Records are being broken; yes its summer but unlike other summers past. The seasonal heat, its intensity, duration and coverage, has changed making it hard to enjoy the beauty and languor of the summer holidays in Australia. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-18/bom-warns-of-scorching-sydney-weather-with-top-of-45c/10723824 How we live our lives during such a time has changed-aircon is essential not optional, (thank you… Read More Saturday Morning, Sydney Harbour, Heatwave Hangover
“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 middle of the week I decided to explore the Brooklyn area on the Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time but haven’t had the opportunity. My original intention was to do part of the Great North Walk starting at the foreshore but as a large… Read More Dangar: Abundant Island on the Hawkesbury
It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” Rainer Maria Rilke After a month in windy, rainy Melbourne, I arrived in Sydney to feel the nurturing warmth of 20 degree plus days…and it’s not officially spring yet. But in Sydney, Mother Nature has decreed that it might as… Read More It’s (Almost) Springtime in Sydney
O “One of the finest, most beautiful, vast and safe bays the sun had ever shone upon,” Joseph Conrad North, South East West, like all major cities Sydney is divided into different territories based on the points of a compass and the Harbour Btidge, affectionately known as the Iron Lung. Most Sydneysiders will tell you… Read More Another side of Sydney
Sydney Harbour sparkles on a hot summer’s day but its not until dusk, that special time between day and night, when you start to experience the magnificence of the harbour city at night. And what better place to appreciate its majesty than the boardwalk of the Opera House? Recently I visited the iconic Sydney landmark… Read More Sydney by Night
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!
Sydney is a city in perpetual change. Although European settlement is only two hundred years old, the city is in an ongoing state of discontent with its past and seems fixed on knocking down and rebuilding wherever and whatever it can. Some changes are disastrous, others more positive. Take the new area called Barangaroo in… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: An Old Name for a New Sydney Site
“Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.” André Gide I could see the woman in her thirties walking down the street and then I heard her thoughts. Though she seemed to be outwardly successful, they weren’t happy ones and certainly not loving but brutally critical of herself and judgemental of others. That was me… Read More In Celebration of Small Things:Self-Compassion