Coober Pedy has been my main residence for 21 years, moving here from Mackay Qld with my husband and our 5 children in 1996 to opal mine which we did until my husband passed away suddenly about 18 months after moving here. I have continued to opal mine part time for most of the last 20 years.
Before moving to Coober Pedy my occupation had always been hospitality and working with people so in 1998 I decided to purchase an underground restaurant and ran that for 5 yrs. In 1998 I also met my current partner Jeff who was a local fencing contractor (patrolled several different areas of the SA Dog Fence over a long time) and an opal miner.
After selling my restaurant, I moved to Kangaroo Island with my 13yr old son and managed the Sports and Recreation Club in American River. (The other kids had grown up and fled the nest)
Missing Coober Pedy I returned and worked as a gaming manager at the local hotel for several years, a bar attendant at the Italian Club, also managed the local newspaper. In 2008 I joined Jeff fencing, as preferred contractors to 3 mining companies in the vicinity of Coober Pedy. Jeff retired 2015.
Over all this time my passion was and still is renovating. I purchased my dugouts 3 months after my husband died, making "Di's Place our family home, and have over the last 20 yrs done just that, renovated. I finally opened my 2 lovely dugouts up as accommodation in April to share with people around the world.