There was something about this story that seemed obvious, impossible and yet what a great business life model.
What at first impression seemed like a story where everything just fell into place really came upon reflection, to be a story about someone who built a self propelling business by staying true to a series of core principles.
Being natural, staying true to and giving chances to the muscians, not making promises you cannot keep,  not running your business as most people think you should but more how it feels instinctively natural for you and doing what keeps you happy.
I thought it was great.
Visit Derek's website        
JX 29/8/11

There is one song writer who has been able to put so many of our unspoken feelings into words and that is
Eric Bogle!     
 For me personally , there are 3 songs in particular that resonate.
No Man's Land
............did you really believe them when they told you 'The Cause'?
            did you really believe that this war would end wars?
            well the suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame
            the killing, the dying, it was all done in vain
            for Willie McBride, it all happened again
            and again, and again, and again and again............
Now I'm Easy folks these days despise the Cockie
             say with subsidies and dole, we've had it easy
             but there's no drought or starving stock on a sewered suburban block
              but it's nearly over now, and now I'm easy.............
And the Band played Waltzing Matilda when I was a young man, I carried me pack
             and I lived the free life of a rover
             from the Murray's green basin to the dusty outback
             well, I waltzed my Matilda all over...........
If you do not have any Eric Bogle music already, visit & discover it for yourself.
John 13/7/11

Lifes storms come and go
Some with warning
Some without
Some destructive
Some exhilerating
All make us focus, think
Make us different
Sometimes we retreat
Seek shelter and comfort
Only to reappear when we feel safe
Sometimes we do not care or cannot care
We are weathered but the storm passes
Sometimes we let the storm sweep us away
To a new life, new surrounds, as a new person
We all have our storms
To storms we are nothing
We all have our storms       ..........    [JX 2008]

I glimpsed parts of a presentation recorded on A-PAC by Professor Sampford some time ago and it gave a definition to Dilema vs Temptation, to Lying, to Misleading, to Persuading.
Dilema = Principle 1  OR  Principle 2
Temptation = Principle  BUT  the alternative leads to Personal Gain.
Lying = using a False Statement to induce a False Belief
Misleading = using a True Statement to induce a False Belief
Persuading = using True Statements to induce a Belief in what you Believe.
John 1/6/11

There is something about this book that makes you think ' ah, thats what is happening ' and gives you a guide to how some have done it and how others could do it.
Published in 2010 by Portfolio Penguin, I was made aware of this book by a reference to it by Seth Godin.
Linda sees the Mesh design as Durable, Flexible, Reparable and Sustainable and in many ways these businesses develop into something that their users drive by thinking aloud (very aloud & very quickly).
It is the ability to test & respond quickly that enables a mesh business to stay cool, to grow and attract other businesses clients who want to be involved in the experience and who place importance on how their personal activities affect others.
This is a book people should get and read.
John 29/5/11  

The original township was established around 1856 principally with migrants from Scotland and Germany. These days the ruins are reminders of a Colonial past. Once a stopping off point on the way to the Victorian gold fields, these days it remains very much a rural area with operating farms and a selection of lifestyle properties.

I enjoyed this book  because in so many ways, it is the complete package. A mixture of packaging, graphics and then the writing that tells a story about a journey.
 I was introduced to the book through a series of blogs that Chris Tan had written and posted on the FIABCI website. I read the book in December 2010 and it is a book that I see as a 'catalyst for change' in many peoples personal & business lives. From sensing an opportunity, to creating an opportunity, to capitalising on an opportunity - it is all there and it is all underpinned by a whole of person, whole of company delivery of service!

YackaYacka in Littlehampton has a history of Gorse infestations. In addition to the mechanical means of controlling it there is evidence that one of the biological controls has reached this area.$file/Biological_Control_of_Gorse_with_the_Gorse_Spider_Mite.pdf   
Hopefully it assists in the control of this weed.

The Stringybark trees on YackaYacka at Littlehampton are some of the more easterly that I've seen around this area. They tend to grow in the higher rainfall areas of the Mount Lofty Ranges.
Over the last 2 to 3 years there have been increasing numbers of them dying on my property and why that is I am not sure. I thought initially it was because of the preceeding exceptionally dry years but the trees continue to die even in a wet year such as the second half of 2010 into 2011.
8/3/11 - Advice from the Native Vegetation Council
'''''  Being more susceptible than other gums Stringybark has been affected with phytophthora (a root disease) over the past couple of years, particularly in the Adelaide Hills area.  This health issue has not at all been helped by the years of past drought.  '''''''

 The first section of the property where I began planting was above and into an old quarry that was in the south western  corner of the block. The plants I selected were native plants with the aim of creating an understory. I used to work away a lot at the time (2 weeks on, 2 weeks off) and it was hard work at the time given the type of terrain in that small area, but the reward was in seeing the growth of the plants.
 I hand watered these plants for the first 2 years to keep them going but the site has maintained itself for a long time now with new seedlings starting to appear and spread further afield. It is an area where I always see native birds as well which is great.