As I put pen to paper, or rather fingers to the keyboard, for my last blog as State President of the Country Women’s Association of NSW I am not only reflecting on the past thirty three months of “blogging” but also considering what to write today, that will encapsulate my feelings.
We originally started the blog as another tool in the kit for the promotion of CWA and to raise awareness of the diversity of the organisation as well as a way to articulate the ups and downs of life on the land and in rural communities.
Some “Snippets” have been a powerful medium for the voice of the organisation on the issues that concern our members which in turn have created other opportunities for comment on those issues and/or other, related, topics. It has generated occasions for guest bloggers to showcase their talents on different subjects and from a different perspective than I might have taken. The blog has also allowed me to provide pictorial examples and records to help explain my words a little better or in some cases replace them altogether for a more succinct illustration of a particular subject.
On occasion the process of expressing my thoughts has been cathartic, although sometimes I have had to censor my real opinions! Penning the blog has also afforded me the chance to write about some of the people and faunae who are most important in my life and subsequently let the members of CWA get to know “me” better, whether they wanted to or not.
My very first blog, titled “Bogged or Blogged? 1922 to Now”, was about change, both in the world around us and in our perspective on the things that influence our lives. I noted, with interest, my comments on access to the internet; another ‘hot’ topic in the bush at present and I would record here that during the intervening years our level of service has declined even more. Just trying to access past blogs so I might read the comments seems to take forever and I am wondering, as I write, about how much time is wasted, how much productivity is lost, by all of us experiencing the technological drought that plagues rural communities. Oh, for one more chance to vent …
However, there are other opportunities presenting themselves at the moment, for us to provide comment on the underwhelming performance of our telecommunications provider.
This is my last opportunity to publicly thank all those who have taken the time to read my offerings and to provide comment or feedback; I have appreciated all of it. Thanks to my proof-readers, Emma and Jeff and all who agreed to have “stories” written about them. Thank you also to my guest bloggers for their contributions to the collection of “bits and bobs” about the workings of the Country Women’s Association of NSW and the advocacy we provide.
Very early in this journey as President I commented to a journalist that the thing I missed most when having to spend extended periods of time in Sydney (apart from my family) was the ability to see the horizon in any direction and in particular our magnificent sunrises and sunsets. I was never able to shake the claustrophobic feeling of being “hemmed in” by endless rows of tall buildings or tunnels and road cuttings or even mountains, until I reached the Breeza Plain. If you live or have ventured out of the city, to any part of our country with 360 degree views of the skyline, you will know what I mean.
I’ve been humbled by the support of members and appreciative of the opportunities this position has afforded me as well as the chance to promote the organisation I have been a member of, for over thirty years. But I am also looking forward to viewing more of these …