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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Aug-Sept 2012
48 | www.probussouthpacific.org MEMBER PROFILE Flower power Moving to the country in retirement has been a boon for Anne Ducray. She told Hallie Donkin about finding a tight-knit community, a place in the local agricultural show and room to grow her award-winning flowers. Q Where did you live before your move to the country? Before I moved to Candelo, I lived in Canberra for about 25-30 years. I was a librarian at the department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and moved from there to the consular section. I was also a District Governor of Rotary for District 9710, as was my husband; at one stage we were one of only four couples in the world who had both been District Governors. When I decided I was going to throw away working, retire and do what I wanted to, I moved to the country. I knew the Rotary Club of Bega was a very friendly club, so I looked at moving down to the Bega Valley and, fve years ago, found this lovely house in Candelo, a dairy village with about 600 people in it. The population is changing as more people like myself move down here, but there are families who have been down here for generations as well. Q How did you get involved with the agricultural show? I saw the AGM being advertised and went along. The frst year I was involved, I was an assistant steward in the pavilion, helping with the fower section; the next year they asked me to be the pavilion steward. Not knowing what was involved, I said yes. I had to get 120 people to do volunteer work in the pavilion, in preparation and on the day itself. But everyone was so helpful, they gave me lots of advice and lots of help; the whole village gets behind the show. We have our AGM for the next show in August and then everything gets underway. We haven't started ringing for volunteers yet, but the same people will do it -- it amazes me! I was secretary last year, doing a lot of the administration. But I came along ready to tell people what to do and there was absolutely no need. They have done the same job for the past 20 years, and if they haven't their fathers or their mothers have. They dive in and do the work without any instruction, and it just happens. It's fantastic! The show only goes for one day -- Saturday's spent putting it all together, Sunday we have the show and Monday we all collapse. Q Do you enter the show as well as help run it? I have won the frst prize for lavender three years in a row. I love lavender; when I moved here I put in a lot of fast-growing varieties that fower at different times of the year. This year my lavender wasn't quite right because of the weather, but my yellow rose won. I planted my roses when I arrived, and gradually added a couple more each year. A lot of the competition is luck, depending on what is fowering at the time. It's held in mid-January and we've had a drought here for three years, and then foods. It is incredible what the local people produce to go in the show, and that includes the children. The kids really get involved, both as stewards and in entering their exhibits. The pavilion is stuffed full of jams, quilting, handiwork and vegetables.
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