It’s 10pm. And I’m still awake.
My body clock makes me an early riser. I get up like a starting pistol at 3am. Leave it to 5am, and I struggle to open my eyes.
For me to be fully awake past 8:30pm is as much a surprise to my partner, Victor Pleshev, as it is to me.
And I’m awake for a reason. I promised myself I would post some photos to my blog.
And time slipped away.
Because it’s been a busy day.
There were online and offline orders to process. Today’s parcel bag is full of Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Covers. Superior Felt Underlays. Best Boy Pressing Cloths. Log Luggers. And Brass Bristle Brushes.
Customers to chat to on the phone. Catching up with old customers is one of my greatest pleasures. And telephone contact is something I’m missing more and more as so many now reorder online. Often with lovely notes in the Comments section to remind me of who they are.
My favourite gully. Downhill from an east facing ridge. Just before the sun colours the clouds.
Email enquiries to answer. I’m a stickler for detail. I print the email out and highlight every question to answer. And when I’m finished, each question gets a red tick to indicate ‘Answered With Care’. I give it one, or two, or three last once overs. Put it through the spelling checker. Then click Send. I hate disappointing people with less than perfect replies. And the time I invest in taking such care is rewarded with a very high ratio of enquiries to order. I rarely have an enquiry not convert into an order.
And the best part is the end to my business day. Filling a parcel bag full to the brim, ready for its early morning trip to Australia Post tomorrow.
Storm clouds and the sun just peeking over the horizon make an eye catching combination.
Then homework. I’m doing a course online to further my business education. And I spend an hour at the end of the day to make sure I complete my assignments.
The business day is capped off in a very special way that I rarely miss. It’s the half hour I sit down with Victor, sipping our beverages of choice. To catch up on what’s happening in our world.
Then dinner. I’m a whiz at making simple and quick dinners. Tonight’s was a delicious Spicy Red Lentil Soup with slices of my homemade bread brushed with Rylstone Olive Press olive oil. And chargrilled.
And before I know it. It’s 10pm.
And I have some photos to post.
Every morning at sunrise, I go out into the paddocks of my beautiful rural property and take photos. And post one every day online to my friends all over the world. It’s my way of sharing my rural life.
This morning’s photos had some lovely shots that I just wanted to share with you. And for me, it’s not the same posting them tomorrow.
This morning was cloudy. With a tinge of yellow in the sky. Walking to the paddock gate, the sun was just peeping over the horizon. And as I zoomed in to take this photo of the Dusky Woodswallow, I was charmed by the oriental ambience created by the yellow cloud in the background. And the silhouette of this gorgeous bird in the low morning light.
The sun makes a very brief appearance. Like a spotlight beaming down from above. Onto this solitary Welcome Swallow. Making it look like one very bright shiny object sitting at point duty on this paddock sculpture. Fleeting. But spectacular while it lasts.
As I’m walking back to the paddock gate, on my way home to my farmhouse, I am struck by Peter Rabbit in almost perfect camouflage. We’ve had little rain recently and my paddocks are drying out. We’re browning off. And Peter Rabbit just blends in with the prevailing landscape. And I can’t help but marvel at how Mother Nature is one grand old dame!
The 95 poplars that line my walking track – 47 per side + 1 – are almost bare. And it was a supreme delight to walk back home, kicking the leaves on the ground with my gumboots. Releasing their intense fragrance. And hearing the rustling sound of the crisp leaves as I walk through them.
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Photos are courtesy of Ironing Diva and taken at sunrise every morning on her rural property.
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My beautiful rural property is in the picturesque hills of the Central Tablelands of NSW Australia.
This is the hook I hang my heart on.
When I’m not out in the paddocks in the morning photographing my beautiful Wild Blue Yonder, I’m the purveyor of the one of the world’s finest ironing board covers, The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover.
And 5 other beautifully designed textile products of excellence.
This is the hook I hang my business hat on.
Since 1994, my partner, Victor Pleshev, an architect and de facto product designer, and I have worked tirelessly to make sure each product is a joy to use. Every time you use it.
My website, InterfaceAustralia. The home of Simple Solutions For Difficult Problems! does all the heavy lifting. You can read about all my products in great detail just by clicking the link above.
When you own one of my products, you also make a huge contribution to the surrounding rural community because they are made with love and care in rural Australia by men and women who have a disability. They put their heart and soul into everything they do. And it shows.
You will look long and hard to find comparable products that are as well thought out for their design and usability. And of such high class, that our customers send us fan mail! Which finds its way onto Testimonials on our website.
Go peek. Every product truly is a joy to use. I guarantee it.