This stone Buddha, hewn from thesurrounding mountain, is the tallest stone Buddha in the world It took over seventy years or the span of three generations (between the year 713 to 803 BCE) to construct him. He stands 71 metres tall. Impressive is a feeble word to describe this wonder. I joined other awestruck tourists… Read More The One Thousand Year-Old Buddha of LeShan
Winter is whale season on the northcoast of NSW. I’ve been staying here for the last three weeks, walking the beaches empty of people yet abundant in marine and terrestrial life. Each beach inevitably ends at a bluff or headland, which acts as the perfect location for observing the joyful journey of the whales as… Read More Following The Whale Trail
“This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year’s threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath.” Margaret Atwood This week began with a full moon and ends tomorrow on the winter solstice (in the southern hemisphere) surely… Read More Full Moon Solstice Reflections at the Barefoot Beachstone Cafe
“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
“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
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?
Last week I visited an ancient monument in France. No, it wasnt the Eiffel Tower or Arch de Triomphe but a more ancient sttucture, the Dolmen de Bajoulière. Constructed four thousand years BCE, this powerful neolithic monument was later used in Celtic and Roman eras. I went with a group who were not your everyday… Read More The Sacred Earth of Ancient France
Fontevrault Abbey is a fabled place of spiritual, political and cultural power. Established in the 12th century as an abbey, it was the home of King Henry the second and his wife Eleanor of Acquitainr, Queen of both France and England and mother of Richard the Lionheart It’s curious that such a grand city for… Read More Fabulous Fontevrault
I had met her before when staying in the cottage but this visit was different. Normally very timid she would run away at first sight of me. This time she stayed, munching on Rose bushes while aware that I was looking at her from the window. At times she looked at me directly, her mouth… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: A visit from a Swamp Wallaby