Last week I flew to Darwin,capital of the Northern Territory, colloquially known as ‘The Top End” . It’s closer to Papua New Guinea, East Timor and just across the Arafura sea from Indonesia than it is to Sydney or Melbourne. Everything about Darwin is different to the southern states; for a start they only have… Read More Entering New Territory
“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” ― Molière It was a perfect day for a cycle;temperature in the low twenties, no wind and a weekday when most people were at their workplaces. Perfect. Yet I wasn’t fully appreciative of the day and the opportunities for joy it presented. Instead, I was… Read More A Backflip on the Journey
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao Tzu I booked the return ticket seven months ago; ihad been only four months before then that I had decided to go. To China. It had been a background dream for many years, my appetite whetted even moreso when I studied Chinese medicine… Read More The journey to my Journey
“Future is an unknown country which requires tough visas for anyone to enter. Not all of us will get the chance to visit it.” Mehmet Murat Ildan Sooner or later in a life of international travel, you’re going to have to go through the process of getting an authorisation to enter a country you are… Read More Visa Validity; The Entrance Exam of a Life of Travel
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
Records are being broken; yes its summer but unlike other summers past. The seasonal heat, its intensity, duration and coverage, has changed making it hard to enjoy the beauty and languor of the summer holidays in Australia. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-18/bom-warns-of-scorching-sydney-weather-with-top-of-45c/10723824 How we live our lives during such a time has changed-aircon is essential not optional, (thank you… Read More Saturday Morning, Sydney Harbour, Heatwave Hangover
“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.” Aldous Huxley When we view something, what is it that we see? How the presenter of the thing wants us to see it, in other words a “curated” version? Or does what we perceive activate a part of… Read More The Presence of Absence or Ways of Looking at the World.
“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
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?