You know how we think I live at Bum Truck Nowhere, well allow me to introduce you to one of my friends. Meet Flick…
Flick lives at Bum Bum Truck Truck Nowhere. Like us, the station they manage goes all the way across to the QLD border, but she is further north, right up in the Gulf. So far so that their northern boundary is actually the ocean. I kid you not. Sounds nice doesn’t it, the only downfall is the croc infested water. But we won’t let that worry us. Anyway, you get the picture that she really does live in the middle of nowhere. It is hours from anywhere.
A while ago now Flick started a hashtag over on Instagram: #realhousewivesofthenorthernterritory and that is the reason why I wanted to write this post. I just love all of her photos. She loves to bake and entertain. Here at Chardy Central we have totally embraced the #realhousewivesofthenorthernterritory and completely endorse it. You can follow Flick over on Instagram too: @ffhousemouse
I thought I would share her story with you, lets chat with Flick and get to know a bit about her…
Where did you grow up?
On a farm near Bordertown – a small country town in the lovely SE of SA.
What was your first job?
David Jones Adelaide – Book, Stationery and Gift Wrapping departments. LOVED it.
What brought you to the NT and when was it?
April 1995 – almost 22 years ago. For ONE year as a Governess to a lovely family two hours from Alice Springs (which I thought was really isolated – ha ha ha, little did I know).
How many people live on your station?
We have 12 permanent staff. Various contractors and many visitors throughout the dry season.
What do you love about living on a remote cattle station?
So many things…The ‘simple’ life, fresh air, the not having to ‘keep up with the Jonses’, Community spirit – everybody helping each other and the ADVENTURES!
How far away is town?
Main service towns – Mt Isa 800km, Alice Springs 1230 km. When driving to Alice Springs, 515 km to first Roadhouse (315 of this is on dirt, the rest is single lane bitumen).
How do you get your kids back to school?
My two children are at Boarding School in Adelaide. We usually send the small station plane to collect the children from Alice Springs at the start of their holidays and I drive them back to Alice Springs (2,460km round trip) at the end of hols so we can do the haircuts, shopping etc before they hop on the plane to Adelaide.
I know sometimes you drive the whole way to Adelaide to drop the kids back, how long does this take?
2800 km to Adelaide. We usually do it in 2 days. YUCK!
So as you can see she is a busy little pocket rocket. Always on the go. This little Virgo can’t sit still and of course, true to Virgo form, has a very tidy and well organized house and station. I think we could all do with a little help from Flick!
The distances this lady drives is really something else. But up here distance doesn’t really mean much, you just have to do it. No point whinging. Although that 315 km’s of dirt road might make me a little cross. 165 km’s is more than enough for me. But like I said, you just have to do it. Look, here she is as a classy Truckin’ Mole…
I have known Flick for a long time, probably nearly 16 years now. She is a loyal friend and I know she would do anything for me if I needed it.
They are the stop before us on the mail plane run which means if I ever run out of Chardy, she always pops a little present on the plane for me. It is always wrapped beautifully with a gorgeous little card. Or sometimes, if she knows I am having a rough trot she will pop a little care package on the plane for me.
Again, always wrapped beautifully. She knew I had been a bit slack this year ordering my 2017 Sasco Planner (which we can’t live without) so of course, one arrived on the mail plane a few days later. God love her.
To finish off I asked Flick for some recommendations. So here they are…
What are you reading?
Am supposed to be reading the top two but keep being distracted by the bottom one…After reading only about 3 books last year, I am hoping to get back into it this year. I do love it! Out here, my books are my friends!
What are you listening to?
I have been listening to the rain. I really only listen to music on long car trips so I don’t really have any fabulous recommendations here, sorry.
What are you watching?
Julia Zemiro’s: Home Delivery, when I remember. Love hearing / reading about people’s lives. So interesting, or maybe I am just a sticky beak?!
Something you are loving:
Loving my new camera. Nikon Coolpix P900. Have only used it once and that was in the chopper in rather breezy conditions – I really need to practice!
And my new bandanas from Wild Rose Trader – to protect ye olde décolletage. I am also loving my new beads from Barkly Belle – these women that have businesses on cattle stations are so clever and creative!
Here are a few bonus pictures, and a little insight into life in the absolute middle of nowhere…
Now Flick is a lot like me – not into horses or Campdrafting. This is what her Campdrafting fridge contains….
No wonder we are friends!
And check out her new store. I am so jealous…
If you are sick or injured, Flick is your girl. I think she was quite possibly a nurse in a former life. Here she is helping a neighbour who was crook. The neighbours don’t have an airstrip so Flick had to call Careflight and arrange an evacuation. Thank god for services like this.
So there you have it. Do you have any questions for Flick? Fire away.