Steve by Melt smallFavourites

Icecream: Chocolate chip cookie dough and anything with coffee in it.

Drink: Cappuccino, espresso or honey liquer whisky, water, ginger beer.

Meal: Roast lamb or pork with veges and golden sponge steamed pudding with custard (just like Mum used to cook)

Movies: Shrek (only the first one), Pay it Forward, Bridge to Terribitha, Big Hero 6, Any Star Wars (not the sixth (Sith) one), A Monster Calls, Guardians of the Galaxy

Kids books: See separate page LINK

Sweet: Lindt balls (dark and espresso) and chocolate in most froms.

Fruit: Banana (easiest to peel) and tree ripened peaches (from Donnybrook).

Vegetable: Hmmm … butternut pumpkin (and good green beans).

To dos: Collect Box Brownie Cameras and model sailing ships and long boats, blowing bubbles, playing golf, bushwalking, taking photos (especially of the Liddle Things), making stuff, enjoying a good spa, watching the Eagles (AFL), reading kids books, talking with children, flying kites, getting snowed on, getting rained on, making dams in creeks, taking cruises, hugging trees, finding native Australian terrestrial orchids, watching willy wagtails, magpies and splendid blue wrens, going to the movies, traveling in my caravan, hanging out Fremantle and the South West of WA.

Ambitions: To be an amazing children’s book author, to be short listed with CBCA, to see my novel Maximus made into a movie, to find and photo a Queen of Sheeba Orchid (done) and a Red Eared Fire Tailed Finch (done), take a tour to Macchu Pichu, enjoy life, find a way to eat lots of chocolate without putting on weight, make a difference.

Life highlights or greatest acheivements: Being there for many kids who needed someone to listen, to nurture hope, creating BUZ (Build Up Zone), recieving an OAM (Order of Australia Medal).

Most embarrassing moment: When I was seven years old I had a slight wet spot on my pants (I had a weak bladder or I was just too busy doing what boys do and left  it to the last minute). I was faced with going to class with the tell-tale spot or running away forwever. To avoid the embarrasment I came up with a clever plan. I wet my whole shorts and shirt and said that the tap squirted me. Pretty good for a seven year old. It worked, I didnt get teased.

Most amazing memory: My breath has been taken away on many occasions. I will mention this one – Climbing to near the top of Mount Roberts near Juneau in Alaska and having a 360 degree view and seeing snow capped mountains, the extent of the Gastineau Channel and the cruise ship below as the sun was lowering in the evening sky. I was thinking to myself, it doesn’t get better than this.

A great childhood memory: Every Christmas when Mum would take down the old case from the passageway closet full of Christmas tree ornaments and the feeling of sheer expectation early on Christmas morning seeing the lights on the tree and the mountain of presents underneath. I also remember the smell of pine from the fresh tree Dad managed to find somewhere.

Favourite quotes: Suffering ceases to be suffering once you find meaning in it. Viktor Frankl. Hope is more powerful than a wish. Harry McCourt.