It’s approaching the end of another house sit and the reflection process has started. I always ask myself the question: Have I Made the Most of It? Every house sit offers learning opportunities both big and small, adventures both anticipated and surprising, as well as a challenge or two. Sometimes If I’m lucky, I… Read More Have I Made The Most of It?
We were deep in conversation, my friend and I, while walking along the beach when we noticed the little dog. He wore his sunnies with all the aplomb of an experienced beach goer so we had to stop and admire him. His owner explained that his breed suffered from conjunctivitis which was exacerbated by the… Read More In Celebration os Small Things:a Dog Wearing Sunnies
“It should not be believed that all beings exist for the sake of the existence of man. On the contrary, all other beings too have been intended for their own sakes and not for the sake of anything else” Maimonides (Rabbi Moses ben Maimon) I rise extremely early on the Gold Coast which is great… Read More The Lost or Abandoned Creature
I love the sea full stop and end of Post! Just kidding of course. Though I love plunging into the sea, roaring surf or tranquil harbour, I have some mixed feelings about Australian beach life. When it’s warm enough (sea not necessarily air temperature). I’ll plunge right in and savour the sea minerals covering my… Read More The Sun and Shade of Australian Beach Life
Bollards. The port city of Geelong located to the west of Melbourne relied on these large lumps of wood to moor the many boats that visited the area since European settlement. With the modern age of flight they turned into useless lumps of wood until creative minds decided to use the recycled timber as canvas… Read More Beauty of the Bollards: Geelong’s Creative Artworks
I adore croissants, there’s just something so light yet nourishing about these French delicacies. When I visited France earlier this year (see copious previous posts) I loved my morning routine of cycling to the ‘Artisan Boulanger’ to purchase freshly made croissants for my morning tea. Nine times out of ten these delicacies never made it… Read More The Best Croissants In The World Are Made In….Melbourne!
I had met her before when staying in the cottage but this visit was different. Normally very timid she would run away at first sight of me. This time she stayed, munching on Rose bushes while aware that I was looking at her from the window. At times she looked at me directly, her mouth… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: A visit from a Swamp Wallaby
Whenever I go into the bush I start to release rension in my body and mind. There is something so refreshing about being surrounded by flora which has unique healing properties. When I was younger and absorbed in the ordinary worlds of work, parenting and studying, I would always look for tiny opportunities to get… Read More The Healing Power of the Australian Bush
When I walk in the door and see the view, any stress in my body and mind melts away. I feel welcomed and experience a warm glow from being in this small cottage surrounded by trees. I first came here four years ago in between house sits and fell in love with the place.This time… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: A Cottage in the Trees
« I love a sunburnt country…. a land of flooding rains” Dorothea McKellar My Country Australia is a land of excess. Its a place where a drought can last for twenty years to be broken by saturating rains that produce once in a lifetime floods. Climate change has only exacerbated these extremes. Last… Read More The Green, Green Grass of….Australia?