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Way back in the dimly-recalled shadows of the 1990’s an inescapable pop song called “Waterfalls” burrowed its way into my brain. Don’t go chasing waterfalls – implored the lyrics – please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to. My teenaged self took a serious disliking to this exhortation to play life safe: chasing waterfalls sounded like a much better plan. The song is barely remembered now, but the idea… Read More

When is a holiday not a holiday? When it involves working and studying and throwing yourself head-first into a foreign culture and totally different economic reality. People keep asking me how my ‘holiday’ in Peru went, and look confused when I answer that it was difficult, challenging and one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. ‘But surely it was amazing?’ they ask, and it was but it was also very confronting and exhausting and… 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

Chances are you heard about the severe bushfires that swept through Tasmania a couple of months ago. It was awful, a terrible combination of a hot dry summer and a day of searing temperatures and high winds. Perfect fire weather: all it needed was a spark… Up at Lake Repulse someone left a campfire unattended in the pine forest.  Near Bicheno and out at Giblin River, lightning struck the blazes. In Forcett… Read More

Somehow January is almost over already, so I guess it’s high time I welcomed in the new year and thought about what 2013 will bring. 2012 was a big year for me. I moved house, I went travelling and I really started to think about how I wanted to live my life and what sustainability meant to me. I made a lot of changes for the better: I moved closer to town… Read More