Today marks the finish of 7 years of full time travel and house sitting. Seven years! It was certainly never planned to last so long; in fact, it wasn’t planned at all! Quite simply, I fell into it and it felt right so I kept on, each time learning to become more self reliant, flexible,… Read More A New Chapter in the Book of Life
“New year—a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.” —Alex Morritt There’s is nothing more terrifying than freedom; and the knowledge that we have the power to create ourlife, our dreams. Our default approach to life apears to be for most of us, myself… Read More How Will You Design Your Next Decade?
Nanjing is one of the four ancient capitals of China and was my last stay in the Middle Kingdom before returning home to Australia. I was beginning to get tired and so, looked for that calm centre, not only within but also without, a traditional Chinese garden. By this stage, I had mastered the Metro,… Read More In a Nanjing Garden
“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.” Aldous Huxley When we view something, what is it that we see? How the presenter of the thing wants us to see it, in other words a “curated” version? Or does what we perceive activate a part of… Read More The Presence of Absence or Ways of Looking at the World.
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
I’m a reader and during this time of hibernation before the start of my personal new year (birthday), I’ve increased my thirst for a good book. Yes, I could buy new books and donate them to Vinnies or gift them to friends when I leave and yes I’m also an e-reader with lots of books… Read More A Hidden Library Gem
” Sorry, we dont stock that line since….the flood” “They’re not here anymore but have moved out of town..to Goonellabah (the hill above the town)” This was a frequent refrain from residents of Lismore, the Northern Rivers town which suffered major flooding in March 2017. It’s only a little over six months since it happened… Read More After the flood
“Yec’hed mat”! That’s Breton for ” Cheers” and it sounds something like the word hermit but spoken with a seriously sore throat. I had planned to spend my birthday in France during the northern summer, relishing in the thought of swimming in the Atlantic ocean and topping off a trifecta of having swum in the… Read More A Breton Re-Birthday
It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.” Paulo Coelho The Zahir . This week is the 14th of July, France’s celebration of… Read More In Celebration of Small Things :Freedom
I’d visited the medieval city of Bouges betore and this time returned to stay for a while and experience the “Illuminated nights”, a specactle of light, sound and colour which literally reveasl the city in a new light. At dusk, starting with the Cathedrale de Saint Etienne, different couloured lighting displayed the gothic magnificence of… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: Bourges by Night