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:

2016:

WORKSHOPS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

  • Remote and Isolated Children’s Exercise (RICE) 40th anniversary dinner – Delighted to be invited to be the guest speaker at the 40th anniversary dinner.  I’ll also be taking photographs. The dinner is on 10th December; I’ll be away 9-11 December.

2017:

  • “PADDOCK TO PLATE” FARM & PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR OF IRELAND & THE UK:

The tour dates are 11 July to 7 August 2017; but I will be away 10 July – 8 August (flying domestic legs). 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.  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.

Blenheim Palace cricket match.

Village cricket match, on a Sunday summer afternoon.

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

  • RICE – full day ‘Photography with purpose’ workshop, at Mannahill, South Australia (Monday 31st October).
  • NSW Rural Women’s Gathering, Broken Hill (NSW); ‘Rocks Rust Stars & Dust’. 28-30 October; running 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).  Ran 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).  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 & 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 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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