Country Style - - A DAY IN THE COUNTRY -

at Mudgee Hos­pi­tal in May, 1975. The home I grew up in had beau­ti­ful gar­dens and a pool, where sum­mer days were spent, splash­ing around and eat­ing salt and vine­gar chips. Mum and Dad still live in my child­hood home, which I think is so spe­cial. They’re small busi­ness own­ers in Mudgee but both come from strong farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties in north-west NSW. When I first started in tele­vi­sion on Prime Tele­vi­sion in Orange, I had to do the mar­ket re­port, which was all about the price of cat­tle. I can still re­mem­ber be­ing on the phone to Dad be­fore­hand, ask­ing him to ex­plain how it all worked so I could read the re­port with au­thor­ity. My par­ents have al­ways had an in­cred­i­ble work ethic and that’s certainly rubbed off on me and my sis­ter, Tanya. I’m two years older than Tanya and I would love to say I’ve al­ways been the more re­spon­si­ble one but we were both re­ally good kids. Look­ing back, I don’t think we had a choice — our par­ents were quite strict. Hav­ing a sis­ter is one of the great­est gifts you can ever be blessed with. >

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