Forest Treasures - view from the workshop, Julatten, Australia. Picture by Bob Gilmour.

Considering we are currently in the middle of summer here in Far North Queensland (Australia), every morning I open the workshop doors at the moment I'm confronted with a view which I'd normally have in winter. Sure, the temperature is much higher, but the air is clear, sky's blue ... and it all just 'feels' clean ... like winter's days here in the north.

My workshop is located in a rural environment and has green views on all sides ... 360 degrees. I often take the time to recognize how blessed I am to have ended up in this location. Everything about it is calm and inspiring ... a perfect place to live a creative lifestyle.

My 'trip' to work takes me about 30 seconds from my office to the workshop ... oh, and the 'office' is part of the house I live in, so I can ditto all of the above for lifestyle as well.

Forest Treasures - view from the workshop, Julatten, Australia. Picture by Bob Gilmour.

In the past, I've contemplated moving south to one of the major cities to gain more exposure and further my work prospects, but the notion of losing freedom of lifestyle and the beauty of our environment here is difficult to swallow. I would certainly sell a lot more work in a city, but the detriment to my lifestyle would be too much to bear.

A long time ago I realized that happiness in life requires a fine balance between having 'stuff' and enjoying lifestyle. I chose to go without a few things I had to pay for with money in favour of the riches nature provides me ...

Forest Treasures - view from the workshop, Julatten, Australia. Picture by Bob Gilmour.