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Walk The Talk, Shell’s Way!

May is a very special month dedicated to bringing awareness and hopefully an end to Domestic and Family Violence.

This year, May 2021 the Hervey Bay Community in Queensland chose to honour their much-missed campaigner Michelle Howden a leader and advocate for Domestic and Family Violence awareness within the community with a get-together involving a walk, smoking ceremony and 1st Nations dance and songs.

Food-Wine-Pets-Travel was very honoured to be invited to help video the event – ‘Walk The Talk Shell’s Way’ – by Wa’pa Kir’a-ba Ah kit (Whisper By The Fire) better known as Aunty Shantel who explains why this issue affects all of us.

Gotta love FNQ!

Ok let's get one thing straight... Please stop saying you're 'retiring'... and resist ageist terms such as 'Grey Nomads!'

For many people aged 60+, 'retiring' means to stop the day to day routine of that often dreaded four letter word - W-O-R-K. But are you simply giving up the daily grind or are you actively looking for the next 'adventure'.

After all - life really is an adventure right? Think of it like a movie - Beginning, Middle and End.

In fact most people reading this would remember the TV series Ben Casey and the opening phrase "Man.. Woman... Birth... Death... Infinity"

We all have different family up-bringings - some good - some great - some not so good.

Healing Art Therapy

It’s pretty well agreed that music – the right kind of music – can help soothe the soul and make people feel better…

But what about art? Whether you’re looking at it or getting involved in making it, Robyn Robinson – who we met in the Cairns Cool Waters Caravan Park has proof positive anyone and everyone is innately creative and once they connect with that inner artist they feel better and more inspired to focus and create a better future.  Rob’s particular focus – the local indigenous communities in FNQ.  

In this short podcast we managed to have a quick chat with Robyn to discover more about how they got on the road and WHY she is now off to Aurukun and what she'll be doing there with the local indigenous population - something she is very passionate about.
 

Bloody Mice...AGAIN!

Recently we mentioned we accidentally allowed some little mice into the caravan.

Well - it seems we’re not the only ones with mouse problems at the moment – and we're not even talking about the poor people in regional NSW suffering a mouse plague in the hundreds of thousands!!

Nope – fellow traveller/lifestyle/storytellers Vantastic Aus have been doing a bit of farm-stay work – and got an interesting surprise while checking a bale of freshly shorn wool. Have a listen & check out their video too!... :-)

 

Bloody Mice!

Yep - the title says it all... 

When Brian was a kid he often wondered why there was so much fuss over insects that his mum used to call ‘bloody bugs’.

At the time there was Bugs Bunny, Balmain Bugs and Moreton Bay Bugs… you know those lobster like delicacies drizzled with oil/butter, seasoned with salt and pepper and cooked on the barbeque in their shell.

Well The only bugs we’ve had lately have been in our caravan… and yes I’d have to agree with his mum Lucy... ‘BLOODY BUGS' and while we’re at it Bloody Mice ARGGGH!!!

 

Minjil Dance Group

Most of us have seen the dances and heard the songs of aboriginal people around Australia complete with didgeridoos, clapsticks and fire.

But what does it all mean?

Well recently Brian was out riding his bike in a local park and managed to bump into Carl Fourmile - literally! - Carl is a Yidinji man from the land of Gimuy. Gimuy in case you didn't know is Cairns in Far North QLD :-)

Carl's passion is for his people and their history and through regular performances of indigenous dance and story telling in Cairns he's creating a greater connection and understanding of Aboriginal culture for all Australians and international tourists alike.

Last Friday Brian caught up with Carl again at one of the Minjil Dance Group's regular performances at the Hilton Hotel Cairns to see and hear first hand what they do.

Aussie Bush Poetry With A Passion

If you’re a true-blue, ridgy didge, dinky di Aussie with a love of Aussie humour… there’s a possibility you might already have come across Rockhampton’s best known bush poet – Bob Pacey. 

He has a Facebook page called Australian Bush Poetry With a Passion – performs at the drop of a hat and apparently he can write a poem for any occasion.  Be warned – he does have a wicked sense of humour.

Here’s one of his brilliant tales.

 

 

 

Music Soothes The Soul - Judy Lattas

Most of us already know sport or hobbies like art or craft are 'good for the soul'... but what about music?

Not just any music of course - it has to 'sing to you'... (no pun intended!) - And we all have a story to tell - good bad or indifferent, but when your life's story turns your early love of music into 'self healing'  - that's something very special.

At our caravan park in Hervey Bay QLD, we woke one morning to the most beautiful sounds - a flute - almost next door.

This HAD to be a professional getting ready for a gig somewhere right?,,, Wrong! as you'll hear in this lovely chat we had with Judy Lattas.

Jakira Soap Art - Elisha King

Do you use soap?... not everyone does for many reasons – including Kaye!

Although we should say she used to be a 'soap-free' product fan – but as you’re about to hear, a very talented lady we met in Hervey Bay in QLD is on a one-woman mission to make us all devotees of her hand-made designer soaps.

As she says on her website 'Soap Doesn't Have to be Boring! '

And you might just be surprised at Elisha's background... just shows when you follow a passion and put your mind to it, good things come of it... 

Catamarans - A Passion - Mike Tolley

So what’s your passion?... Whether travelling or not do you like to paint or draw, write stories or garden?... Maybe do marathons?? or maybe sailing? What is it that defines ‘YOU’ …

Well during our stay in Hervey Bay QLD we met up with Mike Tolley and his daughter Eliza who are a well respected catamaran sailing team – Mike & Eliza have in fact been Australian Champions – twice – 2017 & 2019 in the NACRA 17ft Catamaran sailing championships – we’ll explain what NACRA is shortly…

But we wanted to find out why they drove all the way from Cairns in FNQ to Hervey Bay for this years’ 2021 race!

FIFO - DILDO - SKIN

Ok - you're approaching or just over 60 right?... so are you a 'SKIN' (Spending The Kids Inheritance Now?)... maybe a ‘NOMAD’ perhaps? (Grey or otherwise) similar to a Gypsy... or are you a ‘RAT’ ?...

We accidentally came up with the last one - 'RATS'...  after recently  chatting with the managers of the Toowoomba Motor Village in QLD Wendy & Vaughn where we've been 'locked down' for several months due to COVID-19.

They've done a great job of running the place over the past 7 years or so and while recording a short podcast with them we asked "so what's the plan after you finish up here?" to which Wendy replied... "We just wanna Retire And go Travelling!"