Savour the colours of life at Piora

Jean and Pascale Osanz from Piora.
Jean and Pascale Osanz from Piora. Susanna Freymark

A YOUNG Frenchwoman stood in front of 60 men stationed in icy Antarctica.

She decided there and then that one of the men would become her husband.

She asked her first question.

"What does your wife or girlfriend think about you being here?” she said.

Pascale Osanz sits on the veranda of her Piora home and giggles. Her husband Jean smiles.

"I knew then which ones were single,” she said of her pertinent question.

Pascale was in Antarctica to interview a famous French explorer, Paul Emile Victor, for Radio Australia.

She met Jean, who was in charge of the space physics lab. He was 27 and she was 29.

Three months ago the couple moved to Piora from remote inland Queensland where no one could understand her accent, Pascale said. They were 100km from Bundaberg, so shopping was a big trip.

They managed their 20ha property having moved there from the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria after a family tragedy.

"In 2003 the police came to our house,” Pascale said, wiping tears from her eyes.

The police delivered news every parent dreads. Their eldest son had died that day in a car crash.

Moving to Queensland gave the them the isolation and privacy to grieve.

After 12 years, Pascale wanted to move and they chose the 1912 house in Piora which they love except for the noise of the Bruxner Hwy.

They are only 10 minutes from Casino now, Pascale said, and close to friends they visit regularly.

Jean is keen to establish himself in the solar energy business and Pascale runs colour therapy sessions.

She has written books on the colour therapy technique she has devised and said it can "help you find your purpose in life”.

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