“Riding bicycles will not only benefit the individual doing it, but the world at large.” Udo E. Simonis, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Policy at the Science Centre, Berlin, January 2010 These days we have to make the most of the weather and take every opportunity to enjoy the simple pleasures of life-like a bike ride… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: The Beautiful Trees of Back Lane
At this time of year its the colour that gracefully decorates the streets of this small country town of Grafton in Northern NSW. Some might call it purple but I didn’t want to purloin the title of Alice Walker’s great book . Every year at the end of October the Jacaranda festival is held to… Read More The Colour Lilac
“A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving” Lao Tzu My two months stay in this tranquil part of the world is almost up. On Wednesday I’ll take the train to another beautiful part of Northern NSW, Grafton. During the past two months I’ve had plenty of time to recover… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: Making Travel Plans
Just what is it that people are seeking when they go to exteemes? Somewhere in their vile behaviour exist fundamental needs for love, acceptance and friendship-they are human after all. This lovely, yet seemingly impossible story of a friendship between a black woman and a male white supremacist reveals that seeing the humanity in the… Read More We Are the World: The Power of Acceptance
Fontevrault Abbey is a fabled place of spiritual, political and cultural power. Established in the 12th century as an abbey, it was the home of Henry the second and his wife Eleanor of Acquitainr, Queen of both France and England and mother of Richard the Lionheart It’s curious that such a grand city for its… Read More Fabulous Fontevrault
“Earth rejoices our words, breathing and peaceful steps. Let every breath, every word and every step make the mother earth proud of us.” Amit Ray P Peace is something which seems in desperately short supply at the moment both in the body politic of the world and in the very earth and her elements. Its… Read More Lake Cathie; Peaceful Haven on the North Coast
http://www.portnews.com.au/story/4929387/whale-dies-off-nobbys-beach-video-photos/ Last thursday afternoon was a cracker; blue sky, generous sunshine and a light breeze. I set off for my now regular walk down to the local beach. I found “my” private cove and watched the waves, such a meditative and tranquil thing to do. Out in the distance I saw a whale breaching for… Read More Rescuing Whales
The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen Five years ago today I started my big adventure of house sitting. These have been among the best five years of my life as I reflect on adventures big and small, the myriad things I’ve learnt about life,… Read More Happy Adventure-sary!
It was a glorious day- to use an old Aussie expression it was a “pearler of a day”-to be exact. The temperature was mild, the sky both sunny and brilliantly blue and for the first time in weeks there was an absence of the harsh wind which had been whipping up the sea. There was… Read More You Are Beautiful!
Is there anything more Australian than a koala? And right now I am in the midst of their country, mid North coast New South Wales. “Cooee” is also iconically Australian; a ridgey-didge, dinky-di true blue Aussie saying And yet its rarely used today, even in the bush eb The koalas who have inspired this post… Read More Cooee from Koala Country