It’s all about ME – what would you like to know?



Hello!  Welcome to my ‘About me’ page.  

Here’s a quick run down:
I am a bit quirky, full of energy,  enthusiastic, into social media, sharing things and looking for the positives. But who am I really?

I am Debbie – I am a wife; mother; daughter; sister; friend; blogger; reader; runner; walker; cyclist; Rail Trail enthusiast; traveller; Rotarian; Whovian; teacher.

And now I’m a retiree!!  Very early retirement!

I’ve been called a humming bird on speed and WonderWomanDebs. There are stories there believe me!!

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I have three beautiful daughters who are all grown up and making their own way in the big wide world. I like to write about my family sometimes.  I am very proud of my posts where I have compared our lives at age 28, 30 & 25.  I also compared the life of my mother and me at the age of 53.

My youngest daughter wrote a post about me and she is my first ever guest blogger. I’m thrilled with it!

Until recently (December 2016)  I managed the delivery of educational programs in a minimum security correctional centre for males. I have blogged about a lot of things over the years – but I never really mentioned my work in the gaol. That point has changed recently due to the government deciding to outsource Education services in gaols (jails) to an external provider.  This means my job has been made redundant, along with hundreds of others across the state.  These professional educators are to be replaced by clerks, on a lower salary rate with no education qualifications required, and they will do basically the same job that I have been doing for over 20 years.  I have not taken to these changes very well and have gone through an array of emotions.  I have written a few posts about the situation and if you want to see what I’m talking about click any of these links – Education beats crime every day, On being made redundant, Jailhouse Blues and  Mantra for the future. On the plus side my husband will retire from a teaching career spanning 39 years in January 2017, so we will have time to do lots of things while we are still young enough!

I am into keeping healthy and have learnt how to run again. I feel fantastic as a result of my efforts and I sometimes blog about my  running journey.

Travelling is in my family’s blood and I love to blog about our ravels.  Now that we’re retired we will have lots more time to indulge in this passion. I have a page dedicated to our adventures and travels.

I’m also an avid reader and document all the books I read during the year (it serves to remind me of what I’ve read!) on my reading page.

I love taking photos while I’m out and about and will often include these in my posts.  I try to participate in the Weekly Photo Challenges most weeks. I enjoy Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest and you can see my links to all these on my Deb’s world on social media page .

10 things you may not know about me:

  1. I love all things orange and yellow.
  2. I love a good cup of tea – black, very weak and a dash of honey!
  3. I live in a small rural town in NSW (Australia) and love our easy lifestyle.
  4. I have a compulsion to step on crunchy leaves and bark just to hear the satisfying crackle/crunch. I’ll go out of my way to step on a suitable looking candidate. I’ve recently added jumping in puddles to this compulsion. I wrote a post about it called Big Debbie’s Purple Boots based on a children’s book.
  5. I completely lose myself when reading a good book. I also enjoy participating in #FridayBlogShare, where readers post a book review following a set list of questions which spell out FRIDAY.
  6. I like helping others and doing good in the world – being a Rotarian helps satisfy this urge.
  7. I have a Bravery Award from the Queen.  Here’s an older post that tells some of the story.
  8. I hate spelling mistakes but sometimes do make them (horror!).
  9. I was called a Humming Bird on speed by a work colleague and it’s now stuck to me.
  10. I was told that inmates and staff within the the correctional centre found me to be  very intimidating – you have no idea how much this amused my daughters! I’m not really scary, I promise!

 So,  after reading all that, if you’d still like to follow my blog – then please feel free to come along for the ride!

I’d also love to hear from you. Leave me a comment to say hello 🙂

Please note:  All text and photos are © Debbie Harris, unless otherwise stated. Do not copy/paste any material found here. Linking is acceptable. Please respect this site and do not abuse it or the contents within. You can contact me by email debbieharris@y7mail.com

188 comments

  1. Hello Debbie. Interesting job in the centre. Looked at your About Page via the zerotohero forum. Good luck for your goals in 2014. And yes, the rhyme is fine (another one ;-))

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  2. Hi Deb
    I’ve really been enjoying your blog. I especially like your comparisons to your daughters and mum when you/they were the same age. So, when I was asked to nominate blogs for the Liebster Award, you were one of my nominations. I don’t know if you have decided whether or not to accept Awards for your blogs but just in case you do…
    the details are on http://fisefton.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/liebster-award-2/

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  3. I’m sure you’ve already been nominated for the Sunshine Award but, just in case you haven’t, I’ve nominated you for it because your blog makes me smile.
    http://fisefton.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/look-at-that-sunshine/

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  4. Hi Deb,
    I also wanted you to know that YOU are my 100th fellow labmate in my ‘experiments’. Thank you so much once again! I think you’ve inspired me for an idea…it’s started ticking in my brain right now…will keep you posted in case it works out…. Cheers!
    Preeti

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  5. Thanks for the follow; much appreciated.

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  6. With a name like that, it had to be Oz 🙂 But not the wizard.

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  7. I just finished reading your three blog entries comparing yourself to your three daughters at their ages, respectively. Wow! I loved reading them and I can see why they are three in which you are most proud (the blog entries, not the daughters, although I am sure you are most proud of them as well!). I especially like the fact that you were honest and straightforward about who you were. Oftentimes, we read either a grossly exaggerated, hubris-filled description of oneself, or a blog entry full of self-deprecating humor; yours is a breath of fresh air.
    I have to admit, Ima gonna steal your idea 😉 I have two daughters of my own, ages 21 and 22, and I can’t believe that I never thought to sit down with them and talk about who I was when I was their age, I mean, really talk.
    Thank you for allowing your readers a peek into your life. ~v.

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  8. Wow, I am honoured that you read them and enjoyed them so much. I loved writing them and talking with my daughters about our lives. I am thrilled you are going to ‘steal’ my idea and look forward to seeing the results if you decide to share. Thanks again for your kind words, you made my day. 🙂

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  9. Debz, we’re practically neighbours!

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  10. Thanks so much, Debbie, for stopping by and deciding to follow! I do hope you enjoy what comes into your email box. It still amazes me that two people (like us) who live on opposite sides of the world can touch base with each other so easily! 😀

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  11. Hi Deb

    Glad to be able to stumble upon your blog and I absolutely love it. Travelling makes us joyful, adventorous and teaches us to remain happy. I read through some of your stories and they are beautiful. I loved Cheddar too, we want camping for 3 days in the same village last summer. Oh my my what a beautiful tiny little village.

    Happy Travelling!!!

    xx
    Aanchal

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  12. “Humming bird on speed” — made me smile. Thank you for slowing down enough to stop by and follow my blog! 🙂

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  13. Well HI THERE! From way over here in Michigan. Thanks for following my blog. If I can figure out how to do it I’ll follow yours! 🙂 🙂 I am SO not technical. I have a running friend that we call the Energizer Betty (from the old battery adds that featured the Energizer BUnny that just kept going and going and going…) …I think you might be a younger version of her! She ran a marathon on her 70th birthday. AMAZING. I used to run..then I broke my foot. Then I ate too much. Now I think about running. Some of the time. Sigh. ANYWAY, nice to meet you!

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  14. Hi Debbie, I’ve nominated you for the five day black and white photo challenge. Blogging is all about having fun so taking up the challenge is, of course, optional. The guidelines are straightforward. In fact there are only two:
    1) On 5 consecutive days create a post using either a past or recent photo in B&W.
    2) Each day invite another blogging friend to join in the fun.

    Here’s the link to my response to the challenge
    http://jillscene.com/2015/03/02/black-and-white-photography-challenge-day-3/

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  15. Hello, Deb, nice to meet you! We live in Northern Illinois. Thanks, for following my blog. I haven’t many posts there yet and need to be more active there. My hubby and I are both retired and have been traveling often to Puerto Rico where we hope to start spending long term. We used to go to Jamaica quite often. I would absolutely love to travel to Australia, such a beautiful country! My husband’s mother and husband were stationed there for 10yrs. with McDonald Douglas but that was probably 30+ years ago. Sorry, I didn’t mean to write a book on your site, lol! Take care!

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  16. Thanks for passing by my blog and leading me to yours 🙂 Happy to follow your inspiring adventures..

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  17. Hi Deb…I just nominated you for the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge. If you choose to participate, you can get the info. on my blog at https://mishunderstood.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/3-days-3-quotes-challenge-day-one/

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  18. I’m right there with you on spelllling mistakes! But not orange and yellow…

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  19. Hey Debbie. I found your blog from the blog party and reading through some of post makes me smile. No wonder you have so many comments. You got an exceptional way to put feelings into words. Keep the work up and enjoy the party!

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  20. Hi Deb, thanks for the follow. Interesting to hear you work in Corrections. It is a rewarding environment to work in…at times

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  21. Hi, Debbie, and thanks for following my blog! Always nice to meet another Debbie, isn’t it?! Now I’m off to browse through some of your posts. Looks like you have some interesting things going on here!

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  22. Hello, Deb! Just clicking around the blogosphere and commenting on blogs that I think are fun and interesting, and you’re one of them. October is my birthday month, so consider this an invitation to my month-long birthday party. Hope to see you over at That’s So Jacob sometime! Ciao for now!

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  23. Hi Deb, so glad I have stumbled across your lovely blog. I am totally loving all your posts and beautiful photos. And I feel like I resonate with you. Look forward to following your continuing journey.

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  24. So fastest hummingbird in the east, I’m very grateful for the follow. Thank you.

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  25. Hi Deb. Thanks for visiting and following Flying Goannas. I hope you enjoy our travels. When I read your profile I thought for a moment you were a friend of mine named Deb who works in a correctional facility. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts.

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  26. I admire your About Me page Deb. I like the way you describe yourself, it makes me see a glimpse of your personality. Keep it up!

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  27. Hi Debbie,
    Nice to meet you. Your website looks great and I will be back to read more later. Thanks.

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  28. Hello Debbie

    Nice to meet you. I came across your blog through commenting bootcamp.
    Looking forward to reading your posts. Btw, nice about page.

    Have a great day!
    Arcane Owl

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  29. Well, anyone who likes travel, loves the colour orange, and has won a bravery award from the Queen sounds wonderful! I am doing the WordPress Bootcamp comment thingy and need to find new blogs to comment on. You are helping me out here, thank you. I just found you on the Commons page. Your blog looks very interesting and I look forward to reading more about you.

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  30. Hi, Deb! Found your blog, thanks to the Commenting Bootcamp, and I enjoyed your site. I will follow and check back often. Nice meeting you here. 🙂

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  31. I’m still working through your lovely blog. Is this a custom site? I would love to have my blog archives listed like you, with a photo, in grid form. You have been blogging a while, well, much longer than me, and you seem to know lots and lots!

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    • Hi Georgie, my site is a premium theme called ‘Traveler’ and I’m glad you like it. It suits me and what I blog about. I like the grid layout too. I’ve just left a comment on your post thanking you for mentioning my blog. I have been blogging for a while but working full time and being involved in lots of other things, means I have to be organised with it all. I don’t know about me knowing lots and lots though 🙂 I have done a few of the other blogging u courses and gained a lot of information from them and met some amazing bloggers. Now I’m following you too!!

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  32. Hi Deb! First of all, I want to thank you for visiting and following me. As a new blogger, I’m still amazed whenever I get a new follower. I suppose confidence will come with time. This about page is fantastic…I love it. It clearly explains who you are and your vibrant personality definitely comes through. We are alike in some ways, but not in others. I’m an introvert and don’t like leaving the house much. Whereas, you sound like an adventurer who lives in a cool country. But, opposites can often help one another by filling in those voids each one lacks. Not that you lack anything!

    Anyways, thanks again for stopping by, and you can be sure I will be visiting here again too! 🙂

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    • Thanks so much for your lovely words Melissa! It is hard when we get started to realise that others may be interested in our blogs and ramblings, I’m still surprised like you are when people follow my blog. I’m sure we can be of help to each other and I look forward to following your progress too. Thanks again.

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  33. What a fun About page. You cracked me up with the hummingbird-on-speed label 😀 I would love to know more about your Bravery Award 🙂

    I too get completely absorbed in a good book to the point where hungry husbands and household chores cease to exist. I will also deliberately step on crunchy leaves – although living in a desert with not many shedding trees can put a damper on that particular hobby.

    Will definitely be back to read more.

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  34. Simply loved your blog, it’s so lively and full of energy.

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  35. Hey I nominated you for the Lovely Blog Award.. for the info see here:
    https://everydaylife8790.wordpress.com/2016/06/13/guys-i-won-a-lovely-blog-award/

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  36. The first thing I look at when scouting a new blogger is their ‘About’ page. Loved yours. Found you through the weekend blog party. Hi from North Carolina, USA.

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    • Welcome to my world all the way from the land down under. Nice to meet you. Thanks for the comment, I do something very similar. It lets me see something of the blogger and if I like what I see I press follow. I found a few new blogs from the blog party too. Enjoy the weekend.

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  37. Hey i had a site change, when you get a moment check it out and subscribe/follow, its all my beloved randomness with more to comehttp://lifeseverydayrandomness.com/

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  38. One of the most fun ‘About’ pages I’ve read in a long time. You had me at Whovian 🙂

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  39. Thanks for following my blog Deb and I’d love to ‘come along for the ride’ on yours. I’m looking forward to ‘speeding’ along! x

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  40. OMG I must have been too shy to even leave a like in the early days of reading posts. SO I have liked now and re read it. I have re read it and My goodness. Number & Deb, is there a corresponding post for that? For number seven? And I thought WTF is a whovian ? Looked it up to discover I am one too. Not up to date – but a fan none the less, Do you know this blogger’s work? https://autisticinnerspace.wordpress.com/category/collage/

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  41. What a nice intro, Deb! You are indeed a versatile personality with a lively heart and and an adventurous spirit! I m so glad to connect with you! 8)

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  42. Very inspiring About Page! I can’t wait to read more!

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  43. Fascinating bio Deb! Orange is my favourite colour and I love tea, and many of the things you mention. Funny you love crunching leaves for the sound, my love for high heels stemmed from the clacking sound the heels made hitting pavement when I was a tiny child, lol. Nice to connect. I’m now following. 🙂

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  44. Hello! I see you like Thursday Doors and other wordpress challenges almost as much as me! When I saw your name was Deb Harris, I wondered if you were my sister in law, who has the same name as you, and who I’ve rather lost touch with since my brother died, but I can see that you are definitely not! But you sound a lovely person and I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog!

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  45. It’s a genuine pleasure to meet you, Deb.
    You sound delightful!

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  46. Just caught up on your enforced retirement, sorry to hear that. It happened to me last year, but you know it was just the best thing really. I was sitting out a job I loved and was very good at for a company whose upper management had changed and cared not a jot that my role led to a smooth operation and no complaints. I was invisibly working, in fact so invisible that when the financial cuts came they could lose me…some satisfaction in knowing 6 months down the line, it’s chaos 🙂 But, I haven’t looked back and I’m loving it, trying not work, but if I have to so be it. Take care and enjoy, it’s a hugely rewarding time, like payback for all those years of graft!

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  47. Hi Debbie. Wow, thank you for sharing. We are so happy to have found your site and are now able to tag along on your journey. Its going to be fun seeing the world through the eyes and words of “a hummingbird on speed”, lol.

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  48. Great site!
    Many thanks for stopping by and following my Travel and Photography site. 🙂

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  49. Hi, thanks for following Talk About Pop Music. I hope you enjoy the tunes! Don’t forget you can follow my personal blog at Steve-Says.net if you’re brave enough. Cheers, Steve

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  50. Hi Debbie, thanks for joining the Author/Blogger Rainbow Support Club. Looks like we have lots in common, I love travel, photography, and reading too. Will send you details about the club soon Do you have FB so I can add you to the group page? My email is marjma2014@gmail.com🙂

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  51. Hi Debbie! Thanks a lot for the follow!
    Awesome blog here! 😉

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  52. You have a wonderful blog! Look forward to reading more of your posts. And #4, #5 and #8, I am totally with you 😀
    And just from reading this page I can guess – your enthusiasm must be contagious 🙂

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  53. Hi Deb, just noticed on your instagram that you’re from Tumba- which is where my family is from (my maiden name is Lyons)…so dropping by to say hi.

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  54. Glad to have connected with you through Big Up Blog Debbie. Lorelle X

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  55. Somebody should give the government a good hard slap for all this outsourcing and dumbing down. If you figure out a way to deliver it, I volunteer to be the somebody.

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