The smell is potent; somewhere between fecund and fetid, life rotting and being reborn. It was the first thing I experienced in an ancient city overflowing with life. Every spare bit of earth and sky is utilised to the max by the city’s human and animal inhabitants. The next thing to assault your senses is… Read More The Dynamic life of Hanoi’s old quarter
The mangoes are frozen (organic of course!) and the macadamias straight from the tree. Im staying on a beautiful macadamia farm in the far north coast of NSW where life is abundantly lush. My canine companions are Buddy, an older border collie and Mac a nine month old boisterous rogue who is still teething and… Read More Mangoes and Macadamias
“A good traveller has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving” Lao Tzu My two months stay in this tranquil part of the world is almost up. On Wednesday I’ll take the train to another beautiful part of Northern NSW, Grafton. During the past two months I’ve had plenty of time to recover… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: Making Travel Plans
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!
Is there anything more Australian than a koala? And right now I am in the midst of their country, mid North coast New South Wales. “Cooee” is also iconically Australian; a ridgey-didge, dinky-di true blue Aussie saying And yet its rarely used today, even in the bush eb The koalas who have inspired this post… Read More Cooee from Koala Country
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
“Not every ROAD we come across in our daily life is one we have to take. Sometimes just standing still and being, can BE the best move we ever make.” ― Angie Karan Within a few days I had travelled halfway across the world. But for the three months prior to that epic journey, I… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: Standing Still and Saturday Soccer
You only have twenty minutes before your train leaves, thats right, the platform number is only shown twenty minutes before the train’s departure-sometimes even less. Some platforms and stations are incredibly long and finding a lift, if you have suitcases, is not always easy. And then there is the intricate task of finding out exactly… Read More Bordeaux to Bretagne: the Upsets and Unexpected Delights of French Train Travel
I’m in the process of packing my bags to leave for the beautiful Loire valley tomorrow and as I struggle to fit eveything in, I take an opportunity to reflect with gratitude on a wonderful (and exhausting) week in Paris. I arrived a month later than last year in the hope that the weather would… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: A Week and a Bit in Paris
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!