“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” Groucho Marx Laughter is essential to democracy, but of course it depends who is being laughed at and how it is done. Here in Australia we are a cynical lot and our cynicism is expressed more… Read More Laughing At Those in Power
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!
On a recent visit to Kings Park Botanic Gardens-my favourite botanic garden in the whole of Australia-I reacquainted myself with the stunning trees which line the entrance, paths and different sections of the large park. Eucalyptus, Lemon Myrtle Gum (the smell is divine!) Jarrah all radiated their unique presence but the tree that dominates, as… Read More In Celebration of Small Things:The Travelling Boab Tree
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
Its the quintessential Aussie thing to do on Christmas day, which in the Southern Hemisphere falls on Midsummer. This ywar I thought Id break with tradition and stay near the Swan river rather than the beaches on the Indian Ocean. Rising early, I decided to reprise my visit of two Ch5istmases past and have an… Read More In Celebration of Small Things; A Christmas Day Swim
As humans we have such a tortured relationship with our bodies that it frequently takes artists to remind us of how beautiful the human body can be whether it is big small, male or female. I recently experienced a wonderful exhibition called “Nude” at the Art Gallery of NSW. The introduction states ” The art… Read More The Body Beautiful
“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
Maybe there’s a whole other universe where a square moon rises in the sky, and the stars laugh in cold voices, and some of the triangles have four sides, and some have five, and some have five raised to the fifth power of sides. In this universe there might grow roses which sing. Everything leads… Read More In Celebration of Small Things:The Rose
As bloggers and writers, we know the power of words but what of the power of Are Numbers More Important Than Words ? As bloggers and writers, we know the power of words but what of the power of numbers? My grand-daughter turned 7 this week which gave me pause for thought on the importance… Read More Are Numbers More Important Than Words ?
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?