Last week I flew to Darwin,capital of the Northern Territory, colloquially known as ‘The Top End” . It’s closer to Papua New Guinea, East Timor and just across the Arafura sea from Indonesia than it is to Sydney or Melbourne. Everything about Darwin is different to the southern states; for a start they only have… Read More Entering New Territory
It had been almost two years since she’d seen me but what does human time mean to a cat? I sat on the chair and instantly she jumped on my lap, walked around in a circle once then settled with a sigh that said “Do not move, I’m ready to meditate” And so we did… Read More Meditating with Pets
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
The smell is potent; somewhere between fecund and fetid, life rotting and being reborn. It was the first thing I experienced in an ancient city overflowing with life. Every spare bit of earth and sky is utilised to the max by the city’s human and animal inhabitants. The next thing to assault your senses is… Read More The Dynamic life of Hanoi’s old quarter
“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
Universal Soldier I’m here in France and only just realised that it’s Anzac Day tomorrow. It’s a day to honour those who fought in wars for Australia and New Zealand. I always have misgivings about the day and I’m never sure if we are really remembering those who fought and many who died in the… Read More Universal Soldier
Walking through different cities, their squares ablaze and shops bustling for the Christmas season, you have to wonder if it is really possible to buy the festive season. We are certainly encouraged to believe so Christmas is the season of love, and if you really love someone, you will buy them a present equating to… Read More Can you really buy Christmas?
I decided that my weekly adventure would be a drive, probably taking all day, to the iconic Coles and Wineglass bays on the West coast of Tasmania. I had forgotten my adopted maxim since arriving in Tassie, “Weather Permitting”.I’m usually optimistic about my travel plans so I was sure that the early fog would lift… Read More Weather permitting:a pause for reflection