On the farm

I took the following photograph on my parents’ farm.

The farm covers about 450 hectares (1100 acres) of land. Sheep (merino) and cows (hereford) are herded, and crops such as wheat, barley and beans (for animal feed) are grown.

[Edited 2020]

Biographical stuff

For the first two years of my life I lived in Sydney, in the suburb of Rhodes. Then my family moved to Scotland, where for the first few months we lived in Bowling, but settled in Bishopbriggs, Glasgow. I started school at Meadowburn Primary.

We returned to Australia not long before my sixth birthday, living in the farmhouse where my mother was raised in rural South Australia. In 1995 I moved to Adelaide for further studies.

[Edit 2020: I have decided to reduce the amount of biographical data on this blog, especially concerning relatives. This post is therefore abridged.]

Why “Outer Hoard”?

So, why did I choose Outer Hoard as a name for a blog?

Dragons have hoards, and I’ve had an online dragon persona since the nineties.

This all started in an email conversation with Marian Rosenberg (an American Internet friend) in which she asked me, “May I assume that you have one of those wonderful Strine accents?“, and I replied, “You have my permission to assume absolutely anything you like“.

Marian replied, “In that case, I’ll assume that you’re an eight foot tall flesh-eating dragon wearing brilliant orange sneakers and a purple and green striped cape (with silver lining)“. I liked the idea, and I’ve used it as an online persona ever since.

A “hoard” implies a collection of treasure, which a blog contains in the form of thoughts, memories, information and so forth. But why “outer”? The way I look at it, a dragon’s true hoard (the inner hoard) is the big, well-protected pile of treasures in a cave, but there will probably also be a few treasures scattered outside the cave to serve as a lure for any tasty human beings who might be passing by. This is the outer hoard, for which this blog is named.

I really like Anitra’s description of a dragon’s role in life, as a guardian of creativity.