2018 Highlights Week 7: keeping connected

One nice thing since I have been at Agriculture is that I am still feeling pretty closely connected to Education. Every week I have had coffee or lunch or drinks once or twice with one of my old colleagues (and this doesn’t even count my fortnightly dumpling date with James). We have conversations about career advice, work issues or just a good gossip. It is lovely to feel that you are not forgotten when you walk out the door and that your insight and company are still valued. And I love catching up on the gossip!

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Highlights 2018 Week 6: Back to School

Finally the school holidays are over and these three dufuses headed back to school – last year at Turner for Zac, last year at Campbell for Sebastian. New year, new adventures.

And here is a comparison of Zac on his very first day of school.

2018 Highlights Week 5: New work adventures

So over the last few years I have done a lot of travel for work, including a lot of travel overseas. I have stayed in some amazing hotels, flown business class internationally and visited countries as diverse as Timor Leste, Colombia and Korea. This week I went on my first overnight work trip – a road trip to visit the cheese factory at Bega. Some things have changed.

However, the thing that hasn’t changed, is how interesting my work can be. I was there to look at the factory ahead of an audit that will be undertaken by the Chilean government to decide whether they can export cheese there.

It was fascinating to see inside the factory. I love factories. I love to see the way they work, the innovation- I always end up wondering how someone devised the process, came up with the machines. I have such respect for invention.

It was also a great learning exercise for me – understanding what we are interested in when we audit and how we go about it. There is a lot of paperwork involved in the process of exporting dairy foods!

I got to see processed cheese made – and I remain of the view tjat whwn we used to call it “plastic cheese” there was some justice to it!

We stayed in Merimbula and it was nice to have a chance to catch up with Jackie and John. The accommodation wasn’t quite the Santiago Intercontinental, but I did get to see a kangaroo out of my apartment window while I watched the rain. Can’t do that in Santiago!