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
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 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?
We Are The World is a monthly blogfest which seeks to bring positive stories to light. This is my contribution for July. As human beings,we’re all wounded. Some wounds heal quickly, others can take a lifetime but in our imperfect world there is often an expectation that we should be perfect and so we try… Read More WATB# WeAreTheWorld Blogfest; Showing Our Scars
The ability to drive means freedom and independence for women. I read this inspiring story shortly after viewing a news item on the struggles of Saudi Arabian supporters of the right of women in their country to drive. This is a story of empowerment, determination, resilience and inspiration And is my contribution to this month’s… Read More #WATB Blogfest: Determined to Drive her Life
Even if we won’t consciously admit it, at some level we all know that connecting with animals heals us. That’s why I was so touched by this story in the Australian news this week of dogs who worked with trauma victims in the Victorian court system. https://www.9news.com.au/good-news/2018/02/22/06/25/dogs-to-support-victims-of-crime-in-court Dogs are set to assist victims of crime… Read More WeAreTheWorld Blogfest: Dogs Who Heal Trauma
Just what is it that people are seeking when they go to exteemes? Somewhere in their vile behaviour exist fundamental needs for love, acceptance and friendship-they are human after all. This lovely, yet seemingly impossible story of a friendship between a black woman and a male white supremacist reveals that seeing the humanity in the… Read More We Are the World: The Power of Acceptance
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!
Tourists and Other Exotic Creatures “Travel makes one modest;you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world” Gustave Flaubert The tourists here are not particularly friendly and rarely reply to the “Good Morning” I say to every person I meet. The locals however always respond. I think of France where, except in rare… Read More