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Ad and I set up our first outdoor market stall on Saturday in Kiama. 

I've held off doing outdoor markets 'til now – I was nervous about all that bikkie stock going to waste if we were washed out. But we're closer to online sales now (coming soon, have you heard that before?!?) so it's not such a big deal. We're also doing three markets a month now so we can afford to have some rolling stock. 

It was a perfect winter's day.

And check out the view. I feel super lucky that this makes up part of my office. (The other part is the chook yard.)

How 'bout you? 

Where's your office? Do you like it? 

Hope so. Life's short, right? If there's something you love doing and you're not doing it, is it about the money? There's some massive risk and anxiety in hurling security to the wind and pursuing the unsafe road. It's uncertain. I'm just pretty confident that if you do something you're passionate about then that kind of determination is sticky. Good people want to be part of it. It will start to generate it's own energy. And hopefully cover the rent. You'll never know if you don't give it a go and wouldn't that be a shame?

Here's to uncertain, unsafe roads. 

(And delicious biscuits.)

xxx

 

27 Comments on “the office

Nancy in Canada
June 28, 2012 at 12:29 am

you wrote this for me, didn’t you? 🙂 I work near the Great Lake Ontario, in my dad’s basement office. Soon I may be migrating to the country capital of Ottawa or west to the mountains in Calgary. It’s completely up in the air, and I have no control of it except my attitude. Maybe I will take up selling natural bikkies. If I didn’t dislike spiders and snakes so much, I’d move down to Aus and apprentice with you out in the orchard. 🙂

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Penny Hannah
June 28, 2012 at 6:13 am

Love your market stall – looks really attractive; selling off a stall is usually pretty good fun too, provided the feet hold out. The office view is pretty darn goods as well – no lack of bikkie inspiration allowed when working from that environment. As an aside to Nancy in Canada, if there is the option of going west of Calgary, for goodness’sake go! – it must be THE most spectacular area in the country. I would be there like a shot if I wasn’t an expat Queenslander living in THE most beautiful part of Scotland! Thank you for your blog Fiona, I really enjoy it – Australian blogland is a lovely way of keeping links with the sunburnt country,

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Andrea
June 28, 2012 at 6:45 am

Have been to Scotland often – which is THE most beautiful part? Thanks and best wishes from Germany to Penny Hanna from Andrea

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Darren (Green Change)
June 28, 2012 at 8:43 am

So cool that you’re at the Kiama markets now! How did you go? Did you sell everything?

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Sarah
June 28, 2012 at 8:59 am

I have no idea where Penny lives, but in my years of living of Scotland I would say the Ardnamurchan Peninsula wins hands down as the most gorgeous corner of Scotland – then again, it has some mighty stiff competition. Almost all of Scotland is breathtaking.

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Joolzmac
June 28, 2012 at 9:17 am

I can’t wait to be able to buy those Ginger Twirlys on line…

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Amanda
June 28, 2012 at 10:07 am

What a beautiful spot to sell yummy biccies! Hope the first market was a success 🙂

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Tracey
June 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Gorgeous! Love your stall. My office is my home, the hall I hire for dance classes and the restaurants that let me (pay me!!) to come and dance in them….. Cheers to awesome offices that aren’t melamine cubicles full of computer stuff…..

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innerpickle
June 28, 2012 at 12:55 pm

I like nothing more than when you all start talking to each other. How awesome.

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innerpickle
June 28, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Not quite everything. Need any biscotti? x

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innerpickle
June 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Hey that’s a cool job. I actually loved my melamine cubicle when I was in it. It was surrounded by very intelligent and very funny people. I rated that. x

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Andrea
June 28, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Thanks Sarah, yes, I agree, Ardnamurchan we found quite breathtaking too. Our landlady found it so funny that we weren’t able to pronounce the name, though…!

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Andrea
June 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm

And PS, we also loved Skye. My current “fix” is this webcam: http://www.skyeskyns.co.uk/webcam.asp

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Penny Hannah
June 28, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Didn’t mean to start a travel blog, or to detract from the market stall, but I live in the central southern Scottish highlands in Balquhidder – a disperse, rural community according to the local council, – we don’t rate village status. It’s bee-yoo-ti-ful, despite yards of annual rainfall and a healthy population of the fearsome Scottish Midge.

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Vanessa
June 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm

I loved reading this. Sticky determination generating its own energy. Beautiful. And what a view!

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whitney
June 28, 2012 at 7:15 pm

well done you – how exciting! congratulations, look at how far you’ve come….ive heard it said somewhere that if you find a job you love, you never have to work a day in your life…yeah for you xo

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Catriona
June 28, 2012 at 7:44 pm

my office today was a library where we were doing holiday puppet shows – yay being paid for puppetry and generally being dramatic in front of children!

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Cassandra Allen
June 28, 2012 at 8:13 pm

WOW! Love the names of the bikkies too, clever chicky. Flick us a bikkie? Got my cuppa ready.

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Mel Vallel
June 28, 2012 at 9:23 pm

I have a box with no windows for an office. But every wednesday when the volunteers come and cook a bbq for the patients and the slightly tone deaf lady sits at the piano belting out WWII songs for the old boys, The lack of a window is not such a worry. I missed the saturday markets and came down late. Maybe i will catch u next month. xx

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Angela
June 28, 2012 at 11:08 pm

You read my mind…you can either give it a shot or not. Simple.

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Andrea
June 28, 2012 at 11:09 pm

A quick look at Google Maps… yes, that is certainly a beautiful area. Have probably not been to your exact disperse rural community but definitely in and around the area. YOU could start a webcam and I’d be watching it all day… keeping me from things I ought to be doing. –

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Penny Hannah
June 29, 2012 at 12:44 am

Sorry Andrea, I’m unable to set up a webcam, being confined to a chair these days so you’ll just have to come and see for yourself – it’s ‘sort of’ on the way to Ardnamurchan – Rob Roy country.

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Nancy in Canada
June 29, 2012 at 1:41 am

Scotland is def where I would choose to live in all the world. spent a fair amount of the 5 yrs in Oxford visiting Wales.. took most of the next 5 years to get over the grief of missing it. Apparently Scotland is the same. <3 Nearly called my daughter Skye.. Now she goes by 'Raine 😀 Mixed background with heavy Scots influence. Thanks for the advice. What is a ginger twirly exactly, Miss Pickle?

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Penny Hannah
June 29, 2012 at 3:36 am

I’d like to know that too – do they keep and airmnail well?

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Penny Hannah
June 29, 2012 at 4:18 am

OOps! – ‘airmail’

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Andrea
June 29, 2012 at 4:36 am

Didn’t want to detract from the market stall and fabulous bikkie photos either… but Scotland is a more probable next destination for me than Australia – long flight and all that. My husband would go to Scotland for our next holiday today rather than tomorrow but his favourite way of spending the time there was to go to the most remote, lonely parts – Ardnamurchan, Highlands, Orkney, edges of Skye, Lewis or Harris, and sit and gaze at the sea, clouds, no talking. Not entirely unappealing to myself, but how to occupy two small children (4 and 7), who will be done looking at clouds after a minute? Maybe soon we’ll manage to go back to Scotland and hubby can watch the clouds while I go chasing ghosts with the kids in some old castle… Will make sure to visit Balquhidder while I’m there 😉 In the meantime, I’ll continue watching the Skye webcam. Best wishes to you, Penny!

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Marion Cook
January 12, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Bought some Ginger Twirlys last Sunday at Berry Market. My husband just realised I have eaten a couple. Ginger is his favourite biscuit. i have never been fussed. I tried one and bango, I am hooked. They are divine. I would like to buy more. Where can I buy them???

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