On the Book Shelf: So Long Marianne

On the Book Shelf: So Long Marianne

So Long Marianne: A Love Story By Kari Hesthamar A few years ago I went to the Hunter Valley in New South Wales to see a concert. Set amongst the vines of one of Australia’s premier wine regions, the concert was one I had anticipated for many years. Having missed him on his previous tour […]

Mogo Zoo: Panda-monium on the South Coast

Mogo Zoo: Panda-monium on the South Coast

Panda-monium at Mogo Zoo Back in 2012 I embarked on a trek along the Indo-Nepalese border to a place called Sandakphu. Sitting at 3636m it is the highest point in the state of West Bengal, India. But more than that, it lies in  the shadow of Kanchenjunga, the world’s fourth highest mountain and offers once-in-a-lifetime […]

Nouméa: Pacific Paradise or “A Dump”?

Nouméa: Pacific Paradise or “A Dump”?

When I first excitedly announced I was heading to Nouméa for two weeks to take a french language course a number of people responded with ‘Nouméa, what a dump!’ What? Are we talking about the same place? The capital of New Caledonia? South Pacific paradise? On further enquiry every person who told me it was […]

New Caledonia: Island Daze

New Caledonia: Island Daze

island hopping in new caledonia What does your mind conjure when you imagine a South Pacific island?  Warm, tropical breezes…aquamarine seas…beaches of white, silky sand…frangipani and palm trees…coconuts and tropical fruit…coral reefs…seafood…New Caledonia has that and more. In the two weeks we spent in Nouméa learning to speak French with CREIPAC we also took the opportunity […]

Learning French in New Caledonia with CREIPAC

Learning French in New Caledonia with CREIPAC

Who doesn’t love the French language? It is the language of great literature. The language of love. Since a child I have wanted to speak French. I studied it at school. I have taken on-line courses, purchased CDs and french grammar books. I have been entranced with its smooth, mellifluous tones. It is said that immersion is […]

Winter Wonderland – #52PicsProject

Winter Wonderland – #52PicsProject

Photographing a Winter Wonderland “The magic rarely happens in our comfort zone, but outside it, on the ragged, scary edge,where we have to fight like hell to keep from drowning in the unknown.” David Du Chemin   There’s nothing like trekking through snow covered forests for getting out of your comfort zone. And photographing in […]

Street Photography: Sydney

Street Photography: Sydney

Street Photography in Sydney Sydney – The Harbour City. The Emerald City. Doing street photography in Sydney it would be easy to fall into the trap of capturing the iconic emblems. Sydney Harbour. Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sydney Opera House. But that would be too easy. A city is more than its buildings. More than its icons. […]

Film Photography – #52PicsProject

Film Photography – #52PicsProject

Rediscovering Film Photography – #52PicsProject A few weeks ago in a spur-of-the-moment purge of crap we have stored around our place I came across my old Minolta X-700 SLR film camera. I hadn’t used this camera for 15 years. Still enclosed in its leather case, the camera seemed in perfect condition. Most intriguing though,  there was a […]

Dubbo Zoo and The Three Baby Cheetahs

Dubbo Zoo and The Three Baby Cheetahs

Anyone who knows us understands we have a thing for big cats. We spent four weeks in the Indian Himalaya chasing the elusive snow leopard.  We endured days of camping, cold arid conditions and rugged climbs to snatch a glimpse of this enigmatic creature. And it was worth every sacrifice. A little closer to home […]