time soon!

Retirement Villages

There are many retirement villages – they seem to be in every suburb or town, and the building of new ones continues.  To live in one of these, generally, one needs to buy a house or unit, and the costs vary, but perhaps $300,000 to $500,00 is the amount of funds one needs, plus there are other ongoing costs.  I know couples and singles living in such establishments and most appear to be content.  There can be challenges living in these places, but generally, they are secure and safe, and work well as one’s “forever home”.

Rental Retirement Properties

There are many rental properties that provide especially for seniors.  I am not very familiar with these, but they can be expensive.

Private Rental Properties

Very few of these are built for the “seniors” market.  They are generally very expensive and pensioners pay around 70% of their income on rent, which long term is not suitable.  Many of these tenants go without a range of things to ensure they have a roof over their heads.  Food, medical treatment, entertainment and more can be too expensive, so they live a very frugal and often unhappy life as they cannot keep up.

Often the properties are not “geared” for seniors –  steps and stairs can be an issue, along with a range of other things, depending on one’s health and mobility.  There’s generally no “community” as such, and many seniors are isolated.

Sometimes, it is the only choice one has.

Public Housing

One generally finds that there are many negative tales about life in public housing.  Crime, drugs, drunken neighbours, foul language and abuse are often rife.  There is generally no security, no on-site manager and much isolation and apparent neglect in these places.  I understand that governments provide housing as economically as they can.  my understanding is that it is a “broken system”, and much public housing is being sold.  Housing is now being taken over by not-for-profit organisations, but I wonder if it is the best solution.

Shared Housing

Perhaps we have all shared at some time during our lives.  I have done so on several occasions, some with success, and on two occasions big FAILS.  The best time to do it I believe is when one is younger, but long term for seniors I think comes with plenty of challenges.  Seniors generally want a “forever home”, but appeasing two people could be problematic.  If the property is rented by two or more, who are “equal” in their plan, and they get on, it may not work long term.  What if the owners sell the property and the new owners have different plans for their property?  So what if there is a dispute between two of the tenants.  If one gets sick or dies, and it is not easy to find a suitable replacement tenant?  What if the owner neglects the property?  What if the physical needs of the tenants change?   To me, it would be very unusual to find your “forever home” in a shared situation.

Tiny Houses

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Tiny House from Unsplash.com by Silvie Tittel

There has been a lot of publicity about Tiny Houses recently and I have been tagged in quite a few stories on Facebook.  What do I think about Tiny Houses?  I do love them, but I think they are more suited to younger people, or as a very temporary residence.  I have been to visit several tiny house manufacturers, from Yeppoon to the Gold Coast, and while I was impressed with many aspects of them, I feel they are not safe for older people.

Steps, the climb up to the bed in several of them do not fit my criteria for senior people.  If you got sick and couldn’t get out of bed, how challenging would it be for the ambo’s to get you down?  Would the house call doctor go up the stairs to examine you if you couldn’t move?  Another issue with tiny houses is the land.  If there is a tiny house property, like a caravan park it would work.  Would there be community toilet and shower facilities?  I’d suggest that there would be issues for senior women if they did not have these in the tiny house.  But I know that the cost of taking sewerage to the tiny house, water and electricity is very expensive. I suspect that some local government organisations make it difficult for prospective tiny house owners/renters deliberately because they present a range of issues to them.

Publicity on Tiny Houses

There’s been a lot of publicity about this option on recent days.  A few years ago, it was something that I explored.  I went to tiny house builders and saw some great places, but there are always issues.  The land – where are you going to put your tiny house?  I had a property made available to me, though it was unexpectedly repossessed by the bank a year later, the cost of getting sewerage, water and electricity to the tiny house was prohibitive.  In fact, the local government organisation deliberately made it difficult as they did not want such houses in their patch.  If it is on a property with other tiny houses, there is still the unknown for the future.  It is not permanent.  Plus, as one gets older, managing the steps and stairs, the bed in the attic and more is problematic and unlikely to be a “forever home”.

I have also lived in a bus (Toyota Coaster) which I found too small, and when the weather is bad, living in such a small space is not a happy place.

A Granny Flat

I question the value of these.  If the family involves you in their activities on an almost daily basis, it might work for some folk but unless you get all the support you need, if you are alone, it could be a miserable existence.  What if the circumstances of the family change and they need to move. Also if you are unwell it will be a challenge?

My Favourite Forever Home?

Co-housing.  I am single. I’d prefer a women-only cohousing property based on the New Ground project in London that I visited in 2018!  It is a project underway in Queensland.  Watch this space.  See New Ground here.

If you want to know more about co-housing and the project that I am working on with a group of other senior solo women, send me a message via the contact form.

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More on Podcasting

Who is Podcasting?

I have been busy reading articles about podcasting. My interest is to learn how many Aussie writers are using this technology to promote their work, their topic or their books?  Of the writers I know only a small number are doing podcasts.  I am still exploring this and keen to start doing some.  There is quite a raft of items I must tick off my “To Do List” before I set up my own program for doing podcasts.  One of the items on my to do list is to finish a manuscript that I have been working on, and it will probably be the first subject of any podcast.  Meanwhile, in my spare time, I continue the learning process.

I have the tools I need e.g. digital tape recorder, mobile phone and I have Audacity loaded onto my laptop, and I have been enjoying listening to other podcasts.  I am not yet ready to publish my podcast attempts.

Aussies doing Podcasts

It is not easy to find podcasts by Australian writers.  I suspect that we are somewhat behind what is happening in the US and UK, but I have found one.  Patti Miller is well known in Australia for her books on writing life stories and memoirs, and she is interviewed on a podcast.  I found this podcast.   Click here to listen.

Learn how to do Podcasting

 

The Australian Writers Centre

There are many podcasts listed on the AWC website, with interesting information for new and experienced writers, so see the article below.  There is some great information there.  It appears that there have been some Australian writers doing podcasts for several years.  I suspect though, that the percentage of writers using this technology compared to those in the US, is low.

“So you want to be a writer” listed in top writing podcasts!

Are you interested in doing podcasts?

Do you know of any Australian writers doing podcasts?  Please feel free to write the details in the contact form below.

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Lost and Found

Mislaid Not Lost

Where do my things go?  After hunting for days, I decide they are lost.  Perhaps they are mislaid, not lost!  If I lived in an old house, perhaps I’d suspect a ghost or similar, as the things I lose are varied.  I know how to find them eventually, but it is costly.

The Lost is Found

It has happened to me before.  I had bought a new nightie, an expensive $10 item from KMart. I wore it twice and then it went AWOL.  If I can’t find something and after weeks of hunting in every nook and cranny, I often decide to buy another.  To buy the original I had to hunt to find one that fitted my criteria.  I am tall, and like a nightie that comes down below my knees.  I hate pyjamas, I must have a nightie.  No long sleeves, even in the cold of winter.  So, I hunted in several of the low cost department stores.  I had to buy one exactly the same as the missing one!  They were so cheap, I bought two.

About 24 hours after arriving home with the new attire, I noticed the original one, sitting on some items near the end of the bed.  I swear that it was not there during my hunt.  How could I miss it.  Oh, well, now I have three!!   So glad they weren’t expensive!  The lost was found.

Dash Cam

Now, how could I lose a dash cam.  It was about half the size of a mobile phone, plus it had some wobbly bits, the “tool” that attaches it to the windscreen.  One day, the camera fell, as the “tool” had decided to break.  I tried various methods to repair it.  Super glue, rubber bands, etc, but it refused to heal.  So I tossed out the broken unrepairable bits.  And at the same time I lost the good bits.  The camera.  I hunted and hunted. So, when I saw one at 50% off at Supercheap Auto, I bought one.

Then a friend, who’d been in my car asked me to look for her sun glasses.  Had she left them in my car?  I hunted, I moved the seats back and forth and lay on my car floor looking under the seats, all to no avail.  I did not find her glasses.  But, much to my surprise, I had obviously lodged the dash cam.  No, not the new one, but the one that had gone missing!  Oh, at least I have a spare now.  The lost is found.

My Fountain Pen

Pen and Ink taken by me

The Purple Fountain Pen and Ink

My passion for fountain pens is well known.  I rarely use “biros” or pencils.  When I write letters, sign my name on printed documents and use such a pen anywhere and everywhere I have to write.  I am known to carry two or three in my handbags.  My preference is my favourite Purple Pen with Purple Ink.   It ran out of ink, and I put it somewhere, so that I would remember to refill it.  But it went AWOL.  I hunted everywhere, so yesterday I Googled  “buy purple fountain pen”.  Oh, there are so many it was hard to choose, but suspecting that my Lost and Found condition would rear its ugly head again, I chose to buy one from a New South Wales shop that was less than $10.  The postage was almost as much!!

Guess What!!

This morning as I was creating something with Corflute and had to clear the table, guess what looked at me from behind a small box.  I had looked there before, but on that occasion, it obviously hid from me!  I am just about to refill it.  At least I can write with a purple pen and purple ink, while I wait for the new one to be delivered.

Is it my brain that is causing this phenomenon?  Is my brain getting too old?

What is lost is found – especially if I buy a replacement!

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Writers Exploring Podcasting and Filming

A Journey of Discovery

Recently I have been learning about podcasting.  This is part of my study of modern methods of getting one’s writing published.  I just happened on some information that I thought would benefit my writing friends.  It wasn’t for me – certainly not at the moment as I have another project on the go.  But one day. Perhaps.

Podcasting

A friend, Breanda Cross, does a lot of podcasting.  She’s a copious writer and has found a “niche” with fast fiction and podcasting. Earlier this week I went to her home and she showed me how she records the stories. With the help of www.audacity.com can use a range of voices and sounds to create her story.

It was rather amusing.  On the one hand, I was telling myself I was too busy already and didn’t want to learn more, but I found it fascinating.  I’m still not planning to do anything, but write about what I have learned.  But, maybe.  One day…

We all have our phones to do voice recording, and we can use these devices to record other sounds that maybe one day can be used in a creation.  Will I record some sounds and save them to Audacity?

black and grey microphone on stand from Unsplash.com

Photo by Panos Sakalakis

I spent an hour or so exploring podcasts on the internet.  I found where someone charges a fee to transcribe the words that people record in their stories.  There was a video with a great story, with the text appearing on the bottom of the screen.  The words that appeared on the screen were clearly spoken by a computer – and they were far from correct.  I suspect if anyone is serious about producing a quality story – that they edit what the computer has created.  In some sense it was humorous, but I feel a little frustrating for someone with hearing difficulties!

WordPress Meetup

Then last night I attended a WP Meetup.  I’ve been going to these for a long time, and often the material is too complex for me.  But often the material is too complex for me.  But I always learn something.  The first two sessions last night were mildly interesting to me.   The first two sessions last night were mildly interesting to me.  Information that I am unable to use right now,  but maybe one day…

The last session was on creating videos for one’s Facebook page or website.  My interest increased.  Not that I want to get on the filming bandwagon, but I found it interesting.  I’d never heard of a teleprompter before and was quite impressed.

Today I have done further research and found a free teleprompter – which I would find quite useful.  As someone who does public speaking, I can use one of those and the free one looks like it would be ideal.  I will practice that.

So, for my writing friends.  If you want to explore these avenues of getting your stories online, you can ask Google some questions.  If you have a modern cellphone, you have a voice recorder and video recorder – great to use.  Do you need any more equipment?  Maybe.  But practice with your phone first.  Practice reading your stories and explore the possibilities.

Resources

Audacity – https://www.audacityteam.org/  Program for recording.

Free Teleprompter http://www.freeteleprompter.org/

Video Platforms – www.vimeo.com, www.youtube.com

Podcasting Platform – www.whooshkaa.com

Podcasts – https://www.podcastrepublic.net/podcast/

 

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Pioneer Women Drivers in Australia

Taken by me in 2015

Women’s Hall of Fame Alice Springs

Women Driving Pioneers

It is an accomplishment to drive around Australia, which I did on my own in 2012/13. Later I learned that some great women had done so much earlier.  I found in the Women’s Hall of Fame in Alice Springs that Catherine Gregson had done so in 1937.  I was to learn later that Marion Bell did so way back in 1925.

When I found this information, I contacted the Women’s Hall of Fame to advise them, and this story is now recorded in the Hall of Fame.  I was going to visit this amazing museum, which is in the old Alice Springs gaol when I drove to the Alice in my Toyota Coaster to attend the Rolling Solo event at the Ross River Resort. Just before I was due to leave Brisbane, the curator contacted me and told me that they had included Marion’s story.

When in Alice Springs in 2018, I called into the Hall of Fame and met with some of the staff.  Only today I have sent them another story – which they probably know about, but just in case they don’t…………..

Electric Car – there’s power all around Australia

Last year, another woman has driven around Australia and created another “record”.  Sylvia Wilson, a 70-year-old lady, drove an electric car (Tesla) all around the coast of our country.  I didn’t hear anything about it but accidentally found out about it today. She wasn’t all alone as family members joined her along the way.

I would have thought with all the publicity about the government’s wish for us to be driving electric cars in the futures, there would have been more media about it.  Maybe I missed it.

Most Aussies probably think it would be difficult to drive the long distances around Australia in an electric car, but I have learned that there are places all around the country where one can charge the car battery.  In fact, Sylvia only paid around $150 dollars for the electricity for her car for the whole journey.  Awesome.  I didn’t dare add up how much I spent in the nearly 5 months I was on the road.

Now, I wonder if someone would give me an electric car – would love to do the journey again.

Is there anyone who would like to donate me an electric car, as I would happily do the drive around Australia.  I would record the story and take photos!!!  Pick me!!

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