Apart from the National Gallery’s and Australian Museum’s blockbuster exhibitions, the best thing about Canberra in summer is being by the lake. And as Canberra is very much a cycling city, the best way to appreciate the radiant blue skies and sparkling water is by bike. You can stop at the major cultural institutions like… Read More The Lake Cycle
“When you focus on the journey, you will be blessed with guardian angels to direct your path.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita No matter how often or infrequently we travel, no matter how cossetted or basic the mode of our travel, there will come a time in a journey when, to quote Blanche Dubois from Tennessee… Read More Travel Angels
Can there be anything more joyful, more loving than a puppy? She’s called Bella and came into the family at 12 weeks. My grandkids, Josie and Jack, were overwhelmed when they saw her “How long can she stay with us ?” Jack asked. When they were told she would be staying forever Josie remarked “She’s… Read More The New Puppy
“From what I have said of the Natives of New-Holland they may appear to some to be the most wretched people upon Earth, but in reality they are far more happier than we Europeans; being wholly unacquainted not only with the superfluous but the necessary Conveniences so much sought after in Europe, they are happy… Read More Discoverer of Worlds, Destroyer of Worlds: Cook in the Pacific
“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” George Orwell Sometimes we forget that history is not fixed but open to interpretation. Some stories, cultures and peoples are over-represented in modern Australian history while others remain hidden. “Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and… Read More When Artists Make Our History
Can there be anything more exquisitely beautiful than a finely cut piece of jewellery? Even if we can’t afford to buy it, we can admire and appreciate it from afar. In the case of the jewellery and watchmaking of the Cartier family, I had the rare pleasure of visiting the Cartier exhibiton with my grandaughter,… Read More That Cartier Style
“Camera lies all the time. It’s all it does is lie, because when you choose this moment instead of this moment, when you… the moment you’ve made a choice, you’re lying about something larger. ‘Lying’ is an ugly word. I don’t mean lying. But any artist picks and chooses what they want to paint or… Read More Do Portraits Lie ?
Recently I visited the extraordinary exhibition “Songlines:Tracking the Stories of the Seven Sisters” at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. Its a timely yet ancient story of journey, power, trauma and transformation. The Indigenous peoples of Australia used songlines to find their way through the different tribal lands which make up the continent. As… Read More Singing an Ancient Song of Feminine Power
I was leaving chilly Canberra and a heartwarming catch-up with my family, for the warmer climes of Port Macquarie. This time I took the bus from the capital rather than fly to Sydney. I like to vary my modes of travel and the bus can be more comfortable than taking a plane which, knowing Canberra,… Read More In Celebration of Small Things:The Wrong Bag!
“Not every ROAD we come across in our daily life is one we have to take. Sometimes just standing still and being, can BE the best move we ever make.” ― Angie Karan Within a few days I had travelled halfway across the world. But for the three months prior to that epic journey, I… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: Standing Still and Saturday Soccer