|Me with the Premier Lara Giddings and Minister for Economic Development David O'Byrne|
I have been itching to get over here all week but there have been some wonderful distractions keeping me away. My cousin and his partner from Perth have packed up their lives, bought a boat and are sailing the seven seas. Living the dream! They have done the east coast of Australia and are currently docked right here in the centre of Hobart and we are spending snippets of time with them before they prepare to head off to New Zealand. More on that later. I have also been engaged in what can only be described as a neurotic knitting marathon these past few weeks as I try to keep up with the Knit-Along I signed up to 5 weeks ago. More on that later too. And then there is the Olympics - anyone else feeling the effects of too many late nights watching athletes do crazy things on snow? And don't even get me started on the laundry and the general job of keeping on top of household administration. I won't bore you with any of that.
As you can see from the photos, there has been a little development to do with our farm project too. Last weekend we were told that our application for a government grant to help with the cost of improving the main State road in front of our property was successful. The Premier came to our place to announce the news, along with 3 news crews and the local newspaper. I have been mostly in the background taking care of the Kids while Daniel has been busy working on the business and the task of raising capital but it was decided that since I would be doing most of the PR for the business that I may as well step into the role on the weekend to answer questions. Just jump right in after 9 years of being out of the workforce. It was so nerve-wracking. Having a pre-prepared speech is one thing but being put on the spot with questions, knowing if you stuff up a whole heap of people will see it, is something else. Answering questions from the journalists right after they had given The Premier and the Minister a grilling over political stuff (we have an election in 3 weeks!) made the whole thing even more scary. They were here for about an hour but in the end the story was overshadowed by the political stuff so I appeared on TV for a grand total length of time of 10 seconds. However, we showed the Premier the plans and the site of the development, the Kids shook her hand and it was altogether a lovely and exciting way to spend the morning!
I learnt 3 things -
1) When your husband tries to give some helpful advice like "just try not to say "um"", don't roll your eyes and look at him like an embecile. Somehow I managed to say "um" 3 times. In 10 seconds. It's much harder than you would think to string sentences together without the use of "um".
2) When the camera wants to take some overlay footage you are to look like you are explaining the farm project in great detail but in reality you are discussing footy tipping and plans for the weekend.
3) When the Newspaper wants a photo and you have to hand the baby over, make sure all baby paraphernalia stays with the baby. Look what I'm holding in my right hand!!!!
Against my better judgement maybe, I'll include the 10 second footage that appeared on WIN Television, even though I hate the sound of my own voice and cringe at the thought of you watching me and listening to it. However the thing that always surprises me when I meet bloggers in real life is their voice, particularly if they have an accent because I guess I always read their blogs with my own accent so I thought my international friends may get a kick out of my Aussie accent. Please note - I look very serious, which is not the way I am in real life but the business of roads and money called for Miss Serious to appear, the footage also contains some very sustained frowning as the sun was directly in my eyes and you will also be subjected to a croaky Aussie accent :-)