Banana bender, prodigious pumpkin grower, fowl fancier and ace apiarist, Colin Willmott is a man at the top of his game, reports Bob Middleton
Furniture-designer, soap-maker, house-builder, jeweller and wind surfer Brad Pickering is a man who’ll try anything once. Bob Middleton reports from Woodleigh.
Time marches on and winter looms, but Bob Middleton finds comfort in the unchanging rhythm of the seasons.
A chook enthusiast friend of mine suggested we attend the poultry auction in Wonthaggi last Sunday. She keeps referring to it as the chook raffle so I get to thinking that maybe with a touch of luck we might stumble on a bargain.
Just give Joe Foster a chainsaw and wave him off for the day. Bob Middleton reports on a friend and neighbour with a reputation for pitching in when the going gets tough.
Visit any agricultural show and it’s the vintage tractors that draw the crowds. Bob Middleton asks what is it about a humble old grey fergie that makes some men grow misty-eyed.
A simple Christmas card made Bob Middleton wonder why animals are so often collateral damage in our pursuit of profit and pleasure.
A fan of the common blackbird, Bob Middleton wonders
why we only value what is rare or in short supply.
Something like steel string fever happens to Rob Wilson when he picks up a guitar. BOB MIDDLETON caught up with an electrician who transforms on stage into a full-on performer.
Bob Middleton knew what he wanted when he went looking for a dog. In Charlie he met a dog with equally firm ideas.
For almost 20 years, Dennis Leversha’s South Gippsland murals have educated, tricked and charmed. Bob Middleton picks some of his favourites.
By Bob Middleton
WE live on a continent surrounded by shark-infested waters, or so it would seem, given the numerous attacks this year, five in less than 12 months, all fatal, off the coast of Western Australia.
Where do we find the courage to plunge into the ocean, as so many of us do? Are we in denial of the dangers, rather like issues of climate change?
Bob Middleton spent his working life in the wool industry, classing, buying, selling and teaching. He has a weakness for horses, dogs and pigeons. Bob died in November 2018.