EL RANCHERO & ME

I meet El Ranchero in 2009 and was hurtled into this wonderful landscape and this wonderful life together.  It was a steep learning curve for one who had spent all her past life in between running Restaurants, Functions, organising Wedding events tending to customers and their needs, then there was the staff to organise all these events and occasions. 

I have a love of painting and ... 

... sketching having held small exhibitions here and there, and at one time I had my own business designing and printing fabrics for a while which was a lot of fun.

In truth I love to create and make things and sewing and cooking do belong in that category as well …

… I guess and especially if it is something that you have grown or re-purposing a pre-loved piece of fabric.

Why the Spanish here and there you ask?  Well I was born here in Australia in fact I am fifth generation Australian ...


... my forefathers were two brothers of the Clan MCLEOD, from the Isle of Skye who came out as settlers back in 1830’s ...


...to start a new life in Australia - one of the brothers had a wife who followed him out later with a young family who were the beginning of my side of the family.

My father passed away at 42 years old, a rural accident involving a tractor, back in the early sixties.  


He was the fourth generation in a family of Sheep Graziers in this district that we now live in.

My mother was English and upon my father’s death, Death Duties and with my father not having updated his will since his Grandfather ...


... my Mother really had nothing to her name.  So that is when my mother packed my brother and I up and off we went, I was three my brother two.  We grew up and went to school in Peru, Chile and Argentina in South America, we also lived for a number of years on an island of Spain, Mallorca.  We did not return to Australia until I was twelve years old.  Hence the Spanish which I still speak fluently to this day.


And El Ranchero? well he has had a love of Spanish horses the Andalusian, 

since a young man - he has always worked with cattle on his family property and then once he was married he inherited part of the family property and went on with the cattle, the horses and the raising of a young family.  Then about fifteen years ago after a marriage breakdown, he had a "Sunshine Change" - which means he left the Western Districts of Victoria and came up here to "Sunny" Queensland and here we are!  Yes he does speak Spanish, but just enough to get the girls smiling, he spent some time in the States as a young man, working horses of course. 

He is what we term here in Australia a "Larrikin", a practical joker who delights in telling "Yarns" and the "taller" the better, with a wonderful zest for life which I am so lucky to share along with him.