Dave Roberts & An­gela Ja­cob­sen

Alpine Observer - - News -

What is your job?

We re­cently bought a bed and break­fast which was called Brae­side, but now it’s called Alpine Guest­house. An­gela is run­ning that and I have my own busi­ness Oztek Prop­erty Main­te­nance while I’m also cur­rently at school in Wodonga be­com­ing a reg­is­tered builder. Since tak­ing over the bed and break­fast we’ve been work­ing on the gar­den and had some paint­ing done on the in­side to give it a bit of a facelift. We’ve hardly had a break since we took over in Fe­bru­ary, and are al­most booked out for the next two months. We have had a lot of bush­walk­ers and cy­clists, peo­ple com­ing for the au­tumn leaves and quite a lot of peo­ple who work lo­cally but don’t want to go all the way home to Al­bury or Wan­garatta late at night. We also get some spill from Bright.

Is it some­thing you al­ways wanted to do?

We have both al­ways wanted to live in the coun­try. We both come from the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula and were to­gether at school. David has al­ways been a car­pen­ter I trained in child care and went over­seas to work as a nanny. I ended up work­ing for the King and Queen of Kuwait, Madonna, and other singers, ac­tors and sports stars. Through work­ing for these peo­ple I’ve learned how to deal with dif­fi­cult per­son­al­i­ties, and also the level of care that peo­ple ex­pect. We re-con­nected about three years ago and now we are ex­pect­ing our first baby in Au­gust.

What do you love about the job?

I guess it’s meet­ing all the dif­fer­ent peo­ple. All the cus­tomers we’ve had so far have been from all around the world. It’s great when you get a five-star re­view, and peo­ple say they want to come back. It’s also great that they love our an­i­mals, we have a pig called Roxy, four chick­ens and two lizards.

How do you come to be in the Kiewa Val­ley?

The Kiewa Val­ley of­fers all the things that we love to do. Be­ing so close to Falls Creek we hope to try a bit of ski­ing and snow­board­ing some time.

What do you do in your spare time?

We are very much out­doors peo­ple and like all sorts of out­door ad­ven­tur­ing. We like fish­ing, hunt­ing, trav­el­ling, mo­tor­bikes and four-wheel drives. We have trained to do stunt work for tele­vi­sion and films. An­gela loves cook­ing and bakes bread for our cus­tomers. At the mo­ment bak­ing a full break­fast is a bit much with the baby com­ing, but she hopes to get back to it later. An­gela has a busi­ness with a web page called Oz­su­per­nanny, and she has pub­lished two books called Baby Love and Baby Food. She is think­ing about mak­ing and sell­ing pack­aged and frozen baby food.

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