It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” Rainer Maria Rilke After a month in windy, rainy Melbourne, I arrived in Sydney to feel the nurturing warmth of 20 degree plus days…and it’s not officially spring yet. But in Sydney, Mother Nature has decreed that it might as… Read More It’s (Almost) Springtime in Sydney
“In every walk in Nature one receives far more that one seeks” John Muir I I’ve walked dogs in all sorts of terrains; along beaches and the coast, insuburbs, the bush or countryside and sometimes around city blocks, but my current walk-a creekside walk- has a special feel to it. Located in the hinterland of… Read More Mountain Creek Walk
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!
Sydney is a city in perpetual change. Although European settlement is only two hundred years old, the city is in an ongoing state of discontent with its past and seems fixed on knocking down and rebuilding wherever and whatever it can. Some changes are disastrous, others more positive. Take the new area called Barangaroo in… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: An Old Name for a New Sydney Site
“In Theory, one is aware that the earth revolves but in practice one does not perceive it. The ground upon which one treads appears not to move and one can live undisturbed. So it is with time in one’s life” Marcel Proust In this current life of perpetual travel and change its… Read More A Sentimental Mountains Walk
“Seven Miles from Sydney and a Thousand Miles From Care” Such were the words on a popular 1920’s tourist poster advertising the pleasures of Manly, which boasts both Surf and Harbour beaches. On a brief visit to Sydney I decided to reacquaint myself with the journey by ferry to a familiar place from my childhood.… Read More A Thousand Miles From Care
In Celebration of small things: Dog Friendly Cafes My current canine companion, Bonnie or Bon Bon as I like to call her, is a very social dog. Like dogs everywhere, she approaches life through the use of her powerful olfactory senses and turns every walk into a Proustian adventure. Last year I took a FutureLearn… Read More In Celebration of Small Things; Dog Friendly Cafes
My dog walks early in the morning before the ascendancy of the heat, takes me around the block of a salubrious inner city suburb where the gardens are rich with every tropical colour and smell. My favourite is the Frangipani. Whether p8nk or white, its subtle fragrance, carries the embodiment of the islands of the… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: Tropical Beauty