Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Why Rural Law Representation Is An Essential Part Of Life | Lifestyle

Laws are tricky things. They can be inconvenient and get in the way when you want to do something seemingly simple. And sometimes they can seem to be there for no reason other than to make life harder. During those times, it can be easy to forget that laws exist for our own protection. If you honestly believe you don't need the protection of the law, you're either not paying attention or you're hugely fortunate.
For the same reasons as above, there are people who have a negative attitude towards lawyers. It's a running joke across just about every sitcom ever made and a whole lot of other media. It's easy to be talked into believing that lawyers exist to make money from other people's misfortune right up until the moment you need one. At that point, that's when a lot of people realise exactly how necessary a lawyer is.
The truth of the matter is that a legal system which is purely simple and straightforward is probably a bad legal system. Laws need to be drafted with care to ensure the people with more expensive lawyers cannot crawl away from their obligations. And generally, that means that when you want to pursue the cleanest ending to a legal dispute, you'll need a capable, honest lawyer.
In towns and cities, lawyers aren't hard to come by. Where most business is done, you'll find the most lawyers. In the more remote areas of Queensland, on the other hand, it isn't always so easy. Do legal disputes not arise there? Of course they do. Corporate, probate and land disputes happen in rural areas just as often, and sometimes more so than in urban ones. People still need access to sound legal advice.
Even where there isn't a dispute, there is a need for compliance with the law in any business. If you’re selling a home, looking to extend a property or draft a contract of work, legal advice is indispensable. As well as such compliance, there's a need to look over contracts and documents that arise from running a farm or a rural business. You may consider the likes of Sheehan & Co Solicitors, as a firm operating in the area with specialism in rural documentation. With their assistance, the often complex minefield of rural law can be made simpler.
It can often feel when you're living and working on a farm far away from metropolitan centers, like you're on your own. That's natural. But from a legal point of view, you have a right to representation. You have a right to the correct advice and to have agreements and leases that empower you to run your business and your homestead.
You don't just need representation in legal matters that are rural in nature, of course. Legal issues that are experienced by city dwellers also happen in the country. A broad spectrum of legal knowledge is what you need in a lawyer, or a legal firm. There will be times when a matter arises and you find yourself wondering: "Well, what do I do now?". If you don't know, a good lawyer will.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Lunch at The Twisted Burger Co. - The Yard, Ilkley | Lifestyle & Travel

As I mentioned in my previous post we've been having a lot more family trips out over the weekends. A local destination that's become our favourite Saturday spot is Ilkley, which probably takes around 25 minutes to drive to from Keighley.

I've seen mention of The Twisted Burger Co on Twitter and Instagram a couple of times before but never really looked into visiting, that was until we walked past the The Yard pub following the boy's having their haircuts. We thought we would pop in and have a look at what was to offer.

The Yard itself is a quaint little village pub in the heart of Ilkley. On this occasion when we visited Dexter was in his element as there were two dogs sat near the fire with their owners. I absolutely adore pubs that are both animal and child friendly, it makes my day so much easier. Although saying that Dexter decided to play terrible twos and a whole giant glass of coke ended up both all over him and in my handbag. The joys of parenting.

I had a gorgeous Peanut Butter Wolf milkshake, normally I would have opted to vanilla rum in there for the extra kick and it's a good job I didn't really, because Dexter had a whole milkshake to himself. In fact I ended up having to order another which he also helped me finish off. It was absolutely delicious though, and I loved the extra whipped cream and marshmallows.

Both myself and Mike had the Mixtape Meal Deal, a burger of your choice and fries for £5. I think we both ended up making the same concoction for our burgers too, a beef patty with Monterey Jack cheese, and Dead Twisted BBQ sauce. The burgers were perfectly medium rare, juicy, and just the right size for us. I thought it might have been a bit too much for Dexter to have a burger and fries so we ordered him a portion of falafel with a gorgeous coconut sauce. Obviously I had to make sure they were tasty enough for my little man so we shared.

We definitely have plans to go again for another Saturday lunch, although we have quite a few places on our list to tick off at the moment so it might be a while! Definitely a recommendation for something a little bit different that Ilkley has to offer.

I should also say a big thank you to my personal photographer, Mike. He doesn't mind me using his photos, they are so much better than mine!

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Three reasons to visit Rome this summer | Travel

Everyone knows that Rome will always be a top holiday destination. It’s packed with restaurants and bars, overflowing with historical relics and stunning statues, while beautiful architecture adorns every street.

This summer though, travellers have the perfect opportunity to explore more of Rome than ever before. No matter what your taste, Rome has a festival or market for you, so read on to find out about some of the top events that are due to be hosted there in summer 2016.

1.     It’s perfect for foodies
The summer time is the best season to visit the shores of Italy if food is your true calling in life, and you’ll find the very best is sent to authentic Roman markets. Without a doubt, the largest and most popular is Campo dei Fiori, which is held every morning apart from Sunday. It’s located in Centro Storico, so it should only be a short walk from your hotel or apartment, and is also one of the oldest markets, serving the people of Rome and its visitors since 1869. There are dozens of locals selling the very freshest of ingredients for that family picnic or romantic meal for two.

The summer is also a prime Roman time for many festivals, all of which involve feasts that go on for days. Indulge in the suckling pig, fresh seafood and local delicacies that make festivals like Festa di San Giovanni on 23rd June, such a treat.

2.     Musicians will be right at home
Rome is the cultural homeland for a lot of musicians, as it has welcomed so many different musical styles and art forms over the years. This summer, why not head for the Jazz & Image Festival held at the Villa Celimontana, from early June until August? Dozens of traditional and contemporary jazz artists will flock here in droves during the summer months, to perform in the stunning setting filled with candles and torchlight, for many romantic and relaxed evenings.

After your fill of jazz, why not take in a different kind of musical style and head for the majestic Teatro Costanzi. Rome Opera is known for being some of the best in the world, so whether you’re new to it or a true connoisseur, you’re sure to enjoy yourself.

3.     You’ll never be bored
If you’re still not convinced, then the Roman Summer festival, Estate Romana, should do the trick. This takes place in various locations from June to September, including the piazze, palazzi, parks and courtyards. Dance to one of the many different types of bands and DJs, grab your picnic basket and watch a film on an outdoor screen late into the night, and indulge in some classical Italian culture.

Let’s not forget that aside from all the festivals and concerts throughout the summer, it’s still the perfect time to take in some of Rome’s most famous attractions whilst you’re there, such as the Roman Forum, Colosseum, or Sistine Chapel.

Have I convinced you that Rome is the place for you this summer?

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

A Day Trip to... Clapham, North Yorkshire

I did intend on writing this blog post quite a while back, as we made the trip a few months ago, but life has caught up with me and I've found I rarely have time for blogging as much as I would have liked to. I have several 'day trip' posts to write over the next coming weeks as we've been making a lot more family trips out and about in the Yorkshire Dales.

Clapham isn't somewhere I would have thought about visiting, although I've driven through it many a time on the way to Morecambe where my parents had a static caravan when I was a child. A friend from college lives there (which to me seems miles away!) and recommended we came up to visit the tearoom and Bunkhouse that she works at for a spot of lunch. I was really lucky on the weekend we went because there was a lovely vintage shop open next to Clapham Bunk with so many treasures, it was very hard to resist.

It took around 45 minutes from Keighley to drive up there, and it was such a lovely and scenic drive that I would definitely recommend taking a little trip up there. There's plenty to do around too including caving, biking and walking around the Dales. We didn't have time to head up to Ingleborough Cave for a walk around, which I think is one of the most popular scenic destinations around this area, but we did have time to walk around the village itself and have a spot of lunch.

There's plenty to do in the village itself, there's a lovely long river which isn't so deep so there were a couple of kids playing down there with their dog. Some of them had nets and a bucket which was lovely to see, I don't think you find that much nowadays! We headed up for a little walk to the park after a Ploughman's Lunch courtesy of my friend's tea room, and Dexter had a wonderful time. It's villages like these that I can most see myself moving in to at the moment, with a local pub, school and close amenities.

I'd definitely recommend heading up to Clapham for the day, especially now the weather seems to be getting a lot better. Pack yourself up a picnic and go for a walk, you don't find views like this everywhere!