If you read the books prior to visiting Doug and Jon at their property for the first time, much from the first two novels will be familiar.
Immediately evident is that these two men care for their natural environment and, like Richard and Max, they have built extensive gardens around their large rural property incorporating decorative features that reflect their affinity with Bali. The grounds also include the well documented vegetable garden - large enough to ensure visitors and friends are well rewarded for making the trip along their long quince-lined driveway.
Later you notice more intimate details; the glass walled bathroom passed as you approach the entrance to their hospitable home, the cosy wood fire in the living room, the Russian wedding bands each of these life partners wear.
Douglas obviously borrows much from his personal life when writing his descriptive and well researched novels. For the reader this means a story that is rich with colourful characters, humorous, and sometimes poignant, anecdotes and wonderfully illustrative descriptions of the Australian bush and country life.
Brought up on a farm in the Wimmera district of Victoria, Australia, during the course of his life Douglas has experienced working as a farmer, medical research institute field station manager, funeral director, travel consultant and cafe proprietor.
He now lives in central Victoria with his partner, Jon, and they intend to marry once Australia accepts Marriage Equality.
The couple have a single outlet for their Quince Farm produce: Bread and Circus Provedore, 53 Fraser Street, Clunes ... and in front of the same shop on Clunes Farmers' Market days, the second Sunday of each month.
Goods that they have imported from Indonesia are available at Gallery Five, 5 Service Street, Clunes.