There’s only so much beach and pool time you can indulge on a holiday so my family and I sought out a different experience near Hervey Bay on the beautiful Fraser Coast. We found it by accident or serendipity at Arakarra Tea Gardens.Although the name Arakarra means “Land of Many Ducks” in the local Indigenous… Read More Arakarra Lagoons: A Serene Retreat on the Fraser Coast
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
The Mekong river is one of the worlds great rivers which begins in the mountains of Nepal and flows through a number of Asian countries until it reaches the South China Sea. Recently I visited the Mekong Delta near Ho Chi Minh City. When we arrived at our point of embarkation on the worlds 12th… Read More The Mighty Mekong
N A visit to Northern Vietnam is incomplete without a voyage to Halong Bay, one of the wonders of this planet. Listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO, it hosts a constant stream of visitors from all over the world and yet maintains its mystery and tranquillity. The legend of Halong, a word which… Read More Mysterious Halong Bay: Here Be Dragons
“Riding bicycles will not only benefit the individual doing it, but the world at large.” Udo E. Simonis, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Policy at the Science Centre, Berlin, January 2010 These days we have to make the most of the weather and take every opportunity to enjoy the simple pleasures of life-like a bike ride… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: The Beautiful Trees of Back Lane
At this time of year its the colour that gracefully decorates the streets of this small country town of Grafton in Northern NSW. Some might call it purple but I didn’t want to purloin the title of Alice Walker’s great book . Every year at the end of October the Jacaranda festival is held to… Read More The Colour Lilac
“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
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