My favourite things
I moved to Sydney in 2001 and rented an apartment in Clovelly. All I had was a mattress. When I got my first TV commercial, I went out and bought this Moran leather couch with the money I earned. I am very much my mother’s daughter and she taught me the value of investing in nice things. The apartment was pretty old but close to the beach and no matter how hard my day was, I could always escape to the water. Sydney was a time of growing up for me. You need those experiences in your early 20s, when you go through those tough times, as they make you stronger.
Kato is a huge sook. Jeremy and I both had german shepherds growing up, so it was an easy choice. She is very protective of the boys. She senses when snakes are about and stands between them and the boys to bark at the snakes. We once lost Teddy in the bush for a short while and she lead us to him. He wasn’t gone long, but it was enough for me to have visions of us being on the 6 o’clock news! I never have to worry about anything with Kato around, and she has become a big part of the family.
I did a music tour with (singer) Jon English for a year, singing ’80s rock ballads, and at the end of the year, he gave me this leather jacket. When I first saw it, I thought, “Oh, OK, not really my style”. Plus, it was a bloke’s jacket. But then Jon told me it had belonged to the Rolling Stones’ old bass player, Bill Wyman, and I was thrilled. I don’t wear it now; it doesn’t fit, anyway, and I prefer tan leather jackets. But I hope to pass it on to one of my boys one day.
I met my husband, Jeremy, at the races. I was there chasing after another guy and he was on a trip around the world. We met and it was on straight away. I remember calling my mum and saying, “I think I’ve found the person I’m going to spend my life with”. Jeremy and I fell in love when we spent a romantic time in Rome together, riding a scooter. After we got married, we had our honeymoon in Rome and Jeremy gave me this helmet as a gift to remember our very first trip to Rome together.
This is from my grandfather and he wrote a message to me, saying it was one of a few fans of this kind left and to treasure it. It had been passed down from my great-great-grandfather. My grandfather was a real man’s man and would talk about the time when “men were men, and women were glad for it”. It’s just lovely that my grandfather, who founded the Mermaid Beach Surf Life Saving Club (in Queensland) and worked as a copper, would give this to me.