As I travel around this beautiful and ancient country of France, I cant help thinking about the many peoples of the past who contributed 6o creating its rich civilisation. That illustrious Roman General, Julius Caesar, attempted to define and distinguish Gaul thus: All Gaul is divided into three parts, one of which the Belgae inhabit,… Read More Celt, Roman or Gaul?
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!
Canberra does autumn so well. Its the best Australian capital- bar Hobart- to dieplay the glorious colours of dying leaves against the backdrop of a pellucid blue sky and tranquil lake. But the window of opportunity to relish the perfect days between Easter and Anzac Day can be brief so it’s important to make the… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: Seasonal Beauty By The Lake
“ I want to appreciate you without judging, join you without invading, invite you without demanding, leave you without guilt” Virginia Satir” As I travel around the country, m lucky to experience living in different areas and often ponder on those things that make a place enjoyable and memorable .If you read the Australian papers, you… Read More Community
I read the headline in the Guardian at the beginning of March and the story in all its implications, resonated with me all month. Its a good news story which touched me deeply for a number of reasons. Firstly, the poet was given recogni6ion without specifically seeking it-its like a gift from the universe in… Read More Why Art Matters and How it Heals
“Il fait un temps de chien” French expression meaning “The weather has gone to the dogs!” In this last month of summer in Sydney, the weather has been atrocious. It’s normally a time for enjoying the last of the warmer weather and final swims as the coolness slowlys enters the air. But no! Its been… Read More In Celebration of Small Things:The Magnigicent Trees in My Neighbourhood
International Women’s Day: Five reasons life is hard for women in 2017 (and what you can do to improve it) By Jessica Haynes Sydney Morning Herald Updated about 3 hours ago PHOTO: Mariama is One Girl’s first university scholarship recipient from Freetown in Sierra Leone. (Supplied: One Girl) RELATED STORY: Gender quotas in Parliament? Women… Read More Happy International Women’s Day
Australia is a land of extremes but last weekend was a killer. It was 45 degrees where I was staying and reached an unheard of 47 degrees in Port Macquarie, a town on the North Coast of NSW. These were first time records as 80 fires erupted throughout the state. Clearly, this was not the… Read More In Celebration of Small Things : A Cool Change After The Inferno
Rivers have what (wo)man most respects and longs for in his/ her own life and thought–a capacity for renewal and replenishment, continual energy, creativity, cleansing. —John M. Kauffmann I first used an inflatable kayak when house sitting near the stunning Swan River in Perth.It took me a while to perfect the art of getting it… Read More An inflatable kayak and a dog who likes to paddle
The exhibition of “Versailles” at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra is a sumptuous taste of the spectacular treasures of the royal places of Versailles, France. As the Gallery’s summer blockbuster exhibition it is a popular success judging by the crowds of tourists and locals in attendance when I visited this week. In fact,… Read More Canberrans agree: Let Them Eat Cake!