You never know who you might meet waiting at the Queanbeyan train station at 6.30 in the morning.
Today I meet an amazing woman, a total stranger, but her ordinary life story was by all means unordinary, and this was only in the first ten minutes chatting with her.
This women is in her mid seventies, she just got off the plane from Spain. She's been travelling around for a few months now. Carrying only a 7kg luggage bag, with all her belongings is a formula she now has down pat. She's only started traveling this way in the last six years.
She looks amazing for her age! average height, trim body, except for an injured knee which has fully recovered now, after recently falling off a motor bike... as you do in your seventies.
All her life she was a dairy farmer, working seven days a week. In twenty plus years she's never had a holiday! She's never traveleved any where. She's couldn't due to her commitments on the farm.
She’s a love of horses and animals, she told me of her adventures, bungie jumping, going up mountains and sliding down them on her belly, riding horses down the steep slop of the snowy mountains, in which she expressed with great enthusiasm that I should try it!
I told her I'm meeting my family in Sydney, as my dad just celebrated his 70th birthday the other day. She said wow, he's the same age as her. She said age is only a number.
She dosn’t own a home, she's always unsure of what she likes as she’s moving from place to place. She's extremely active, working non-stop, she's also taken up ballroom, square dancing and rock ’n’ roll, in which she does during the week.
What an inspiring women! Not letting life bring her down or her age! She even mentioned that she recognises me from somewhere... I told her I do live in Queanbeyan, she said that's it, she may have seen me around town.
At every stage in life we all go through changes, tides, dips and waves. You just need to keep going, challenge yourself, try new things, embrace life as its never to late to live life to the fullest.
Croatian food culture meets one of it's creative artist greats ’Billich’ at the book launch of ’My Mother’s Kitchen.’
Croatian soccer club, Deakin Canberra, ACT -
12 October 2019.
What a fantastic turn out it was, on one of Canberra’s overcast days in spring, it did not disappoint! It included a huge spread of platters of cheeses, salami including many home made cakes and a stunning performance by ’klapa samoana.’
The Croatian cultural association from Canberra and Geelong, brought a warmth and look into the food culture and vast food history. It has made a special homage to all Croatian mothers, grandmothers (baka’s) who have brought the love of cooking into the family home.
With special guests renowned artist Charles Billich and his loveky wife Christina, it was a great honour to have them present, as Billich’s painting is on the front cover of ’My Mother's Kitchen’.
Most of the guests all received a signed autograph by the artist, including myself. This book is one that is rich in Croatian culture, with many recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. This book brings special memories for myself, with many recipes I have been brought up on that have been shown to me from my mum and both my grandmothers.
If your looking for that great gift for Christmas or for someone's birthday, someone who enjoys food and culture, this book is it!
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