The Royal Flying Doctor Service is a unique and vital medical service in Australia. It provides 24 hour emergency healthcare over the entire country, covering an area of more than seven and a half million square kilometres. Not only do they provide emergency care to people living, working and travelling in rural and remote areas, but they provide clinics, preventative health programs, access to specialists and much more.
Talk about social distancing, we were doing it back in the mid to late eighties without even having a valid reason for it. Come to think of it we were also free camping, going off grid, having a digital detox and taking part in all sorts of other trendy buzz words and phrases, before they were a thing that had to be named to exist!
I thought I’d have fun with some old photos from one particular camping trip with today’s take on them, back when having a roadmap meant literally…well, having a roadmap. I’ve highlighted some common buzzwords and jargon phrases around today and love them or hate them I thought I would repurpose them for a lol.
These are the opening lines of Archie Roach’s song ‘Took the Children Away’ and the poignant introduction used by David Sly, journalist, writer, author and editor, in a compelling interview with the man himself at Adelaide Writers Week 2020.
Every day since taking the chance to begin freelance writing in 2015, has been a learning experience. For everyone who’s had a desire to write, it takes a leap of faith into uncharted waters and everyone’s reasons on how and why they decided to jump into the business of writing are different. For everyone though, there seems to be a common thread which is the satisfaction of having work printed, seeing it in black and white, and in my case an added thrill when photos are accepted for publication and the ultimate accolade, when they make the cover of a magazine. To be able to hold what you’ve written in your hands in the form of a magazine and knowing that possibly hundreds even thousands of other people are seeing and reading your work is quite mind boggling and satisfying.
The upcoming February issue of Liquid Life and Leisure magazine has a story with very personal significance to me. The story is about supporting communities in their recovery from the devastating bushfires that hit many areas in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia over the summer of 2019 / 2020.
I was glad to be asked to write a piece on this subject, to add to the support that is already out there and in particular to help one of the areas impacted in South Australia, the Adelaide Hills. In mid-2019 I moved from the town of Woodside in the Adelaide Hills, a place where I had lived for more than 30 years. It was where my children were born, attended school, and joined sports clubs. As a family we were very entrenched in the town, as anyone who has ever lived in a rural community knows. It was a big decision to make the move but the timing felt right and we now live in another lovely small community close to the coast, but obviously keep in close touch with many hills friends still.
The carefree fun of caravanning holidays is something that never leaves you, no matter how much older you get it seems. There’s something about eating and living outdoors, especially with a group of friends that have known each other for a long time, which brings out the fun times and the child in everyone.