Business operating hours – dates away & events attended

This is a one-person show – so you receive personal service. 

But as there’s no staff here, when I’m away, the office is closed.

Some of the days I’ll be out of the office & events we could cross paths at, in 2017:

  • Malanda; Atherton Tablelands (Far North Queensland) – 21st June (away 20-22 June); ‘Managing risks: Securing the Future’ forum; run by Agforce, the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group & the Queensland Farmer’s Federation. Workshops on drones in agriculture, photography, and how to use social media efficiently & effectively.
  • North-eastern South Australia and far south-western Queensland – approx 9th July to 24th July (dates TBC); photography trip.
  • Prairie (North Queensland) Kooroorinya Ladies Day – 26th August (away 25-27 August); photography workshop.

Events pencilled in (to be confirmed):

  • Qld Rural Press Club breakfast at the Ekka (Brisbane), 10th August (away 9-11 August; dates TBC)
  • Emerald (Central Queensland)Queensland Rural Regional & Remote Women’s Network conference, ‘Building vibrant communities, developing future gems’; 19th to 21st October (away 18-22 Oct; dates TBC).
  • Narrandera (southern NSW) – possibly at the NSW Rural Women’s Gathering, ‘Women Culture Land – just add water’, 27-29 October (away for more than a week, if I attend. Dates TBC).

2018 dates out of the office:

  • Women on Farms Gathering, Mornington Peninsula (Victoria); 16th – 18th March 2018 (away at least a week, if I attend. Dates TBC).
  • Beef Australia, Rockhampton (Qld); 6th – 12th May (away 5th – 13th May, if I attend. Dates TBC).
  • IRELAND & UK FARM TOUR:  August-September; exact dates TBA.  It’s a cliche but in this case it is true – this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have an especially memorable trip around the UK & Ireland, in the company of a fantastic group of fellow travellers. We’ll be attending a selection of Britain’s best agricultural events and visiting interesting farms off the beaten track. A particular highlight will be meeting a large number of  locals involved in agriculture, at special dinners arranged in Ireland, Scotland and England.   While travelling,  I’ll also be giving photography-related advice to anyone who has any queries.  AND I’ll be showing how I use my drone to take photographs, on some of the farms we’ll be visiting. This is a unique adventure – a very personal tour! More details on this fantastic farm tour of Ireland and the UK on this blog page.
Relaxing afternoon watching village cricket, in the UK's Cotswolds

Relaxing afternoon watching village cricket, in the UK’s Cotswolds

Some of the most recent outings (& office closures) were:

  • South-east Queensland; Brisbane – 3rd June to 6th June; ‘She Flies’ drone instructor training.
  • Far North Queensland – 9th to 12th May; tropical pasture field day on Olive Vale station, Laura.
  • Victoria & southern NSW – RM William’s Outback Magazine business story; away 13th April to 21st April.
  • Southern Gulf country (Qld); RM William’s Outback Magazine station story. Away 3rd April to 10th April.
  • Australian Women in Agriculture (AWiA) event at the Toowoomba Show – Speaking about the ‘Trial and Terror’ involved in running an entrepreneurial rural business, triumping over obstacles (even when such persistence borders on crazy), the compromises women make and changes I have seen in the bush. Away 31 March to 2 April.
  • Northern Beef Producers Expo, Charters Towers – away on 3rd & 4th of March.
  • Queensland Rural Press Club – monthly luncheon in Brisbane; 16th February (away 15-17 Feb).  The February speaker was Simon Crean, talking about Australia’s place in the global livestock trade (and our live export industry).  The annual Rural Media Awards were also be presented – this year I was delighted to win the Social Media category.
  • Remote and Isolated Children’s Exercise (RICE) 40th anniversary dinner – Great to be invited to be the guest speaker at the 40th anniversary dinner, and take photographs of the children’s end-of-year activity day. (Away 8-12 December 2016). Loved visiting Whyalla, Port Augusta & other towns around Spencer Gulf (South Australia).
  • RICE – full day ‘Photography with Purpose’ workshop, at Mannahill, South Australia (Monday 31st October 2016).
  • NSW Rural Women’s Gathering, Broken Hill (NSW); ‘Rocks Rust Stars & Dust’. 28-30 October 2016; presented 2 workshops – “Rural travel around the planet – without costing the earth” and “Make photography work for you”.
  • QRRRWN Conference, Roma (Qld).  6-8 October conference days (away 5-9 October 2016).  Presented 2 workshops – “Rural travel around the planet – without costing the earth” and “Make photography work for you”.
  • BIRDSVILLE – late August/early September & mid May 2016; taking photographs & making short videos for the OBE Organic, a unique organic beef producing business; and the Birdsville Roadhouse.
  • HEADON PHOTO FESTIVAL OPENING & WORKSHOPS 29 April (away 29 April-3 May 2016).  I entered this prestigious photography competition for the first time this year and one of my photographs was a finalist.  It was included in the HeadOn exhibition in NSW Parliament House, from 2 May until 9 June, in the Fountain Court Gallery.
  • SYDNEY ROYAL EASTER SHOW (the show ran from 17 to 30 March 2016 & I had a stand in the Home, Garden & Lifestyle pavilion).
  • RIRDC RURAL WOMEN’S AWARD  As a Queensland finalist in this year’s awards, I was in Brisbane 23-25 February 2016 for the interviews and announcement of the winner.

How to contact me when I am out of the office:

Quickest method: via social media.  Social media accounts are checked regularly when I have access to wi-fi or phone reception.

  • Twitter:  This is the best way to contact me if you require a speedy response.
  • LinkedIn: I also check Linkedin daily; as above.
  • Facebook & Instagram: I use these less often, but endeavour to check Facebook & Instagram daily when travelling.
  • Email:  Preferred way to receive enquiries as it’s 24/7 but as 80-100 emails arrive daily I rarely check emails when travelling. There’s simply no time.  Often there’s no data connection available anyway.
  • Phone:  If it’s stated that I’ll be away for longer than 2 weeks please don’t leave phone messages, as Messagebank automatically deletes phone messages past a certain age and they cannot be retrieved.

If you’ve sent a message and haven’t received a reply within a couple of days of the travel return date specified above, don’t hesitate to send me a reminder message.

General notes:

  • If ordering a special-event gift, please order well in advance to ensure your delivery deadline is met.
  • I am home most of the time, but sometimes travel at short notice, taking photographs or for other business reasons.  It’s the nature of the beast – I must travel away to take photographs and share knowledge at workshops.
  • When there is a special offer deadline, all orders received prior to the specified deadline receive the special offer.
  • When I am away phone messages, emails and social media accounts are checked as frequently as possible however it is sometimes difficult.  I am single-minded and work long hours when away, extracting the most out of every minute where I am. In any case, I’m often a large distance from the nearest mobile phone reception or mains power supply.  And if out of Australia, the SIM card I’ve bought often gets used up too quickly, because I tweet so many images and videos!  When travelling in Australia, I often drive 1,000km/day or more, so it’s not feasible to be checking & responding to messages en route. Please note any specifically mentioned contact methods listed for specific trips away, above, as each journey is different.
  • If you have any queries when I am away, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the methods mentioned above.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused by office absences.  Ideally I’d have a bevvy of slaves, but alas not.

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