Saturday, March 7, 2015

Beautiful Little Character Motorhomes From A While Back...

These little character motorhomes may be old but many are still providing pleasure for their owners, some more than sixty years after their original manufacture.
It's highly unlikely today's mass produced motorhomes will even be in one piece in a few years time, let alone still being driven on the roads least travelled.
And yes, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder...

Friday, March 6, 2015

Sarah And William Show Love Is Possible Without The Internet...

There's a Scottish tourist called Sarah
sitting on the grass at picturesque Picton,
New Zealand's inter-island ferry terminal
to the South Island.
She sees a man walking his dog and fancies him. The man, not the dog. Well maybe the dog too. So anyway, she writes a lovely note, an invite on a card, to meet her there on Tuesday.  Suddenly the whole world knows Sarah is looking for this guy and it only takes a nanosecond for him to be identified as William and informed he's the most desired man
on the planet.
And yes, they do meet on Tuesday
but will they fall in love and still be an item
by Wednesday.
Perhaps. Watch this space... 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Royal Bank Of Scotland's CEO Ross McEwan Refuses To Accept A Two Million Dollar Performance Bonus...

Whatever next!
The CEO of The Royal Bank Of Scotland, Ross McEwan, a New Zealander by the way, has just turned down a one million pound performance bonus saying that he didn't want the allowance to be a distraction from the task of building a great bank. How outrageous!
This act of humility and consideration for his staff and customers is virtually unheard of.
Good on you Mr McEwan...

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

For Those Who Loved The Typewriters Of The Past But Embrace The Hi-Tech Now...

For those who loved the wonderful old typewriters of the past and were reluctant to let them go, you need to know that USB Typewriters are rescuing antique typewriters and giving them a new lease of life in the now of the digital age. They're very cleverly transforming Underwoods and other brands into computer keyboards
and tablet docks.
Now this is recycling...

Monday, March 2, 2015

My Life Priorities...

In 2004 I just happened to be at Tauranga Bay
in New Zealand's Northland. Tauranga Bay is one of the most beautiful places on the planet, near the entrance to the famed Whangaroa Bay.
For some reason I decided to write My Life Priorities. The words that follow here were written in less than one hour without faltering, altering or editing.
I haven't desired to change anything since.
Until today it has been a very personal and private document and few people have seen it.
And now the time seems right to share my most important life priorities with you.

I choose to have in my life.
A beautiful, simple, serene, harmonious environment in which to live, play and work.
One that is safe and warm, that gives me pleasure to be in. That nourishes me and is essential to my spiritual being. One that honours me and one that is surrounded by nature.

I choose to have in my life.
The essentials to care for my body, health, mind and soul. Good food, music, literature and a few well chosen friends.

I choose to have in my life.
The means and the options to communicate with any other should I desire.

I choose to have in my life.
Goals that are achieved by adhering to the philosophy of  'If I don't need it, I don't need to go to work to earn the money to buy it'.
That less is more for me. And that success is not what one has but can love living without.
I choose to live the way Thoreau described when he said ' I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately, to front only the essentials of life and to see if I could not learn what it had to teach. And not, when it cam time to die, discover I had not lived.

I choose to have in my life.
The most valuable currency of all. Time.
Some of it spent in solitude and as much as possible to do whatever I wish to do as slowly as I wish to do it. I am in no hurry to pursue the end of my life.

I choose to have in my life.
The love of a woman, who, will not only be able to share much of my life philosophy but practically too, the things that are important to me. A person whose life I am able to enhance and who is able to enhance mine.

I choose to have in my life.
Enough. And that is what I have.

I choose to have in my life.
The means to achieving my real obligation. To fulfilling my own personal destiny.

I choose to have in my life.
The strength and honesty to be true to myself.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Remarkably Simple Life Of Dan Price The Hobbit Man...

My friend Dan Price The Hobbit Man and the author of Moonlight Chronicles, recently sent me some new images of what he's been up to down on the two beautiful acre meadow where he's lived for the last twenty four years.
Dan featured here a while ago and more recently on The Shelter Blog.
He's been living on less than $5,000 a year for a long time now and remains an inspiration to all who wish to get the hell out of the rat race.
Dan does it differently to most but the important thing is that he does it his way.
The Hobbit Man is being true to himself...