I used to long for white christmases when growing up and felt that our festivities were somehow inauthentic. Now I can appreciate that here in Australia we’re lucky to have Christmas in the middle of summer. Sure the pre-christmas shopping is frantic as you search for a shaded spot near the shops,sure white Christmases look… Read More A Tropical Festive Season
“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!
It was a glorious day- to use an old Aussie expression it was a “pearler of a day”-to be exact. The temperature was mild, the sky both sunny and brilliantly blue and for the first time in weeks there was an absence of the harsh wind which had been whipping up the sea. There was… Read More You Are Beautiful!
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
The festive season has many meanings depending on faith, family and personal preference but one thing it does require is learning how to adapt to the swelling crowds of holidaymakers who would normally be at work,university or school. It can be the source of instant camaraderie and a jovial feeling when you start to appreciate… Read More Are we territorial creatures? Or ‘Hey, you, get offa my beach towel!’
Leave your shoes at the entrance. Set your feet free to stretch into a new shape, toes squelching sand as the balls and arches of your feet find a new groove walking towards the water on the sacred carpet of white sand. Even if they can’t participate in it in reality, perhaps living an outback… Read More The Sacred Beach