Beer, Books & Podcasts
‘Appy New Year! It’s pretty tough coming back to work after a two-week break but at least I love what I do and the people I work with so I
have plenty to be thankful for.
I’ve spent some time this week assessing where we have come from and where we go to next. I find the new year, despite being loaded up with
BAS lodgements, is always a great time to do a spring clean. Lots of clients are still away so it is a bit quieter and that gives me time to
do some research on new apps and products. I am always on the lookout for what’s new in apps and what will automate tasks for both our
practice and our clients. My task today is to find a great text to voice solution. After listening to a bunch of podcasts over the holidays,
I am inspired to create some of my own. I want to produce a series of bite-sized podcasts about interesting bookkeeping snippets to put out
into the world. No really, there are tons of interesting snippets! And if I find the right app, you’ll soon be able to listen to them. Now I
just have to think of a name for the series. Maybe “’Appy endings.”
I have also spent my time off checking out some great, local small businesses. Just before Christmas, I had the pleasure to visit a West End
institution; Where the wild things are on Boundary Street. It has been around since 2015 and is part of the Avid Reader book shop group
(which has been a West End local since 1997). I had been meaning to pop in for months but had no urgent need as my babies are now only
babies in my eyes. What a great place! I was so impressed. The staff were so helpful and friendly, even when run off their feet with
Christmas shoppers. And their book selection seemed vast. No wonder the bookshop has been successfully operating in that space since 2004.
They give West Enders what they need with great products and friendly service.
At the other end of the scale, we were very excited to visit a brand-new boutique brewery that has opened at the end of our street. Parched
Craft Brewery is the passion project of a former mining engineer, Carl Hallion, who has turned his home brewing hobby into this new business
venture. The brewery opened just before Christmas and is crawling distance from the office. With their fabulous selection of both
beers and wines and the delicious sounding food options, it is sure to become our regular drinking hole after a hard day of staring at the
numbers. Long may their new business be successful.
It’s all happening in this little part of West End. Come and check it out soon.