Naturally inspiring: Sean Moran
First in our series of interviews featuring people with inspiring stories who are making choices that care for our planet, nature and our health as they live their life, we speak to Sean Moran from Sean's. Sean's has become a Bondi institution, having served his signature fresh farm to table cuisine for around 25 years now in his North Bondi restaurant with a view of the ocean.
What are some of the ways you try to tread lightly on the planet/leave the world a better place?
I suppose one way I contribute to treading lighter on the planet is by the cycle of sustenance we have created through running a restaurant in conjunction with a farm. Since we opened 'Sean's' almost 25 years ago, we have composted all our fruit and vegetable waste. Originally this all went to our small orchard garden at Mt Tomah and for the past 10 years it has enriched not only a larger garden in Bilpin but also feeds pigs and chooks, which in turn provide meat and eggs for the restaurant. We also have leftover bread, dough and seeds to embellish their diet too so they not only have a happy, free-ranging life foraging under apple trees or in native bush, fields and wallows, when the time comes, they reward with greater, old fashioned flavour.
We also grow various fruit, vegetables and flowers to embellish the restaurant, so it's a reassuring and nourishing flow of food and leftovers.
How do you spend your days off?
When your own business is a farm, and life is so untwined with your work, 'days off' are consumed with whatever Mother Nature has in mind, so I relax maybe part of a day, here and there as I can, gardening, cooking or with some crafty handy work that I'm prone to take on.
What are some of the things that you love about where you live?
I feel I really live a dichotomous life in with half of it on the farm in Bilpin and the other in Bondi. I love farm life for all I learn about our natural world and Bondi, especially when you get that distinct clean, briny wind off the sea and the gentle, almost remote feeling from the lower light of winter and the exhilarating tail or snort of a whale.
Can you share with us your strongest scent-based memories (e.g. your grandmother’s jasmine, your first perfume)?
One of my earliest scent based memories is from the frangipanis that fell on our driveway as a child. Still is my favourite.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given, or a saying that you like to live by?
I have 2 favourite sayings. As a kid, my Dad would sometimes say 'there's the happy way or the sad way' when I needed a firmer steer in better direction. I find it's a really positive way to view life, especially when you are facing challenging times.
The other is one that has been the mantra of the North Bondi surf club for years and, funnily, also embraces the positive side of life and my Irish heritage- 'Ready, aye Ready'.
Do you have a favourite Bondi Wash product, what is it that you like about it?
Hard to choose a favourite Bondi wash product, but I suppose it would be the one I use the most often, the hand wash with 'Sydney Peppermint and Rosemary'. I wasn't even aware Sydney had its own native Peppermint, so thankyou!
Image credit: Kurt Huth