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.
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