“Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war. ” Loren Eiseley As summer approaches it’s (supposed) end, I’ve been visiting a few beaches with the purpose of… Read More If Life Is a Beach Then……
Invariably, when I do house sitting, I am drawn into the lives of others.Sometimes this happens in incidental ways, in others quite deliberate which can from time to time be quite overwhelming-until I process the meaning of this interaction. There are times also when I find a delightful connection and become friends with pet owners.… Read More The Lives of Others
I often wonder why Australia is so cruel to Asylum Seekers when so many of them want to contribute to the Australian way of life. I saw this young woman interviewed on the ABC’s 7.30 report and thought “Wow!What an amazing person” Soumi and her family fled the terrors in her Sri Lankan homeland and… Read More WATB#WeAreTheWorldBlogfest:An Unstoppable, Radiant Light
“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
This is my contribution to the wonderful monthly blogfest WeAreTheWorld, a Blogfest is all about spreading the love and the cohosts this month are Shilpa Garg,Simon Falk, Mary J Giese, Dan Antion, Damyanti Biswas. Biswas. Biswas. Mother Nature is wonderful isnt she? And without wanting to minimise the negative effects of human induced climate change,… Read More WATB:WeAreTheWorldBlogfest; Mother Nature’s Resilience CSIRO names 212 new species of insects, fish, plants
At the end of every month, we bloggers are given the opportunity to search for and post good news stories, of which there are many, as an antidote to the mountainous tide of darkness in the news feeds. My co-hosts for this month are: Belinda Witzenhausen, Sylvia McGrath, Sylvia Stein Shilpa Garg, Eric Lahti .… Read More WATB#; In praise of Robots Which Make Life Easier for the Poorest
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
“The only real battle in life is between hanging on and letting go.” Shannon Alder It’s almost the end of 2017 and as I reflect on the past year of adventure, challenge and learning experiences, one episode during my trip to Vietnam which encompasses all of these three qualities comes to mind. “No problem” I… Read More A Motor Bike Ride in Ho Chi Minh City
The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen Five years ago today I started my big adventure of house sitting. These have been among the best five years of my life as I reflect on adventures big and small, the myriad things I’ve learnt about life,… Read More Happy Adventure-sary!
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!