It's been a while and an interesting ride, but the Real People of the Pocket interview series is back! First off the rank is the effervescent Maree...
Please tell us about yourself and your family.
I live with my husband (Andy) of 30 years (got married the same day as Cathy and year!!) as well as my 3 kids; Tom (27) - a barber in West End and also a very talented portrait artist; Pia (24), who is studying to become a primary school teacher, she works part-time at Fig Tree Pocket State School in the before and after school care facility, and last is Bella (15) who is in year 10 at Brigidine College.
What do you do for work? What do you enjoy about it?
I own and run Monsoon Hair Design hair salon in Chapel Hill and have been in this location for 10 years. I enjoy the freedom to make my own decisions relating to the running of the salon. There is nothing like the feeling that you really have made someone feel very special just by changing their hair colour, or a restyle, or even a simple blow-dry and a chin wag!! I could list heaps of reasons why I love my job, too many to mention!
How do you spend your down-time?
Not that I get much down time, with 3 kids and 2 dogs but I like to sew, renovate, and decorate the house. I'm into baking at the moment, have just made short bread for the first time!! Very proud moment!!
How did you come to live in Fig Tree Pocket?
We moved over from the UK in 2000, we liked the green spaces, reminds us of home.
What do you enjoy most about living here?
I love the weather! Even the summer - I'm lucky enough to work in air con. Andy will tell you a very different story! I love the beaches and the countryside, very diverse!
When we can travel again - do you have any places you'd love to visit?
Definitely want to see Tasmania, and I've always wanted to go to the Cook Islands. Also love to see more of the mother country; I really enjoy history and the stately homes over there.
What's been the best holiday you've ever had?
Last year we went to Italy, it was my first time there, and I really loved it. Can't wait to go back and see more of the country. We also spent time in the UK and Ireland, quality time with the Fam and friends, I have to say it was one of the best holidays I have had.
What makes you laugh, more than anything in the world?
Too many things to list!
And the big one: What is the meaning of life?
Oh that's a hard one. The meaning of life? I don't really know, but to live it to the full, enjoy and have no regrets!