Getting most out of life
ANEW book aimed at post- war baby boomers was partly inspired, the authors say, by their trip to Tasmania. Derek Evans and Mary Evans Young’s book, Ageing with Attitude: A Guide For Baby Boomers Not Ready To Hang Up Their Boots, is based on the premise that, on average, baby boomers can expect a 20- year longer life span than their parents’ generation.
This poses the question of spending this extra time in a meaningful and rewarding way.
The Tasmanian connection is with Janet, the author Derek’s sister, who moved from busy London to far north- west agricultural community Smithton in the 1970s with her husband Donald Britton, from an established timber business family.
During the authors’ second trip to Australia to visit the Brittons in 2009, they spent part of their time researching their book.
They fell in love with Tasmania, just as sister Janet had predicted.
“Tasmania is fabulous, a stunningly beautiful country with people to match,” Derek said.
“We met total strangers who were friendly and opened their homes to us. We ate some delicious food and sampled fabulous wines, and we even got to ride in a 1936 Chevrolet, owned by potato farmers Rodney and Christine, near Stanley.”
During the trip they were guests of Peter and Kerry Wells, in Hobart, and were introduced to the finer elements of mutton birds cooked on a makeshift barbecue in the backyard.
Brother- in- law Donald arranged a day on Robbins Island off the North- West Coast and the authors were bowled over with the solitude, the island landscapes and the dramatic nature of the beach crossing to the mainland at low tide.
“We tasted wagyu beef for the first time, were introduced to the delights of abalone and attempted to learn how to surf,” Derek said. “It was it inspirational.” Mary, who is a broadcaster in the UK, said staying in a remote beach house near Marrawah on the North- West Coast allowed you to get closer to nature.
“Walking along beautiful deserted, wind swept beaches, puts things in perspective and I honestly did feel a spiritual connection with nature and the universe as a whole,” Mary said. “In our book we urge our readers to find their true selves and identify what they really want from this part of their lives, and to get it. Tasmania gave me the space and tranquillity to clarify some of those thoughts for me.
Ageing with Attitude covers many topics of interest to baby boomers and others from personal fulfi lment, health and lifestyle, optimism, creativity, relationships, time, spirituality and death, and is receiving five- star reviews on Amazon.
Mary and Derek are planning to return to Australia next year.