” 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
“Earth rejoices our words, breathing and peaceful steps. Let every breath, every word and every step make the mother earth proud of us.” Amit Ray P Peace is something which seems in desperately short supply at the moment both in the body politic of the world and in the very earth and her elements. Its… Read More Lake Cathie; Peaceful Haven on the North Coast
http://www.portnews.com.au/story/4929387/whale-dies-off-nobbys-beach-video-photos/ Last thursday afternoon was a cracker; blue sky, generous sunshine and a light breeze. I set off for my now regular walk down to the local beach. I found “my” private cove and watched the waves, such a meditative and tranquil thing to do. Out in the distance I saw a whale breaching for… Read More Rescuing Whales
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
My lips are chapped by the winds of Change Sarah Vowell The winds have been raging along the coast for three days now, whipping up the surf into a creamy frenzy. The authorities have put out warnings to surfers, sailors and fishermen and women but still some people like to take the risk and be… Read More Wild Surf and The Winds of Change
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
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!