Somehow I stumbled upon Penelope Trunk’s website this morning. Very quickly I read this quote below – which reminded of conversations I have had recently – so I had to share it!
Farming is changing a lot. It’s a lot like what you say about how corporations won’t take care of you and you have to take care of yourself.
… by Penelope’s farmer
Yes, I will most likely become a farmer within the next 12 months. It will mean moving our family to Kangaroo Island; Bees will be our main focus, plus we plan to keep goats, chickens, geese, vegetables, and a dog. My wife and our kids will move over first, I will follow them after I complete a few job contracts here in Adelaide. Many factors to consider first before this is all finalized. But it will happen.
Then I found this comment on the article that says exactly why farmers are entrepreneurs. So I have adapted the comment text to best fit our situation:
It’s true: Beekeeper farmers are entrepreneurs and marketing gurus.
We have to be: With family farm’s nearing extinction due to government intervention, middleman markups and overall high economic issues, they have to find a way to make their money at a grassroots level.
Many farmers combat this by creating their own product or restricting their product range. Rather than selling their product to international and impersonal conglomerates, now make their own boutique or unique products – then sell them to niche markets and a smaller customer base.
What’s amazing about entrepreneurial farmers is they manage to create a means of carrying on a family-owned business. By creating high-quality premium products – local products that defy corporate enterprise – they will stand out in their local community. Better yet, they often preserve their land, keeping the environment pristine and natural, instead of selling it off to real-estate developers.
Penelope also says exactly why I look forward to being a farmer after twenty five years of Adelaide city life.
That felt good to tell you all. May the future also be entrepreneurial for you!
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Whilst going through all my Flickr photographs for a handful to add to a new album, I found these few photographs shot during my younger brother’s 40th birthday. Figured they needed a little air-time. All shot on a Canon 400D.
Then the party started – and I became the barman for a few hours.
We want to travel. Alex Maccaw has succinctly said what is in my head:
…Ultimately that list ended up as:
South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, NYC, SF, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.
… See as much as possible in that one year, and then revisit places properly in the future. If you don’t have as much time, I’d recommend focusing on an area, perhaps Asia.
For example, for my next trip I’m planning to:
Start in Beijing. Take the train to Tibet. Go down to Nepal. Travel overland to India. Make my way down to Mumbai. Fly to South East Asia and travel through northern Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos.
I have no idea how people simply afford to get up and do this. This would take years of saving and planning for us.
Maybe when the little boy is a few years older at which point he can appreciate it all. Currently we are planning to be in England in four years time for his honorary grandfather’s birthday.
One of the best points of having ‘Casual Clothes Friday’, particularly for me, is being able to hide in plain site.
As I particularly like shooting architectural and inner-city photography, it helps to be wearing clothes that are either or both plain and of a tourist appearance.
So today I am casually dressed. I won’t describe my outfit; you might recognize me!
But it is what I have managed to discreetly hide blows my mind. I wish I had thought of doing this 6 months ago when I started this role!
Inside my man-bag (a Crumpler tote bag) is all my usual paraphernalia (smartphone, glasses case, mini-LED-torch, business cards, coffee-club cards, ear plugs, etc) PLUS my Canon 50D with 40mm EF 1.2.8 STM lens.
This may not seem like much of a combination. But there is a point to this post….
Back in 2006, for the entire year, I hauled on my back a Lowepro backpack that had my Canon 400D with hefty battery extension hand grip and at least 3 lens. I thought I was oh-so-cool. I must admit I learned and taught myself a LOT about photography and camera usage that year. And I got a fervent taste for architectural photography. I have photographed almost every building around the Adelaide CBD. Yet I know there are still some to shoot, newer buildings that have eluded my lens, plus a few places I want to reshoot.
So being able to pack my current camera into such a small space is impressive. And allows me to get back to what he enjoys.
So if you see a plain-clothes guy shooting up in the CBD this morning … it might not be a tourist, but a local doing what he enjoys most.
I arrived in town (the Adelaide CBD) at 7am this morning!
As we drove through Hindmarsh Square we spotted the Sunrise crew and Vintage cars. My wife agreed to let me out to go shoot the cars and check out the glorified news reporters known nationally as the ‘Ch7 Sunrise Crew’.
But before my feet hit the grass, I quickly decided it was too early to stand in the sun. The sunrise is way too early today!
After four hours sleep (courtesy of my son’s sleepless night), this consumption is good for my sore head. I’m also getting a doughnut and cola to keep me going all morning – I start the 8am shift this morning.
Have a happy day. See you on the flip side of midday.
Interesting fact: There’s no need to install Microsoft Security Essential on Windows 8:
According to Microsoft…
In Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1, Windows Defender provides the same level of protection against malware as Microsoft Security Essentials. You can’t use Microsoft Security Essentials with Windows 8 and Windows RT, but you don’t need to—Windows Defender is already included and ready to go.
Sigh. Which means if you want to install it as a backup to catch what McAfee and Norton never can, it’s not going to be easy. Good luck to those that try. Read the related articles and links to fully understand