In the lead up to the 165th annual Port Fairy Show, Moyne Gazette reporter Rebecca Riddle sat down with one of the township’s most passionate advocates.
Jenny McLean enjoys dedicating her time and energy to bragging about the benefits of living in the sea-side village.
What do you most love about Port Fairy? The community because it always works together and pulls together.
Describe Port Fairy in five words: Vibrant, not-boring, beautiful, full of history, windy.
Red wine or white? I drink very little, in fact I’m close to being a teatotaller.
What do you wish you knew more about? That’s a hard one because I’m a great reader but I wish I knew how to analyse and understand things better and remember what I’ve learnt.
What are you reading at the moment? I’m learning Italian at the moment so duo-lingo.
What job would you be terrible at? Well I’m good at retirement. I recommend it in fact.
What career did you want to pursue when you were a teenager? I wanted to work with animals.
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time? Gardening, riding my bike, learning languages and I’m sure I could fill it in involving myself in the community more.
Are you usually early or late? Probably late.
What is something people might not know about you? I’ve ridden in the Garryowen before. It was about 44 years ago now but I loved it.
What dish are you renowned for cooking for family or friends? That’s tough, I’m not renowned for my cooking at all.
If you could choose to go back 100 years or forward 100 years what would you do and why? I’d go forward to see where all of this is taking us. There’s so many more exciting things to come. My mum saw the introduction of cars and computers and television, I’ve seen all that I want to see what’s next.
If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for? Talking and laughing.
What is the best piece of advice you've been given? Enjoy life to the fullest, Don’t look back look forward, make the most of every day and try to always find a positive in a negative.