Natural Erosion?

Natural Erosion?

  Our closest beach on Mitchells Island has lost about a half kilometre of its length in the last couple of years. That’s a big chunk. The area concerned is at the mouth of the Manning River, but the dunes all along in a southerly direction, including Old Bar...
The Goodness of Gardens

The Goodness of Gardens

I went to Trent, the hairdresser, in town today, and he gave me a pretty ‘do’. In my old life as a city girl, my hairdresser would say, ‘I hope your husband is taking you some place special for dinner tonight.’ Instead of a glamorous outing, in...
You Never Know, and That’s a Good Thing

You Never Know, and That’s a Good Thing

A news bulletin just appeared on my computer regarding a surfer who was knocked unconscious by a whale today. He had been in a group surfing at Bondi Beach when a whale (‘big as a bus’) showed up. Surfers and whale played together for a while until a...
We Lucky Aussies

We Lucky Aussies

I’m a 37-year resident and naturalised citizen of Australia and I still never cease to be amazed by the long, sweeping and inviting beaches that often remain completely empty. It’s the height of the school holidays here and still, as you can see,...
Should We Be Left to Our Devices?

Should We Be Left to Our Devices?

How  much is life passing us by because of our love affair with screens and devices? Probably more than we want to know, and it’s a question that Google can’t actually answer. The classic cartoon above, created by Micheal Leunig with great prescience, sums...
How Did I Get Here?

How Did I Get Here?

  I had some time this morning – quite a lot of it, actually – to wander around Bondi Junction, my old stomping grounds. Here’s a photo of the entrance to the Australian School of Yoga on Oxford Street. I was mentally winding back the clock  to...