Australian farmers have been going through a tough time with a severe drought. But a recent food contamination scare-someone spiking strawberries with needles-made it twice as tough for strawberry growers. This heartfelt response from Queenslanders, demonstrated much needed emotional and practical support for the farmers. Strawberry sundaes sell out in Brisbane, raising more than $50,000… Read More WeAreTheWorldBlogfest: Sweet relief for Strawberry Farmers
The passenger in the aisle seat opened his package and the delicious aroma of falafel filled the air. “Don’t you like airline food? ” I asked “Well, I’m vegetarian” he replied. ” Me too” And so we began to talk about a shared interest. The topic moved onto Tasmania, the apple isle we were leaving.… Read More Conversations on Trains and Planes
Through serendipity, I was invited by a local Brisbane-ite to accompany her to visit her mother, a fount of local knowledge. Nothing unusual about that except for the fact that her mother is Indigenous and lives on an island in Moreton Bay, near Brisbane. We took a ferry from the Redland Marina on a sunny… Read More The Hidden History of the Islands in the Bay
I ask myself this question on the eve of the 6th anniversary of falling into this lifestyle. Why spiritual? Well there’s an aspect of service to the greater good about it, as you help pets feel peaceful and comfortable in their owner’s absence and also the owners feel less guilty in taking a break. Of… Read More Is House Sitting a Spiritual Vocation?
You feel it the minute you arrive in the Sunshine state; a loosening not just of clothing but an easing up in your approach to life. After three months of experiencing winter in three different states, Tasmania, the ACT and Victoria, I arrived on an overcast, wet day in Brisbane, Queensland. Although the sun didn’t… Read More That Queenslander Feeling
This is the 16th installment of this blogfest which seeks to promote positive stories of humanity to counter the miasma of constant negativity of mainstream news. The cohosts for this month are: Simon Falk, Andrea Michaels, Shilpa Garg, Sylvia Stein, Belinda Witzenhausen. Please visit their blogs for other inspiring stories. I love this story of… Read More WeAreTheWorldBlogfest; Who Has The Right To Beauty?