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Welcome to my page! I'm a wildlife carer, bird enthusiast, gardener, scrapbooker, coffee connoisseur, writer, reader, camper, aromatherapy-and-herbal-enthusiast, maker of homemade natural skincare and vegetarian. A good day for me used to involve a bit of gardening, reading (while lazing in a hot bath eating grapes), listening to some music and whipping up some culinary delights for dinner... Since becoming a mother, days revolve around The Wiggles, making up bottles, preparing various baby-friendly meals and washing (etc...) ... but (here's the cliche): It's all worth it, though. (see pic of my son, William.) I live on a dairy farm in the Hunter Valley with my partner and baby. I have four big parrot aviaries and absolutely love birds - everything about them makes me happy. I can sit for hours in the back yard just watching the birds go about their lives. I love to look after animals. I've been a licensed wildlife rescuer and carer for four years now. The native wildlife of my country is so precious, and it is such an honour to be able to care for such beautiful creatures when they need a helping hand. My dream is to buy a peaceful bushland property, away from the populous, where I can keep huge aviaries and rehabiliate injured and orphaned native critters. Fitness hs become a big part of my life, ie. going to the gym for circuit training, walking, jogging and swimming. I've finally realised that the body is such an amazing thing - how I cringe when I think of how I (mis)treated myself in my youth!! Sometimes I love to have lazy days, lounging around the house reading, watching horror or comedy movies, writing in my journal - oh, wait, that was before I had William!! :D Most of the time, I prefer to be out hiking, swimming or walking. The next thing I'd like to do is buy a bike so I can go cycling. The area where I live is perfect for it - flat country with farming pastures, close to bushland with amazing scenery. MY FAVOURITE QUOTES ABOUT COOKING: "Cookery is not chemistry. It is an art. It requires instinct and taste rather than exact measurements." - Marcel Boulestin "Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food" - Hippocrates "Cookery is as old as the world, but it must also remain, always, as modern as fashion." - Phileas Gilbert "Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all." - Harriet Van Horne "C is for cookie, it's good enough for me; oh cookie cookie cookie starts with C." - Cookie Monster :D