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Poppies for Me

A blog where I share my life and my stories. It's kind of like my very own story corner, but without the nose pickers. It's a special place for all to have a laugh and feel normal whilst reading some not so normal stories. x

Joanne is a winner of Top 25 Australian Moms - 2013

What's the best part of raising a family in Australia?

Everything. More specifically the amazing opprtunities for our children. We have a beautiful and varied playground to explore; from the sea to the countryside and we have a vast array of people to talk to. We have freedom and we have safety. We have choice and we have an amazing health care system. our education system is something to be proud of and people genuinely care for one another. Plus, Asia is right on our doorstep so we have brilliant holiday opportunities too. Mojito on the beach anyone?

In what ways is Australia unique from other places you've lived or traveled?

The wildlife is what makes Australia exceptional. We have spiders, snakes and kangaroos scurrying, slithering and hopping through our home fences everyday. And, of course, I am joking. In all seriousness, I love our freedom, the sunshine and the poeple. We really are a bunch of friendlies.

What do your kids love most about living in Australia?

The wide open spaces and the endless daily options. On any given day, you might find us trekking through the mkutains, splashing by the sea, devoring gorgous coffee at a local cafe, galloping through canola fields in the countryside or strolling the city streets embrazing the vibes. Everything is on our doorstep in Melbourne, we are very lucky!