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Good morning! It's 2C in my rural patch. The sky this morning was a drama queen. A burst of bright sunshine to tease. But waning to a smidgen of light against a slate blue sky. To a happy Friday. ~Carol❦
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Good morning! It's 0C in my rural patch. Spring. Day 2. A repetitious cold start. Storm clouds gather in the hills. Thunder rumbles in the sky. To a happy Wednesday. ~Carol❦
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Good morning! It's 3C in my rural patch. And a dense fog. An Eastern Rosella. Not showing its shy, skittish demeanour. Happy to pose. Because it can't see me! To a happy last day of winter. ~Carol❦
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Good morning! It's 3C in my rural patch. And windy. The hills this morning. With a smidgen of sunshine. At last! To a happy Friday. ~Carol❦
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Good morning! It's 6C in my rural patch. And the sky is still painted with a leaden brush. An Australian Wood Duck. Out of water. Taking to the high ground. To a happy Thursday. ~Carol❦
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Good morning! It's 8C again in my rural patch. And a repeat of yesterday. Minus the ear shattering hail storm. This is Maggie Magpie. Singing in the rain. To a happy Tuesday. ~Carol❦
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Good morning! It's 6C in my rural patch. Tis definitely spring. The magpies are singing. And cavorting. And flirting. And fluttering their wings all through my paddocks. A pair. Take a break in a Eucalyptus Stringybark. To a happy Thursday. ~Carol❦
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Good morning! It's a sunny 0C in my rural patch. With a light frost. Tis the 1st day of spring. And the Dusky Woodswallows return. Right on cue. Some end of winter stats. It was the coldest winter in Melbourne in 26 years. And the coldest winter in Tasmania in nearly 50 years. Here's to the optimism that comes with spring. ~Carol❦
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Good morning! It's 1C in my rural patch. This morning's BIG sky looks like a Chiaroscuro painting. To a happy Saturday. ~Carol❦
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Greetings again. Several people have suggested the Wood Ducks are looking for a nesting place. Because they do nest in hollows high up in trees. This is a superb video of Wood Duck ducklings jumping out of their nest. First mum. Then the ducklings. No casualties. But what a way to start life. Enjoy. ~Carol❦
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkBSkFyUyv0
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Good morning! It's 5C in my rural patch. With a leaden sky. A Laughing Kookaburra. Its feathers ruffled by the wind. To a happy Wednesday. ~Carol❦
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Good morning! It's a wet and stormy 8C in my rural patch. What a wild 24 hours it's been. Yesterday's drizzle turned into a very welcome gentle rainfall. Then overnight turned into roaring torrential rain. It took a break. Then came back with a vengeance as a colossal and very noisy hail storm. We're now back to a gently falling rain. These very wet kangaroos have been through it all! To a happy Monday. ~Carol❦
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An 'Accidental Business' that takes pleasure in putting something back into the community.
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Greetings from rural Australia,

In 1992, my partner, Victor Pleshev, an architect, and me, Carol Jones, an ex-pat New Yorker and a market research consultant, lose everything in Paul Keating's 'recession we had to have'.

Our induced state of poverty dictates we escape the city lights of gentrified inner Sydney Balmain.

Which has been our home for 22 years.

And where we can no longer afford to live.

For the much more affordable life in the Central Tablelands of rural NSW.  

Which is a complete unknown to us.

We are entering uncharted waters.

In 1994, Victor designs The Fitz™ Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover for his mother, Margarita.  To help her with her ironing when she is recovering from a stroke.

It is the 'light bulb moment' that changes our lives.  It gives us the hook to hang our business hat on.

We travel 60,000 kilometres every year for 14 years, exhibiting our wares like gypsies at field days, home shows, agricultural shows and markets.

Anyplace we can set up shop and spruik.

We meet hundreds of thousands of people.  

Listen to countless, woeful stories of the fruitless searches by men and women who hanker for a good ironing board cover.  

And discover we have stumbled across a need in the market place that isn't being met.

We have the makings of a very good business!

The humble ironing board cover, that everyone hates, is the catalyst that drags us out of the darkness of despair.

And creates for us a cult following.  In what is a very small, select market.

When the internet knocks on the door of our rural village in 2001, we go online.

And today, to our utter amazement, we have 300,000 customers around the world.

Secure in the knowledge we have very loyal customers who love their cover.

And our warm and friendly personal customer service.

So much so they want to return over and over again.  And buy new products designed by Victor.

We make the decision to focus on the customers we already have.

And to acquire new customers by cultivating the art of word of mouth.

And investing time and energy in our online presence.

So in 2008 we hang up the car keys.

And the wheels of our car do a little jig!  

As a high profile, stiletto wearing, designer dressed business woman in Sydney, I never give up my love for glamourous dressing.

I simply trade in my stilettoes for boots polished to a mirror shine.

Designer dresses for crisply pressed jeans and shirts and blazers.

And add an extensive wardrobe of Akubra hats.

And still start every day with make-up. Bling. Perfume.

An Ironing Diva is born! 

Today I live a very tranquil, genteel life, working from my beautiful 54 hectare, remote rural property in the hills of the picturesque Central Tablelands of NSW Australia. 

My little village is tucked between the hills of historic Bathurst and the sprawling vineyards of Mudgee NSW.

My dogsx3 get to run free in our 54 hectares of sloping paddocks. 

And every morning, I become a 'Paddock Paparazzi'  when I take my camera with me to take photos of my walk through the paddocks of my 'Wild Blue Yonder' at sunrise.

And post a photo on this Google+ page each morning to share with my friends all over the world.

My hectare of garden is a wildlife sanctuary.

100+ species of birds fly in and fly out during the year.

In 1996 we plant 110 trees to surround our farmhouse.  They now shade us from the hot summer sun and many provide us with dazzling colour in autumn.  Like shining jewels in the fading autumn light.

My 200+ old fashioned fragrant roses drape my fence line.  Along with honeysuckle and star jasmine.

Thousands of fragrant shrubs and understory provide shelter for wildlife.

And the perfume that wafts throughout my garden all year long is intoxicating.

This is the hook I hang my heart on.

All the best,

Carol❤

This is the link to visit my Google+ page for the Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover