About Me

Hello, my name is Jessica, Jess, Jesse or which ever one of my sisters names my father can pluck out of the ether at the time.
I expertly display an aura of cool calm collected 99% of the time.

I have embarked on a life changing journey of working and living in remote and rural locations across Australia. At the moment, I live down an orange dusty road in Western Australia, an hour north east of Perth.  I have been a kitchenhand for a wilderness resort, learning from a great chef. I have been a cook for 15-25 people on 2 cattle stations. I enjoy cooking and even managed my younger brother’s wedding dinner. I am trained as a Graphic Designer. Cows and horses and farms and stations are cool in my opinion. I love Doodling and Drawing and fiddling with Paints, leather, fabric and metal. I love to help people. I love getting paid to help. I love to problem solve. I love sudoku -especially the hard ones. I collect kaleidoscopes, stationary, and inspirational pictures.

Now embarking on the next great adventure called marriage: we are ready to go with our boots on our feet and our hats on our heads

My artistic endeavours will be documented at paperthumbtack.com.
My family review sausage rolls here: onasausageroll.com
I also have a special character I like to draw: she is granny. A super granny who does heaps of cool stuff with her boots on.


12 responses to “About Me”

  1. Matthew Edwards

    Great to see the adventure progress

  2. Denise

    Hello Jessica, I enjoyed reading your posts. When I embarked my short time as a cook on a cattle station I searched for information and found very little, so the information you are sending out will prove invaluable to many for years to come. I loved my 4 months out near Tambo but as a mother of five and Grandmother of three, I found that I missed my family and have moved on to a job where I get to go home on a regular basis. I miss the life on a station and often look at what vacancies are around with a wistful sigh. I understand what you mean when you say that you don’t miss World news. And it is amazing what you get used to as ‘normal’, you have to step back sometimes and remind yourself that people in the other world (city folk) would be and are amazed at ALL that you see and do, so keep those observations and stories coming.
    Cheerio Denise

    1. Jess

      Thanks Denise. Maybe one day family will be such that you can enjoy a bit of station life once more.

  3. Vicki Ward

    Hi Jessica, have just discovered your blog, and loving it. My husband and I quit our jobs a few months ago, and hit the road with our van after a life less ordinary. We are too young to be grey nomads and have to work as we go. We are both interested in finding work as a Station Cook and Bore Runner. My husband is very handy and a jack of all trades. I haven’t worked as a cook before, but always cooked for a big family andsome functions. I have always been a big fan of menu planning. For now we are caretaking a small cattle property near Emerald until the end of September. So I am am busily try to get whatever info I can on these positions..I would be grateful for any advice you could give me.
    Keep up the great work with yhe blog
    Cheers Vicki

    1. Jess

      I work for NAPCO.
      They have a recruitment page on their website…
      I come from a large family. But one thing I will say about cooking on my station is
      Cowboy cookies… I’d better get the recipe up eh? 🙂
      And proper veggies at main meals (not salads too often.)
      Ringers work really hard most days and they need more food than you would expect.

      Giving advice is a new thing for me as I’ve only been at this 6 months and I’m still learning myself. Also my current position is a slightly different one to the other NAPCO cook positions as I have supporting coworkers.

      I will try to keep posting.
      Especially now I’m collecting a bigger audience than just the ppl I already know.
      Keep the comments and question coming… I am starting to loose track of what the city might not understand.

    2. Jess

      Check out the NAPCO website there is a couples position now available in NT

  4. Brian

    Hi jess I love your profile you are truly talented

    1. Jess


  5. Peter Taylor

    Hi Jessica, my name is Pete, and I came across your profile elsewhere. I have come to your blog and I am really impressed with your get out there attitude and take on life at 100 miles an hour.

    1. Jess

      Thanks Peter.

  6. Michael

    Hi Jessica, Im Michael. Wanted to have a chat with you and possibly meet up for a coffee? I think we live in the same suburb if the website i was just on is correct……hahahaha

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