From the youthfully exuberant father of four whose favoured tee shirt proclaimed – “Trust me I know what I’m doing!” – to the seriously evangelical mature grandfather, James has transitioned with flair. Even those who don’t agree with him can only admire his vegan-strong vitality and determination to change the world.
Life experiences of farming, both in New Zealand and overseas, many varied inventions and business start-ups – some successful and some consigned to the bin and extensive and sometimes dangerous travel, have combined to make James a man of the world: a world he wants to preserve.
As he proclaimed in his biographical second book – “Losing the Silver Spoon”:-
“There is only one thing we can take with us to the grave and that is the love for, and pride in, our descendants. In this regard, Barbie, my wife, and I are quadruply blessed. Our four children, all born within six years, were always a tight-knit group. They were a wonderful bunch to be associated with as they grew up. Their stoicism under the ordeals and vicissitudes we parents subjected them to in their home and farm life was magnificent. It has been a joyous ride and it is a thrill to know that parental and sibling bonds, now including a subsequent generation of seven, are still as strong as they always were.”