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Bush Walk – Centenary Trail – Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura

Last week we braved the cold fog to walk Section 1 of the Centenary Trail, from the War Memorial to Mount Majura, up to the summit, then across the saddle … Continue reading

June 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

Keeping my Book Group Going

I have belonged to 4 book groups in the past 7 years and only the one that I started still meets. The others all failed due to the doomed attempt … Continue reading

June 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Book review – The Spare Room by Helen Garner – 4 stars

Earlier this year two friends from my book group, whose opinions about books I value, told me how much they enjoy the writing of Helen Garner. My curiosity was piqued … Continue reading

June 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

Walk – Lake Burley Griffin

This week my husband and I embarked on our longest day walk, 25km around Lake Burley Griffin. It was entirely flat so it’s not a huge undertaking but I had … Continue reading

June 19, 2014 · 2 Comments

Book Review – The Girls by Lori Lansens – 3 1/2 stars

In the novel The Girls by Lori Lansens we follow the lives of craniopagus conjoined twins Rose and Ruby. Lansens succeeds in the incredibly difficult task of creating not just … Continue reading

June 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

Book Review – Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak – 4 1/2 Stars

  I read the 1958 translation by Max Hayward and Manya Harari of Doctor Zhivago, written in Russian, by Boris Pasternak. Amazingly I have never seen the film of Doctor … Continue reading

June 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

Around the World in 16 Days

16 days, 7 currencies, 3 languages other than English, 12 Economy Class flights around the whole world. That’s what I’ve been doing for the last 2 weeks! Travelling for work isn’t … Continue reading

June 7, 2014 · 4 Comments

Bush walk – Aranda, Black Mountain, Botanic Gardens

Last week for our bush walking adventure we went for a more urban option, starting in Aranda in the reserve. We walked through the morning mist and found the forest beautiful with … Continue reading

June 6, 2014 · 2 Comments

One more postcard from Rio

I started my day with a tasty grain-free breakfast at the rooftop restaurant at my hotel. The range and quality of fruits was excellent and I greatly enjoyed both the … Continue reading

June 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

Book Review – In Cuba I was a German Shepherd by Ana Menendez – 2 1/2 stars

The collection of interwoven short stories of In Cuba I was a German Shepherd by Ana Menendez is a quick and interesting read. Ana writes about migrant experiences of Middle … Continue reading

June 1, 2014 · Leave a comment