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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 · Leave a 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 · Leave a 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

Memories from my childhood – Snake in the shed

Living in a shed in the bush, so close to the forest meant that we were surrounded by the typical native animals of the Sydney Basin. We had a cleared section … Continue reading

August 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Memories from my childhood – Name tshirts 

Do you remember The Goodies tv show? I watched it in black and white as a kid. It was so silly and funny to me. I wonder what adult jokes I … Continue reading

July 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Reflections – Beijing Coma by Ma Jian

The novel Beijing Coma by Ma Jian follows two parallel streams, both moving chronologically through the novel and intertwining every 1 to 6 pages. Both streams are narrated in the … Continue reading

July 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

Memories from my childhood – Installing a water supply

For my entire childhood it seemed that the urgent work of setting up a semi-self-sufficient lifestyle on a bush block would never end. Once we had put in an access … Continue reading

July 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

Memories from my childhood – Chooks

Now that we lived in the shed we could settle into life in the countryside and shape the surroundings of our home. We had a beautiful kurrajong tree growing 10m down the … Continue reading

July 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Rome for a day

We had 10 wonderful days staying in Anzio, Italy in June this year. One day we caught the train to Rome so that we could explore a little of that legendary … Continue reading

July 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Memories from my childhood – Toilet under the stars

Moving to a bush block with no amenities means a lot of considerations that most people living in modern wealthy societies do not need to think about, except perhaps when … Continue reading

July 24, 2017 · 2 Comments