Liv­ing the dream for lo­cal re­tiree

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By WENDY STEPHENS

DE­LIGHT­FUL sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian, Bernard Bolan said he some­times has to pinch him­self in case he is liv­ing in a dream as he gazes over his beau­ti­ful six acres of gar­den within the town­ship of Beech­worth.

“I grew up in a lit­tle vil­lage in the North of Eng­land where ex­pec­ta­tions of own­ing a large gar­den were in­cred­i­bly low,” Mr Bolan said.

“One day I de­cided to em­i­grate to Aus­tralia and be­came a cor­po­rate lawyer in Syd­ney, and a well­known quirky folk singer who spent many years heav­ily in­volved in the Aus­tralian folk scene.”

Mr Bolan is now quite con­tent with his gar­den at his res­i­dence in Beech­worth.

“I have only ever had a small gar­den, but when I came to Beech­worth to re­tire 16 years ago I bought six acres of farm­land in the town and I have had the joy of de­vel­op­ing it into a beau­ti­ful haven to de­light the senses in all sea­sons,” he said.

”I never in my wildest imag­i­na­tion thought that I would have such a beau­ti­ful big gar­den.

“There are sev­eral ‘gar­den rooms’ fea­tur­ing dif­fer­ent plants, me­an­der­ing path­ways, a lit­tle cabin, and botan­i­cal sur­prises ev­ery­where I walk.”

Mr Bolan has been busy since he took over the land plant­ing an as­sort­ment of trees and plants and adding to an al­ready busy gar­den.

“There were huge beau­ti­ful old gum trees here when I came and I have since planted many other ex­otic trees in­clud­ing two Cal­i­for­nian Red­woods- the largest trees in the world be­cause I have the room to do it,” he said.

“I love to sit on my ve­randa over­look­ing the scene and en­joy­ing the sense of achieve­ment and the beauty of my gar­den.”

PHOTO: Wendy Stephens

CON­TENT: Re­tired cor­po­rate lawyer, quirky folk mu­si­cian and ex­tra­or­di­nary gar­dener, Bernard Bolan de­light­ing in his colour­ful and stun­ning Beech­worth prop­erty.

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