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.
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.
- 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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