Great to be in the West

Jun 10 2011
Great to be in the West

Western Australia has it all - sunshine, prosperity and happy, smiling people.
We were there last week to promote the book and I must say it was a pleasure.
Mary and Ross, my sister and her hubby were our indulgent hosts, couldn't have made us more comfortable or fed us any better. Their three beautiful daughters were a delight as always. It is a very busy household with all three still in the education system and studying for end of semester exams, but there is always time to talk, and talk we did. About everything!
I caught up with my baby sister Eileen, her husband Jim, and their family of three boys. We talked politics with William, the oldest, watched a video made by Dan,the middle and artistic child and went to see young Tom win a tightly fought game of basketball.
On the promotion front, we did a very in depth radio interview with Dita from Radio Fremantle, who had not only read the book but had thought deeply about it and posed some very interesting points, some of which we hadn't considered before.
Jeannette (yes her mother gave her two n's and two t's) from Capital Radio was interested in the writing and collaberating process. Kevin Coombe was a wonderful intermediary who looked after us well.
Although the signing at Dymmocks in Fremantle started out slowly, things hotted up when the sun and the readers came out to take a book home with them.
Then off 430 km's up north to Geradton for an early morning interview with Crossy on Breakfast and another with Glen from the ABC. Jackie our genial host at Weelaway B&B looked after us well. The orange I picked from her tree for breakfast was sweet and delicious.
Geradton is a thriving port and fishing village on the edge of the wilderness, a very pretty town with many heritage buildings and a wonderful new library. The seafood platter we indulged in at Skeeters was one of the best we have ever come across.
All good things must end and so it was back across the Nullabor to the coldest of Melbourne days. Very hard to take after the cloudless skies and warmth of the west and its people.