We Live In The Clouds
This is the eastern sky at sunrise. With the sun trying to make an appearance through the heavy clouds.
These are of the western sky at sunrise. Which are puff clouds. Without the darkness of the storm that’s brewing in the east.
My communication with the world.
My business landline. My computers. And my Smart TV. All depend on this antenna. And. The reception is to die for. Never a blip. We’re equidistant between 3 close-by communication towers. With nothing between us and the towers. So there’s always a signal. From somewhere.
We are completely off the grid. No poles. No wires.
A 10kw solar system. With 40 solar panels on the roof. Plus storage batteries. And a petrol generator backup. Provide us with more electricity than we need. Even on the relentlessly repetitive cloudy days – with no rain – that we’ve had since we moved in.
Life is very different 37 stories above ground level. Perched on our narrow ledge at the top of the mountain. But it’s oh so wonderful. With weather patterns that change with almost every tick of the clock. And always a Wedge-tailed eagle in the sky.
Life Behind The Scenes With The Ironing Diva. Are my stories. About my ‘Life At The Top Of The Mountain’ in Swifts Creek, Victoria. And the vagaries of running a worldwide business from an isolated, remote rural property.
Carol Jones, Ironing Diva❤️
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Who am I?
I am an ex-New Yorker. Who happily calls Australia home. I am also a daughter. A younger sister. A long-standing partner of a significant other. A businesswoman. With a quirky view of how business should be done. I am addicted to my computer. Am a software junkie. LOVE technology. But rarely use a mobile phone. I can sew. Embroider. Knit. Crochet. I’m also an experienced DIYer. Who owns my own power tools. And a toolbox full of the best gadgets a gal can have for getting the job done. I’m an adventurous cook. A keen gardener living in a challenging environment. An amateur photographer of landscapes and wildlife. A perennial student. An avid reader of everything from War and Peace. To trash and trivia. I’m outspoken. Yet discreet. I’m both tolerant. And intolerant. I’m known to not turn the other cheek. Or a blind eye. Life is never dull with my canine and feline menagerie. I’m a huge lover of birds. And all the wildlife that visit me every day on my 100-acre rural property. And I’m also a semi-hermit. Because I absolutely revel in my life of solitude ~ at the top of my mountain.
In 1994. Me and my partner, Victor Pleshev, an architect. Did what everyone said we couldn’t do. Poor as church mice from the 1992 ‘recession we had to have’. We built a worldwide business from broke. Long before the internet and email came to our rural village. It took a massive amount of hard work. And equal amounts of sacrifice. Combined with a mindset that everything is a can-do. The reward? 500,000 one-on-one customers. In 30 countries. The icing on the cake? Every product is made with love and care in rural Australia by our super-heroes. Men and women who have a disability.
You can read Our Story here.
These are my stories. In no particular order.
Designers & makers in RURAL Australia of The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover, Log Lugger, Roadworks Apron, Travel Bug Shoe Bag, Mr Chin’s Laundry Bag, Sweet Shoo.
Every product is a joy to use.
Made with love and care in rural Australia by men and women who have a disability. They’re our super heroes.
They put their heart and soul into everything they do. And it shows.