We Live In The Clouds
This is the eastern sky at sunrise. With the sun trying to make an appearance through the heavy clouds.
The Journey To Moving In Day
A farmhouse on a beautiful and scenic 54 hectare (135 acre) remote rural property. In the picturesque Central Tablelands of NSW.
Woody Allen is credited with saying that 80% of success in life is showing up.
And he’s right.
In everything we do, it’s important to show up.
When me and my partner, Victor Pleshev, the architect who designed the Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover for his mother. To help her with her ironing when she was recovering from a stroke. Lost everything in Paul Keating’s 1992 ‘recession we had to have’, we had choices.
One was to grieve. And do nothing.
One was to make the decision to start anew. And reinvent ourselves. By escaping the city lights of Balmain NSW. For the rural life in the Central Tablelands of NSW.
It’s not possible to hurtle through life without having a bunch of lemons thrown at us.
For some, the lemons are a life sentence. Cerebral Palsy. MS.
For most of us, the lemons are intermittent.
They come. Full of juice. Disrupt our life for whatever time. Then shrivel up. And decompose.
But for some. The arrival of the lemons is a death sentence.
As it was for my friend, Paul.
In his early 50’s, he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease.
He was given an 18 month window of opportunity to get his life in order.
Which is why I have certain rules about chores that I live by. And it’s a philosophy shared by my partner, Victor Pleshev, the architect who designed the Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover for his mother. To help her with her ironing when she was recovering from a stroke.
We never go to bed without straightening up the living room.
Navy blue leather couch cushions turned over. And rotated. So the cushioning wears evenly.
Decorative pillows put back in place.
Wood stove banked. To keep the farmhouse warm overnight.
She lives in a country town in NSW.
But she wants me to post the cover to Sydney.
Is this a gift? I ask?
I live in Sydney 3 days a week. She says.
Why? I ask.
And wanted things. That were beyond the scope of my fifty cents a week allowance to afford. No matter how long I saved up.
I had to ask my parents for the money to pay for them.
Whether. Or not. I got what I asked for. Depended on how well I could answer this question put to me by both my mother and father.
There was no escape.
What will my life be like if I have x\y\z\?
She wants to place an order. Her message ends with: “And I just love your products”.
When I ring, she’s soooo happy to hear from me.
Today is her 6th order. Over 12 years. She was given her first Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover as a gift. 20 years ago. She thinks.
Shirley tells me this order is a Fitz Like A Glove™ Cover for her. Renewing a cover she purchased many years ago. She doesn’t need a new Superior Felt Underlay. Because. She ordered two at once previously. So has a spare. But keeps giving her covers away. And has no spares.
Today’s order is also for a Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover and Superior Felt Underlay. A gift for her granddaughter. Who has just moved out of home.
All we had were landlines. And faxes.
The internet was something obscure that Don Burke talked about on Burke’s Backyard. “If you want more information, go to https:\\ ”
In 1992, there were restrictions regarding landlines. We were only allowed two lines into the property. One we dedicated to our phone. The other to our fax. Those were the days when Telstra paid most of the cost to get the lines into your home. Our cost? $250. All up.
When the internet arrived in our village on 1st February 2001, we were on dialup.
At the last election in September 2013, I decided that I couldn’t listen to Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott screeching at each other in campaign mode.
3 years of ‘The War Of The Roses’ – Julia and Tony, the most dysfunctional political family ever, wore me out.
Victor and I turned the TV off.
And instead. Raid the Bathurst Library for DVD’s to watch. And bookstores for books to read. And music stores for CD’s to listen to.