Partly on a whim, and partly due to my first mid-life crisis in 1997 I first visited Fiji during a 12 month sabbatical from my job in London, UK. I visited again in 1998 as I circled the world twice, much of the time spent in the South Pacific. I fell in love with Taveuni, and eventually returned 7 years later in 2005 to buy a property in Taveuni Estates (Soqulu) as my future tropical retirement hideaway. As it happened I “retired” rather earlier than anticipated thanks mainly to some decent investments in rising stock markets, and in 2007 began spending more time in Taveuni. In between the UK and Fiji I visited friends around the world and generally relaxed and had fun – sort of taking a break from it all. In 2009 I met Titilia, in Fiji, on Taveuni, and the globe trotting gradually slowed until I sold my UK residence in 2010 and began living here in Fiji full time. Titi and I got married in 2012. In 2013 we moved to a bigger property, also on Taveuni Estates, to accommodate ourselves and the two children (now three), plus the four-legged friends – three dogs (now none) and one cat (still one, but a different one) and this is now where we live I am now eligible for Fiji Citizenship, meaning I get a nice blue passport and the right to work again for a living. After over a decade of living on the capital reserves I’m looking forward to maybe, just maybe – hopefully – getting back to at least earning what gets spent each year. Sometime soon would be nice. Most of my time here is occupied keeping the jungle under control (it grows very quick), keeping the kids under control (they grow quite quick too), keeping the dogs under control, keeping the finances under control, dabbling with websites and social media, enjoying cold Fiji Bitters around the island, and trying to stay reasonably sane – which at times is quite difficult. Some of my old blog posts will tell you why (see the Blog Archives) This site is always in a state of flux – it’s basically a big sandpit for me to play in. Right now I’m switching from being a general blog and focusing on my photographic exploits, ranging from beginner to better of late. If you’re pondering a trip to Fiji, maybe even Taveuni, and wondering what it’s really like here then feel free to drop me a line and I’ll be more than happy to help. Have fun, and thanks for reading ! Jonny.