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Family and friends—that’s what makes life important. And the freedom now to do whatever we want when we want to do it.

I’m visiting Floriade today with a very good friend. Being a mother and a grandmother is wonderful. I’m mostly happy. I’m retired now, but being retired doesn’t mean you’re not busy. I seem to be busier than ever. There are just so many things to do! A lot of people say it, but how I ever found time to work, I don’t know.

We moved to Canberra 45 years ago. We came from Sydney with young children and then had one child who was born in Canberra. We moved out to the country for a while, not very far from Canberra, so we still had all the benefits. We’ve moved back this year. We’ve downsized, which has been quite horrendous and difficult at times. Now we are quite happy and settled in our new accommodation.

As a woman in Canberra I think it is easy to access services and opportunities. I’m planning to do some U3A (University of the Third Age) courses. A lot of community groups are aimed at women, so I’ve enjoyed going to those meetings as well. Craft courses, good restaurants—everything is so close!

I don’t think it is hard to take care of my health and wellbeing in Canberra. I could, most probably, be much healthier because there are so many things to do here.

I think the hardest things about being a woman applies to being a woman anywhere in the world. I don’t think there is anything in Canberra that makes it harder, I think it is possibly easier.

My perfect day would be a picnic at the lake with friends, a glass of wine and great food. Simple.

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