Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

Dream Wheeler

She had a dream…and she made it happen.”

I met Jane Lambert in London twenty years ago, when she was in her mid sixties and I was in my early thirties. Jane had recently retired from teaching and she told me she was going to do two things in retirement – create a new life for herself in France and find a French lover.

I thought she was bonkers, a crazy, colourful optimist with her head in the clouds. Leaving aside her age (I thought she was too old for adventure, how stupid was I?) Jane was confined to a wheelchair. As if that wasn’t enough, she didn’t speak French, she had hardly any money and the house she wanted to buy looked like a derelict shack. Thankfully I kept my ill informed opinions to myself.

I was so intrigued by Jane and her ambitious dreams that I stayed in touch. And Jane has proved me wrong, on every count. Over the past twenty years in France Jane has slowly built the life she always dreamed of. She turned the derelict shack into a comfortable home, she planted a beautiful garden that flourishes without any chemical help and, of course, she met her French lover.

Jane has been an inspiration to me, and, I suspect, to everyone who meets her. I feel privileged to be able to share a small part of her adventure with you.

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Me and Jane with the first printed copy of her book

Me and Jane in her back garden in France, with the first printed copy of her book

Jane and Deb in France, June 2013

Jane and Deb in France, June 2013

27 comments on “Dream Wheeler

  1. Lisa McFayden
    June 5, 2013

    Congratulations Deb! It’s such a wonderful story (beautifully told). I am thrilled to see it in print. Fab photo by the way; you look terrific and so happy

    Sent from my iPhone

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    • debhuntinbrokenhill
      June 6, 2013

      Thanks Lisa, your help was so valuable, hope you enjoy your holiday, look forward to catching up soon x

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  2. Wendy Moore
    June 5, 2013

    Darling Deb, I am back in Oz and catching up on delicious strawberry posts! I have ordered the book and will OBVIOUSLY need it autographed when you get back. When you have a minute, there’s an unwritten novel or two in Nepal. Really looking forward to seeing you. Huge hugs to you both, Wendy

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  3. monsoonwendy
    June 5, 2013

    Darling Deb, I am back in Oz and catching up on delicious strawberry posts! I have ordered the book and will OBVIOUSLY need it autographed when you get back. When you have a minute, there’s an unwritten novel or two in Nepal. Really looking forward to seeing you. Huge hugs to you both, Wendy

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    • debhuntinbrokenhill
      June 6, 2013

      Welcome back! Hope your trek went well and look forward to seeing you in a few weeks time, can’t wait to hear all your news x

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  4. Val Lord
    June 6, 2013

    Hi Deb, sounds very interesting, will have Andrew order it for me when he gets home. This lady sounds amazing. Val

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    • debhuntinbrokenhill
      June 6, 2013

      Hi Val, she is an extraordinary woman and she’s been an inspiration for me, hope you enjoy reading about her! Best wishes, Deb

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  5. Coming East
    June 10, 2013

    Amazing story! Will have to get the book and read more about her. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  6. Gigi
    June 11, 2013

    Very nice story enjoyed reading it and thank you for liking my writings..

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  7. hollydeequilts
    June 11, 2013

    We can find inspiration everywhere – if we just stop to listen and look!

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  8. connie cockrell
    June 11, 2013

    Awesome story. And thanks for visiting my blog.

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  9. Montanita
    June 11, 2013

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Very inspirational. I will tell my Mum!

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  10. Montanita
    June 11, 2013

    Thanks for visiting my blog – very inspirational – I will tell my Mum!

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  11. Deirdre Hill
    June 13, 2013

    Congratulations, Deb! Looking forward to joining Wendy in the queue for autographs, but sadly will have to delay until we get home in October.

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    • debhuntinbrokenhill
      June 13, 2013

      Thanks Deidre, your blog has been fascinating to follow, look forward to seeing you in October.

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  12. helenthis51
    June 14, 2013

    I spent two mornings “devouring” Dream Wheeler. What a wonderful story of an obviously very corageous woman. I felt all of Janes emotions as she struggled to come to terms with living in her derelict ‘dream’ home, and her on again, off again relationship with Rene. Beautiful story, well written and an absorbing read. Helen T

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    • debhuntinbrokenhill
      June 14, 2013

      Helen I’m so glad you enjoyed reading about Jane, and thank you for taking the trouble to leave feedback. Best wishes to you, Deb

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  13. cheleheid
    June 18, 2013

    What a great story! I am always intrigued by hearing how people “make their lives.” Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Shainbird
    June 26, 2013

    Jane, you give us all hope! Thank you Deb for having the wisdom and love to bring such stories to our attention!

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I'm a writer based in Australia with a passion for gardening, remote places and people with a story to tell.

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