Drawn back to Australia for the optimistic yet laid back approach to life, we embraced the opportunity to emigrate from Scotland to Australia. It was during our trip in November 2006 that we found and fell in love with Olive Hill Farm in Margaret River.
We both grew up on farms in the Scottish Borders of the U. K.. We met through the Pony Club and went on to raise money for the MacMillan Nurse Cancer Research fund, as members of the “trick ride”. This led on to us both being selected for the British Vaulting Team, when we competed at the World Equestrian Games in Sweden, 1990.
Benji pursued his love of farming by studying Agriculture. During this time, he also sailed across the Atlantic as a crew member for a yacht delivery, before returning to farming and shearing sheep. Benji is very enthusiastic and loves team sports and any opportunity to chase after a ball. He is also musically talented with his bagpipes, which accompany him on his travels.
Helen travelled to Idaho, U.S.A. as an exchange student for a year and returned to Edinburgh University, where she graduated as a vet in 1998. She has loved working (and travelling) in mixed practice for over 10 years and has experienced numerous “character building” situations, with people and their 4 legged friends. Having spent many years riding, swimming and playing the piano, she has more recently developed her photography interests.
We have travelled and worked extensively throughout the U. K., N.Z., Australia, U.S.A. and Africa both individually and since 2002, as a couple. We share a love for a wide variety of sports including skiing, sailing and more recently polocrosse, as well as relaxing at home with a passion for cooking, good company and an appreciation of the simple things in life.
We are now fortunate to have two children, Emma and Jack. Both are very outgoing and are sure to welcome you when you arrive at the farm. They too have caught the bug of Margaret River enjoying the beach and the farm. We are very fortunate to have them both and to live in such a stunning part of the world. We look forward to sharing a part of our life and the Margaret River region with you.