Week four was harder than I thought it would be. Deciding who to write about was a real challenge.

Nicki is an old friend we haven’t been in contact for a long time but she is an extraordinary person and would be my first choice , Funnily enough, I have chosen 5 women.
Nicki is one – Hope For Himalayan Kids  Founder 2003, International Director 2003-2010 & 2014- current, HFHK Board member 2010-current. Nicki Holt-Manandhar first visited Nepal in December 1997 and promptly fell in love with the country and its people. Nicki returned to Nepal twice to volunteer, before finally throwing in her executive job in Australia to live and work full time in Nepal in June 2003. Nicki successfully piloted deinstitionalisation programs that led to children’s homes being closed, children reintegrated with their families & foster style family homes opened. IN 2010 she returned to Australia and is writing a book. To Nicki every child, every life is worth saving.  An inspirational woman.

Amelia Earhart was 2nd on my list.  These are some of her quotes

Adventure is worthwhile in itself.

The most effective way to do it, is to do it.

Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done.

Born 24th July 1897 and one of the first women to obtain a pilot’s licence. Amelia disappeared while on a flight in 1937.  Literally for Amelia the sky was the limit and she was an example that women could achieve anything they wanted; if they wanted it badly enough.

Next is Alexandra David-Neel born  1868 and died 1969. A writer, philosopher and adventurer. Alexandra took the world by the throat and shook it. She did what she wanted  to and threw convention to the wind. She was the one of the first westerners and the first woman from the west to travel to Tibet in 1924. She was a rebel, she climbed the Swiss Alps, bicycled around Spain, travelled to London.  All this during the time when women were still considered chattels of their fathers and husbands. She was no ordinary woman.  If you are interested in reading more  this is her website link, Alexandra-David-Neel.org.  you will not be disappointed.  A great role model for women.

Landscapes have a language of their own, expressing the soul of the things, lofty or humble, which constitute them, from the mighty peaks to the smallest of the tiny flowers hidden in the meadow’s grass.

Anne McCaffery 1936-2011.  Next to CharlesDickens, Anne McCafferey is my favourite author. She achieved a number of firsts.  She was the first woman to win both  the Hugo and Nebula Awards. In 1978 with her novel  The White Dragon , she was the  first woman to have a science fiction novel on the New York Times Best Sellers List.  She is a Grandmaster of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America  and inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame,  Her novels are so beautifully crafted and a joy to read and can be read over and over again.  The worlds of Pern and Ballyran come alive as do her characters.  She also had financial success. A fantastic role model for  all writers.

Last but not least is my Grandmother Dorothea Isobel Bennett- Morse.  A truly remarkable woman.  She was born in Campbells Creek Victoria in 1902. She was the only girl in a family of four boys, (William died in infancy). She lived through two world wars and the great depression.  She lost her brother Keith, KIA in WW11. She  married and raised 3 children, suffering a number of miscarriages including twins. She was a devoted wife and mother and grandmother and great grandmother.  A fantastic cook and never judgemental. She followed Footscray Football club  and loved to go to the cricket.  She and her husband Percy were both raised as  ‘Primitive Methodists’, but she never enforced religion on anyone.  She and Percy were members of the Communist Party at one time. She was well read and knowledgeable on current affairs and loved to do crosswords.  She knew how to reuse and make do. She was strong and gentle.  None of us ever heard her say anything bad about anyone. Her children adored her and so did her grandchildren.  She was the rock around which our families revolved. A great role model to all of us. we were privileged to have her in our lives.  She is missed everyday in many ways. How I wish I had asked more questions and listened to what she had to say.




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