Pam and the joeys

An old friend of this blog, the lovely Pam, sent through an update from her life in WA this week. Pam wrote a number of stories in the early days, including some of our most popular ones including this one about her favourite tree and this one about pottery and change. It was great to hear from her and about her adventures as a wildlife rescuer, and to see some pics of the little joeys she is caring for. Pam has such a great spirit and strength. She has been through a lot in her life, so it is fantastic to hear that she is having some fun now. 

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Hi all. There are a lot of people on here I don’t know anymore but I wanted to tell you a little about my life. I now live in Albany in WA which is an amazing place. Today is the 5 year anniversary since I left Adelaide. We left with basically nothing – we didn’t even have a clean pair of knickers or jocks but we had the boys bikes and the cat and dog which was extremely important and in this five years so much has happened it’s like I’ve lived two lives. The boys are growing up so much – in this time Mitchell has even left home. Now I have mentioned Mitchell I’ll tell you a little bit about this child. One day he came into the bedroom and said ‘Mum, I’ve been asked to join the junior council members for Albany’ and I said how did you do that and he said I wrote a letter because I was concerned about the suicide rate in Albany and that there was nothing for Albany teens to do so he became a member of the Albany council. There was a picture of him in the newspaper because he got a huge amount of money for a new skatepark to be put in. He organises competitions and lots of other things. I went to watch and there’s all these people going ‘good job Mitchell’, ‘well done’ and I didn’t even realise he was doing all this. He is an amazing person.

Next an update on me. I always thought that my life would be just about kids cause that’s all I ever knew and that’s all I ever wanted to do was look after kids since I was 17. Well I found new things. When the government gave me this house I actually cried because I was so sad and disappointed and thought how bad this house looked there was nothing out the back just weeds. But since then the boys and I put in the decking together. We have put in a pond and veggies, fruit trees and a garden. I have included some pictures  for you to see. I have always wondered why I was given this big butt – so that I could shuffle around on it to pull out the weeds!


The other passion in my life is my Joeys. I became a carer for rescued baby kangaroos. I had a mentor who taught me how to look after them; I go to the meetings (yes Elizabeth shock horror I go to meetings!) and I do rescues and I look after the babies afterwards. I adore my Joeys; as you will see in the pictures they take up most of my backyard. They’re always jumping around in the backyard. Over here in WA they go to soft release and then they are set free in the state forest but I know that in South Australia you’re not allowed to let them go. They are an amazing creature and I absolutely love doing this.

I know this probably sounds like a bit of a brag but it’s ok to have a bit of a brag because I’ve done well and I’m proud of what I’ve done and I’ve come along way. There’s a lot of help along the way but you do get there in the end and if you don’t give up it does get better and better until you are living your best life which I am doing. I have had babies since I was 17 and didn’t think I was capable of much else. Well I realise I’m a capable of a lot and yes there are bad days but the good days outweigh the bad so if you are having a struggle please keep going just for a few more days because you never know what day things will get better – but they will. Please enjoy my photos – I have more photos of Joeys than I have my own kids! They are all unique just as our kids are. Thank you Elizabeth for letting me tell you or about my life. Lots of love Pam

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3 Responses to Pam and the joeys

  1. Mandy Laidlaw says:

    How lovely to hear from Pam. 😁😁
    Seems appropriate that she is caring for joeys, such a nurturer. Thank you for writing Pam. When I’m in the West next , I’ll be sure to look you up. Cheers and love to you . Mandy

    • Hi Mandy,
      How lovely to hear from you! I thought you would like this and am so glad you have seen it. I will make sure Pam reads your comment too. Hope your travels are still going well.

  2. Pam Smith says:

    Hi Mandy I hope you’re having a wonderful time in Europe I’m going to Hawaii and Texas in a month with Jake really looking forward to it I need a babysitter for my Joey’s if you feel like coming to Albany and babysitting lol anyway have a really great time miss you

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