Promoting understanding
and compassion for animals

About my dream

Have you ever had a dream?
A dream so powerful, so compelling and so vivid that it shaped your identity.
I have and this is the story of my dream.

I grew up in suburban Sydney on a near quarter acre block but I always dreamt of living on acres. I knew that with those acres would come the freedom that I craved. They would also provide me the opportunity to live amongst animals of all shapes and sizes, personalities and temperaments. To create the diversity that was missing from my life, a diversity which I believe is central to our existence.

This dream has been a part of me for as long as I can remember, as has my great love of animals. As a child the simplest way for me to express this dream was to explain that I wanted to have a farm – to which most adults would smile sweetly at my childhood innocence. After all, most children express this dream at some time or another, however I was deadly serious. There was no alternative, I knew even at that tender age that I would be satisfied with nothing less.

As I grew older and began to understand the ramifications of farms and farming, I changed my terminology to an ‘animal sanctuary’. I envisaged a place where animals could live in safety and comfort and be treated with respect. A place where people could interact with these animals, learn about them and hopefully develop some understanding and compassion for them. This idea probably met with even more derision as a sanctuary did not even imply profitability and so seemed even more ludicrous. And of course the question that was always asked of me was “How are you going to afford that?”

To me, the ‘how’ never really seemed that important. I think I always believed that through the sheer force of my will I could make it happen. And happen it did. In August 2000 my partner and I bought Tallara Park, a 38 acre property in the Blue Mountains about 90 minutes from Sydney.

My dream for an animal sanctuary – a place of safety, compassion and education is now becoming a reality.

The past decade has seen a great deal of activity both in terms of the property and my personal life. Three wonderful children have arrived to share in the adventure and add their own perspective. I have written and published a book “And not a word was spoken… Reflections of an animal lover” which has helped me to understand and clarify my purpose (to promote understanding and compassion for all animals). The property has been cleaned up and fenced and the gardens are starting to become re-established after many years of neglect. Some animals have made this their home and we are busy preparing for the arrival of many more.

I suppose I’ve been too busy to consciously think about the journey that has been unfolding or really appreciate its significance. That is until recently when a random conversation with a new friend opened up a totally new world and provided me with this chance to share my dream, my book and my experiences with other likeminded people.  It will also provide me with an opportunity to reflect on and document my thoughts, achievements, disappointments, joys and sorrows as I move onward in pursuit of my dream.

I hope you find it interesting.

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