Month: March 2013

The world looks so different from this angle

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On 18 March we flew from Perth in Western Australia to Melbourne in Victoria to attend a family funeral. I always find flying to be close to being magical – the idea of defying gravity and traveling at such speed across the country. Most of the journey is over the Great Australian Bight in the Southern Ocean so it is always a relief to see land below. I can’t help but see the world differently […]

Time out for reflection – here’s how I did it

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Every now and again we need to stop and reassess where we are going with our lives – just like I did ten years ago. I traveled to a small coastal community called Hopetoun in Western Australia to spend a few days gaining some perspective on my life. I stayed in a lovely rammed earth unit and equipped myself with some light reading material and some favourite food to nurture my soul (chocolate bullets and […]

Weekly photo challenge: Future tense

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I traveled this road from Laverton to Leonora many times in 2003 while working in the region. I always felt a pang of excitement when I saw this sign post for the Great Central Road. It is one of the most remote highways in Australia! I love to visit out-of-the-way places and this signpost kept willing me to turn the car in that direction.   The Great Central Road is the main thoroughfare through Central […]

Weekly writing challenge: The State of the Nation

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Baby Boomers / Blog 2013 / bullying / I believe that... / Political / politics

  WordPress is encouraging bloggers to take on a divisive issue so I have decided to swim with the sharks on this one!   Our Prime Minister, Julia Gillard is doing it tough but I still support her government. Many don’t. Her opponents think she should resign and go away quietly. Julia is our first female Prime Minister. She challenged the former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, in a leadership ballot three years ago and she […]

Gwalia – a ghost town in Western Australia

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In 1963 the Sons of Gwalia gold mine closed abruptly. It is essentially a ghost town now. Mining from 1897  to 1963 produced 82.24 tonnes of gold! It is located 828 kilometers east of Perth, near Leonora, in the Great Victoria Desert. From Wikipedia “… a young American geologist (was sent) to the area to develop the find into a working concern. That geologist was Herbert Hoover, who would later become President of the United […]

The amazing sculptures at Lake Ballard in Western Australia

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  I worked in Esperance in 2003 and I had the opportunity to visit Lake Ballard. It is located about 50 kilometers west of Menzies.   Also in 2003, the Inside Australia exhibition was commissioned. The artist and Turner Prize winner Antony Gormley installed 51 sculptures over an area of 10 square kilometres (4 sq miles) on the bed of the lake. The statues were to be removed at the conclusion of the festival but stay as […]


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Blog 2013 / Friends and family / Meaning of life and that stuff / Self acceptance / You must be kidding?

You have the choice to erase one incident from your past, as though it never happened. What would you erase and why? A few disasters spring to mind when I consider today’s topic! The reality is: If I really want to erase some incidents from my past, it seems counterproductive to write a blog about them and give them new life and energy. Some of my disasters are secrets – would I really want to […]