“From what I have said of the Natives of New-Holland they may appear to some to be the most wretched people upon Earth, but in reality they are far more happier than we Europeans; being wholly unacquainted not only with the superfluous but the necessary Conveniences so much sought after in Europe, they are happy… Read More Discoverer of Worlds, Destroyer of Worlds: Cook in the Pacific
Bathers, togs, cozzie, swimmers; all AustraIian names for swimwear . It’s that time of year when you reassess your swimming gear in preparation for the swimming season ahead. Of course if you’re lucky enough to be in a warm climate where the weather is living up to its seasonal expectations, then you are able to… Read More Swimming Season
“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
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?
O “One of the finest, most beautiful, vast and safe bays the sun had ever shone upon,” Joseph Conrad North, South East West, like all major cities Sydney is divided into different territories based on the points of a compass and the Harbour Btidge, affectionately known as the Iron Lung. Most Sydneysiders will tell you… Read More Another side of Sydney
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!