Their other shared interests include cooking, watching movies, roleplaying and online computer games. In particular, Chris is interested in open source software development and the latest computer technology. Vanessa enjoys gardening and one day would like to create a website dedicated to the plants and animals found in Southeast Queensland gardens.
The couple have made some other websites which you may be interested in. They can be found at rymich.com
If you feel you have something to contribute to the growth of their Girraween website, whether it be comments, information or photographs, they would love to hear from you!
You can contact Vanessa and Chris via the Contact Us
In October 2008, Vanessa and Chris visited Girraween National Park. It was the first time Chris had ever been to the park and it was the second time for Vanessa. They did the Junction and Granite Arch walks. It was a lovely day out and both took a great many photographs of the Spring flowers and granite features.
As the couple looked at their photos afterwards, Vanessa thought that her parents - particularly her mother - might like to see them. Her mother was born and raised in Stanthorpe and loves flowers. Vanessa thought that she would enjoy seeing their photos. As her Mum's health isn't the best, it would be unlikely that she would be able to travel to the park to see the flowers for herself. Vanessa and Chris decided to put together a little slideshow on a DVD for both their parents' enjoyment. The DVD's structure was a bit like a website, so they got to thinking...
The couple did some searching on the internet and discovered that, apart from the official Government website, there was very little out there on Girraween. Both Chris and Vanessa enjoy photography, writing and making websites, so they thought "why not?". There seemed to be a need (if they wanted to find a website about the park, other people surely would too) and it would be a great way of combining their shared interests into a single, worthwhile project that other people might find useful and enjoy. Plus it would be a good excuse for the couple to keep going back to the park for more walks!
It was supposed to be only a small website, but it has taken on a life of its own and it just keeps on growing. Vanessa does the bulk of the work. She suffers from depression and, in 2004, she had to give up her job because of it. Creating the website has become an extremely fulfilling passtime for her. In the process, she is learning a lot about building websites and even more about the natural world.