“I love the paddle board. It’s just a really good way to recenter. Being on the water is really peaceful, and you have to focus on your balance and holding yourself up. Doing a little bit of yoga under the sun on the water is really magical.” Jamie Anderson It’s a huge river; long,sinuous and… Read More Paddleboard on the Mighty Clarence
Australian farmers have been going through a tough time with a severe drought. But a recent food contamination scare-someone spiking strawberries with needles-made it twice as tough for strawberry growers. This heartfelt response from Queenslanders, demonstrated much needed emotional and practical support for the farmers. Strawberry sundaes sell out in Brisbane, raising more than $50,000… Read More WeAreTheWorldBlogfest: Sweet relief for Strawberry Farmers
The passenger in the aisle seat opened his package and the delicious aroma of falafel filled the air. “Don’t you like airline food? ” I asked “Well, I’m vegetarian” he replied. ” Me too” And so we began to talk about a shared interest. The topic moved onto Tasmania, the apple isle we were leaving.… Read More Conversations on Trains and Planes
Through serendipity, I was invited by a local Brisbane-ite to accompany her to visit her mother, a fount of local knowledge. Nothing unusual about that except for the fact that her mother is Indigenous and lives on an island in Moreton Bay, near Brisbane. We took a ferry from the Redland Marina on a sunny… Read More The Hidden History of the Islands in the Bay
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?
You feel it the minute you arrive in the Sunshine state; a loosening not just of clothing but an easing up in your approach to life. After three months of experiencing winter in three different states, Tasmania, the ACT and Victoria, I arrived on an overcast, wet day in Brisbane, Queensland. Although the sun didn’t… Read More That Queenslander Feeling
This is the 16th installment of this blogfest which seeks to promote positive stories of humanity to counter the miasma of constant negativity of mainstream news. The cohosts for this month are: Simon Falk, Andrea Michaels, Shilpa Garg, Sylvia Stein, Belinda Witzenhausen. Please visit their blogs for other inspiring stories. I love this story of… Read More WeAreTheWorldBlogfest; Who Has The Right To Beauty?
“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” George Orwell Sometimes we forget that history is not fixed but open to interpretation. Some stories, cultures and peoples are over-represented in modern Australian history while others remain hidden. “Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and… Read More When Artists Make Our History
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