Hi I’m Penny,
When I was a kid I was always in trouble.
Not for the usual malarkey like writing on walls or breaking family heirlooms. I liked to collect animals. Baby pigeons, lizards, mice, guinea pigs, cats, and dogs would all somehow make their way into my house. I knew I would get a scolding as soon as they were found in my room. I also knew I would not be able to keep them hidden from my mum for long, but I had fun trying!
Eventually, I decided that if I was still collecting animals despite getting into trouble, I might as well think of it as a career option. My passion to become a zoo keeper was born. Armed with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Wildlife Biology and a Grad Diploma of Education, I’ve now been a zoo keeper for five years and a Wildlife Education Officer for seven. ‘Never work with kids or animals’ they say, but the person who spread that rumour just didn’t want you to know how awesome it is!
Then, something in me changed. My passion for animals was still strong but I grew to love the native bush tucker, shrubs and trees. I applied for a new job as an environmental educator and taught children about the whole environment and how flora and fauna work together, and not alone. I found home.
Yup, I’m one of those annoying people who enjoy their job, and as an Environmental Educator, I have successfully managed to combine three of my loves wildlife, nature and teaching.
When I’m not hanging out like Bindi Irwin, I tend to my own flock, my ten-year-old (Miss L) and my seven-year-old twins (Miss E and Miss J). Oh, I have a wonderful husband, too.
Somewhat of a bookworm, I prefer milk chocolate to dark and snail mail to social media. I’m also crazy as a Galah about all things strawberry coloured, flavoured and scented. I’m totally mushroom mad too (because they’re adorable!)
I hope you enjoy reading Mother Natured and immersing yourself in everything on here that’s leafy, furry or mossy!
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About Mother Natured
At Mother Natured I hope to inspire you to bring nature play into your children’s lives, to get outside and explore the natural world as a family and, as a parent, find peace and inspiration in nature yourself.
Mother Natured aims to:
- Help parents foster their children’s love of wildlife and the natural world.
- Encourage you and your family to get outside and experience the wonders of the environment.
- Provide you with lots of crafty ways to incorporate learning about wildlife and nature in your daily life.
- Convince you that natural products are not only great for the environment but beautiful too.
- Remind you that wildlife is everywhere, not just at your local zoo!