Melbourne’s weather is changeable, today it’s steel grey skies and chilly temperatures. My canine companion Ed and I are both wearing protective black fur What a difference a week makes! Seven days ago I was having a “playday” with my friend Lorna, who took me along the Bellarine peninsula to lunch with other friends, walk,… Read More Along the Bellarine
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ― Terry Pratchett, I grew up in… Read More The Lost Suburbs of Sydney 8
It’s not the official name of course; we Australians love to shorten the long names and lengthen the short. It’s formal name was Willgulga an Indigenous word of the local Gumbaynggirr clan which refers to the black apple trees of the area. In 1868, the European settlers formally gazetted the name Woolgoolga, a name its… Read More There’s Something About Woopi
Apart from the National Gallery’s and Australian Museum’s blockbuster exhibitions, the best thing about Canberra in summer is being by the lake. And as Canberra is very much a cycling city, the best way to appreciate the radiant blue skies and sparkling water is by bike. You can stop at the major cultural institutions like… Read More The Lake Cycle
“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” Eleonora Duse This time of year can be hectic, stressful and… Read More Small Moments of Joy
“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.” Aldous Huxley When we view something, what is it that we see? How the presenter of the thing wants us to see it, in other words a “curated” version? Or does what we perceive activate a part of… Read More The Presence of Absence or Ways of Looking at the World.
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?