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 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 17 years since I decided
to become a full-time celebrant, (24 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 Island.
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 Australian
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