The passenger in the aisle seat opened his package and the delicious aroma of falafel filled the air. “Don’t you like airline food? ” I asked “Well, I’m vegetarian” he replied. ” Me too” And so we began to talk about a shared interest. The topic moved onto Tasmania, the apple isle we were leaving.… Read More Conversations on Trains and Planes
I’ve been listening to Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘Magic Lessons’ podcasts of late, in which the well-known author interviews friends, authors and creatives of all types in an attempt to help people who have contacted her with their creative roadblocks. What has emerged from this process for me is the confirmation of creativity as essential to our… Read More Are You A Creator Or Consumer?
For such a culturally and ethnically diverse city, Melbourne celebrates Christmas in a way that no other Australian capital city does. Being in the centre of the now crowded city brought back memories of Christmas in the Sydney of my childhood. At some stage of the Midsummer feast, we would make the trek into the… Read More A Merry Melbourne Christmas
(Brisbane) A place where poetry could never occur ’ From David Malouf’s central character, Dante, in the seminal Brisbane novel Johnno (1975) Many years ago, Brisbane had a reputation as a cultural wasteland. Now, this vibrant multicultural metropolis thrives with culture in diverse forms. For me Brisbane will always be a writer’s city and its… Read More Brisbane: A Writer’s City
“Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally get serious with us” Elizabeth Gilbert ‘Big Magic; Creative Living Beyond Fear’ ‘Why Nana Katie? What’s that man doing? What’s that one? Why?’ I confess I do not have all the answers to the constant questioning by my three year old grandson, Jack. Sometimes… Read More Creative Child
O, I love to be by the Bindi, where the fragrant pastures are, And the Tambo to his bosom takes the trembling Evening Star – Just to hear the magpie’s warble in the blue-gums on the hill, When the frail green flower of twilight in the sky is lingering still.” FRANK WILLIAMSON, The Magpie’s Song… Read More A Spring Walk to Mt Majura
“Its never to late to have a happy childhood ” Gloria Steinhem From Revolution from Within:A Book of Self Esteem Could there be anything better than natural fun? Its a time, place and space when you can let go and enjoy the sweetness of life. And its something you can create for yourself and participate… Read More Playtime!
Winter has come early to Tasmania. The official start of the season is June 1st but last Thursday, temperatures plummeted, winds were wild and snow fell halfway down that magnificent mountain which embraces Hobart. Such a sudden climate change from the brilliant Autumn days of clear skies and bright, though weak sun, was the topic… Read More A Fire In Winter
This post has been written in celebration of “Buy Nothing New Month” Letting go is a big part of the house sitting lifestyle. Habits, routines even long standing patterns can be released at the end of each sitting. I take the opportunity when I’m organising what to pack, to recycle things, usually clothing, which I… Read More The Re-cycles of Life
After I returned from Canada late last year, I house sat in a small town in Queensland. There, I was reminded of everything I love about Australia which I had previously overlooked or took for granted. Fluorescent An infusion of sea salt and chlorine envelops the bakery as wet backsides wobble in to join the… Read More Australian Story