Oh what beautiful days these have been! May has been a glorious month of mild weather and sunshine. The world around here looks green and lush and sparkling and I've been milking every day of its loveliness. When it is time to go to bed I regret that each day is over because I've been enjoying the flow of each golden day. I've been strolling through gardens, weaving baskets, digging in the earth, pottering in domesticity, antiquing, and weekend adventuring. What could be love
This past weekend we visited both Springbrook and Lamington National Parks in the Gold Coast Hinterland. We immersed ourselves in the mountain air and surrounded ourselves in forests of green. Water, stone, wood, mud, moss, leaves – all of these wonders merging to form a wild temple, a place for us to lose our city selves in what is real, to shake free of these urban illusions. We hadn’t been to Springbrook in a few years and we were keen to revisit some of our favourite spot
Thrush song, stream song, holy love
That flows through earthly forms and folds,
The song of Heaven’s Sabbath fleshed
In throat and ear, in stream and stone,
A grace living here as we live,
Move my mind now to that which holds
Things as they change.
The warmth has come.
The doors have opened. Flower and song
Embroider ground and air, lead me
Beside the healing field that waits;
Growth, death, and a restoring form
Of human use will make it well.
But I go on, beyon
In a few days time we will be on the road, heading east towards the other side of the country. The reality of leaving the west coast is sinking in hard and I've had to accept that these dreamy two years of living in what surely must be one of the most beautiful places on earth, is over. Such is life. It would be easy for me to slip into a malaise at this point, as I don't want to leave, but you know, change is inevitable and I'll save myself a lot of grief by being appreciati
On leaving El Questro and heading for Kununurra we decided to take a little detour to see Wyndham, Western Australia's northern-most town. I'm so glad we did because Wyndham was like nowhere else I have ever been and it felt as though we were in some strange post apocalyptic outback Australian town on the edge of the earth. It felt a bit Mad Max to me, but I couldn't really tell you why. Arriving in Wyndham you are greeted by a very large crocodile statue that begs to be phot
You know how there are the 'Great Drives', like Highway 1 on the West Coast of the USA, Stelvio Pass in Italy or the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, yeah? Well, I've never seen the Gibb River Road on any such list, but I'm convinced it should be on all of them. Why? Firstly, because it is filled with natural wonders - epic gorges and pristine waterholes, and grand vistas that reach out forever and ever and ever. Secondly, because if you do it and make it to the other side in on
Well, well, well. Gosh and wow. Oh my stars! Holy mackerel! I'm EXCITED people! "Why", I hear you ask? Because I just had the most extraordinary experience with a beautiful Southern Right whale! I mean, it was truly something amazing and the sheer awesomeness and thrill of it is still coursing through my bones. Oh oh oh, it was up there as one of the most magical moments of my life - like running into a grizzly in Yellowstone, or lying under Wave Rock on a clear night looking
On June 4 I celebrated my 40th birthday the best way I know how - on the water with a bunch of big, beautiful, rambunctious humpback whales! Truly, I could not think of a more perfect way for me to spend the day. We saw so many whales that I lost count and there was much activity on the water as groups of males tousled and fought for female attention. We saw some epic battles, with slaps and shoves and loud vocalisations. I'd never seen this kind of behaviour before on a whal