What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?
My very first job was on the cash register in a small department store in a local shopping centre. I was fifteen.
What is your favourite month of the year?
There have been several at different times of my life. As a child it was May, the month of my birthday and school holidays. Currently it’s January when Hobart is at its liveliest and I can go and see the Sydney Hobart Race yachts and cricket at Bellerive Oval
From the mid eighties to the mid nineties I loved November as it was usually the month that the Formula One Grand Prix came to Adelaide. We had a great time going to the events held in conjunction with the race such as the Dogs Grand Prix and the billy-cart racing as well as the four days at the race taking pictures and cheering on our favourite drivers.
The weather in Adelaide in November was usually pleasant, not too hot to enjoy going out and there were lovely Jacaranda trees in bloom. I used to think that if someone offered me a trip round the world on condition that I took it in November I probably would not go. That’s how much I loved it.
After the Grand Prix Naomi and I would often go away for a week’s holiday together so it was a month that was much-anticipated all year.
What three things in nature do you find most beautiful?
I love to see mountains, rivers and trees which explains why I love Tasmania so much as we have plenty of all three. However the most beautiful things in nature are the flowers.
List at least five of your favourite spices? (excluding salt and pepper)
I love the smell of mixed spice when I’m making Christmas puddings and cakes. I like cinnamon and nutmeg too. I actually don’t like very salty food and even things I do like such as potato chips with salt on them make my lips sting so I don’t eat much salty stuff.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
Last week the back garden landscaping was completed with a border along the fence with the neighbours. I had fun at the nursery picking out plants for it. The weather was a bit tricky for taking photos of it as on fine, sunny days the sun is low in the sky in the afternoon and on wet days I couldn’t get out there at all but I managed to take a couple.
This week I’m looking forward to (finally) getting my heater connected and having my friends Matt and Allyson stay for the long weekend.