Snapshot … Petra

So it dawns on me this morning that I haven’t written any posts on one of my favourite countries to travel to … Jordan! In 2008 I did a 2-3 week trip to Turkey and followed it up with an 8 day trip to Jordan. For those interested in the itinerary, I did the Jordan Explorer trip offered by Peregrine Adventures. In a word … AWESOME! I loved everything about Jordan, from the landscape to the history to the wonderful people. One of my favourite sites in Jordan is the magnificent ancient city of Petra. Even if you don’t immediately recognise the name, I’m betting any of you that are film-lovers would have seen it. It features in the final scene of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  Continue reading “Snapshot … Petra”

Nature at her best

Oops! I’m a day behind on my A-Z Challenge post for the letter N! I had intended to write it yesterday – honest! As it turns out, I ran out of time. I went to visit one of my dearest friends yesterday morning for breakfast. Arriving at 9am, the idea was breakfast with her and her three children and a bit of house hunting …. fast forward and next thing I know I’m only just arriving back home at 10pm. Long breakfast!

Anyway, moving right along. Instead of doing one of my usual travel snapshots I thought I’d do a more general post highlighting the beauty of nature, from a photographic Continue reading “Nature at her best”

Life lessons

I’m stepping away from travel for today’s post and looking at the idea of life lessons. In a way this follows on from my post last week on family. When my cousin, E, had her kitchen tea a couple of months ago one of the things she asked guests to do was write down some words of advice or life lessons for her prior to embarking on married life. So I’m going to run with that today and share a few: Continue reading “Life lessons”

It’s all about the journey …

In going through all my photos to prepare my travel posts, I’m struck by the sense of what a great and adventurous journey life is. So, in a break from routine, I’m skipping my usual travel snapshot for today and looking at the overall idea of a journey. From a photographic perspective. But to start, let’s ask ourselves, what is a journey? The word journey is defined as follows: Continue reading “It’s all about the journey …”

Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 20 – “Solitude”

I’ve seen a number of posts from people who are participating in these weekly photo challenges and it always looks like such fun so I’ve decided to give it a go! The theme this week for Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge is solitude.

As soon as I read the word “Solitude” I knew which photo I wanted to share. The following photo was taken at Deadvlei in Namibia in January 2015. The person in the shot is a good friend of mine, lets call him J. I met J in 2013 when he was my tour guide for my first trip to southern Africa. I returned in January 2015 to travel with J yet again because he was Continue reading “Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 20 – “Solitude””

Snapshot … Gallipoli

So I’m returning to Turkey for today’s post and to a place that is important, not just to myself, but many Australians, New Zealanders, and Turkish … it’s called Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli peninsula. That one sentence will probably say it all to some readers but for those unfamiliar with Gallipoli, I shall explain further. To my New Zealand and Turkish friends, please excuse me if this post focuses a little on my homeland. When the First World War broke out in August 1914, Australia, still considering itself a colony, followed Continue reading “Snapshot … Gallipoli”

That special F word … 

I’m taking a break from the travel posts today. The A-Z challenge letter for today is F and although I could write about Fethiye or Florence or some wonderful destination, I’ve got family on my mind. There’s a very simple reason why … Last Friday, on April Fools Day, one of my cousin got married. Quite typical of my family to pick a date like that for a wedding!

It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon. Continue reading “That special F word … “

Snapshot – Kruger

Time for another travel snapshot! And this one is going to be fairly photo heavy. I recently read a post by my friend, Niki, entitled Dream Destination and it got me thinking about one of my dream destinations. It’s a place I’ve been fortunate enough to have visited a couple of times and I’m always looking for the next opportunity to return. It’s Kruger National Park (or more specifically Greater Kruger) in South Africa. My first visit there was Continue reading “Snapshot – Kruger”

Author Interview – Owen Baillie

As a follow up to my recent Book Review on the Invasion of the Dead series by Owen Baillie, I’ve decided to do an author interview! This is my first attempt at interviewing a writer and Owen has been gracious enough to play along. I’ve known Owen for a short while now and have had the pleasure of being a Beta Reader for him on both Escape (book
three of the I.O.T.D series) and his recent novel Murder Inc. Continue reading “Author Interview – Owen Baillie”

Book Review – I.O.T.D Series

I had always planned to do some book reviews as part of my blog. Actually, the original plan was to do one review each month, based on a book that I had just read in the preceding few weeks. With a goal of hitting at least 30 books in the year, that should be an easy feat. Those of you who have read my earlier posts are aware that 2016 starting badly and as a result my reading slipped a little. I was too busy being heartbroken and furious, Continue reading “Book Review – I.O.T.D Series”