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Dancing With Fred Astaire

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I could feel the muscles in my eyelids.  When I blinked very slowly, I could feel them connecting to my face under the skin.  And in my neck, when I lifted my chin, I could feel the fine muscles all through my neck.  It was an amazing sensation.

After nine weeks of dancing lessons, learning  Jive, Rock & Roll, Cha Cha  and some line dancing – I thought I knew every muscle in my body.  I wondered – how come all that exercise hadn’t dealt with every single muscle I owned?

Every Wednesday and Friday night – regardless of the 42° heat – we had stepped, swung and sweated our way through over two hours of lessons in the Baskerville Hall. In the following week we would start Jive again, but this night, this [Read more...]

Dining Out

Queen Bee and King Gee

One night while we were living in Stoneville, I decided to take my Dad out to dinner at a very upmarket Chinese restaurant in our neighbourhood.

We had been there before with friends and I was quite happy to spend $120 – 150 for us to have a lovely dinner with wine, beer, desert, coffee, whatever we wanted. I booked a table for two, for 8:00pm.  When we arrived, the restaurant was very busy doing takeaways and a number of tables were set but not occupied.  We were on time.

We were shown to a table for two, just inside the entrance to the dining area.  My father was seated first, with his back to the room of diners.  I was seated opposite him, with a first class view of the staff entrance into the kitchen/ serving area, the rubbish bins into which all plates are scraped before they hit the dishwasher and the repository for all empty bottles.

Suffice to say, I politely and quietly told the young waiter that the table was not suitable; we would not sit [Read more...]

Life’s Amazing Family Circle – Part 1

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The Youngest and the Oldest.

Today, my Dad’s youngest sister came to visit – to see her only surviving brother after his short stay in hospital last week.  I am not allowed to call her Aunty Rae because she is only seven years old than me; she is 18 years his junior and he really is her “big brother”.  We talked about family, places and people we have known or not.  Rae had to remind my Dad that she will never remember living in Elvire Street in Midland – because she hadn’t even been born then!

My Dad (William James Nancarrow aka “Blue”) was born on 26 March 1918 at Nurse Lloyd’s Private Hospital in Coolgardie Street, Subiaco and an online search this afternoon at National Library of Australia – Digital Newspapers  found a copies of notices posted in the three major newspapers of the day. Rae, his youngest sister, was born in January 1936 and she is the last of my Dad’s eleven brothers and sisters born to Nana (Ivy) and Pop (William George) Nancarrow, who were married on September 17, 1917 in Mullewa. Rae was born at K.E.M.H in Subiaco; my Nana made the journey from Mukinbudin for the confinement and birth.

Boys Doing A Man’s Job

In April, 1936 aged barely 18, Dad was awarded a trophy for his cycling exploits in Mukinbudin  – along with his friend Jimmy Stewart and in 1937 after his 19th birthday, he left when Rae was just over one year old to go to work in Caron to work on Reid’s farm for a couple of months. They helped him get a job with the Farrell family on their property at Perenjori; he spent a season there seeding and after a few months, my Dad went to Cue to live with his Grandma and Granddad Ridley.  In Cue, he spent time prospecting and dry blowing for gold with Granddad Ridley but he says they didn’t strike it rich!  His spare time was taken up with cycling, football (where he was written up in the local paper as “Nancarrow has shown some improvement over his usual game” and cricket (with a career highest score of 78 not out).

In early 1938, he went to Beringarra Station to work for Mr & Mrs Wood, the station managers, as a station hand – and I smile when I think of my 15yo son, Colin, embarking on a similar career on Cherrabun Station in the Kimberley  many years later. There is a difference though: my Dad went to work with the sheep side of farming on Beringarra while Colin dismisses them as “ground lice” and his work in the North West was fixing windmills and to help round up cattle that had been running wild for the previous year. I have never been to Beringarra Station and the closest I have been to Cherrabun was to find it on the map as a Greyhound bus sped me through the night from Kununurra to Broome – on the memorable day that St. Kilda and Collingwood drew in the AFL Grand Final.

Sporting Heroes Go To War

After a year on the station – much of it spent by himself camping out in the bush with only his horse, “Jimmy Boy” and his waterbag, with Mr. Wood coming by every couple of weeks with light supplies –  Dad moved to Big Bell.  Work was very scarce;  hundreds of men were still unemployed as the depression was slowly receding and after three weeks of turning up every day outside the mine office along with other men, he was lucky enough to be selected – but not only because he was a skilled metalworker. His sporting ability was a key part of him getting his job – because the mine management was keen to see the Big Bell Football Team strengthened and go up against Cue, Reedys and Mt Magnet.   In 1941, my Dad enlisted in the RAAF while still working in Big Bell; married my mother and left to go to Adelaide. It was a short honeymoon: they were married at 5:00pm on Friday in St. George’s Cathedral and Dad left on a troop train from Perth Central Station at 12:00noon the next day.  My Nana, Nana Nancarrow, came down from Mukinbudin with Rae – then a little girl of five – to see him off. Nana went back Mukinbudin and my Mum went to stay with her own sister, Marian until she could sail to Adelaide under full wartime conditions, to be my Dad’s wife.  Marian is now 99, my Mum is 90 and they are the only surviving children of their own family.

The Past Is The Future Is The Present

Lesley’s Grandmother on her 90th birthday, with Lesley’s Grandchildren, Jade and Baby Robert

Tomorrow – I will tell you how, 30 years later in 1971, my Aunty Rae and my Nana Nancarrow were involved in a critical part of my life and that of my children – something that I only discovered today – 41 years after the event itself.  Like Dr Who, we keep bumping into our future as we live each day, but without a sonic screwdriver, we neither recognise it nor change it,.

Over 70 years, I can see Life’s Amazing Family Circle at work.  I just love the way that life actually lets us tie up all the loose ends – if we will only listen. Instead of having a tangled web of discordant memories and perceptions – there is a great deal of unseen order in our lives.

The trouble is, we are too impatient to wait for it to reveal itself, or too unbelieving. It’s not karma – but I am becoming more convinced that we can take charge of mapping out of lives for better results – if we just have more faith that all we need will be provided.  We need that sonic screwdriver of trust!
 



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“Nice day, isn’t it?” said the bobtail. “Now, get out of here!”

Tell-Me-About-A-Bobtail

Her:  ”Oh, it’s three o’clock already.”

Him:  ”I haven’t noticed it yet. I wouldn’t say it’s hot.”

That’s how it can begin: another interchange of misunderstanding, frustration and if you are not too careful, harsh words that come from the exasperation of living with someone who is deaf, especially if they have  hearing aids and refuse to wear them.

My own experience of being deaf is limited indeed: pressure from a descending aircraft; a temporary blockage with the flu or, as recently, an oversupply of wax that was painlessly and quickly removed at the nurses’ station of my local GP.

The first time my ears were syringed to relieve deafness was  five years ago and it elicited such a feeling of relief that I was moved to write and post  in a old blog on MySpace:

Give a cheer! I can hear!
Yes, it’s true – I can hear!

Just a silly bit of wax
Stopped me in my tracks;
You can ring out the bell
It’s been seven weeks of hell

I can hear, I can hear, I can hear.

How well could I hear? At the time, I posted a picture of a bluetongue lizard I disturbed when I walked into my shadehouse that  morning.  He was having a drink of water and he growled at me to go away. I had never heard of a bobtail lizard growling before – but I heard him, clear as a bell!

For the previous seven weeks, my left ear had been totally deaf – it had been oiled, washed out and had more eardrops than you can imagine. Three separate Doctor’s visits failed to diagnose the problem. Finally, the nurse syringed it – and I could hear! In stereo – even!

The photo I can no longer find – although it will probably turn up again, archived away in one of the folders I continually create in my undisciplined filing!  I did find a lovely picture of Teng Sing Tung  sitting on the side of the pond – so that is a bonus.   Having just wasted about 25 minutes searching a variety of folders looking for the picture, I am reminded of my three star words for 2012: Commit, Plan and Trust and the very first of those is that I am committed to becoming more efficient every day.

That  does require some careful planning.  In this post, do you think these are simply random threads of apparently unrelated thought – or is it that I actually had a plan and knew where this post would end?

Trust me – I always begin my posts with the end in mind! Every writer has to know how the story will end, before they begin.

I have attached some interesting information for those of you who would like to know more about Bobtails and other Australian critters.  There are also some activities for kids to do, so feel free to share.

You simply need to click the link below,  which is published in Adobe PDF format and will open in a new window. If you don’t have the latest Adobe PDF reader, you can download it here, free. (here)

Tell me about a Blue Tongue (Bobtail)

For me, I am now heeding the bobtail’s advice. “It’s a nice day, and I am out of here!”

 

 

About sharing this post:

Lesley Dewar is a well known blogger and workshop facilitator who writes regularly on Social Media, marketing and customer service in the category of   Business Tips and she is the principal author at Stories My Nana Tells  The attached document is attributed to its original author and no claim of authorship is made by Lesley Dewar.

Her free eBook can be downloaded directly at Networking To a Plan  Sharing this article is permitted providing this footnote is not deleted – all rights reserved. (c) Lesley Dewar 2012

Are You A FIFO Parent? We Can Help Support Your Family!

Are Your Kids Missing You?  Are You Finding It Hard

To Be A FIFO Parent? 

Some careers have endured family separations for many years: the defence forces, truck drivers, sailors and even office  managers and “on the road” salesmen. Today, the FIFO (Fly In Fly Out) Parent is getting a lot of media attention and not all of it is good!

Many FIFO  families do not always know what to expect when they first start the FIFO lifestyle.  They do not know how to deal with some of the common issues:

  • How does the parent working away stay emotionally connected and in tune with their partner & children?
  • How effectively do both partners function as a parenting team given the physical absence of one parent?
  • How does the parent working away adjust back into functioning family life on their return?
  • How does the family at home effectively manage and adapt the needs of their household in the patterns of absence and presence?

 

Keeping the conversation going…

When you are away and calling home, kids are not the easiest of people with whom to communicate. The usual questions:

  • how’s school?
  • what did you do today?
  • how’s your Mum and/or Dad?
  • what are you watching on TV?

don’t always generate scintillating conversation between a child and a parent at home.  It is even harder for an absent parent to get a good talk going that gets more than the usual “OK” or “alright” or even “dunno!” as responses.

On the other hand, when you have a new story especially written to engage the imagination of the child and you can share it together, it becomes much easier to talk and explore new ideas.

The topics of Stories My Nana Tells, the pictures and the questions open up all kinds of interesting discussions, which can be revisited over and over again.  Links to good websites can be shared and enjoyed – at home and away.

Stories My Nana Tells helps support the FIFO Family!

 What does Stories My Nana Tells do?

We entertain, engage and educate children,

through storytelling!

That is us, in a nutshell of eight words! But we do a great deal more than entertain, engage and educate children, through storytelling.

 

We do understand FIFO families.  My name is Lesley Dewar and I am a parent and a grandparent. I am the writer and publisher of Stories My Nana Tells and a business writer, blogger, retired financial planner and a networker.

More than that – my family have been part of the mining industry for the past sixty years.  

  • Big Bell, a gold mine with a small town – isolated and remote – was my childhood home.
  • Snowy Mountains - my father was a tunnel miner. We were a DIDO Family in Cooma and Tumut as well as living onsite in a mining camp for families.
  • Geraldton, Bangkok and Kalgoorlie - My hubby, Robbie (Bob) Dewar worked in commercial construction. FIFO and DIDO were a way of life for us.
  • North West of WA and Kalgoorlie – one of my sons surveyed for mining companies  in the NW and the Big Pit and is now in Toronto in Canada.

Online posts from women whose partners work away – maybe on a three week on – three week off cycle – shows the impact the FIFO has on them and their children.  But it is not only those in the FIFO industries that have to cope with these family pressures.  There are many engaged in the DIDO (Drive In Drive Out) workforce, where one partner is away from home for five days or more at a time because they work too far away for daily commuting, whose families also need support..

How Do We Support FIFO Families? 

Stories My Nana Tells is a  family membership site that delivers proven, quality stories every two weeks, to engage 7 to 12yo children in a journey of discovery, fast learning and exploring new things

This is perfect for parents who are away a lot – you can login at the same time as your child and read the new story together over Skype!  You can chat on Facebook or swap emails, discussing and answering the questions with each story – there are so many ways to share the stories. It is also great for parents who are home-schooling. Our interview with Ben on our home page is a great example of how successfully you can use Skype and emails with Stories My Nana Tells.

Here’s a look at some of the story topics coming up in the next few weeks:

  • He Looks Like Elvis
    • he looks just like Elvis. His broad shoulders and slender hips give him balance and style; his garb was all black with an occasional flash of brilliant red, lining his coattails.
  • Starlight… Star Bright …. First Star I See Tonight
    • Sharing the stars with children is a great joy. To lie flat on your back, fingertips touching and to gaze intently into the heavens is an exhilarating experience to share with them.
  • Hooked
    • De Mestral hoped that Velcro® would replace the Zipper, which got its name eighty years after its invention. In 1923, F. B. Goodrich ordered 150,000 for his new product – rubber galoshes – and based on the sound it made -
  • An Expensive Lunch
    • He just throws back his giant head, opens his beak and swallows the little mouse whole. “I wonder if he has got a mouse wheel in his tummy,” I say to Robbie. “There’s going to be lots of running around in there.”
  • Where Have All My Spiders Gone?
    • The pea gravel is wrapped in silk and anchors something. But, what? I stare upwards. Between two red gums, their leaves and flowers tossing like waves at sea, my spider has cast her net.

Subscribe now and you will receive: 

  •  26 stories, one every fortnight, from Stories My Nana Tells for only $AU119 (discounted from the usual $AU132)


Get a twelve month subscription – a new story for your children every two weeks and a Parking Pal Magnet mailed to you when you subscribe – for the special FIFO offer of only $AU119 – a huge saving on the usual combined price of $AU140  

Subscribe HERE NOW!

   Or, read on…….

Stories My Nana Tells are great for busy FIFO parents.

As the mother of three children and a grandmother as well, I know about trekking around taking them to their different activities, especially on weekends.  I have worked on P&C Committees and many Fundraising Events for schools and sporting groups. I raised my family as a single parent for twelve years and it is a joy to see them as adults. Not everything in life went smoothly along the way – it rarely does – but I love my life as a mother and parent. And as a writer!

Conversations with kids, when you are away and calling home, are not the easiest way to communicate. The usual questions:

  • how’s school?
  • what did you do today?
  • how’s your Mum?
  • what are you watching on TV?

don’t always generate scintillating conversation between a child and an absent parent.  On the other hand, when you have a new story especially written to engage the imagination of the child, it becomes much easier.

The topics of Stories My Nana Tells, the pictures and the questions open up all kinds of interesting discussions, which can be revisited over and over again.  Links to good websites can be shared and enjoyed – at home and away.

These stories are a great connection between parent and child, as well as a fun learning experience. We guarantee children will love them. Your registration is a FAMILY account, which means you set up one account that your family can access, because you create your own password, linked to your email address.

This is perfect for parents who are away a lot,  or whose work keeps them away from “family time”  – you can login at the same time as your child and read the new story together over the telephone or by using Skype!

You may be separated by distance and want the story to come “from you” as a way of generating and strengthening contact and your family relationship. It will help build a common link for telephone calls, visits and discussions.

If you are a FIFO or DIDO parent or  you travel a greal deal, it’s simple and easy to share the stories, from anywhere in the world with a child you love.  You can unsubscribe at any time or just suspend your subscription for a short period if needs be.  Being a subscriber at Stories My Nana Tells is very flexible and family friendly.

Don’t miss this chance to introduce your children or grandchildren to a new learning experience with this very special FIFO offer.  

Share your experience with us.

After the delivery of the third story, we will ask you to complete a small survey – so you can share your opinions and ideas with us.  We are passionate about making Stories My Nana Tells the very best it can be.  Your participation in the survey will be voluntary, of course, but we do hope you will share your thoughts with us in a few weeks’ time. First, let’s get started: 

We DO need to confirm your permission to send your stories. We will send you a separate email to the address you used when you completed the subscription request.  Please check your inbox and confirm your subscription.

 

We Can Help You With Your Kid’s Literacy

Stories My Nana Tells is a family friendly subscription service that delivers a high quality story for kids every two weeks – right into your chosen email box – at home or your Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) work site.

Lesley Dewar writes stories for 7-12 yo children that help improve their literacy. Kids love her stories. With simple questions to test comprehension, parents enjoy and love them, too,  as entertainment while they are educational, too. Travel, family, pets, science and quirky ideas make Stories My Nana Tells a great read.

Each story is around 2,000 words, thoroughly researched and finished off with between 10 and 24 questions to encourage young readers to interact with the story.  We have wonderful photographs and illustrations to make them even more interesting – and we guarantee they will spark the curiosity of your children and grandchildren in nature, the environment and the world around them. If there is a reliable online source, Lesley includes direct links to other information on the internet.

Get started today  

This special Stories My Nana Tells offer of $AU119 is just for FIFO Families and is a wonderful gift for a child or grandchild.

Dinosaur Parking Pal Magnet - one of five designs we are giving away

 

PLUS you will receive one of these fabulous Parking Pal Magnets. Designed to be placed on the side of your car,  it will help keep the little kids in place while you load up the shopping or buckle up the baby.

Children love to “Hi Five” their magnet and stay close and safe.

Together, Stories My Nana Tells and Parking Pal Magnets make a great combined subscription that will last all year and more!

Keep your children safe in the parking lot!  Keep your children entertained, educated and inspired with Stories My Nana Tells.

Yes! I want to get the FIFO Families special $AU119.00 offer and the Parking Pal Magnet too. 

We DO need to confirm your permission to send your stories, so please check your inbox and confirm your subscription. To help parents monitor internet safety, logging on to the subscriber section of the site requires both a membership number and a password.   

 

The Fragrance of Christmas

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Angus-kangaroos3House sitting in Stoneville is a regular pleasure for me – while Warren and Lisa travel to different parts of the world, sharing their lives with family and friends.  One Christmas, they were on their way to Canada while I was holding the fort from my own house, just down the road in Stoneville.

I don’t actually remember who was in residence for them at the time and I see some irony in the fact that the recent photo album put up on Stories My Nana Tells on Facebook  called “The Plumber Comes” was for the same house as the one mentioned in my poem, in which I now live with my Dad.

The Fragrance of Christmas

 

Crabtree & Evelyn Christmas Oil
Blended spices and tangerine,
evergreens, amber and incense.

 

Environmental Oil, with Dropper
says the box, imbued with the exotic
heady bouquet of foreign lands

 

Tucked away in my bedside table
A joyous fragrance of northern winters
Each time I open the drawer.

 

Now, the eyedropper is melted and
the glass holds nothing but little
molten drops of pure essence.

 

For twelve years this gift allays
my fears while your dreams take you
and your wife to Canada.

 

Help! The tenants phone for a plumber.
But the landlord and his wife
are on their way to see you, my son.

 

From the bedside drawer, I take the CD
with their travel notes and numbers.
No friendly plumber listed!

 

I search the Yellow Pages and scan
your brother’s sparse notes while I telephone,
juggle emails and open web pages.

 

Frustrated by unanswered phones
and wrong numbers, I fan the CD cover.
A warm and gentle aroma teases me.

 

I search my memory, and suddenly
I remember with a smile.
It is the fragrance of Christmas, my sons.

 

 



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Special Offer For Our Overseas Fans!

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We are celebrating and you get the presents!

We have a special offer for you!


We are celebrating our wonderful stories, our fabulous subscribers and shouting out to our Fans. We have a great offer for our Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter fans, right across the world!

Whether you are in the USA, the UK or Europe, Asia or Africa – Stories My Nana Tells wants to share and celebrate with you. 

  • My name is Lesley Dewar and I am a parent and a grandparent. I am the writer and publisher of Stories My Nana Tells and a business writer, blogger, retired financial planner and a networker.

  •  I am the author of the internationally popular and highly regarded book Networking To A Plan. We appreciate you visiting Stories My Nana Tells site and we have a special offer for you.
  •  One year’s subscription to Stories My Nana Tells for only $AU119 (slashed from the usual $AU132)

  • Your own Parking Pal Magnet (usually $AU8 plus P&H)


Get a twelve month subscription – a new story for your children every two weeks and a Parking Pal Magnet mailed to you when you subscribe – for the special limited offer of only $AU119 – a huge saving on the usual total price of $AU140)  

Subscribe HERE NOW!

 

We DO needto confirm your permission to send your stories, before you register your personal Family Login and Password. We will send you a separate email to the address you used when you completed the subscription request.  Please check your inbox and confirm your subscription. To help parents monitor internet safety, logging on to the subscriber section of the site requires both a membership number and a password.

If you want to subscribe later, that’s fine! Just click here to return to our page on Facebook   Or, read on…….

Stories My Nana Tells are great for busy parents.

As the mother of three children myself, I know about trekking around the suburbs taking them to their different activities, especially on weekends.  I have worked on P&C Committees and many Fundraising Events for schools and sporting groups. I raised my family as a single parent for twelve years and it is a joy to see them as adults. Not everything in life went smoothly along the way – it rarely does – but I love my life as a mother and parent.

These stories are a great connection between parent and child, as well as a fun learning experience. We guarantee children will love them. Your registration is a FAMILY account, which means you setup one account that your family can access, because you create your own password, linked to your email address.

This is perfect for parents who are away a lot,  or whose work keeps them away from “family time”  – you can login at the same time as your child and read the new story together over the telephone or by using Skype!  You may be separated by distance and want the story to come “from you” as a way of generating and strengthening contact and your family relationship. It will help build a common link for telephone calls, visits and discussions.

If you are a busy executive or you travel a greal deal, it’s simple and easy to share the stories, from anywhere in the world, with a child you love.  You can unsubscribe at any time or just suspend your subscription for a short period if needs be.  Being a subscriber at Stories My Nana Tells is very flexible and family friendly.

Don’t miss this chance to introduce your children or grandchildren to a new learning experience with this very special  offer.  

Is it really special?  YES!  Because you will be a subscriber for as long as you want at this incredible low price of $AU119.00 for 26 stories each year.  


Share your experience with us.

After the delivery of the third story, we will ask you to complete a small survey – so you can share your opinions and ideas with us.  We are passionate about making Stories My Nana Tells the very best it can be.  Your participation in the survey will be voluntary, of course, but we do hope you will share your thoughts with us in a few weeks’ time. First, let’s get started: 

Subscribe HERE NOW!

 

 

We Can Help You With Your Kid’s Literacy

Stories My Nana Tells is a family friendly subscription service that delivers a high quality story for kids every two weeks – right into your email box – at home and on Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) work sites. Lesley Dewar writes stories for 7-12 yo children that help improve their literacy. Kids love her stories. With simple questions to test comprehension, parents love them, too.

Children aged 7 to 12 years old enjoy  Lesley Dewar’s stories as entertainment while they are educational, too. Travel, family, pets, science and quirky ideas make Stories My Nana Tells a great read.

Each story is around 2,000 words, thoroughly researched and finished off with between 7 and 12 questions to encourage young readers to interact with the story.  We have wonderful photographs and illustrations to make them even more interesting – and we guarantee they will spark the curiosity of your children and grandchildren in nature, the environment and the world around them. If there is a reliable online source, Lesley includes direct links to other information on the internet.

Get started today  

This special Stories My Nana Tells offer is a wonderful gift for a child or grandchild.

Dinosaur Parking Pal Magnet - one of five designs we are giving away

 

PLUS you will receive one of these fabulous Parking Pal Magnets. Designed to be placed on the side of your car,  it will help keep the kids in place while you load up the shopping or buckle up the baby.

Children love to “Hi Five” their magnet and stay close and safe.

Together, Stories My Nana Tells and Parking Pal Magnets make a great combined gift that will last all year and more!

Keep your children safe in the parking lot!  Keep your children entertained, educated and inspired with Stories My Nana Tells.

Subscribe today! Yes! I want to get the Holiday Season special $AU119.00 offer and the Parking Pal Magnet too. 

Subscribe HERE NOW!

 

 If you want to subscribe later, that’s fine, too.  Just click here to return to our page on Facebook

Is Your Facebook Page Invisible Overseas?

Over the past twelve months or so, we posted the link for the Facebook page for Stories My Nana Tells in different LinkedIn discussions and in referral threads in other networks where we share membership.

Over and over again, we were advised that whenever the link was clicked, that person was returned to their own Facebook home page. No one had any suggestions as to what was happening and we mostly thought it was a LinkedIn problem.

After Lesley Dewar came back from a six week trip around the US and Canada, with no change to the number of likes on the Facebook page: http://www.Facebook.com/storiesmynanatells it was an issue that could no longer be ignored. It had to be resolved.

After a series of messages, emails and tests with a friend overseas, she suggested we check the settings for the page. Stories My Nana Tells

When we checked the settings for our Facebook page Stories My Nana Tells we found that the page was set to only be visible in Australia. What a disaster for me – when I had just spent six weeks in the US and Canada – promoting the global launch of the business Stories My Nana Tells Home Page

We have no idea how or why the setting was made as it was – but if you have a Facebook business page, make sure that you check the settings for its visibility outside its country of origin.

You may be excluding your business page from a very large part of your global market. The first warning sign of a visibility setting problem is when those outside your country of origin for the Facebook page tell you that they are being returned to THEIR own home page on Facebook when they click on the link for your page.

If anyone tells you they have this problem, be glad you read this post and check your visibility settings. It may be the simple answer you need.

(c) Lesley Dewar 2011 Lesley Dewar is a well known blogger and workshop facilitator who writes regularly on Social Media, marketing and customer service in the category of Stories My Nana Tells – Business Tips

Her free eBook can be downloaded directly at Networking To a Plan Sharing this article is permitted providing this footnote is not deleted – all rights reserved.

What Do You Want To Know About How Lesley Dewar Created This Helicopter Adventure?

This is not the picture the guys wanted autographed.

What A Party! What A Blast!

If there is one thing the financial planning industry knows how to do well, it is how to party!  And what a party we had, when Lesley Dewar “retired” as a financial planner after 26 years, to launch Stories My Nana Tells!  And there are no photos!

In June, 2009, 97 Clients and 29 Friends let Lesley Dewar introduce Amanda Doyle & Bruce Ponting as the new financial planners for her practice and then joined in the launch of Lesley’s new online venture Stories My Nana Tells

As Lesley tells it:

“Two things I forgot about retirees: they always turn up on time (by 4:30 about 70 were already there), and they stay! We said we would party from 4:30 till 9:00, and they took me at my word!”

Andrew Wright (PIS) was very busy helping to put out more tables and chairs as the clients streamed through the door, being met by Amanda and Lesley and taking a lucky number for a door prize.

This is not the picture the guys wanted autographed.

The Guildford Landing Function Centre was bright and cheerful, the tables set with white linen and decorated with red & green balloons; a big banner for the new business Stories My Nana Tells was hung on the wall. Professional Investment Services (PIS) signs reminded our clients that Bruce and Amanda were licensed Financial Planners, too; the fabulous picture (and only framed one in existence) of the  Navigator ladies was out the front by the entry. There was one of Lesley herself from her “glamour” shots by Gary Sarre up front and centre as you walked in the door.  (Some of the guys did ask for an autographed copy!)  The one we have here is NOT the one which called for autographs.

Her favourite photo of Robbie (Growly Granddad) was off to one side, where he would have been, as always, making sure everything went to plan.  But he was there, in spirit, as always.

Lesley’s Dad – Nono – climbing up on to the roof, after a full knee reconstruction.

Her Dad, Bluey Nancarrow (Nono – one of our story characters)  was fantastic, never mind for being 91 years old and having had a full knee reconstruction at age 90 – before he was photographed climbing up onto the roof of Warren & Liza’s new extensions!

He was quickly pressed into service, handing out “loot bombs” (chocolate; hand cream and bath salts) to all the ladies and PIS carry bags to everyone.

They contained the latest edition of The Swan Magazine which featured a story about Lesley’s retirement as a Financial Planner; a current PIS Financial Services Guide and Bruce and Amanda’s Advisor Profiles. Along with a business card for the new venture, there was also a block of 70% dark chocolate (antioxidants are important at our age) or a model helicopter to celebrate the launch Lesley’s new business. (There was some swapping going on – too, over the chocolate and helicopters!)

Lesley had set up a continuous slide show, the first part a reminder of a PIS Seminar done at the Hyatt a few years ago – and, of course, that was to introduce Amanda to her clients as the new bus driver on their financial planning journey – followed up with a segment to introduce Stories My Nana Tells.

In New Zealand, we landed on a glacier before heading off over the Incredibles to Milford Sound.

It featured photos of Lesley in and out of helicopters around the world, including Hawaii and New Zealand as well as being a tribute to her family and friends, including a photo of one ‘adopted’ grandson, Ian.  It did include a couple of photos of her, hard at work at PIS and AFA conferences, as well!

There was live entertainment, with a great singer called Miss Poppy – who sang everything from rock and roll, to blues, jazz and pops.  She kept everything bopping along and only handed over the microphone to Lesley for the drawing of the door prizes and a very short thank you at the end of the evening.

Four couples won helicopter rides over Perth as door prizes, and there were other gifts for “grey nomads” including four autographed books of photography by Bob Litchfield – Master Photographer

One of the helicopter rides was won by Lesley’s very first client, from Perth Building Society days, Mike Read and it was great to watch old friends reunite through the magic of “financial planning nesting” with retirees and staff from various employer groups catching up on current lives and old times.

One client suggested Lesley’s bad neck came from peering into all those “nests” over the years – keeping the baby birds safe, which she rather liked.  The other noticeable thing was that she wore flat shoes – and now everyone knows how short Lesley really is!  Her answer was that if she had worn flat shoes and had to crane her head up to look at all of those tall men who were her clients, she would probably have had to retire five years earlier.  One client arrived, a little perturbed at the size of the crowd and said “but I won’t know anyone here” and to her surprise, was quickly reunited with some old workmates she had not seen for many years.

Bruce Ponting and Amanda Doyle

Everyone said they had a great time, the clients absolutely loved Amanda and several of them asked Lesley if Amanda was actually her “Plan A” – because they did not want to have to go to a “Plan B”.     Fortunately, she could assure them that she was her “Plan A” – “A” for Amanda. Her “Plan B” is Bruce Ponting, in any event, so they have nothing to worry about!

Lesley was happy to pay tribute to her Dad and Warren and Lisa at the end of the night, too, because family is everything.  With a couple of weeks in which to actually close down the office and move out, it was a fitting way to end a long and happy twenty six year career as a financial planner.

The Official Retirement Lunch at Jo-Jo’s on the Jetty

Lesley is looking forward to catching up with friends for a coffee and a chat – and to watching a new circle of friends and clients grow through the new venture. No photos?  “We were so busy on the night, we forgot!” Lesley said.  But there is one photo, from the official PIS retirement lunch at Jo-Jo’s on the Jetty – just to prove that it did really happen!

PS: The next time you see a helicopter overhead, you might just wonder if Lesley is aboard!