Winter is whale season on the northcoast of NSW. I’ve been staying here for the last three weeks, walking the beaches empty of people yet abundant in marine and terrestrial life. Each beach inevitably ends at a bluff or headland, which acts as the perfect location for observing the joyful journey of the whales as… Read More Following The Whale Trail
It started off with the visit of a curious bird, the Wonga Pigeon. Of course at the time I didn’t know that was its name. One afternoon it arrived in the backyard of the holiday house “Woop woop woop….” a continuous melodic sound called me and I looked out the window to see this beautiful… Read More Birdlife of Moonee Beach
“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”—Robert Louis Stevenson I was preparing to fly last Tuesday; cleaning, packing, planning , communicating and connecting, when this topic arrived in my head. So many of the aspects of travelling from place… Read More When Do You Become a ‘Seasoned’ Traveller?
It’s not the official name of course; we Australians love to shorten the long names and lengthen the short. It’s formal name was Willgulga an Indigenous word of the local Gumbaynggirr clan which refers to the black apple trees of the area. In 1868, the European settlers formally gazetted the name Woolgoolga, a name its… Read More There’s Something About Woopi
“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” Eleonora Duse This time of year can be hectic, stressful and… Read More Small Moments of Joy
“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
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!
“Seven Miles from Sydney and a Thousand Miles From Care” Such were the words on a popular 1920’s tourist poster advertising the pleasures of Manly, which boasts both Surf and Harbour beaches. On a brief visit to Sydney I decided to reacquaint myself with the journey by ferry to a familiar place from my childhood.… Read More A Thousand Miles From Care
Whenever I go into the bush I start to release rension in my body and mind. There is something so refreshing about being surrounded by flora which has unique healing properties. When I was younger and absorbed in the ordinary worlds of work, parenting and studying, I would always look for tiny opportunities to get… Read More The Healing Power of the Australian Bush
“In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.” Rachel Carson On a superb, sunny day (it’s not even officially spring yet!) I decided to explore the headlands and beaches of the local area of my current house sit in the tiny coastal village… Read More The Solitary Islands of Sawtell