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DURING a time I was struggling to navi-
gate the sharp corners of my love life a
close friend imparted some sage wisdom on
me. The wisdom was this: “When someone
shows you who they are, believe them the
I can remember walking along the trail
from Berri to Martin Bend and stopping
dead in my tracks as her words filtered
through my iPhone and straight down to my
heart. Her insight was poignant and painful
because it forced me to awaken to a reality I
had purpose built, without the comfort of my
The process of acceptance and grief was
arduous, as belated realisation often is. But
beyond the individual this advice was given
in relation to, her words stayed deep in the
grottos of my psyche, ready to be deployed
in the initial interactions of all my relation-
ships going forward.
In a sense, my friend’s insight was just
another incantation of the age-old phrase,
“first impressions are last impressions”.
Yet, this adaptation seemed to sharply take
into consideration the way we construct
mental narratives around people of intimate
importance, to justify our expectations being
unmet and our inevitable dissatisfaction as a
I was reminded of this sentiment during
Oprah Winfrey’s backstage Q&A discussion
at this week’s 2018 Golden Globe Awards.
Ms Winfrey quoted the same expression,
only rather than attributing it to my friend
(which would have stopped me dead in my
tracks a second time), she credited Maya
Angelou – its original source.
Hearing the phrase again, having now
healed from my own disappointment, it
shone with a different intensity.
If we should be more perceptive and
realistic towards people who exhibit their
darkness in the beginning, should we also be
more aware and accepting of people who are
willing to show us their light and sensitivity
during early openings?
Are we so occupied ignoring red flags, we
ignore green lights too?
Further to this, I began to wonder, what
kind of first impressions have I emitted in
the past to people who’ve considered me
close, either in space or relationship. Have I
been a go-sign, or a warning-sign?
I went down to Martin Bend to sit and
think about this once again.
I drew the conclusion that in light of the
New Year, which signifies new beginnings
and therefore the potential for new relation-
ships (of every kind), I am going to spend
2018 being a person who shows their true
self promptly and proudly.
In doing so, I can only hope it reminds me
that others will do the same. And when they
do, I’ll trust they know themselves better
than I, and believe them... the first time.
Apricot growers bounce back from bad year...
A LOCAL grower says more
needs to be done to change the
public’s perceptions of dried
apricots, despite Riverland
growers harvesting a healthy
crop this season.
With the 2017 apricot season
wrapping up, Waikerie producer
and Dried Fruit Trees Australia
chair Kris Werner said most
growers had a successful year.
“The rain messed up one vari-
ety and the heat messed up the
last one, but apart from that it
was pretty good,” he said.
“This year’s crop was well up
from last year, so all in all we’re
Last season, Mr Werner lost
about 70 per cent of his crop due
to bad weather and the hailstorm
that ripped through the region in
Despite a strong crop, Mr
Werner still has concerns about
aspects of the dried fruit indus-
He said the public’s percep-
tion of dried apricot prices need-
ed to change to make the indus-
try more attractive to growers.
“Fresh stone fruit is selling
for $7 to $14 a kilogram some-
times, and yet when we try to
sell a kilogram of dried for $30
a kilogram, people scoff at you,”
“But, there’s 6kg of fresh fruit
in 1kg of dried apricots.
“There seems to be this feel-
ing that people aren’t willing
to pay more for dried fruit, but
when it comes to fresh fruit it
doesn’t seem to be a problem.”
Mr Werner was also con-
cerned about imported dried
fruit being mixed with home-
“The problem is you can’t just
buy Australian (apricots) unless
you know an Australian grower,”
“(Packers) are blending it
with Australian varieties so you
get one out of 10 that taste good.
“South African (apricots) are
the biggest issue because they
look exactly like ours, but they
have no flavour.”
apricot grower and
Dried Fruit Trees
Australia chair Kris
Werner, who lost
about 70 per cent
of his crop last year
due to bad weather,
says yields have
been well up this
PHOTO: Erin Williams
Locals’ sweet harvest
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