I started my new job at The Abbotsford Convent. It was a fine first day. So my new role is Tenant Liaison Coordinator. I am the go-to-girl for all the tenants who are on site. What an amazingly diverse group of people I am going to get to know and work with. Artists, musicians, cultural organisations, natural therapists and health professionals, painters, poets, bakers, foodies of all kinds, the list goes on. It feels like such an amazing opportunity this job. I hope that I find my way with it and enjoy it. I hope that it's mostly pleasant and generally manageable. Challenging and busy but perhaps not too stressful. I will keep you posted.
The beauty of the place is truly extraordinary. I can't wait to get to know the physical and sensory delights that it has to offer. Alongside that beauty sits a history. I imagine that for many of the young women who lived and laboured at the convent there must have been great suffering, backbreaking work and emotional hardship and abuse. I will be interested to learn this history too.