Away from law, justice & the courthouse, the wrangling courts & stubborn law, I live on a little farm of 12.5 acres called ‘Fat Lawyer Farm’ where I work on finishing/renovating our farmhouse & managing the place generally among other things . . .
Our little patch is situated just minutes from the town (village) of Angaston in the heart of Barossa Valley wine country in South Australia. Barossa Valley is Australia’s premium grape growing & wine-producing region & one of the nation’s top tourist destinations.
Our house remains a work in progress. Hmph! I’m not a gardener & do only what needs to be done. Ugh! When I’m not doing outdoorsy things I love being in the kitchen. I enjoy arty, making & creating. I enjoy vintage dolls, old teddy bears etc. I love knitting & sewing. I love to make cloth & rag dolls especially in the more primitive naive style. Alas, little time these days for such pursuits.
I enjoy all things worn & rustic. I will repair, fix & make-over furniture & home decor if it suits me. I love antiquing, brocanting, the vintage & rustic. I love history. Earlier times. The old. Old books. Vintage books. Love reading. I guess you could say I’m an undisciplined eclectic & I love it.
I’m a Francophile in many respects. Also on my ‘To Do’ list is studying French & heading to France . . . hopefully sooner than later.
I’m a lawyer by education & profession, a barrister & solicitor (attorney in the USA) admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of South Australia & High Court of Australia. My areas of interest are criminal law, human rights, ethics & morality, natural law, social justice, civil & political rights, international & comparative law, legal history & animal law & ethics. NGE (husband) is also a lawyer.
Over the years, I came to see that there is no ideal greater than liberty. Indeed, liberty is the one abiding principle at the heart of all we do, all we are. Without liberty life would be nothing.
I also realized that the moral component of representing the ‘less popular’ means one is always trying to promote good in the world, a good within a ‘cura personalis‘ framework.
In the mid 80s I moved abroad to the USA where I married & lived for near 17 years in 4 states, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida & Texas, all the time working in the law primarily criminal defence, social justice & anti death penalty advocacy.
Being a hardcore eclectic, I post about whatever is on my mind.
I post whenever I can which could be any time, any day.
No pre-set regularity like daily or weekly.
I couldn’t possibly be tied to such a strict regime & am in awe of those who post regularly & frequently.
I may even post multiple times in a day or not at all for a while . . . eclectically undisciplined 🙂
I’m not a photographer so don’t expect drop-dead gorgeous images like you see on many sites. I plod along with my photographs. Of course this blog is not about photography nor am I advertising my photography skills. It is for fun, interest & sharing with the images one part of the mix. Enjoy!
* Doing my best always to cite sources & give credit where due. Please contact me if I have not or I have made a mistake in using an image or citing a source. Thank you.