Hindsight

NT Top End Reflections 20180707

Well the trip is done and dusted, although the red dirt stains remain. Fortunately the overriding joy of this recent experience lives on in our memories. Travelling from Darwin and back, and visiting the National Parks of Kakadu, Nitmiluk and Litchfield was certainly most worthwhile. Perhaps in hindsight it could have…

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Perth to Broome road trip. Reflections 20180619

On my ‘do-nothing-day’ here in the warm climate of Broome, I thought I would post a brief note about our three week experience driving between Perth and Broome. You can choose to use this information as you wish, acknowledging that what suits some people, how people wish to travel, do,…

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A green tree frog in Broome. 20180618

There we were, enjoying our three course meal in the wilderness camp in the Kimberley. No mobile phone, no Internet, no TV. Just fun conversations and social interaction. Quite pleasant really. So logically, the topic shifted to wildlife. Frogs actually. Green tree frogs, to be precise. Our adjacent dinner companion…

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Gibb River Road. Reflections of a wonderful experience. 20180617

Some reflections of this recent wonderful trip in the Kimberley, in far north Western Australia. My thoughts may not necessarily be highly ordered, maybe not always coherent but provided to share with readers the joyfulness, the grandeur and the privilege of experiencing this great wilderness, admittedly at a time when…

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Special friends are just that

It’s when we leave or we are apart for extended periods that we appreciate our friends most. At least that is often my experience. So as we leave town, first up there needs to be time to catch up with some special friends of mine, many I have worked with,…

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Solid rock wondering

So many amazing rock formations, in so many stunning places in the world. Like these rocks at The Remarkables at the southern end of Kangaroo Island, South Australia. And if you zoom in (below), what do you see? I see a large bird of prey resting above the ocean, and…

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Seven doors down

Seven doors down. Reaching out to your neighbour seven doors down, because those in-between would not, could not, or did not. But she did, and next thing you know, she was involved, the default next of kin in the family, given disapproving looks in the hospital when that person cursed…

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Special memories and views

Cape Conran, south eastern Victoria. The romanticism of returning there recently and remembering the young boy so overjoyed to explore the huge sand dunes and climb across the rocks at water’s edge. The innocence, the joy, the fun. Still beautiful and impressive through that now grown boy’s eyes.     Overlooking…

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Joyfulness. Love and family

If we are loving what we are doing, if we are loving who we are with, then surely joyfulness can be a natural consequence. But what comes first? Finding the love, or finding the joy? Perhaps it is just a preparedness to be open to both. As my favourite psychological…

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Kindness. Bruce Springsteen

OK, I have very quickly found a way to weave one of my all-time favourite artists into the conversation. No, the weather this day was not kind, at Hanging Rock in central Victoria, Australia. But the crowd was. A great day to be had by all. This time in 2013,…

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