How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like most about living here? 1981 saw me settle in Parkes. Up until then, as part of a banking family, and with transfers in teaching, I had lived in eleven towns (and 14 houses)! My hubby, Bruce, is a third-generation farmer at Gunningbland. Next year, we’ll celebrate our 40th anniversary, and that’s what I love about the place – our huge, close, caring, forever friendship base!
Where do you work or what do you do currently and what do you enjoy about it? I’m a retired teacher, love retirement – I recommend it!
What is your favourite thing to do when you have free time? I enjoy reading, playing lawn bowls, fishing, gardening and walking. I love my Friday coffee gals, they are a Godsend, especially during this COVID year.
What makes you proud? Naturally, I’m extremely proud of three capable, independent, likeable young adults out there who began life as our children on the farm! I’m also very patriotic and proud to be an Aussie.
If you could be an animal which one would you choose, and why? Wouldn’t it be cool to be a bird, with the freedom of flight (but only in fine weather!)
What is your all-time favourite movie, song and/or book, and why? I sing along to 70s music in the car – you can understand the words and remember them after almost 50 years! Love to read a good mystery novel, anything by Nora Roberts! Ah, a cuppa and a good book, sitting in the sun!
Tell us about your best holiday. Visiting Egypt, including a Nile cruise, was pretty special. Within Australia, going heli-fishing on the Gulf and catching my first barramundi last year was amazing!
What is on your bucket list? Main plan is to achieve a smooth transition to living in town next year! See more of Australia, enjoy some caravanning. Enjoy time with our two grand kiddies when the family is able to return from the craziness of NYC during COVID. Maybe visit France and pay our respects to my great uncle and others resting there.