It’s hard not to be happy in the company of Bob Hillier and his trusty treadly, Phyllis.
For more than a decade, Bob has run errands around Elizabeth on the bike named after his mum, clocking up 33,000km and helping countless people along the way.
Elizabeth Rise Shopping Centre is a regular stop.
Whatever the weather, Bob is there each week to collect bottles for recycling and check in on the shopfronts and familiar faces he now calls friends.
At Dad’s Business HQ, `Bottle Bob’ is best-known for his jokes and masterful brushstrokes.
Touched by the way Dad’s Business supports fathers and families, the longtime artist recently gifted the HQ an oil landscape, which now hangs proudly above the front door.
With three children, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, Bob is happy to share the odd parenting tip too!
He also gives his time to Arts North Elizabeth where he has been painting since 2008, in between helping with the upkeep of the studio.
Thank you for your generosity, Bob, and for always putting a smile on our faces when you and Phyllis ride by.