Here you'll find my thoughts about life, travel, books and, because I love a laugh, the occasional spoof. All this from the perspective of a small town, on an island, in a country that's too close to the Antarctic for comfort.
Nau Mai, Haere mai. Come on in!
New Zealand went to the polls on Saturday. For those of you who may have missed this internationally significant event it breaks my heart to tell you the other side won. Faced with defeat and despair a girl needs a survival strategy. This is it. Declare 24 hours of […]
I like to travel. I like to come home with photographs. In recent years I’ve used my iPhone. For a point and shoot camera it’s not too shabby at all. But when I found myself, iPhone in hand, stalking a butterfly near Kanchanburi, I knew my phone camera […]
Reunions of one sort or another have been on my mind. Our globe-trotting Bangkokians are back in the country, some writing friends are meeting again soon for the first time in years, my occasional series on life as an AFS exchange student has got me thinking about old friends. […]
“The open road speaks for a perpetual becoming.” Pico Iyer I’m continuing my tradition of reading well-known books years after they came to the attention of the rest of the world! But the gap is narrowing. Pico Iyer’s The Open Road was published six years ago, where […]
TimeThief’s onecoolsite is full of information about blogging and the blogosphere for experienced and newbie bloggers alike. I’ve been a follower since March of this year. Her posts have helped me find my way around the blogging world. At first I didn’t understand much of what was she was writing […]
Come with me down memory lane. I want to show you Breckenridge, Minnesota, my hometown while I was an exchange student during the 1975 -76 school year. These photos, except for one, were taken when I visited in 2006. Breckenridge sits at the junction of the Otter Tail and Bois […]
My poppies are in flower. My quince tree is at bud burst. The sap is rising, spring is on its way and my thoughts are turning to travel adventures. Okay, okay, if the posts on this blog are anything to go by that’s not exactly new. Through […]
I and several others are partial to a drive in the country and a pub lunch. Last Sunday spring was in the air. (That didn’t last. It’s 7C, the wind even sounds cold, and I’m told the snow is low on the surrounding hills – I’m not going […]
Suzanne Lenglen, from France, was a world class tennis player almost a hundred years ago. Never heard of her? Me neither. Not until I was researching this post. It turns out she and I have a lot in common. (Note to my kids: if you’re reading this – […]
“The beauty of travel, as of love or terror, is that it regularly turns all your ideas on your head and reminds you that you really know nothing at all.” Pico Iyer I’m used to a land crunched up on itself. The force of two tectonic plates grinding together […]