Living in London from 1999 to 2008, I had always planned to return to Australia but selling my Paddington flat took 3 years longer than expected. Another story! I loved living back in my country, especially London with all it has to offer. Such diversity, and I enjoyed a rich cultural life in the capital having access to ‘bums on seats’ tickets for just a few pounds. Ballet, West End theatre, concerts, galleries, private art views, festivals, English pubs, so much to do.
How I got on founder of Narara Ecovillage, Lyndall’s mailing list in 2006, I do not know, but on each visit back I would got to meetings and get to know several of the people who are integral in the village today.
I had bought and renovated several properties and in 2008 when the GFC hit, I got caught in the groundswell. I returned to Australia with my hip pocket much leaner.
Time to go on that long anticipated trip around Australia. Early in 2009 I set off in my camper van for a nine month journey west through NSW to South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland. It was a wonderful adventure, a real learning curve and the subject of my book ‘Red Hat Around Australia’ which is currently undergoing editing.
In 2012 Lyndall and what are now known as the Pioneers, put our money on the table and succeeded in purchasing what was the Horticulture Research Station just north of Gosford on the Central Coast. In 2013, after selling my house at Avoca Beach to help fund the project, myself, Mike, Kate and Emily moved into the Heritage House.