Have You Registered Your Child’s Name As A Domain Yet?

Have You Registered Your Child’s Name As A Domain Yet?

My name is Lesley Dewar and I own my own name online: lesleydewar.com. I have also given each of my two sons and their wives their own names as domain names.

For business, I already have No Tall Poppies , which is a social network site and Networking To A Plan which is home to my new book.

Soon, I will have a website at lesleydewar.com which will be like the sun in my Internet universe. Everything else I do online will be connected to that central site.

Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Stories My Nana Tells, Networking To A Plan, Zebulations (my public speaking/workshops website), wordpress blogs (No Tall Poppies), TwitterMoms page -everything I do on line will be linked.

Why would I do this? Because then I can outGoogle Google! To find me, you don’t have to know the name of my blog, my business or my Twitter name. You only have to find my home page.

With some good key words on my own name.com, it’s a great way to have control over a wealth of information about me and my businesses collated in one spot.

So, think about how valuable your name is to you – as your brand – and make sure you take steps to own your brand. YOUR NAME! It could be the greatest gift you ever give your children: their own domain name.

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Update From Broome

Hi from Broome and the great North West

This is just a quick update on my travels around the North West of WA. I arrived in Broome this morning about 6:30 am after an overnight (13 hour) bus trip from Kununurra. The main highway up here is a national disgrace, given that it is the main route from Perth to Darwin. Even in a big Greyhound Bus it was rough and bumpy. In the 4WD,when I went out to the Bungle Bungles last Wednesday, it was a nightmare – and that was before we got off the “highway” and on to the ungraded, unsealed roads into the National Park!

The trip into the Bungle Bungles by 4WD took about 8 hours each way – and half of that on roads that left you feeling like you had spent the time in an old Hoover Twin Tub washing machine – but not feeling as clean! No water for washing from the time we left Kununurra until we got back.

A strong pain killer every 6-8 hours turned out to be my survival routine – but I still had a great time. Up at 4:45am – learned to pitch and pack my own tent; slept under the stars until it got a bit chilly outside and had a self-inflating mattress that blew up to at least half an inch thick. I joined a tour that came from Broome and was going to Darwin – and I have to confess it was a good thing that my own five day 4WD safari was cancelled at the last minute and I booked the two day one in Kununurra. I would never have lasted five days on the track! Believe me! Continue reading

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My Kununurra Adventure

This is my first trip to Kununurra, in the North West of the Kimberleys in Western Australia, The adventure started as all adventures should – with a lot of hiccups. The five day 4WD safari from Kununurra to Broome was cancelled the day before I left Perth so, the challenge was to get 1000 kms from Kununurra to Broome to fly home.

Next challenge: to find an extra five nights accommodation in Kununurra, find something exciting to do and enjoy both ends of the adventure.

Next challenge: set up remote broadband with new computer so that I had contact with the outside world.

Next challenge: buy a new camera to replace the one that died on the plane on the way up to Kununurra.

So far, everything is working out fine. Tomorrow (Tuesday) I am flying over the Bungle Bungles – flight brought forward from Continue reading

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Nana’s Off To The Bungle Bungles

Lesley Dewar - Grand Canyon 2007On Sunday, I am flying up to Kununurra for a few days and will be taking a trip over the Bungle Bungles.  Couldn’t organize a helicopter but a small aeroplane will do just as well.  A few years ago, I flew up the Grand Canyon in a small plane from the northern end and got some spectacular pictures – which I will scan and upload later.  This is a shot from my last trip in a helicopter up the Grand Canyon, in 2007.

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I wandered lonely as a cloud 
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils;

Since 1804, the poetry of William Wordsworth has echoed this wonderful sight, though the earliest known manuscript of an English garden that included daffodils was written in 1441. Daffodils speak of spring; of life’s renewal; of the joy and promise of hope. It is no surprise that the Daffodil has been adopted by the Cancer Foundation as its iconic symbol. Yet, the botanical naming of the daffodil has a sad story behind it, drawn from the tragic story of Narcissus. He was so vain that he fell in love with his own reflection and when he faded away, the beautiful daffodil sprang up in his place. All the botanical or Latin names begin with Narcissus (the genus) followed by the names for the various species. For example, the famous Poet’s Daffodil is Narcissus poeticus.

http://www.public-domain-image.com (public domain image) Daffodils feature strongly in the history of Australia. Four hundred years after 1441, in May 1844, daffodil and other bulbs were advertised for sale in Hobart; prior to this most of the daffodil references suggested that the women of the day were either highly narcissistic or old maids that reminded one of a daffodil rendered pale by a cold north wind!

According to “The West Australian”, The Wilgie Sketching Club was established in Perth in 1889 and organized an art exhibition in June 1890 which was a highly ambitious project of some 300 pictures at the Railway Reading Room. Included were “two paintings of flowers, “Winter Cherries” and “Daffodils,” accepted by the Royal Academy in 1888, by F. J. Bayfield, both of which, as far as we can judge, are faultless, and which seem to be appreciated, for we noticed that both had been purchased.”

 Its success led to the Premier, Sir John Forrest, opening the first exhibition of the West Australian Society of Arts on December 29, 1896 and the Society continues to this day.In 1899 “The West” reported a ball held at St George’s Hall in aid of The Blind Institute, notable for the floral decorations carried out in primroses and daffodils sent from Mr. Leichman’s farm, at Nanerup, near Albany.

By 1916, the Unions were fighting to achieve a “living wage” of more than 10s a day for Commonwealth Clerks, and a dozen daffodil bulbs cost 1s/6d. To spend 15% of a day’s wages on daffodils was a great price to pay for a glorious spring. A special flower show was organized in the Sydney Town Hall in August, 1930, in an effort to brighten the spirits of Sydneysiders. With the highest quality sweet peas, daffodils, poppies, stocks, pansies, violas and other blooms, the show was a great success aided by a major retail store offering unlimited strawberries and cream for twopence a dish.

From as early as 1826, beautiful, fragrant, brown boronia was commented upon frequently in the Press. boronia2_1In particular, in 1840,  Mr. J Drummond, the King’s Park Botanist spoke of a fine species of Boronia being very plentiful on the banks of the Gordon River. B. megastigma (Brown Boronia) has a very intense and attractive fragrance making it highly sought after to match up with the brilliant yellow of daffodils. Tasmanian growers have hundred of hectares under cultivation, collecting the flowers from which an absolute Boronia oil is produced, rather than cut flowers.

 It doesn’t seem to concern them that Brown Boronia tends to drop dead, for no apparent reason. Mine did!

In the 1950’s daffodils and boronia were sold from baskets on the streets and corners of central Perth. Well known florists in the city had great displays of spring flowers that were irresistible for colour and perfume. The favourite daffodil of the day was the great King Alfred, (Narcissus “King Alfred”) although the history of daffodil cultivation shows that it has largely been replaced by the Dutch Master or a newer hybrid called Marieke.

Daffodils are easy to grow and multiply year after year. I consider Brown Boronia a temporary plant; grown just for the wonderful perfume. Since my pink boronia (B. heterophylla) grew to six feet tall and thrived in my Stoneville garden, I put my dozen golden daffodils into their vase, and idly wonder why this is so.

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Social Media – Don’t You Just Love It!

One of my friends on LinkedIn – Andrew Spriegel – gave me a great press release on his blog A Born Entrepreneur and “Retired” Financial Planner Launches Yet Another Business announcing both my retirement and the launch of Stories My Nana Tells. Stories My Nana Tells

When a new business is being launched, nothing – but nothing – is more vauable than the support and promotion of friends. Andrew is also a great supporter of Kiva.org and you may already know that No Tall Poppies has a group there, doing micro loans.

Please take the time to read Andrew’s blog and visit him on LinkedIn Andrew Spriegel

Of course, there is an additional spin off from this: the three other businesses mentioned in the press release ( Guildford Landing Function Centre; Sarre Photography and Bob Litchfield (one of Australia’s most highly awarded commercial photographers) are now all enjoying much wider promotion around the world. Word of mouth referrals are priceless!

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