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
My palms became sweaty, throat tight, veins throbbed and heart pumped overtime. But it was the thoughts which were worst, irrational yet unstoppable ones of plunging to the depths of the ocean. For over 20 years each time I flew, this experience was repeated. Now, reflecting on the past six years of constant travel in… Read More Taking Flight: A Cure for My Fear of Flying
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?
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!
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
I was leaving chilly Canberra and a heartwarming catch-up with my family, for the warmer climes of Port Macquarie. This time I took the bus from the capital rather than fly to Sydney. I like to vary my modes of travel and the bus can be more comfortable than taking a plane which, knowing Canberra,… Read More In Celebration of Small Things:The Wrong Bag!
The name of the fifth largest city in France aptly expresses its relationship to the landscape. Its a place which has been occupied for millenia given its position on the Garonne river and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The Romans called it Burdigala and were responsible for introducing that other important flowing liquid, wine, to… Read More Bordeaux: City of Water and Wine