“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
Vierzon is a town composed of different “quartiers” or sections, as different from each other as the city is to the country. I’m staying in the medieval quartier, and when I walk through “Le Beffroi” the belfrey of the twelfth century church of Notre Dame, I can feel a residue of the sorcery that the… Read More Vierzon: Medieval Town and Modern City
Fontevrault Abbey is a fabled place of spiritual, political and cultural power. Established in the 12th century as an abbey, it was the home of King Henry the second and his wife Eleanor of Acquitainr, Queen of both France and England and mother of Richard the Lionheart It’s curious that such a grand city for… Read More Fabulous Fontevrault
There is so much beauty in the land of the Loire: its full of Fairy Tale castles and magical places. At this time of the year when spring has suddenly turned into summer, the roses are in full bloom bringing even more delight. My friend invited me to La Rosarie-which I completely misinterpreted as attending… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: A Peacock Princess Among the Rose Paths
On a fabulous Spring afternoon that felt more like summer, my friend who is a real nature lover, took me to a park at Maulévrier. This is not your usual French park but a singular creation; the largest Japanese park in Europe. Created between 1899 and 1910 by the visionary Alexandre Marcel, it was restored… Read More An Oriental Park in the Loire Valley