Everyday rain, shine, wind or hail I follow the same routine of walking 10km round our local lake. Normally this activity takes around an hour and I tend to see the same familiar faces. Interestingly, the age range varies dramatically from teenagers to octogenarians all going at their own pace. Recently I have befriended a new arrival to the area, whose main residence is a farm in rural South Australia. Essentially he is from a culture where eating no processed and preservative food is a way of life. That is why he was fascinated to find out that I write about many artisan food brands. Certainly, this amazing country has an abundance of craft producers including Queensland based business Proteco Oils. » Read more

As an author/writer, I am always looking for new and exciting projects to sink my teeth into. Even when I devise an interesting concept it might not always appeal to my publisher. Sometime they might like the subject a lot but feel it will not resonate with their target market. Unfortunately, that is the reality of life and financial viability is sometimes integral to the success of a project. The same parallel can be made in the highly competitive world of horology. I have spoken with many brands who have created extraordinary timepieces but the figures simply do not stack up. Fortunately, Switzerland based company Gorilla Watches has managed to find that even balance. » Read more

Australia is a truly amazing country to live in and I am massively proud to call it my home. Literally two weeks ago we celebrated our 6th anniversary in Adelaide with friends and can’t believe how quickly time has passed. When I lived in the UK soap opera’s like Neighbours and Home and Away depicted a perpetual outdoor life. Although in many ways these dramas are not realistic there is a certain amount of accuracy. For example, friends do regularly have barbeques and within the provincial cities, wonderful beaches are abundant. Another really crucial point is that there is plenty of phenomenal food available. A brilliant example is popular seaside town Byron Bay, which is located on the South Eastern tip of New South Wales. » Read more

About a couple of weeks ago I met with a neighbour who informed me that he was planning to list his house on the market in November. He also asked if we would be interested in a personal viewing the property with an intention of potentially buying it. The home is approximately 6 years old and has some very interesting bespoke features. Certainly, it is far superior to most of the generic residences in the area. However, it didn’t tick all the boxes and therefore we couldn’t justify moving. Ultimately we liked the property but didn’t fall in love. I would imagine most buyers feel the same way and that is why they decide to go down the self-build route. This way (within reason) you can achieve the finish and layout desired. » Read more