Celebrating two years at the blog and meeting Ita Buttrose

“Why do you blog? I don’t get blogging. Why would you put your stuff out there for people to see?”

All I can say, is that … It Just Felt Right.

When I started this blog two years ago I had no plans except to use it as a creative outlet, a place away from clients’ work where I could be playful and do my own thing.

Along the way something else happened. I rediscovered my love of writing, something I had trained in but something I hadn’t done for many years.

And suddenly I had a place where I could use my words and images together.

It was a natural fit.

It. Just. Felt. Right.

And then something else started to happen. I slowly started to get to know people from all around the world with similar interests and with a similar sense of humour. And friendships blossomed. In Australia, in America, in Italy, Algeria, in Mexico and Norway! And I realised that our little corner of the world in rural Australia has its own charms and people were actually enjoying our stories about Bathurst and our various misadventures.

Last night in Sydney, publishing legend and 2013 Australian of the Year, Ita Buttrose, launched a book I designed for travel writer and photo journalist Christine Osborne.

Christine Osborne and Ita Buttrose at the launch of Travels with my Hat

Author Christine Osborne and Ita Buttrose at the launch of Travels With My Hat

Christine found me via the blog.

If I didn’t blog, I would never have met her and I would never have met Ita.

Blogging has opened up my world in ways I never saw coming.

Why do you blog?

I love making you laugh. I love it when you’re moved to tears by something I’ve written. I love sharing our here and now with you, the little roller coaster that is our life in Bathurst. This crazy roller coaster that we all ride. I love the sense of connection. Of shared moments. Even if they’re a world away.

In a busy, busy world, I am so grateful that you find your way here. And I’m so grateful for all your little comments and words of encouragement over the past two years, especially when we’ve hit life’s lows, and we’ve had our fair share of those in recent times.

Somehow, dreams seem possible here. And that’s a wonderful gift you give me.

Thank you so much.

loads of love

Marg xxx

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    1. Posted 29 March 2014 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

      Oh so so glad to find you here and know your beautiful heart and how it glows in Bathurst. Your writing is beautiful, filled with passion and I love your creative soul. Keep sharing and creating, I adore Ita and haven’t read Christine’s book but it’s now on my radar xx

      Dreams are possible here x

      • Marg
        Posted 29 March 2014 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

        Dreams are indeed possible here Lisa and you are living proof of that. Can’t tell you how buzzed I was to see that you’d won Carla Coulson’s portrait shoot in Paris. I know how much it would have meant to you – on all sorts of levels. Thanks too for your support Lisa. Do you know you were the first person to ever share anything of mine on the Destination Here & Now Facebook page? I still remember it. 🙂

    2. Posted 29 March 2014 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

      Congratulations! Amen. And you’re welcome.
      Your American friend

      • Marg
        Posted 29 March 2014 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

        I was thinking of Maryland when I wrote that Shalagh 🙂

        • Posted 30 March 2014 at 12:02 am | Permalink

          All i can say is I’m flattered and I’m so glad you have not kept your extraordinary talents to yourself Marg.

          • Marg
            Posted 30 March 2014 at 9:23 am | Permalink

            Thanks Shalagh.

    3. libbyhogan
      Posted 30 March 2014 at 3:36 am | Permalink

      So exciting what a wonderful achievement! I just watched the trailer for the book to which looked like a great read with some beautiful photos xx

      • Marg
        Posted 30 March 2014 at 9:22 am | Permalink

        Hello Lib – lovely to have you pop by. The fascinating part about all this for me is that much of it was done at a time when all the travelling Christine did was pre-internet, pre-mobile phone, pre-Trip Advisor and all the photos she was taking were taken on film so the canisters had to be sent across the world before she even saw them. That’s what makes her story so interesting for me. Travelling to Iraq, Yemen, Morocco, Ethiopa etc in that sort of context. And seeing a world untrammelled by mass tourism. Really a unique life. The book is available as an e book here http://www.amazon.com/Travels-With-My-Hat-Lifetime-ebook/dp/B00HZ8018Q/ You’d love it Lib. Hugs to you in Mexico xx

    4. Posted 30 March 2014 at 11:15 am | Permalink

      Congratulations on the 2nd anniversary of your lovely blog. It was a great feeling to have you at the launch of TWMH and I consider myself hugely fortunate to have found you via a contact on Twitter. I can only say “onwards and upwards” to DestinationhereandNow and safe travels in real time.

      • Marg
        Posted 30 March 2014 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

        The feeling is mutual Christine. It’s been a lovely adventure. I was so happy for you on Friday. It’s a great read. And the whole process has been a very enjoyable here and now. You’ll be proud of me. I was talking to a travel agent earlier in the week about how to get to Socotra Island. Apparently Emirates flies into Sana’a via Dubai. Costs nothing to dream (and it’s safe). We’ll get there one day. Wandering Earl has been doing tours. Question is would they have you back haha.

    5. Posted 30 March 2014 at 11:53 am | Permalink

      What wonderful news that Christine’s book has now been officially launched by Ita ~
      Looks like it was a fabulous evening!

      I love the serendipity of social media and the www –
      It takes you off into unexpected corners of the world and chance encounters 🙂

      Looking forward to your next two years of blogging!

      • Marg
        Posted 30 March 2014 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

        Well you can take credit for being the catalyst Linda 🙂 If it weren’t for your original tweet …
        Lovely to have you here x

    6. Posted 30 March 2014 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

      And if you didn’t blog Miss Marg I would never have met you and let me say that my world is a better place for knowing you. Congratulations on your 2 year milestone and I’m happy to have been part of your journey.

      • Marg
        Posted 31 March 2014 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

        There wouldn’t have been a blog without you Libby. Thanks for all your help behind the scenes over the past couple of years. x

    7. Posted 31 March 2014 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

      You’ve said it exactly as it is… I cannot imagine my life without blogging… It’s brought me so much, that I’m pretty sure my life would be totally different without it! Happy blog birthday!

      • Marg
        Posted 31 March 2014 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

        Hello Simone! Thanks for stopping by. Hope life is treating you well. And thanks for the birthday wishes x

    8. Maggie McLaren
      Posted 1 April 2014 at 11:04 am | Permalink

      Your blogs are always a delight though I don’t often get a chance to make a comment I always read them . I want to buy this book but my local book shop, Brays in Balmain couldn’t find it until I gave them the ISBN from the website, but no information about who is the Australian distributor…..Can’t buy on line as I use a debit card ( live a debt free life!) and it wouldn’t accept it!!
      Keep on sharing your creativity. xxxxxx

      • Marg
        Posted 1 April 2014 at 11:27 am | Permalink

        That’s really precious to know – thanks Maggie. I mean that sincerely. The launch was at Gleebooks in Glebe so I’m sure John will have copies there if you’re in the neighbourhood. Big hugs to you. x

    9. Posted 4 April 2014 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

      Well hello there and happy anniversary! I’ve been crap at reading any blogs of late, New Zealand with almost non-existent internet connections (that’s where we stayed at…) and couple of months of family holidays does that to you! I’m so happy though to have met you through the blogging world and love reading your stories from Bathurst. A place I could not pinpoint on a map before, but now I can… 🙂

      • Marg
        Posted 5 April 2014 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

        Hello Satu. I’ve been pretty much the same. Hope the NZ experience was a happy one. Well if you’ve found Bathurst from the faraway shores of Norway, my work here is done lol x

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