It’s all about ME


My name is Debbie but you can call me Deb – all my friends do!

I’m an Australian midlife, travel, adventure and lifestyle blogger.

Welcome to my ‘About Me’ page

Debbie - 60 years old and feeling Bold
This is me: 60 years old and feeling Bold (WOTY 2021)

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.

Deb from Deb’s 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, and our latest grandson was born in January 2021!! Life is never dull 🙂 Did you notice I’ve had a grandchild born in 2018, 19, 20 and 21?

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.

WonderWoman Debs! Get it?


The Mathematician and I have been married for well 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.

Debbie and Grant
Debbie and Grant

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 and once wrote a great post about her Travel Loving Parents – us!  It’s a fantastic read 🙂 She is now the creator of a great little business Dottie Wombat.

I have enjoyed being the MOB (Mother of the Bride) twice now and our youngest daughter had her destination wedding in Fiji!  It was amazing fun!

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 state 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, to 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 successful teaching career, spanning 39 years, in January 2017, so we 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!

Walking, running, cycling:

I am into keeping healthy and regularly walk, run or cycle and feel fantastic as a result of my efforts. 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 in 2020. The Rail Trail opening you have when you can’t have an opening – due to a pandemic

Cycling tour in Amsterdam
Cycling tour in Amsterdam

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.

In May 2018 we embarked on the trip of a lifetime, our Odyssey, travelling for 3 months to UK, Iceland and around 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. 

More recently I managed to take only carry-on luggage (7Kgs) for a month in England visiting Dottie for her 3rd birthday! I was very proud of myself!

Blue Lagoon in Iceland
Blue Lagoon in Iceland with our eldest daughter


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 since WordPress ceased that challenge a few years back, 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 .

10 things you may not know about me:

  • I love all things orange and yellow.
  • I love a good cup of tea – black and very weak.
  • 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 the post that tells that story.
  • I hate spelling mistakes but sometimes do make them (horror!).
  • 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.

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So,  after reading all that, if you’d still like to follow my blog – then please feel free to come along for the ride! Subscribe to receive updates when I post using the button on the sidebar.

Are you on Instagram? Check out Deb’s World here: Instagram for photo updates

You can follow me on Twitter @Wonderwomandebz

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

Deb xx

Page last updated: December 2022

You can also find Deb’s World on other social media platforms below – let’s stay in touch!

Debbie - mother of a 40 year old

Everyone has a story to tell! Deb is a young-at-heart & active 60+ blogger/retiree, after being made redundant from her 22-year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre (jail). She now spends her time reading, blogging, riding her ebike and travelling. Deb was awarded a Bravery Award from the Queen when she was 17 after a tragic accident – a definite life changing moment! She is married with 3 grown-up daughters & has 4 grandchildren. She never imagined being Granny Debs would bring so much joy to her life! You can read more of Deb’s story here

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260 Replies to “It’s all about ME”

  1. 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.


  2. 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!


  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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!!!


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    1. Thanks for stopping by and for following! I’m so glad you stumbled upon my blog 🙂 Always like hearing that people like Cheddar, it certainly is a lovely little village.
      All the best to you.

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  7. 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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    1. Nice to meet you too. Haha, not sure I could run a marathon now let alone when I’m 70! You managed to follow my blog so you are going well. I look forward to following your blog with interest!


  8. 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

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  9. 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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  10. 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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              1. You are welcome and thank you.
                You have such an excellent and interesting website reflecting a very interesting lifestyle and philosophy about it.

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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    1. Hello! Many thanks for your comment and for visiting my blog!! The boot camp should be a good source of information and networking. Looking forward to visiting your blog too.


  15. 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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  16. 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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    1. 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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  17. 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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    1. 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.


  18. 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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    1. Hi Diya, thanks so much for leaving me such a lovey comment and for the follow. It’s nice to find your blog and I’ll be back. I’m not surprised that the desert doesn’t have many crunchy leaves!!

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    1. 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.


      1. Was down under in November and December on a cruise out of Sydney. 13 days around New Zealand and 12 days around Fiji and New Caledonia. Created a bog entry for each day of the cruise.

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  19. 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 come


  20. 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?


  21. 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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  22. 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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    1. Thanks for your great comment! I can assure you I’m a nice person 🙂 I do enjoy the WordPress challenges and Thursday Doors when i can get a good photo worth sharing. I hope to see you around the blogosphere in the future, I always enjoy your posts by the way.

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

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  25. 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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    1. Thanks for your lovely positive comment on my blog. I’m glad you can get a sense of my enthusiastic nature through my words and pictures. Hope you enjoy reading through my posts 😊

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  26. Hi Deb! What an inspiration you are to me! I have only started my blog about two months ago and I am still new to all of this! I love how much personal information you are giving. What do they say? You’ve godda put it all out there right!

    I am sorry to have read about your work situation. If I can add two cents for my thoughts it is that I recently also discovered that sometimes God makes things not work out to give us time. Time to spend with Him, time to enjoy our family and time to truely live up to our calling! And boy are you inspiring!

    Best of luck with your time to come and I’ll be following your blog along with several others!


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    1. Thanks for dropping by and leaving me a lovely comment!! Welcome along and good luck to you with your blog. I’ve been to visit and am now following along.
      In regards to personal info I just tell it like it is. I forget sometimes that it could end up anywhere but have had nothing but positive feedback so far. It’s a good way to document my thoughts.
      I’m happy with how things are going and am just trying to make the most of it all. Thanks again and stay in touch.

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  27. Enjoyed getting to know a bit more about you. Yes to jumping in puddles (I have ORANGE rubber boots) just saying girl. Congrats on becoming a grandmother along with all your other accomplishments and family. Looking forward to hearing where your next adventure will be!!

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  28. Hi Deb, I came across your name here and there, and I’m happy to make my official visit. My hubby was born in Walla Walla, NSW. His family went to England for two years then came to the United States when he was 12 years old.
    I’ve been retired for 10 years, love reading, writing, traveling and visit my granddaughter. My daughter’s family lives 1,000 miles from us but I visit them every six weeks.
    Great to have come across you from Bella’s party. Miriam

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  29. Back for a visit. Enjoying jumping into About pages as good to see what friends are up to. Jealous of you being retired. I’m not there yet. Sigh but that is okay as life is to be lived at every stage. Iceland is on my list. If your adventures take you to eastern Canada let me know!!

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  30. Kindred souls of sorts. I too like my tea hot black and weak with a touch of honey. I too have two granddaughters (though three g’sons as well; all a bit older. None in the oven (do you say that too?) . Were the recent fires at all near you? Australia is a beautiful country (I was there for s a few weeks in 1997) and I was quite alarmed when the fires were burning. Best wishes on the new baby.

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    1. Thanks Janet, we do indeed seem like kindred souls 🙂 Yes we say bun in the oven here too. The fires have impacted our town and we are all slowly rebuilding with our great community. Thanks the baby has arrived safely now and they’re all settling in well.


  31. Hi Debbie so great to read about you and connect! I remember your Blog already I have visited in the past I thought I was following but you know WP unfollow people without you know so I followed again! 😉 ❤

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  32. Hi Deb..I ended up here through your Tumbarumba to Rosewood RT story.. Also love cycling and travel.I’ll enjoy reading your blogs. We are also grandparents …two granddaughters and two grandsons and another due right now!
    We had a fantastic time in beautiful Tumba in March for Blazeaid but unfortunately it was cut short due to Covid. Even helped in a clean up day on the trail. Can’t wait to return to ride the rail trail in September🤞
    Cheers Jacky

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    1. Thanks Jacky, I really appreciate your comment and a warm welcome to my world! Thanks also for your work on the trail and with BlazeAid, you are all wonderful volunteers and we appreciate all your hard work. Looking forward to seeing you back here in September.


  33. Hello Deb, thanks for sharing your story and energy. I’m from a small town in NSW too ( I wonder if we’re from the same place), but my wife and I have been living in Asia for the past 19 years — Singapore from 2001 then Hong Kong since 2010. We have four children aged 22, 18, 15, and 11 — daughter, daughter, son, daughter. I’m active on social media too, and this year self-published a book that might resonate with you, it’s called Productive Accidents: a playbook for personal and professional adventure. Check out the context and reviews here:

    One thing that helped me finish the book while working full time in a regional finance role is The Creative’s Workshop by Seth Godin — I think you would enjoy this program and the people you would meet:

    Take a look and let me know if you have any questions. I’d also be happy to have a chat anytime.

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  34. Hi Debs been following you on Instagram and only saw today you have a blog🤪 Love reading your about Me, looking forward to reading more. I have 3 grown up girls and two almost three grandbabies 👍🏻 A question for you …. have you thought about being a vlogger ? Just seems you tube is sooooo popular and I always wanted to start a blog but thought no one would read it as everyone watched YouTube nowadays! Very happy to find your blog😊

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    1. Hi there, thanks for your comment and for joining me in my blogging experience. I haven’t thought of being a vlogger, I’m quite happy with what I have on my plate at the moment 🙂


  35. OH MY! I came across your blog when I was searching for info about Tasmania. I read a few travel posts, then read your About Me page and have now gone down a total rabbit hole clicking on links into other posts and reading your amazing words and enjoying everything so much. I find so much to enjoy in your posts and many similar interests and things that are relevant in my own life. I think I’m going to love it here!!!!

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    1. That’s a great way of getting a feel for a blog, going down a rabbit hole!! Thank you so much for your comment and welcome words. Please come back and visit any time!!

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  36. Hi Deb, I remember the tragic news being told to us in assembly from Fred Ring. I was 14 years old at the time and this was the first time I really dealt with death. I often thing back about it as the saddest time in my school years. Iam so glad that you are happy in life now. Thankyou for telling the story as we had only been told a very rough version of the accident. I wish you the best in life and retirement.

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    1. Thanks for reading my post Ray and leaving me a comment, (I know it can be a pain to do so). It really was the saddest thing to go through and we all learnt what not to do in these situations from the way it was handled I think. I’m thoroughly enjoying my retirement but the accident and its aftermath, will always be a part of me.


  37. Hello Deb, I love mage taken of you with the flowers in front of you, on your birthday! Of course it’s all about you, that’s why we blog – to remember all these stories one couldn’t tell to completely strangers, eh?


  38. Debbie, a superlative ‘About Me’ page and it’s great to get to know more about you here! Congratulations on all your grandchildren … and with one born in the last four years do you know whether to expect another grandchild in 2022?! 😀 It must have been tough to lose your job and one that must have made such a difference to so many. I laughed when the inmates described you as scary! It’s wonderful you and your husband have a chance to explore life anew as recent retirees and soon you can start travel again as Australia opens its borders. Look forward to connecting with you over WP and following your ventures around the globe! xx

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    1. That’s so lovely of you to say Annika, I am enjoying my retired life (now) and couldn’t imagine having to go back to work now. Thanks so much for your visit and for your great comment 🙂

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