Hi my name is Jeff O’Bree and this is my first attempt at blogging. I intend just adding things about my family Shirley and Todd, as they happen and things I’m interested in. My interests are wide ranging starting with my occupation as a lawyer. After 21 years in the profession I still enjoy it. Of course my family is my #1 interest and pastime and we spend as much quality time together as is possible. Keeping fit is important to me as it keeps my mind clear and gives me a sense of well being. In winter the gym is a good place to go but when the weather is better you’ll find me out on my bike, or walking in the countryside. I am also a keen gardener which is an activity we share as a family. Diet is also important to me and while I really enjoy my food I am careful to buy as much organic produce as I can and avoid processed products. Having a large garden area is perfect for us as we grow some of our own vegetables. There’s nothing like eating your own produce and the flavors are amazing. Sometimes when I have to have a business lunch with clients and I’m served a salad, the tomatoes are tasteless! Any wonder they add so much dressing these days!
Red wine is also a love of mine. I don’t drink a lot but really love to try different wines especially when I travel to other countries or regions. I have a cellar and collect wines I like. I store my wine based on it’s variety and the recommended drinking time. This way I can compare how the wine has aged. To remind myself I keep notes, nothing too elaborate just my impressions. Overall my favorite style of wine is Shiraz, particularly Australian Shiraz from their Barossa Valley. It’s not easy to get a good Aussie red here but I have managed to find a supplier who ships to me when required.
Music is another passion. I’ve always got some music going when I’m at work, at home relaxing or in the garden. My iPod must be due for it’s million mile service! My taste is fairly broad but I do like Trad Jazz, especially New Orleans style. I was in New Orleans back in 1997 and had a fantastic time. I can listen to country music, the classics, 60′s rock and roll and some of the latest hits as long as it’s not rap or heavy metal!
Over the years I have done a lot of travel to all parts of the world. Most of it when I was single and had just left university. I have great memories of my times hitch-hiking through Europe, I guess it’s not done so much these days. Hitching seems to be discouraged and I suppose that’s fair enough. The worlds not as safe as it was 20 years ago. My favorite places are quite varied, as I guess it’s the people you meet that provide the experience and the memories. London was great fun and it was easy to meet fellow travelers. Of course Amsterdam was something so different from anything I’d come across before ! Another place with fond memories was Ireland. The O’Bree’s are Irish and I set off to find my ancestors, I’m not sure I did but I had a fantastic time with these most hospitable of people. I found several families with the same name and maybe we are related but we had no way of knowing! That didn’t bother them, they just took me in and introduced me around as their cousin from Canada! One day I’ll get around to doing some family history research the correct way!
One of my trips took me to Australia. Those guys, especially in the country towns love to drink beer. We’d spend days ‘boozing’ and then days recovering! The Aussies really know how to have fun. The place I was working had a river so we’d be swimming or water skiing at every chance. In the winter months, which were really very mild we’d go ‘bush bashing’ in our utes (A ute, short for utility, is a pick-up). My favorite Australian City is Melbourne. Most people in North America know of Sydney but for my money Melbourne is the best. It’s big yet feels small and relaxed. So many parks and gardens to walk in and if you like sports then it has it all. They get huge crowds to all types of sport, because Melbourne people are mad on sports!
Well that’ s me. I’m not sure anyone will ever read this but I guess it gives me an outlet to express a few things. I’ll keep updating as the urge grabs me and time permits.