The shape of things to come


I shouldn’t speak so harshly of the Peruvian coastal desert. Although I’m a creature of green, hilly places, deserts can be spectacularly beautiful places to visit that have a marvellous effect of putting things into perspective and making day-to-day worries seem very small indeed. The Peruvian coastal desert is arguably part of the mighty Atacama, which stretches 1 000 km from northern Chile and eastern Bolivia all the way along the Peruvian… Read More

Home again. Hopefully normal blog service will resume shortly, but in the meantime, here’s a little something from my travels…   In the greenhouse at the Girl’s Home where I was volunteering, trying to teach food growing skills. Cusco, home base for my month-long stay. In the hills above Cusco, learning about Peru, her people and culture. Stumbling across human history in the spectacular landscape of the Sacred Valley in Pisac. It… Read More

No matter how dark it may get, the world remains a beautiful and amazing place (it’s been a rough news kind of week)

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it! –William Hutchinson Murray, after Goethe

It’s about to get quiet around here: very quiet indeed. I’m taking a break from this blogging business while the rest of my life needs my focus. It’s not that I don’t want to be writing: I do! I have a huge list of blog topics up on my wall, several half-written posts in my head and a few more sitting in the drafts folder. It’s not a lack of motivation or… Read More

Hello. It’s been a little quiet around here, and it’s going to stay so for a little while longer. Life is busy: big plans are afoot. Last week I found myself a new home: a tiny cottage tucked away in the inner-Hobart suburb on Lenah Valley, neglected gem among ageing flats and renovated grandeur. The cottage is old, though a thoughtful make-over about 15 years ago has made it comfortable. It’s small,… Read More