I run my worldwide business, The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover And Other Goodies, from my 54 hectare remote rural property.
In the picturesque Central Tablelands of NSW.
My business is a full time job.
And so is our rural property.
Owning a rural property comes with responsibilities.
To the local council.
To the Lands Department.
And to our neighbours.
In our rural patch, blackberry is a noxious weed. The seeds are spread by the birds. And foxes. Who eat the berries.
It creates a haven for rabbit burrows.
Which aren’t welcome.
Rabbits. Being an introduced species. With few predators. Have become a pest.
Competing for valuable paddock grasses with livestock. And indigenous wildlife. Like kangaroos. Wombats.
Every property owner will at some stage be given a tap on the shoulder by the governing authorities. To take some action about noxious weeds. And noxious pests.
It’s our turn.
We’ve been instructed to get rid of the blackberry that abounds on our property.
And the rabbits.
As have our immediate neighbours.
This is a multi-pronged project.
The first being to get rid of the blackberry.
The first stage is to burn it.
Then. When new shoots appear. Poison it.
Once there is no blackberry on the property. The rabbit population will decrease.
We have many large scale sheep farmers as neighbours. Who have no blackberry. Or rabbits. On their properties.
And they don’t look kindly on the little clutch of properties that surround us. Which are small acreage. Owned by ex city slickers. Who do very little to control what they consider is a threat to their livelihood.
Today is the first day for burning off.
The conditions are perfect.
The temperature is a cool 11C at midday. And overcast.
The wind is just right to carry the fire from A to B. Without it getting out of control.
There’s moisture in the ground. Which makes it unlikely for the fire to – get out of control.
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.
Have been standing guard to make sure each fire is contained.
A neighbour. Who agists his sheep on our property. Free of charge. So we can keep the paddock grass down in summer. When bushfires are a real threat.
As is his son.
Barring more rain.
We had to stop twice today because of intermittent showers.
We should be able to finish burning off by November.
Living on our remote rural property is very romantic. Truly. It is.
But it’s not like living in the city.
There are things that need to be done that can’t be ignored.
Learning how to be responsible pyromaniacs is one of them.
Your thoughts? Email me at the bottom of this post.
~Carol Jones, Ironing Diva❤
PS. This Ironing Diva’s iron. Ironing Board. And Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover. Are my gateway to leading an elegant life. There is power in the iron. The ‘Joy Of Ironing’ is far from a myth. Beautifully pressed garments. Make a statement about who you are. When you’re well pressed. And well dressed. You ooze elegance. Beautifully pressed linen. Cloth napkins. Tea towels. Pillow cases. Make your home shimmer with style.
PPS. I am not only an Ironing Diva. But as one friend says, I am ‘The Queen’ when it comes to ironing.
I Am The Purveyor Of The Tantrum Free Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover And Other Goodies
Made with love and care in RURAL Australia by men and women who have a disability.
It’s not for everyone.
But it’s definitely for you if you’re fussy about the cover you iron on.
And if you love to support Australian made.
And want to put something back into the community when you make a purchase.
The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover cover has more than 350,000 customers in 29 countries. Because it lives up to its name. It ‘Fitz Like A Glove™’ every time you iron.
And these are the ‘Other Goodies’
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Photos of my rural property are courtesy of me, Ironing Diva – who is also known as Paddock Paparazzi – and taken at sunrise every morning.
Burning Off. Close Up.
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Burning Off. As It Gets Dark.