The best six weeks of my life… Part 2

Before you begin reading this section, make sure you have read Part 1.

After spending four days in the Okanagan Valley, it was time for us to start up that ’76 Chevy and travel on to my next gig in Sicamous BC. It was my brother Mitchel’s 23rd birthday in Australian on the 24th June and then again in Canada on the 24th June. He was so lucky as he did get two birthdays due to the time differences in both countries! We decided to make the whole weekend a party for him, so over the weekend, we let each person we met know it was his birthday. Obviously, he didn’t feel much like hiking on the Monday!!

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On that Friday, I performed at the Family Tree RV Park in Sicamous, then on the Saturday we headed off to the Rockwater Pub in Golden. There was a blackout that covered the entire town of Golden so we weren’t sure what to do in terms of my gig that night. While we were pondering over a couple pints of beer with the chefs, the owner Pat made a sarcastic remark about acoustically performing on the deck to the patrons. Before he could say anything else, I popped my ukulele out of it’s case and began singing. To this day, it was probably one of the most fun nights I had in Canada. Everyone really appreciated the effort and actually sang along with me to songs they knew. We had a great night there and made some wonderful friends.

We woke up the next morning in excitement as this was the day that I was performing on a Buffalo ranch! Mitch had never seen Buffaloes before so we couldn’t get ready fast enough. We arrived only a short time later at the Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch just out of Golden.
This place has only one word that can be used to describe it: MAGICAL.
Everything about it is magical.
Mum and I met Leo H. Downey last year when we stumbled across the most exciting

20170625_125116thing yet- a buffalo ranch. Mum, having an advanced knowledge of the history of buffalo and indigenous people, was attracted to this incredibly. Meeting and talking to Leo, we were quickly inspired by his life story and the adventures he has had so far and every day living on the ranch. After also discovering that he was a musician, we all hit it off quickly. This year, I was honored to be given the opportunity to perform as part of the 6 hour concert ‘Buffapolooza’ at his ranch on Sunday 25th June. Myself, Leo, Duane, Ryan, David and a few other brilliant musicians performed throughout the day. There wasn’t just music though, we were also treated with buffalo burgers, a meet and greet with the buffaloes and even a demonstration on how Leo learnt about making fires out of the environment around him. Do yourselves a favor and grab a copy of his book and give it a read. Very inspiring. We made some great friends (Shout out to Sven, Marcail and Belinda) and our skin felt amazing the next day after a mud bath and swim in such a special river. You can see lots of pictures on my Facebook page. Thank you Leo for this experience that we’ll never forget! FB_IMG_1498578261356.jpg

We were sad to move on from our little piece of paradise but more adventures awaited us. This new day bringing another gig, this time in a great little town called Radium Hot Springs. I performed that night at the Horse Thief Creek Pub which is renowned for it’s live music. I was the 159th person to perform on that stage this year so I must have been somewhere in the early 100’s when I performed there last year in July.  This venue is a musicians best friend as not only did I have a brilliant sound man; Larry, but the audience were there to listen to me which I loved. Mitch and I were also surprised by our friends from Banff who drove out to spend the night in Spur Valley and to watch my show. We had a great night with them, and continued on by golfing the next day in Spur Valley. Dad would be jealous and proud. Mitch and I have some work to do to get to their levels but it was such a fun and relaxing day.

The following night, I was performing back in Calgary in a rustic pub called The Brass Monkey. When Mum and I stumbled across open mic night they held last year, we made a great entrance by driving under a tree in the RV. Of course, such incidents don’t disappear from people’s minds so even a year later, I was welcomed as the one who drove into the tree! Besides that, we were also greeted by Parker (The owner), Shaun, Cory and a tray of shots. That Was A Fun Night. I was hosting an open mic night with assistance by a brilliant local musician; Gil Tougas. We kicked off at 7:30pm and the night didn’t end til close to 1am. It was amazing. There is nothing more that I love than actually meeting, listening and jamming with musicians and Calgary is full of them!

The next night, I was really close to where I played the night before- a block away to be exact. I performed at this lovely cafe called the Cornerstone Music Cafe. This place was really cool as out the back were many rooms, completed with pianos, where people get music lessons in and out the front was all vegetarian and gluten free meals with Canadian wines and beers to compliment. Compared to the pub shows I had mainly performed, this was really special as the place held a capacity of around 20 people. It was booked out and everyone was there completely to watch my show. Everyone was so lovely and I even was lucky enough to find two singers and a guitar player to perform a few tunes for us all. Mitch and I were spoiled with home made mac and cheese and I was spoiled with a lot of kind words by everyone there.

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Since we had a couple of days left in Calgary, we decided to spend one whole day sightseeing the stunning city and the other day getting tattoos together thanks to the great team at Barron Tattoo in Calgary. Our time in Canada was unforgettable and we felt completely reconnected as siblings so we wanted to capture our time by meaningful tats. Mitch got a stunning world map and compass on his forearm and I got a Mandela inspired lotus flower on the back of my neck. Mine was over and done with within a matter of 20 minutes but Mitch’s took much longer. So long, the tattooist even ducked across to the bottle-lo (liquor store) to grab some grog (Alcohol) to ease the pain. They were a cool bunch of people so we chilled with them for the afternoon til Mitch was finished.

A BIT OFF TOPIC:
Mitch was my translator while in Canada- Hence the above brackets. I would get excited about fairy floss and he’d turn to the Canadian friend and explain that fairy floss is cotton candy! This happened a lot. Most days while we were in Canada, we completely forgot we were in a different country as we felt so much at home but some times it was just fun to confuse people.

 

CANADA DAY!!
Our Calgary friend Dave James took us out on Canada Day to explore a few more things in the city like the Music Museum. It was amazing and so fascinating. We were shown how sound works, how the body reacts to different sounds, how the brain is wired for musicians and differently for listeners, and even had in depth information about famous Canadian artists. I love Shania Twain, so I just HAD to get a photo with her.

That night, we drove out to the Balzac Campground where i performed to everyone inside the office while they were cooking burgers on the bbq outside in the pouring rain! When it rains in Canada, it really rains. I love performing at this RV Park. Everyone is so supportive and kind. After my show, we all ducked down to do some karaoke when the weather cleared up and celebrated Canada Day with a bottle of Maple Whiskey at the bomb fire while watching the fireworks.

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Our time in Canada was coming to an end and we were really not wanting to go back home. Mitch has planned to go back in April to work and live and I will be finally taking my boyfriend Alec for his first Canadian adventure in September 2018. During our last two days in Canada, we dropped off our lovely RV to the storage place. A big shout out to Gills Auto for repairing it each year for us and to Dee Sinkler for having it look amazing when we arrive by giving it a nice clean. We had a hard time letting Maple go and Mitch even teared up while we were cleaning her out. 20170703_132151.jpg

Our friend Doug Shields also took us to a rodeo on our very last day. This was in Airdrie (A little town on the way from Didsbury to Calgary) and our friend Morgan Grant was competing. Morgan and his wife Gillian Grant (Doug’s daughter) are quite well known in Canada and the states for their lives in the Rodeo world. Gillian was Miss Rodeo Canada and Morgan has won quite a number of rodeos including the Calgary Stampede. Both are HUGE achievements. It’s pretty cool to know royalty! Morgan and his mother were competing this day and they both were incredible! Gillian now organises events and rodeos, and has even offered me a spot in one when I return to Canada next year in September. More will be announced then.

When Dougie dropped us off a the Calgary airport on Monday 3rd July, our hearts were heavy so we checked our bags in, sat at the bar with a few cocktails and went through some photos and videos together of our last six weeks.
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The best 6 weeks of my life! Part 1

After traveling to Canada for my very first international tour last year in July, I got bitten by the international travel bug. Sure I’ve lived on the road for a year in Australia, and I have traveled 60 per cent of my country (And LOVED it), but the feeling I got by being on top of the world at one of the highest peaks in Banff, Alberta Canada, at Sulfur Mountain lookout (Elevation of 2,451m) is just so indescribable, I longed to go back for my second Canadian Tour.FB_IMG_1496795014022

For this tour, I performed 17 shows in 38 days from Didsbury, Alberta, across to Chilliwack, British Columbia. (Shown on poster below- Plus Peachland Markets Sunday 18th June)Canadian tour.jpg

On the 29th May 2017, My Brother; Mitchel and I  boarded the train from Newcastle to Sydney, then caught the long 14 hour flight from the Sydney International Airport to Vancouver International. We were thrilled to have an eight hour lay over before our flight to Calgary Alberta as we had time to walk through the famous Stanley Park, and lay on the grass with our music pumping from Mitchel’s Bluetooth speaker while overlooking the sea planes take off from the shore. On our way back to the airport, we acted like true Aussies by stopping in to ‘check out’ the Irish Pub. After quite a few Canadian beers and myself flogging Mitchel at pool, we had to go back.

When we arrived in Calgary, we were met by not only our friend Doug Shields but also quite a large amount of Country decorations as the town was only one month away from the biggest festival seen in Canada; The Calgary Stampede. We unfortunately were flying home one week before the festival began but I did attend last year and was blown away with amazement. If you get your chance to go the Canada, you don’t want to miss it.

For the first week of our trip, we were staying with our friend Doug on his farm in Didsbury, Alberta. Doug has a very successful property growing peas, canola, hay and barley. Here’s some interesting information for agriculture enthusiasts- Unlike Australia, Canada only has around 5-6 months per year to plough their crops and harvest them.
I know, It doesn’t sound possible right?…. Wrong!!
Their sun rises at 5:30am and doesn’t set until 10pm. In that 16 1/2 hours of sunlight each day, the crops grow very quickly. They do have the issues with hail and frost in the summer but they’re all covered with insurances for those cases. Overall, the crops grow so quickly and are cut and sold before the first snow. Pretty cool eh?

After my first performance at the Didsbury Motel for their grand opening with new owners; Ang and Shane, We jumped in my 1976 Chevy Van RV ‘Maple’ and hit the road to our favourite Alberta town; Banff. I performed at the Banff Legions Club and was joined by some good friends; Hugh Pettigrew on Harmonica and Shane Curtis on Bass Guitar. After some good jam sessions, we were grabbed by some locals to taste the best pizza in town and drink the biggest sangria glass ever! If you have never tried pizza topped with honey and sweet chili sauce- you must. It’s life changing.

Mitch and I stayed in Banff for four days. During that time, we figured out that half the town are Aussies, we went hiking at Sulur Mountain and Tunnel Mountain, saw our first Elk and made lifelong friends (Katie, Shane, Gary Beatty; I’m talking about you). Mitch loved the town so much that he is already planning to get his visa and live there for six months in May 2018. Look out Canada!

We were sad to leave Banff but excited to be on the road again, this time traveling to the town of Kamloops. I love this town, it honestly reminds me of Mildura, VIC with it’s dry landscape, salt bush forestry and the whole town built around the Thompson River. We stayed with our friend Brittanie Alcantara and caught up with more friends; Angel Easton and Richard Baker when I was performing at the Kamloops Casino. A little secret to all those cheese cake lovers- this place is incredible!

We moved along further into the state of BC and closer to the beautiful city of Vancouver as I was performing in Chilliwack at Rosedale Roadhouse and Bob’s Bar and Grill in Aldergrove. It was amazing to spend the day with our other Canadian friends who went to Uni in Canberra back in 2014/15; Brandi, Gaby and Delowsky. My favorite thing about Rosedale is their berries. The blackberries alone are the size of 1/2 a golf ball and are so juicy that you’d want to wear a napkin!

The Okanagan Valley is a stunning area of BC, known for it’s abundance of wineries and orchards. We traveled through the area and I performed at the Woodlake RV Park in Lake Country, Todd’s RV Park in Peachland, the Canyon Farms RV Park in Kelowna and the Farmers Markets in Peachland (Thanks to Papa Thom for inviting me). While we were here, we again made some incredible friends; Debbie Loker and Patrick. Mitch and I also took advantage of my days off by hiking up the peaks of the mountains. In Peachland, we walked up Pincushion Mountain (815m) and in Lake Country we struggled up Spion Kop Mountain (875m). We must have lost our way numerous times off the walking track because on some parts, we literally were on our hands and knees as it was too steep and slippery with the rocks. It was so much fun! When we got back down, we did discover a map with five different trails for every levels. Both of these summits held the most spectacular views showing the lakes and the cities.

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FUN FACT
Every few months in Peachland, the information center have a bat count. What’s that you say? Well, believe it or not, the historic primary school building was not being used but when it was discovered that there were thousands of bats occupying the attic, they turned it into the information center and are protecting the Yuma Bat colony.

CUTE!!!!
Our friend Debbie decided to make Mitch and I feel at home by taking us to Kangaroo Creek Farm in Lake Country. Cute is an understatement. I was lucky enough to hold an albino joey and a Mumma sugar glider. We got selfies with emus, wallabies and miniature horses. Oh and I can’t forget about the Cockatoo that does the world’s BEST Donald Trump impression….. You can view that on my Facebook page.
Definitely a place you need to visit.

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ALRIGHT… I am going to stop right here so you can catch your breath and make sure you have your passports ready…

Love SAMI xxx

P.s Be sure to look back for Part 2 which includes Mitch and my trip from Sicamous to Didsbury. (This is the good part you don’t want to miss). I will also be writing a couple of blogs that will be extremely useful for the next trip you take so make sure you subscribe.

Escape from Reality

Have you ever needed to escape from your everyday life? Is the thought of relaxing in a tropical paradise drumming in your mind or are you longing for new experiences like a different culture? Well I have the perfect place for you.

As the new year brings happiness and excitement, it also brings along quite a bit of stress- whether it be due to money or work. I knew for a while that I wanted to take a trip to unwind and also to travel for the first time overseas with my partner Alec. It was all quite a rushed process as we weren’t sure where to go however within four weeks, we had planned, purchased and packed ready for our week away at the Naviti Resort on the Coral Coast of Fiji.

The trip was a little painful with a three-hour train trip at three in the morning, followed by a three hour wait at the airport then a five-hour plane ride, however, when we arrived at the Nadi airport, we were welcomed with ‘Bula’, shell necklaces and smiling faces of the locals, which made us feel like it was going to be a great holiday. ‘Bula’ is the Fijian way of saying ‘Hello’ but it can also mean ‘Welcome’ and ‘Love’. We caught on quite quickly as it is hard to say the word without a smile escaping from your lips.

Even though it is thought of as a small country, Fiji consists of 332 islands (106 islands being inhabited) with 14 provinces in Fiji and over one hundred dialogues spaced across the islands.

The Fijian people are the most inviting culture I have met. People will do anything for you, expecting no profit, except to know that they have helped you in some way. They love to teach about their culture and traditions and show people the way they live as it is very different to our way of life. Within our short stay, Alec and I experienced and learnt a lot of their culture by talking to numerous locals and hearing historic stories about their different villages. We were even lucky enough to be invited to several villages across the Coral Coast by the locals.

While on a jet boat on the Navua River, we saw over fifty incredible waterfalls and even had the opportunity to swim in one that would have reached above a three-story building. The pressure from it was so intense which made the experience that much more exciting. Our guide; William was so informative about his community’s history and was the reason we got to spend time in the Korowakawa Village where we had lunch, drank Kava and sang songs together. We have been invited to stay in the village next time we come which will be a real treat to experience more of their local way of life.

Kava is a traditional drink in Fiji and can be used for both; ceremonies (where it is used to unite two groups of people together) and in a casual situation. A large amount of Fijians drink Kava on a daily basis which might help explain the popular saying ‘Fiji Time’ as each day is relaxed and not rushed. Kava is made from crushing the root of a pepper plant (yaqona bush or piper methysticum) then mixing the powder with water. People tend to think that Kava is intended to give you hallucinations but it’s effects are mild; one or two cups will tingle your lips and a large amount will make you feel relaxed and sleepy- falling asleep is the amount of its affect. Alec and I drank Kava at the Korowakawa Village and I enjoyed it however as good as its reputation is; it did taste a little like dirty water but when in Fiji, I highly recommend trying it.

With our all-inclusive package at the Naviti Resort, we were given a beautiful garden view room, three meals a day, three bars including one swim-up pool bar where we were spoiled by our favourite staff members; Minnie and Tema with tropical alcoholic beverages from local beers and wines, house spirits and a variety of cocktails. We took advantage of the included activities plus we were given a exotic guided snorkelling trip, a beautiful sunset bay cruise and a stunning coral viewing cruise just out from the resort by Noah. Noah had a rope tied to the back of the boat so when we reached a great area, we all jumped out, holding onto the rope as he dragged us slowly above the coral reef. It was such a magical experience, we had to do it again the next morning.

Every day in the restaurant we were all serenaded by men singing in beautiful harmony, performing a range of traditional Fijian songs through to everyday pop with a Fijian twist. Performing acoustically, they accompanied themselves with guitars and ukuleles. It was simply beautiful.

As Alec puts it; I went full tourist and took so many photos of literally everything! On our second day there, I even got my hair braided by three ladies in a local village but come on- that’s what happens when you’re on holidays!

To top this all off, on my 21st birthday, we ordered room service and I was spoiled by Alec with not only pizza, not only champagne, not only the world’s largest mouth-watering chocolate and dark berry cake but also a beautiful song by six Fijian’s and a big ‘Happy 21st Birthday’ sign on my bed. It’s easy to say that this was the best holiday I’ve ever had. Regrettably we had to say ‘Goodbye’ or ‘Moce’ to Fiji but we are already planning our next return.

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Through the eyes of a musician- Tamworth Country Music Festival 2017

20170128_080735The New Year brought along the 45th Tamworth Country Music Festival starting January 19- January 29th. This ten day festival kicked off with a bang with over fifty thousand people from all over Australia, and the world, traveling to the one destination to experience Australia’s best in country music.

As a musician, this time of year is the most exhilarating and exhausting experience. Over the past five years, on average I have performed thirty shows in the ten days. This year, my management and I decided to cut back to twenty performances- including three, three hour gigs, A ‘Country Road’ duet show with Scott Douglas and reporting on the Golden Guitar Awards. Singing every day is really thrilling. Even though I’m so busy, this year I still had a chance to listen to other musicians, walk down the street and watch the buskers and even enjoy a few drinks on Australia Day which was fun!

Performing on many stages and venues including the Gunnedah Services Club, Hopscotch Restaurant and Bar, Barraba RSL, Post Office Hotel, Fanzone Stage, Peel Street Stage and many more, I must say that every year I attend the festival, it keeps getting better and better. My advice to anyone who has not attended; audience or musician, is to go. The atmosphere is captivating and the energy is so contagious that you will dread the day the festival ends. Through the eyes of a musician, it is my favourite time of the year.

For months leading up to the festival, Gold Coast musician; Scott Douglas, and I had been taking advantage of Skype to put together a great duet show. It was thrilling to see our hard work fall perfectly in place with a great response to our show; ‘Country Road’ duet show. It helped that we had very talented musicians in the band; Isaac Leong Loon (Drums), Karl (Sonic) Edwards (Bass), and Sam Shepherd (Guitar). Videos from this performance are being uploaded to my YouTube channel so subscribe and enjoy the show.

The 2017 Country Music Awards of Australia – Golden Guitars reflected on the music of 2016 and new releases of 2017 by some of the biggest names in the Australian Country Music industry, at the Tamworth Region Entertainment and Conference Centre on Saturday 28th January 2017.

The night kicked off with performances by 2017 Toyota Star Maker winner Rachel Fahim, 2010 and 2011 Toyota Star Maker winners Luke Austen and Luke Dickens and 2009 Toyota Star Maker winner Liam Brew.

The entrance to the venue was lined with the famous red carpet, topped off with hundreds of screaming fans all receiving photos and autographs of their favourite artists. I found myself a position where I was lucky enough to get selfies and interviews with majority of the artists as they made their way up the carpet and into the green room before the concert.

The Golden Guitar Awards are the most prestigious award given to country music artists in Australia. The lucky winners of the night included;

Travis Collins– MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR, AMCOS SONG OF THE YEAR and SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Sara Storer– FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR and BUSH BALLAD OF THE YEAR
Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart– ALTERNATIVE COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR and COUNTRY MUSIC CAPITAL NEWS GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR.
Catherine Britt with Kasey Chambers, Beccy Cole, Lyn Bowtell, Josh Pyke, Wes Carr and Wendy Matthews– REGIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK VOCAL COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR.
Fanny Lumsden– QANTASLINK NEW TALENT OF THE YEAR
Luke O’Shea– TOYOTA HERITAGE SONG OF THE YEAR.
Stuie French– INSTRUMENTAL OF THE YEAR
Kristy Cox– BLUEGRASS RECORDING OF THE YEAR.
O’Shea– CMC VIDEO CLIP OF THE YEAR
Troy Cassar-Daley– ALBUM OF THE YEA

As for me, my life motto is “You can never dream too big” so one day, I just might be writing about what it feels like to be walking down that red carpet. Until that day, I am going to continue what I love to do; performing three shows every weekend across Australia and traveling back to New Zealand and Canada for my tours. Planning has commenced already for two other international tours that will happen in the next couple of years.20170128_090851.jpg

Marriage Equality in Australia. What’s Going On?

“Homosexuals being given the same rights to love, marry and have a family just like everyone else, with no concerns about their safety and security is what we are aiming for. Overall life will not change for other people. The sun will rise in the east and still set in the west, it’ll just be another day”, Jacob Roberts, states firmly when I asked him what he believes will change if the marriage equality act was passed in Australia.I met 22-year-old Jacob only a few days ago and once we got to talking, I knew his take on the subject would be interesting.

Marriage equality has been an ongoing issue for decades, however, over the past year, the issue has literally gone worldwide. “We’re fighting for our deserved equality and legal rights that a defacto couple and married couple process,” he continues saying with a hopeful look in his eyes. Growing up knowing his whole life that he was different, he feels proud to not be confined in secrecy anymore.

What’s happening right now?
When Malcolm Turnbull was re-elected on the 2nd July 2016, his promise was to hold a marriage equality plebiscite before the end of the year. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten declared that an “expensive” plebiscite on same-sex marriage would hurt gay people, confirming that Labor would vote against it. Without Labor’s support, it wouldn’t pass the Senate. Jacob agreed with Shorten; “With just as many advertisements supporting gay marriage, there would have been the same amount against it- potentially being harmful and discouraging to young people who are unsure about themselves.”

It was very unexpected that the plebiscite was estimated to cost Australian tax payers $160 million when a census could have been made in its place. Amnesty International explains the plebiscite as being a frustrating distraction from the simple route of a free vote in parliament.

Jacob emotionally describes one situation that can happen, which is different for a defacto or married couple. “A gay couple can live together for years, and let’s say they had twins using IVF- fertilizing each egg separately so the children have the same Mum and two Dads, being related. If one partner dies, everything legally owned by the deceased, including the child with his DNA can be taken away from the other partner and handed down to the next of kin, separating the children too.” This is one situation where equal rights are needed.

What now?
Despite 70 per cent of Australians supporting marriage equality, according to Fairfax Ipsos poll, and just 22 per cent against, the Australian government has still yet to pass this. The High Court ruled in 2013 that our parliament has the power to make this change.

Malcolm has admitted that he is still pushing for a plebiscite but a parliamentary vote would be the next resort. With quite a large number of politicians against gay marriage, the vote may be held back for years. With over 20 countries legalising gay marriage, and many others following those footsteps or even implementing similar constitutions, Jacob believes that it is only a matter of time before the Australian government accepts the change.

Want to read more on the subject?
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-11/same-sex-marriage-woman-raised-by-lesbians-supports-plebiscite/7923516
https://www.australianmarriageequality.org/
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William’s Imagination

While being captivated in the events of the week that have made their way in the morning’s newspaper, William overheard his son Brady playing outside with a soccer ball. Brady is the young age of five, and you wouldn’t think differently. With short dusty blonde hair, large hazel eyes that stare right through you and being the height of a small kitchen chair, he is a very active and outgoing boy.

Peering up from his crinkled paper to look through the sunlit window, William admired how his son could entertain himself so easily and unlike other single children, never complain to his parents about being lonely. It was a warm Autumn afternoon and the colour of the leaves making their home on the ground made the whole backyard appear golden. Brady’s job was the sweep all the leaves into a pile and he did exactly that, however he also loved to jump from his tyre swing, which was tied to the tall oak tree, into the perfectly bunched pile, scattering the leaves everywhere.

While watching his son play, William noticed that Brady was talking to himself, which instantly made him recall his own past. For some years now, he had blocked out certain memories of his early childhood but overhearing Brady made him remember when he was that age. William was the youngest of five siblings by a few years which made him a little bit of a loner growing up, and alike Brady, he made his own fun when the others were too busy to play. He became nostalgic.

Reminiscing back to the past, he was surprised by how well he could remember his imaginary friends. There was Ace the Superhero, who can shoot off like a rocket when he was called for to save someone and Miny the Mouse who was always very quiet but was the fastest runner in the world. They were his good friends but no one could compare to his best friend Quincy the Purple Dragon. Quincy was always around, even when Miny and Ace were off saving the world. Growing up, even though he had a very happy childhood with his family, playing with those three were his favourite times.

On one sweet Spring morning, Quincy and William were playing in the front yard. Miny the Mouse and Ace the Superhero were hiding so William was working with Quincy to find them. As his father walked out the front door, dressed in his best blue suit, on his way to work at a law firm, William ran up to him in his childish ways, giggling and tugging; asking him to play with them. His father seemed to have had enough of Williams games as when he turned to face William, there was only frustration in his eyes. They sat down on the front step of the house, and William’s father began to lecture him about how unreal his friends were and that his playing habits were not normal. “You’re five years old now, nearly six, so you should start to grow up. No more imaginary friends”. William can still hear his father’s voice drilling those words into him.

After that talk, William slowly began to lose sight of his friends. Miny the Mouse was the first to disappear and soon followed Ace the Superhero. He missed them greatly but he still had Quincy the Purple Dragon. He never thought that his trusty best friend would leave too but sure enough, when Summer came around, Quincy packed his bags and never came back. William was heartbroken for some time but he could see the difference in his father’s eyes when he knew they were all gone.

Williams cheeks began to blush and the strike of embarrassment rushed through him. He put down the newspaper, slowly pushed back his chair and strutted outside to where Brady was playing. He had his father’s words running through his mind and he knew exactly what he was going to say.

Just as he arrived to his spot of confrontation, before he could call out to Brady, the sound of his son’s laughter overpowered him. He watched him play and noticed how much fun he was having. Suddenly he saw himself in his son and realised that he was wrong. His father was wrong. Deep down, there was always that wish that he could have been given a little more time to be a kid so he decided not to say anything.

He slid down on his front stairs with his eyes captured on his son as he played. Brady ran over to where William was sitting and started to explain all about the game he had made up. A smile from ear to ear grew on William when Brady told him that Quincy the Purple Dragon was hiding up the tree.

Write a discription of a fictional character

Characterisation: This involves writing a description of a fictional character. This could be a character from the short story you developed in the module or another character from your imagination. Describe things like the person’s background, looks, personality, motivations, relationships and preferences. Use at least one literary device in your characterisation.
Word length: 300 words

As I peered over the bridge and across the creek, my eyes became fixated on a man. He stood tall with his back to me as he slipped off his maroon t-shirt from his sculpted body, revealing a large Maori tattoo swept across the left side of his torso. It connected to his whale bone fish-hook necklace that was hanging around his neck showing his New Zealand culture. His tousled hair was as dark as the shadows of twilight, emphasizing his sun-kissed skin. He had recently been in the creek as his body glistered in the sun light while streams of water made their way down his muscular back.
Now wearing only damp greyish jeans and a built watch on his wrist, he slowly turned around making me feel as if I was day dreaming. His face was ageless, giving me the impression that he was around 22 years old. His strong chin and shapely eyebrows allowed his dark emerald green eyes to sit flawlessly above his nose. Everything on his face led me to look at his eyes. He gave a cheeky smile, releasing his deep dimples, when he released I was spying on him.
As I approached him from the bridge, he walked my direction. For the longest seconds of my life, we stood in front of each other, eyes searching with excitement, faces bright with anticipation to who would speak the first word. His voice was kind when he said; ‘Hello’. Deep in conversation together, I found out that he loves to surf and during the day he works as a builder. When discussing the topic of life and the future, his eyes lit up with ambition and optimism as he explained his big plans for his future incorporating his love of traveling the world. He let me know that he is single at the moment but said how much he wants children of his own as he comes from a big family. He was very sweet.