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
One of the best aspects of the house sitting lifestyle is the opportunity it affords for making new friends. Though its important to establish mutual respect, it doesn’t necessarily occur that you make a connection with owners, but when it does it can blossom into a lovely friendship. Its that myserious mixture of alchemy, curiosity,… Read More When Home Owners Become Friends
Rivers have what (wo)man most respects and longs for in his/ her own life and thought–a capacity for renewal and replenishment, continual energy, creativity, cleansing. —John M. Kauffmann I first used an inflatable kayak when house sitting near the stunning Swan River in Perth.It took me a while to perfect the art of getting it… Read More An inflatable kayak and a dog who likes to paddle
As I watch my one of my grandchildren start school and one return this week, I can’t help but think about the rapid pace of their learning. It’s a great joy to witness their little minds expand and it causes me to ponder my own journey of lifelong learning. This week I was contacted by… Read More In Celebration of Small Things: It’s never too late to learn
The exhibition of “Versailles” at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra is a sumptuous taste of the spectacular treasures of the royal places of Versailles, France. As the Gallery’s summer blockbuster exhibition it is a popular success judging by the crowds of tourists and locals in attendance when I visited this week. In fact,… Read More Canberrans agree: Let Them Eat Cake!
When I had my first conversation with the homeowners in Perth, they mentioned their proximity to the Swan River. Something in me was delighted. I’ve visited Perth before, it’s the capital of Western Australia and one ocf my favourite Australian cities but my visits in the past were located on both the North and South… Read More A Magnificent Swan Cycle
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?
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
Floriade is the spring festival for Canberra folk and tourists. The city’s cool climate (in winter) lends itself to vibrant floral displays when spring finally hits, which happens most years in September. This year however, has been excessively wet and the blooms were dampened and droopy in Commonwealth Park on the first weekend of the… Read More Horti-Couture: Canberra’s Creative Blooms
“Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.” André Gide I could see the woman in her thirties walking down the street and then I heard her thoughts. Though she seemed to be outwardly successful, they weren’t happy ones and certainly not loving but brutally critical of herself and judgemental of others. That was me… Read More In Celebration of Small Things:Self-Compassion