Mon pêché mineur’ I heard my french friend use this wonderful expression to explain her partiality to a particular wine. I know the feeling! I have fallen in love with the natural wines of France and in particular those dry whites of the pays de la Loire. Its not just their taste but also their… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: My Little Sin
I’m in the process of packing my bags to leave for the beautiful Loire valley tomorrow and as I struggle to fit eveything in, I take an opportunity to reflect with gratitude on a wonderful (and exhausting) week in Paris. I arrived a month later than last year in the hope that the weather would… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: A Week and a Bit in Paris
By chance while exploring (getting lost) in Paris earlier this week, I was stopped from crossing the road by a passing military cavalcade. The golden helmets and silver swords of the soldiers on horseback shone as the weak sun broke through the clouds. How lucky was I to have this dazzling cavalcade of magnificent horses… Read More A Parisian Parade
On a recent visit to L’Orangerie, the building set in the Jardin des Tuilleries which houses Monet’s waterlilies in an oval display, I pondered this question. Art critics and ordinary people who love or loathe art all seem to if not fall in love, then certainly feel benign towards the artist’s obsession with these liquid… Read More Why is Monet So Popular ?
During a brief stopover in Singapore I had the opportunity to encounter some of the many gods in their temples of this muli-faith country. Celebrating its 50th anniversary of independence from Britain, Singapore occupies a tiny space of land at the end of the Malay peninsula. It has had no choice but to grow upwards… Read More Meeting Gods and Locals
I was washing my hair this morning and 5hought “The next time I do this I’ll be in Paris” and instantly smiled-well actually I started to sing..a French song naturally! The transition to my life in France for the next three months has started and I feel both excited and impatient. When I tell people… Read More Au Revoir Australie…Encore!
Canberra does autumn so well. Its the best Australian capital- bar Hobart- to dieplay the glorious colours of dying leaves against the backdrop of a pellucid blue sky and tranquil lake. But the window of opportunity to relish the perfect days between Easter and Anzac Day can be brief so it’s important to make the… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: Seasonal Beauty By The Lake
“ I want to appreciate you without judging, join you without invading, invite you without demanding, leave you without guilt” Virginia Satir” As I travel around the country, m lucky to experience living in different areas and often ponder on those things that make a place enjoyable and memorable .If you read the Australian papers, you… Read More Community
I read the headline in the Guardian at the beginning of March and the story in all its implications, resonated with me all month. Its a good news story which touched me deeply for a number of reasons. Firstly, the poet was given recogni6ion without specifically seeking it-its like a gift from the universe in… Read More Why Art Matters and How it Heals
“Il fait un temps de chien” French expression meaning “The weather has gone to the dogs!” In this last month of summer in Sydney, the weather has been atrocious. It’s normally a time for enjoying the last of the warmer weather and final swims as the coolness slowlys enters the air. But no! Its been… Read More In Celebration of Small Things:The Magnigicent Trees in My Neighbourhood