“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” ― Heraclitus “A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure.” Oliver Wendell Holmes She’s not like the sleek river cats which glide effortlessly over the water, visiting each stop . No,… Read More The Little Cross-River Ferry
“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
In the top half of Australia there are only two seasons-wet or dry. No delicate evolution into Spring or Autumn for this tropical climate; it’s flagrantly dry, meaning extreme heat-or wet, meaning saturating rain. But on this visit to Cairns, approaching the end of the wet season, Mother Nature has excelled herself producing the heaviest… Read More The Wettest Season
“A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving” Lao Tzu My two months stay in this tranquil part of the world is almost up. On Wednesday I’ll take the train to another beautiful part of Northern NSW, Grafton. During the past two months I’ve had plenty of time to recover… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: Making Travel Plans
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!
I was washing my hair this morning and 5hought “The next time I do this I’ll be in Paris” and instantly smiled-well actually I started to sing..a French song naturally! The transition to my life in France for the next three months has started and I feel both excited and impatient. When I tell people… Read More Au Revoir Australie…Encore!
“Today you are you That is truer than true There is no one you-er Than you” Dr Seuss “The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been” Madeleine L’Engle “Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words” Platinus Yesterday on my birthday. I took the… Read More In Celebration of Small Things:A Grand Adventure
Coming Down the Other Side of the Mountain ‘The cliche is that life is a mountain. You go up, reach the top and then go down’ Jeanne Moreau “You never climb the same mountain twice, not even in memory. Memory rebuilds the mountain, changes the weather, retells the jokes, remakes all the moves.” Lito Tejada-Flores… Read More Coming Down the Other Side of the Mountain
P is for Pardon? And Pourquoi Pas? My verbal Passports in France ‘Pardon’ is a word I’ve come to rely on in France. It’s useful when you are going left instead of right, when you are trying to get off a crowded Metro train and of course when your brain freezes and you have no… Read More Pardon and Pourquoi Pas? My verbal passport in France
Beginnings I shall go forth, I shall traverse the States awhile, but I cannot tell whither or how long, Perhaps soon some day or night while I am singing my voice will suddenly cease. O book, O chants! must all then amount to but this? Must we barely arrive at this beginning of us?… Read More Beginnings