Single mother of two, – ‘Money does not bring happiness, the love and care of family does.’
Gillian Fettes, mother of two only had one thing to say when asked what she was most passionate about.
“Family,” she said
As a single mother raising two girls in a small town in North Queensland, she said she’s learnt to cope with the unexpected.
“No matter what ups and downs you go through in life, family is always there,” she said.
Gillian said that distance means nothing when you’ve got a strong bond with your family.
“Our family is spread from North Queensland to New Zealand and everywhere in between,
“Whenever anything positive happens in the family, everyone is there to share in the happiness and joy,
“Likewise, when anything upsetting or terrible happens, we band together. Everyone comes together. That means a lot.” Gillian said.
Gillian and her two daughters moved from Townsville to Bowen, North Queensland when the youngest of the two daughters, Rachel, was one.
“We lived in Bowen for 18 years when the eldest, Siobhan, left home to move to Brisbane,
“Then Rachel turned 18 and she also flew the coop.” she said.
Even though both girls now live far apart from their mother, Gillian says they still keep in contact everyday.
“Life wouldn’t be the same without my two girls. They always ring me up and tell me about their day. It makes my day,”
Gillian said that some days it feels like the girls never left home.
“Some days we speak so often that it’s like they never left home. Those two always have something to say.”
Luke, 22, Mechanical enthusiast, “I have a passion for knowing how and why things work”
Luke Michel, a 22 year old diesel mechanic from Brisbane said he’s always had a keen interest in knowing how and why things work
“From a young age, I’ve wanted to know how things operate, why they operate and how to make sure they keep operating,
“I’ve always known that I wanted to work with the mechanical side of things.” he said.
Luke said that his passion for mechanics is wide-spread, with a keen interest in cars, motorbikes, aeroplanes and trucks.
Luke currently works as a diesel mechanic at a local Brisbane-based company where he completed his trade at the age of 20.
“I started my apprenticeship on cars, then moved to trucks,
“Cars were too small, and you have to be a bit of a contortionist to work on them.
“Working on trucks is a much larger scale,
“I like getting things running again. Keeping them running more importantly.” he said.
In his spare time Luke enjoys his hobby of modifying and rebuilding cars.
“I’m currently working on fitting a new engine into a1983 BMW 318i,” he said.
“It will be a challenge, that’s for sure.” he said.
Reflection: For this blog activity I interviewed my Mum and boyfriend. It was an interesting and fun task that I thoroughly enjoyed. Initially my Mum and boyfriend didn’t know what to say or how to go about the interview. However, once they started talking about a topic I was able to note down points and quotes that I could create a news story from.
One thing that I’m concerned about is where to use commas in quotes and where to place full stops. I’ve learnt this week that upon using several quotes, you need not include a closing quotation mark. Unfortunately, I wish I had learnt this before submitting my assignment. I feel like I’m learning quite a lot regarding punctuation and grammar and it’s taking a while to sink in. Another issue I’m finding is that I’m unknowingly using “it’s” where it isn’t supposed to be. Therefore, after reviewing my blog today I’ve removed around 10 “it’s”.
Fettes, R 2015, Family Reunion, digital image, viewed 26 August 2015.
Michel, L 2014, Race day, digital image, viewed 26 August 2015, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201504967576973&set=a.10201504967736977.1073741827.1559962497&type=1&theater