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Memories from my childhood – 12V television

Before leaving Norway I was invited to a BBQ with 5 Norwegians and one other Australian. The Norwegians all speak perfect English and we all laughed a lot. Towards the … Continue reading

September 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt

A lot has already been written about happiness and living the good life. Jonathan Haidt is very well placed to write about happiness and this is the best book that … Continue reading

September 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Country Driving by Peter Hessler

Peter Hessler worked in China from 2000 to 2007 for The New Yorker but he had already moved to China in 1996 with the Peace Corps. He applied for and … Continue reading

September 12, 2017 · 2 Comments

Memories from my childhood – Snakes in the chook shed

It was my job to feed our chooks (hens, rooster and chicks) every afternoon, clean the water bowl, collect the eggs, lock the chooks into the chook shed every evening … Continue reading

September 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Memories from my childhood – Warm milk

I distinctly remember visiting my ‘town’ grandparents (one set of grandparents lived in town and the other set lived on a farm) and being excited when the milk delivery arrived. … Continue reading

September 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Memories from my childhood – Walnuts and molasses

When I was a child we had a second farm, about five hours drive from our home. Because of the bad drought we couldn’t sell the farm so instead we let … Continue reading

August 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Lost and found by Brooke Davis

Lost and Found is the debut novel by the Australian writer Brooke Davis who wrote the book as part of her PhD project. Davis wrote the book after her mother … Continue reading

August 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Memories from my childhood – Cool Dude

When my parents took a big financial risk to buy our farm they already owned a house in town and a small farm in very marginal country five hours drive … Continue reading

August 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

Book Reflections – Behind the Wall by Colin Thubron 

Colin Thubron is my favourite travel writer. Thubron travelled 10,000 miles around China in 1987 from Beijing all the way down the coast to Guangzhou, to Jinghong on the border with Burma, … Continue reading

August 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Memories from my childhood – Land Rover 

When we moved to the farm we had a Sigma car designed for driving in town. The entrance track connecting our farm to the highway was rough and included 3 creek crossings … Continue reading

August 2, 2017 · Leave a comment