Wednesday, 5 December 2007
GPP Crusade #15 - Where in the World?
For this crusade Michelle has asked us to make an entry on our blogs and to tell everyone where we presently live and those places that we may have grown up in.
I am so very grateful for the internet, I have made some wonderful life long friends and have been so lucky to have been fortunate enough to meet so many of you in person!
As my Dad worked for the Electricity Commission, we moved quite a lot... so I will start from the beginning...
Born in Sydney and moved into an apartment in Dolphin Street Coogee (hmmm marine mammals from the beginning! lol)
Lived in various cities in Sydney then moved to Cooma in the Snowy Mountains.
Next we went on to Muswellbrook, then Lithgow (all in New South Wales).
At 17 I moved back to Sydney and then met my ex. Lived in various places around Sydney, Carlton, Kogarah, Maroubra, Randwick, Kensington and then spent 16 years in a house 3km from the heart of the city of Sydney. Married at 23, no children (not by choice) but many wonderful 4 legged companions over the years.
My Dad went on to work for the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation and moved to Thailand, Malaysia and then China. I spent many a holiday with them in Thailand, and absolutely loved visiting!
Was involved for many years in Whale Rescue and Research and have attended many live strandings, the most memorable being a Humpback whale who came ashore on Peregian Beach Queensland in the early 90's. He was very lucky as he was returned to the sea! Have spent many a day and night on beaches with stranded whales and dolphins and also babysitting seals that have hauled out too!
My Dad passed away in 1992 aged 55, and at that point I decided that life was way too short andthat I wanted to see the world!
Went to Scotland and took part in a Cetacean Survey which departed from Mallaig. The US was never a place that I really wanted to visit, but shortly before my trip to the UK, I found out I didn't have a ticket and the only way to get to Scotland was via the US. So, I stopped in Boston for a few days (whale watching of course) and on the way back went to Seattle, then Friday Harbor! I was hooked!
Next trip was to British Columbia to see the Orcas.... (1993) and as I started dabbling in rubber stamps in '92 my next trip took in a number of conventions. Not too sure how many trips I have had to the US, but I have been privileged to meet up with so many of my online friends and now have to fit in seeing everyone when I do arrive!
Moved to the south coast of New South Wales (2 hour drive from Sydney) in early 2006 as I have friends here who are more like family and it was the best decision I have ever made. Divorce came through in late 2006 and earlier this year I bought my own house on just under 1/4 acre. Although I am only 5 mins to town, there is bush out the back and being on such a large block it is as if I am out in the middle of nowhere! I live in my wonderful little house with my two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Baillie and Harley!
I can get to Seven Mile Beach in less than 15 mins and it takes 30 mins to get to Huskison on Jervis Bay. Here's a link to the south coast if you would like an even better look at the area in which I now live.