My name is Debbie but you can call me Deb.
I’m an Australian midlife, travel, adventure and lifestyle blogger.
Welcome to my ‘About Me’ page
Who and what am I all about?
Good question! I’m a bit quirky, full of energy, enthusiastic, into social media, sharing things and looking for the positives.
I am Debbie – a wife; mother; grandmother; daughter; sister; friend; blogger; reader; runner; walker; cyclist; Rail Trail enthusiast; traveller; Rotarian; Whovian; former teacher.
My aim is to make you smile, educate you in some way, maybe inspire you and to share my world, while learning about your world.
Globetrotting Granny Debs
I’m also a grandmother to 2 beautiful granddaughters and 2 grandsons. I am known as Granny Debs to Emilia who was our first grandchild born in September 2018, and on 19 August 2019 we welcomed baby Dottie, who was in a huge hurry to arrive, being born at only 25 weeks over in England where my eldest daughter lives! Being born weighing only a bit over 800 grams isn’t the ideal but she was well looked after at Southmead NICU in Bristol and then in Taunton’s Musgrove Park. I wrote this story for her – Dottie and the Wombat.
Our first grandson arrived in late February 2020 and at one stage we were expecting granddaughter but that wasn’t to be and our latest grandson was born in January 2021!! Life is never dull 🙂
A (very) young retiree
And I’m a retiree!! A very young retiree at 56, when I finished work in 2016 – it wasn’t my choice believe me!
I’ve been called a humming bird on speed (see below) and WonderWomanDebz.
The Mathematician and I have been married for over 40 years now, we 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 my life with that of my mother, 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! My eldest daughter was a travel blogger at The Wandering Darlings and wrote a great post about her Travel Loving Parents – us! It’s a fantastic read 🙂
Work and Retirement:
Up until 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 all changed when the government decided to outsource Education services in gaols (jails) to an external (cheaper) provider. This meant my job was made redundant, along with hundreds of others across the state. These professional educators were replaced by clerks, on a lower salary rate with no education qualifications required, and they do basically the same job that I had been doing for over 20 years.
I did not take well to these changes and experienced an array of emotions, as you can imagine. 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, the Mathematician, retired from a teaching career spanning 39 years in January 2017, so we now have lots of time to do things together, while we are still young enough!
I’m pleased to say our subsequent years of retired life have gone exceptionally well!
Running and cycling:
I am into keeping healthy and have learnt how to run again. I regularly walk, run or cycle and I feel fantastic as a result of my efforts. I sometimes blog about my running and cycling holidays. We’ve been very involved with the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail and we are thrilled to have it officially opened, despite the pandemic playing havoc with our celebrations. The Rail Trail opening you have when you can’t have an opening – due to a pandemic
Adventure and Travel:
Travelling is in my family’s blood and I love to blog about our travels. Now that we’re retired we have lots more time to indulge in this passion. I have a page dedicated to our adventures and travels. Unfortunately COVID-19 has put a stop to any overseas travel for the foreseeable future.
In May 2018 we embarked on the trip of a lifetime, our Odyssey, travelling for 3 months to UK, Iceland and Europe. I recorded our travels in weekly posts – you can find them here if you’re interested – Our Odyssey posts all in one place. Iceland was a real favourite – so much so I wrote a post (tongue in cheek) 10 reasons why you definitely shouldn’t visit Iceland.
I’m also an avid reader and try to document all the books I read during the year (it serves to remind me of what I’ve read!) on my reading page. I’m in two book clubs and enjoy reading books I may not have normally looked at.
I love taking photos while I’m out and about and will often include these in my posts. I used to participate in the Weekly Photo Challenges most weeks but WordPress has since ceased offering that challenge. I now link up to Terri’s Sunday Stills instead 🙂
I enjoy Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest and you can see my links to all these on my Contact page .
In 2017/2018 I also participated in a 52 week photography project. It was a fun, creative project and made me think outside the square at times, as well as improving my skills.
10 things you may not know about me:
- I love all things orange and yellow.
- I love a good cup of tea – black, very weak tea
- I live in a small rural town in NSW (Australia) and enjoy our easy lifestyle.
- 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.
- I completely lose myself when reading a good book.
- I like helping others and doing good in the world – being a Rotarian helps satisfy this urge.
- I have a Bravery Award from the Queen. Here’s a post that tells the story.
- I hate spelling mistakes but sometimes do make them (horror!).
- I was called a Hummingbird on speed by a work colleague and it’s now stuck to me.
- I was told that inmates (and some 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!
I was nominated in the Best Lifestyle Blog for the 2019 Annual Bloggers Bash Awards! I’m over the moon and thank whoever nominated me.
In May 2018 I was placed as Runner Up in the Hidden Gem category at the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards in London! I was thrilled to be there to meet other like minded bloggers and make new friends. You can read all about it here – Annual Bloggers Bash Awards.
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 love to hear from you. Leave me a comment to say hello 🙂
Are you on Instagram? Check out Deb’s World here: Instagram for photo updates
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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