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Miss Chardy: Meet a real house wife of the Territory

MIDDLE OF BUM TRUCK NOWHERE: Miss Chardy's remote friend, Flick.
MIDDLE OF BUM TRUCK NOWHERE: Miss Chardy's remote friend, Flick. Contributed

YOU know how we think I live at Bum Truck Nowhere? Well allow me to introduce you to one of my friends.

Meet Flick. Flick lives at Bum Bum Truck Truck Nowhere. Like us, the station they manage goes all the way across to the Qld border, but she is further north, right up in the Gulf. So far so that their northern boundary is actually the ocean. I kid you not.

Sounds nice doesn't it? The only downfall is the croc- infested water. But we won't let that worry us. Anyway, you get the picture that she really does live in the middle of nowhere.

A while ago now Flick started a hashtag over on Instagram #realhousewivesof thenorthernterritory and that is the reason why I wanted to write this post. I just love all of her photos. I thought I would share her story with you. Let's chat with Flick and get to know a bit about her.

Where did you grow up?

On a farm near Bordertown - a small country town in the lovely SE of SA.

What was your first job?

David Jones Adelaide - Book, Stationery and Gift Wrapping departments. Loved it.

What brought you to the NT and when was it?

April 1995 - almost 22 years ago. For one year as a governess to a lovely family two hours from Alice Springs (which I thought was really isolated - ha ha ha, little did I know).

How many people live on your station?

We have 12 permanent staff. Various contractors and many visitors throughout the dry season.

What do you love about living on a remote cattle station?

So many things ... the simple life, fresh air, the not having to "keep up with the Joneses”, community spirit - everybody helping each other and the adventures!

How far away is town?

Main service towns - Mt Isa 800km, Alice Springs 1230km. When driving to Alice Springs, 515km to first roadhouse (315km of this is on dirt, the rest is single-lane bitumen).

How do you get your kids back to school?

My two children are at boarding school in Adelaide. We usually send the small station plane to collect the children from Alice Springs at the start of their holidays and I drive them back to Alice Springs (2460km round trip) at the end of hols so we can do the haircuts, shopping etc before they hop on the plane to Adelaide.

I know sometimes you drive the whole way to Adelaide to drop the kids back. How long does this take?

2800km to Adelaide. We usually do it in two days. YUCK!

WHAT A VIEW: The border of Flick's property in the Northern Territory - the ocean, (that's croc infested.)
WHAT A VIEW: The border of Flick's property in the Northern Territory - the ocean, (that's croc infested.) Contributed

So as you can see she is a busy little pocket rocket. Always on the go. This little Virgo can't sit still and, of course, true to Virgo form, has a very tidy and well organised house and station. I think we could all do with a little help from Flick!

The distances this lady drives is really something else. But up here distance doesn't really mean much, you just have to do it.

No point whinging. Although that 315km of dirt road might make me a little cross; 165km is more than enough for me.

But like I said, you just have to do it. I have known Flick for a long time, probably nearly 16 years now. She is a loyal friend and I know she would do anything for me if I needed it.

They are the stop before us on the mail plane run, which means if I ever run out of chardy, she always pops a little present on the plane for me. It is always wrapped beautifully with a gorgeous little card. Or sometimes, if she knows I am having a rough trot, she will pop a little care package on the plane for me.

She knew I had been a bit slack this year ordering my 2017 Sasco Planner (which we can't live without). One arrived on the mail plane a few days later. God love her.

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