Mon pêché mineur’ I heard my french friend use this wonderful expression to explain her partiality to a particular wine. I know the feeling! I have fallen in love with the natural wines of France and in particular those dry whites of the pays de la Loire. Its not just their taste but also their… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: My Little Sin
I’m in the process of packing my bags to leave for the beautiful Loire valley tomorrow and as I struggle to fit eveything in, I take an opportunity to reflect with gratitude on a wonderful (and exhausting) week in Paris. I arrived a month later than last year in the hope that the weather would… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: A Week and a Bit in Paris
By chance while exploring (getting lost) in Paris earlier this week, I was stopped from crossing the road by a passing military cavalcade. The golden helmets and silver swords of the soldiers on horseback shone as the weak sun broke through the clouds. How lucky was I to have this dazzling cavalcade of magnificent horses… Read More A Parisian Parade
On a recent visit to L’Orangerie, the building set in the Jardin des Tuilleries which houses Monet’s waterlilies in an oval display, I pondered this question. Art critics and ordinary people who love or loathe art all seem to if not fall in love, then certainly feel benign towards the artist’s obsession with these liquid… Read More Why is Monet So Popular ?
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
“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
“In Theory, one is aware that the earth revolves but in practice one does not perceive it. The ground upon which one treads appears not to move and one can live undisturbed. So it is with time in one’s life” Marcel Proust In this current life of perpetual travel and change its… Read More A Sentimental Mountains Walk
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!
When I had my first conversation with the homeowners in Perth, they mentioned their proximity to the Swan River. Something in me was delighted. I’ve visited Perth before, it’s the capital of Western Australia and one ocf my favourite Australian cities but my visits in the past were located on both the North and South… Read More A Magnificent Swan Cycle