As I travel around this beautiful and ancient country of France, I cant help thinking about the many peoples of the past who contributed 6o creating its rich civilisation. That illustrious Roman General, Julius Caesar, attempted to define and distinguish Gaul thus: All Gaul is divided into three parts, one of which the Belgae inhabit,… Read More Celt, Roman or Gaul?
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!
“ 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
Sydney is a city in perpetual change. Although European settlement is only two hundred years old, the city is in an ongoing state of discontent with its past and seems fixed on knocking down and rebuilding wherever and whatever it can. Some changes are disastrous, others more positive. Take the new area called Barangaroo in… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: An Old Name for a New Sydney Site
“In Theory, one is aware that the earth revolves but in practice one does not perceive it. The ground upon which one treads appears not to move and one can live undisturbed. So it is with time in one’s life” Marcel Proust In this current life of perpetual travel and change its… Read More A Sentimental Mountains Walk
The tiny town of Maclean on the Clarence river in Northern NSW boasts a fiercely proud Scottish heritage. Although the early settlers were mainly Scots, Maclean was sacred country to the Yuraygir people who have inhabited the area for thousands of years. As you drive into the town every telegraph pole displays the tartan of a… Read More A Scottish Village in Australia
Australia is a land of extremes but last weekend was a killer. It was 45 degrees where I was staying and reached an unheard of 47 degrees in Port Macquarie, a town on the North Coast of NSW. These were first time records as 80 fires erupted throughout the state. Clearly, this was not the… Read More In Celebration of Small Things : A Cool Change After The Inferno
One of the best aspects of the house sitting lifestyle is the opportunity it affords for making new friends. Though its important to establish mutual respect, it doesn’t necessarily occur that you make a connection with owners, but when it does it can blossom into a lovely friendship. Its that myserious mixture of alchemy, curiosity,… Read More When Home Owners Become Friends