“New year—a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.” —Alex Morritt There’s is nothing more terrifying than freedom; and the knowledge that we have the power to create ourlife, our dreams. Our default approach to life apears to be for most of us, myself… Read More How Will You Design Your Next Decade?
Nanjing is one of the four ancient capitals of China and was my last stay in the Middle Kingdom before returning home to Australia. I was beginning to get tired and so, looked for that calm centre, not only within but also without, a traditional Chinese garden. By this stage, I had mastered the Metro,… Read More In a Nanjing Garden
“Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.” – Wendell Berry “And do you travel with a group…? It’s a familiar question I’m frequently asked, carrying all that is implicit in the questioner’s… Read More The Loneliness of Travel
“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” ― Molière It was a perfect day for a cycle;temperature in the low twenties, no wind and a weekday when most people were at their workplaces. Perfect. Yet I wasn’t fully appreciative of the day and the opportunities for joy it presented. Instead, I was… Read More A Backflip on the Journey
“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
Invariably, when I do house sitting, I am drawn into the lives of others.Sometimes this happens in incidental ways, in others quite deliberate which can from time to time be quite overwhelming-until I process the meaning of this interaction. There are times also when I find a delightful connection and become friends with pet owners.… Read More The Lives of Others
“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” ― Heraclitus “A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure.” Oliver Wendell Holmes She’s not like the sleek river cats which glide effortlessly over the water, visiting each stop . No,… Read More The Little Cross-River Ferry
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 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?
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