About

Live minutes from the little town (village) of Angaston in the heart of the magnificent Barossa Valley wine country in South Australia. Barossa Valley is Australia’s premium grape growing & wine producing region & a top tourist destination.

USA stuff – I lived abroad in the USA for almost 17 years in the Deep South & yonder from Alabama to Tennessee to Florida & westward across to Texas all the time working in the law.

Law and Lawyering – I’m a lawyer by education & profession, a barrister & solicitor (attorney in the USA)admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of South Australia & the High Court of Australia. My areas of interest are criminal law, criminal justice, social justice, ethics, civil & political rights, human rights, international comparative law & legal history.

I enjoy law’s history, legal history, the history of justice & legal processes & the profession. It is in these areas that the interplay of law, morality, justice, ethics, philosophy & liberty reveals itself. I see law as an ethical & moral landscape, the history of liberty.

I enjoy how the law is made & how it evolves both in common law systems like Australia, UK & the USA & in inquisitorial or civil law systems as in France & Germany. I have a keen interest in international comparative law.

I enjoy law’s language in its embrace of English, Latin & French tongues. Law gives us forensic linguistics. It inspires law & legal themed art & related creative endeavours. Law has its own literature of true crime, crime fiction & non crime fiction. Law gives us material for film, movies, the stage & theatre.

Barristerial stuff – Then of course there are the accoutrement’s of the profession. All of great interest to me being a collector, especially antique & vintage law & legal items whether books, manuscripts, art or ephemera as well as wigs, gowns, costumes, gavels & other law related collectibles.

Yes, lawyers do wear the ‘powdered’ wig (periwig), black robe (gown) & white jabot/bands in certain courts in Australia mainly criminal law courts. The gown is heavily pleated & gathered with flowing, batwinged sleeves.

Non Lawyer Stuff – When not in my lawya’s body I enjoy home & homeliness. Our house is in the Australian farmhouse style with wide wrap around veranda (porch). The inside is evolving as we source salvaged & recycled materials as much as possible for our rustic vintage aesthetic. We live in the house despite it being a work in progress, something I do not recommend. Ugh!

I’m eclectic & live with what I find & collect. Seems silly if I can’t be surrounded by what I discover & enjoy. Why leave it in boxes in the shed? The overall patina of our home is predominantly rustic farmhouse tempered with a sort of country flea-market style, bit Nordic, bit industrial, bit bohemian, bit French, bit romantic, bit gypsy. Hmmm, I like to juxtapose styles. I like to show the individual patina of pieces. The overall look & feel of the house is relaxing, warm & lived in. No prim & proper here thanks. Come in, put your feet up, rest awhile.

I enjoy crafting, the handmade & homemade, the do-it-yourself. The fixing up. I enjoy repairing & re-incarnating furniture. I am happy with a paint brush & paint.

Yes, I visit clearing & garage sales, the antique & secondhand stores, the op shops & flea markets. No, I’m not a minimalist or a ‘less is more‘ type. And, yes, I have my own ute (truck) without which I could not haul stuff could I.

I sew, knit & enjoy the creative arts especially cloth & rag doll-making in the naive, primitive & folk art style. What inner happiness working with my hands & heart brings as it nourishes my soul back to peace & tranquility in this somewhat chaotic world of lawya land.  Alas, little or no time for such indulgences these days!

I’m a reader. A book lover. A bibliophile always looking for vintage books. I could live in a house with floor to ceiling wall to wall books. I’m misplaced & should be living in a library (please, not a law library) or a second-hand book store!

I like & collect antique/vintage religious & ecclesial works of art, books, literature, pictures & ephemera including religious artifacts, icons & statues for their history & information, their beauty & as works of art.

My childhood was deeply Catholic with the Jesuits & St. Joseph nuns playing a profound role in my education & formation. While my aesthetic in life, law & ethics is grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition, I am a Christian humanist.

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While not savvy when it comes to this high tech stuff, I’ve come this far on T so not too bad me thinks for a woman dude of my age & dotage.

I’m not a photographer & this blog is not about photography nor am I advertising my photography skills. My images are to enhance the stories & the sharing.

This Blog is for interest, fun & sharing about whatever comes to mind. My tumblr is witchylawya & I tweet at witchylawya.

*Doing my best always to cite sources & give credit where due. Please contact me if I have not or I have made a mistake in using an image or citing a source. Thank you. 

 

 

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  1. Gday witchy. I have a small collection of metters wood stoves about a thousand now spread over an acre here in the barossa. Most from abandoned paddocks rubbish dumps river beds and wa goldfields. Some date back to the 1890s about 70 years earlier than the 2v royals of the 1960s. Looking for a Metters Barossa No3 so the search goes on. Peter Goers wants me to do a show on the ABC radio but not being much of a people person will see what happens. Bye.

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