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?
“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
It had been almost two years since she’d seen me but what does human time mean to a cat? I sat on the chair and instantly she jumped on my lap, walked around in a circle once then settled with a sigh that said “Do not move, I’m ready to meditate” And so we did… Read More Meditating with Pets
“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
My palms became sweaty, throat tight, veins throbbed and heart pumped overtime. But it was the thoughts which were worst, irrational yet unstoppable ones of plunging to the depths of the ocean. For over 20 years each time I flew, this experience was repeated. Now, reflecting on the past six years of constant travel in… Read More Taking Flight: A Cure for My Fear of Flying
“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
“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 ?