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:

  • Far South Western Qld/North Eastern South Australia – mid to late May (dates TBC).

2018 dates out of the office:

  • 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:

  • 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 my “Rural travel around the planet – without costing the earth” and “Make photography work for you” workshops.
  • 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 is a finalist.  It is 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.

Generally – usually the best way to contact me while I am away:

  • Twitter:  I check twitter messages daily where there is mobile phone reception & I have a data connection. So this is the best way to contact me if you require a speedy response.
  • LinkedIn: I also check Linkedin daily; as above.
  • Emails:  Emails are checked on a computer once weekly if possible but only urgent emails are responded to, before I return. And sometimes I’m not able to check them at all.  Hundreds of emails are received weekly, so it’s a good idea to throw a reminder rock my way after I return, too.  (When going through thousands of emails, it’s easy to accidentally delete one in error.)
  • Facebook: My Facebook use is erratic; however I endeavour to check it weekly while away.
  • Phone:  If I’m 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.

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 pics, attend conferences etc.
  • 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. 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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