50 Faces 50 Lives


Graeme Leith: 50 Faces 50 Lives

Six Degrees of Separation. I met Graeme Leith some months ago. Friends gathered to have lunch with him at the winery he established. Passing Clouds. It was a pleasant lunch overlooking the neatly planted rows of vines. He’s written a book about his life of winemaking and he generously gave…

5 December 2019 | 50 Faces 50 Lives

Kate Redwood: 50 Faces 50 Lives

Let me tell you a simple story that I think sums up a very special woman, Kate Redwood. I’m sitting at her kitchen table concluding the interview for this 50 Faces 50 Lives article. The “Interview” has evolved into a warm chat among two new friends as we share our…

22 November 2019 | 50 Faces 50 Lives

Petrus Spronk: 50 Faces 50 Lives

In the series 50 Faces 50 Lives I interview men and woman who have shaped a joyful, meaningful life in their later years. When I started this project 10 interviews ago I thought it would be fun and a way of meeting some interesting people. It is so much more….

12 November 2019 | 50 Faces 50 Lives

An 80th Birthday Speech…………. by Petrus Spronk

Recently I interviewed the artist, writer and  a wonderful human being, Petrus Spronk. The Dutch born Australian celebrated his 80th birthday with a gathering of 150 friends and family at a local music venue and bar here in the town where nearly everyone knows him. Petrus gave a speech to…

12 November 2019 | 50 Faces 50 Lives

Di Percy: 50 Faces 50 Lives

It’s a glorious spring day and after a quick garden tour Di and I settle into cups of tea on the back terrace, overlooking the valley. Our paths have crossed for many years and already I know that our conversation will be a rich and enjoyable one. In seeking out…

6 November 2019 | 50 Faces 50 Lives

Maggie Jackson: 50 Faces 50 Lives

When Maggie Jackson speaks, it’s as though she is singing. The words ripple and frolic. There’s the Irish lilt and a pause, followed by the tumble of soft, dancing words. Her bright blue eyes sparkle, her hands elaborate and her smile welcomes you into her world. We catch up for…

31 October 2019 | 50 Faces 50 Lives

Markie: 50 Faces 50 Lives

When we talk about transforming our lives many of us think about changing jobs, retiring, a tree change, losing weight, getting fit or perhaps a new relationship. But what about realising the need to change your gender? This week I was privileged to talk with Markie, who in her 70’s…

15 October 2019 | 50 Faces 50 Lives

Adrienne: 50 Faces 50 Lives

The question is often asked ”Where are Adrienne and Mal now?” This globe-trotting couple in their 60’s have embraced a grey nomad existence and overseas travel with a passion. I met Adrienne a few years ago and I was immediately welcomed into the warm and friendly space she creates around…

3 October 2019 | 50 Faces 50 Lives

Valentine: 50 Faces 50 Lives

I met Valentine through mutual friends in our town. Her fiery red hair, her stylish wardrobe and the beautiful home she has created with a friend is so impressive. I decided to invite Valentine and other friends to dinner. Who is this amazing woman? I’m not a good cook. In…

29 September 2019 | 50 Faces 50 Lives