This is Marion. A very Nundah Mum. 

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You may recognise ‘zero waste champion’ Marion of Vessel Nundah. Aside from owning 1.5 dimples, you may not know she is a Mum of two kids.

Coincidentally drinking from her ‘Best Mum’ mug (a previous year’s Mother’s Day gift), Marion tells me that she never expected that motherhood would be so completely consuming in both great and exhausting ways. When people comment on her kids, she hears that one is funny, and one is polite. She figures she must be doing something right. And thanks to her kids, Marion knows ALL of the names of the Pokémon and even has a favourite of her own.

Marion was home with her kids, her Mum and the two dogs when the recent floods hit Nundah. Her Mum had ‘just cracked a beer’ when they were alerted by the sight of her wheelie bins floating past the window. All too quickly, the waters rose on the bottom floor of their home – and her business.

They evacuated, making it to safety at a friend’s place on higher ground. Weeks later (at time of writing), they are still in limbo, still cleaning and waiting for assessors to view the damage. But, this Mum is resilient and Vessel was quick to get back up and running. When asked what sustainable (and local!) gift she recommends this Mother’s Day, suggests the Natural Skincare Solutions Antioxidant Facial Toning Mist.  As one would expect from Vessel, it is made from all-natural ingredients and is available as a refill.

This is. series focuses on Nundah locals, interviewed and photographed by local contributor Gaylia Lee. Read more local stories here.