Dallas is host of Skinkworld House Concerts in Bundanoon.
Ben Folds has a song called There’s Always Someone Cooler Than You. It’s true, Dallas is way cooler than me, and she’s not even trying.
I was lucky enough to talk with Dallas and go to one of her house concerts. The concerts are as warm and as welcoming as Dallas. The artists, hand picked by her, were super intelligent and inspiring musicians. I felt a like I was in a dream and humbled to be present.
Dallas is doing something in Bundanoon that’s authentic, beautiful and empowering. Her spirit of generosity is only matched by her obvious passion for music and bringing others together to enjoy it with her.
Southern Highland and surrounds is home to some unique people doing some pretty incredible things, Dallas fits right in. It was a pleasure to talk with her and be invited into her home.
I was hit by the life force that is Darren (Dazza) Green. He’s got a drive and a determination that not many posses. Most will spend their time pondering or reminiscing, Darren is doing!
Darren has a vision and is determined to see it happen. He’s the kind of guy you read about in the history books, the type with grand dreams and a desire to do something different, rebellious even.
The market at Penrose is taking shape, Darren is a good cook (seriously try the deep fried ham and cheese tostie!) and the facility he dreams of setting up is filled with potential. You can sense Darren wishes time wasn’t dependent on our relativity to speed of light. That perhaps, if he could go faster, time would appear slower and he could get more into a day!
What a pleasure to meet another ordinary, extraordinary, person in the highlands turning their everyday into something magic.
Steve is an artisan blacksmith and owner of 1910 Ironworks.
Our ability to create, our ability to imagine and to change is embodied in Steve. An ex advertising executive, who was once consumed by the art of consumption now spends his time working metal and producing boutique iron products.
I was lucky to visit his forge. There is something natural about his work, a connection to the world that goes beyond tangible into something almost spiritual. Maybe it’s because the heart of the earth is iron, maybe that the work involves fire, I’m not entirely sure, but the feeling is pervasive and infectious.
Through my conversation with Steve, I learned a lot. I learned that sustainability, artisan is a vocation and a lifestyle. That if you want to do it, Steve is an example of how it can be done, and that, if Steve is any example, it’s truly rewarding.
Another great podcast with another local who is doing his bit to change the world.