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?
“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
In many cultures and spiritual traditions, mountains are the homes of the Gods. So in theory, it felt like the right way to approach a Hindu shrine- walking slowly, mindfully in steep ascent to the limestone cave dedicated to Lord Murugan. But in practice it was an altogether different experience. The humidity took my breath… Read More 272 Steps to the Gods
It’s a mysterious river of many moods and colours; deep green and lucid in some places, dark brown and opaque in others. At times it cruises peacefully through the city of Kuching but when it returns to the jungle, swirling rapids develop. When got into the groove of kayaking down the mighty Sarawak river of… Read More Kayaking the Sarawak
Singapore is a richly woven tapestry of many cultures, Chinese, Malay and Indian to name a few. On this visit to Singapore I decided to stay in “Little India”, a colourful district with Indian inspired architecture, Vegetarian cafes (yum) and plentiful markets. Wandering through the streets, I happened on the Indian Heritage Centre, a relatively… Read More Little India, Singapore