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Meet A Local :: Rachel Summers

After meeting at Freckles Cafe, this local introduced me to the wonderful world of corporate lawn bowls. We teamed up not just in the cafe but in summer on Sunday afternoon’s to play this popular sport… It’s our pleasure to introduce to you Rachel Summers!

rachel-summersWhat brought you to the island or have you always lived here?
I came here originally to work at the Bakery. It didn’t work out, but I loved the island so much, I decided to stay.

Which part of the island do you love and what is its appeal?
Every part of the island is great. Whitemark has everything you need to keep you going. Lady Barron and Killiecrankie have spectacular views. Sawyers Bay used to be my favourite spot, but I have since found a private little beach at West End that takes the cake.

Which pastimes or hobbies keep you busy?
Cooking, anywhere, anytime. I also try my hardest to sing and have been in the acapella group (The Acappelicans) for about 3 years. I am involved with the CWA and Show Society as well. I have more going on here on the island than any other place I have lived.

If you could paint a picture of Flinders Island, where would you set up your easel?
If I could paint, I would probably go to the Martins Hill looking back towards Whitemark – or as you drive down Palana Road into Emita and you see Castle Rock and Marshall Bay. The beauty of Flinders Island is that you get a great view wherever you look. However, I can’t paint, so would probably do some stick figures of cattle in a random paddock!

In the whole wild world – who inspires you? I’ll get back to you on this one!

What local food would you cook for a dinner party?
Now that is a hard question. Depends on the time of year, who is coming. I like to cook wallaby for people who haven’t had it before. Most are surprised how tasty it is once they get over the fact they are eating Skippy. My family loves seafood so that is always on the menu when they visit (providing my other half has managed to catch something).

How do you spend your holidays on Flinders Island?
I like to go camping – in my newly found West End spot. I also like to put my new cookbooks to use. I wonder if there is something like AA for cookbook addicts?

Last book, TV or movie you enjoyed?
Movie was Mr Pip, TV was House of Cards and book was The Count of Monte Cristo (for the 4th time).

What would be a positive thing to have happen for the islands future?
Apart from more residents, more jobs etc. A fast, reliable internet service. It would be great to make use of websites like IView, Stan or even Netflix. It is hard for us islanders to go to the movies. But until we get a larger population…

What is your favourite quotation or saying?
So many to choose from – I have three – “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”, “If you don’t like it, don’t do it” and “Everything will be alright in the end. If it is not alright, it is not the end” from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Rachel’s comment… “I have more going on here on the island than any other place I have lived”… Is very interesting. Sammi & I can relate. I think the best part is you can choose to do as little or as much as you like!

X Sammi & Megan

You will be grinning like a cheshire cat if you follow the White Rabbit Gourmet wagon!! Pick yourself up a scrumptious gourmet pizza made by Rachel from the Sports Club, Flinders Island every Saturday night.

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