As I am so often asked
about my background and my interests, here is a little
of my past and in particular, the last 20 years and some
photos that I hope you will enjoy.
My husband Warren and I have been married for many
years, and in that time have backpacked a lot of
Australia and earlier on, lived in New Zealand for 2
years up on the Tongariro Plateau and met some wonderful
and interesting people over the years, and of course did
all the great NZ walks. We now live in one of the best
places in Australia - with great beaches on the edge of
the Great Barrier Reef, rainforested mountains and
creeks, and even the Great Australian Outback only 2
hours drive inland. Cairns and Port Douglas are joined
by one of the most picturesque winding coastal roads you
could find anywhere in the world, so another plus for
living here in North Queensland.
But, how full have the past 21 years been in relation to
my work as a Marriage Celebrant!
In 1994 I was working
as a Medical Secretary full time when I was appointed.
This appointment was a great thrill, but I certainly
never envisaged just how my life would change since
then. For 7 years I continued to juggle my "full time"
work with being a "part time" Celebrant. The celebrancy
part of my work was gradually taking over, and I so
wanted to spend more time creating ceremonies that
related to my couple's lives.
Then in 2001, after having just acquired a computer, and
contemplating a website, my husband and I had the
adventure of a lifetime. We spent 1 month walking across
the Simpson Desert with 16 wonderful courageous camels
and 10 other beings. We had no backup vehicles just a
Royal Flying Doctor radio for emergencies and each other
to rely on. Our camels carried all the gear and water
for 28 days except for a waterhole about 22 days into
our trek. No riding – 810 dunes. This experience showed
me that my life should be simpler if I wanted to devote
my energies to helping couples create the wedding that
was absolutely relevant to them. So on my return, I
became a "full time" Celebrant and have not looked back.
This has been a very
busy past 15 years since I decided to become a full-time
celebrant, (21 years in total) but so fulfilling. Our
trekking has taken a backseat at times, but still we
have managed to follow in the steps of the explorer
Edmund Kennedy and Jacky Jacky with donkeys (instead of
camels this time) as our companions, explored and walked
remote areas of Cape York, walked the Larapinta Trail in
Central Australia (those blue, blue skies and that
brilliant red sand of the dunes!), as well as the Cradle
Mtn Track in Tasmania, Flinders Is., and Lord Howe
In 2011 and 2013 we visited our daughter on the island
of Sumbawa, Indonesia, and also Malayasia and Singapore.
2012 saw us up on Cape York – an area we had done a lot
of bushwalking through over the years, but this time by
4x4. My husband had done quite a few trips as a
volunteer on scientific research expeditions in the past
few years, so had been to many off- track areas.
In August 2014, we
again were drawn to the desert again. This time to the
SE corner of the Northern Territory side of the Simpson
desert. We were so fortunate to be able to join a
Scientific Survey and were searching for Aboriginal
Mikiri (Native Wells) and Wiltjas (Shelters). The
Aboriginal tribe - Wankangaroo people, walked out of
this area in the late 1890’s, sadly never to return and
the tribe eventually died out due to the destruction of
the Mikiri upon which they relied upon for their
survival. It was an amazing experience and one that we
were so privileged to be a part of. And the most
wonderful part was being reunited with 4 of the camels
we traversed the Simpson Desert with in 2001 – Morgan,
Char, Nugget and TC. Morgan and TC were also ‘stars’ of
the film TRACKS.
Local history is
also a keen interest and I research and write as well,
and this too has introduced me to some fascinating
people and their stories.
We are parents of two, parents-in-law, and grandparents
to four great grandchildren..
So do hope you enjoy my personal photos and especially I
hope that you too, will have many adventures in your own