I have arrived home after four weeks on the road/in the air from one side of Australia to the other taking up opportunities to deliver my big picture vision for agriculture in this country to a house with no electricity. An annoying regular occurrence that happens when you live in a rainforest that attracts lightening like a magnet
I now have a new laptop with 10 hours of battery so here I sit updating my blog whilst I wait for the power to come on so I catch up on all the jobs that have been piling up in my absence
I have so much to write about. Today I will share with you something I saw on Southbank in Melbourne yesterday I cant stop thinking about.
How beautiful is the walk along Southbank. Night or day
I was on the phone to my friend Annie Burbrook who said when I mentioned this to her that Southbank was one of her favourite places.
Annie was coughing as she had been for months shaking off whooping cough that had raged through her son’s class at school and he had bought it home. Like me she is furious with people who chose not to vaccinate their kids and put other peoples’ children as well as their own children at risk,
I was telling her about an article I had read recently in The Conversation on just this topic found here Parents’ decisions about vaccination and the art of gentle persuasion.
Then I saw it. At first I was quite excited. The first thing I saw was the Christmas tree, then the long table, some high chairs, and chairs and plates for little people and I thought this was a big Christmas lunch for young children
And sadly it was and as you can see from this sign
not only was it for young children, it was for parents, the uncles, the aunties, the men and women, young and old who lost their lives on Victorian roads this year.
It had a powerful effect on me. I hope it has a powerful effect on everyone who sees it and this very impressive campaign reduces deaths on our roads over the December/January period and for months, perhaps years to come
Spread the word #aplacetoremember