Homeward Bound

(Note You can click on any of the photos for a full-screen shot.) My life is full of so many journeys, most of which end up homeward bound after a time. Sometimes to a new home, usually to the home I’ve been away from for a while. Then there’s the bus trip home that IContinue reading “Homeward Bound”

On the way to Lahemaa Woods

A more magical  Estonia tale – a visit to Lahemaa woods with my cousin Kaupo and his wife Kadri. Estonia is a tiny country, and these woods are tucked up in the northeast corner – getting close to the Russian border. Though they have been ‘managed’ i.e. harvested and replanted, this particular stand of treesContinue reading “On the way to Lahemaa Woods”

Queen Elizabeth Square, downtown Auckland

I was last in Queen Elizabeth Square last summer, around Christmastime. It was buzzing and beautiful, with giant ornaments, reminiscent of Jeff Koons installations, placed here and there. Near the waterfront with the ferry docks and cargo ships nearby, a real hub of activity a spot in Auckland a visitor shouldn’t miss. My newly formedContinue reading “Queen Elizabeth Square, downtown Auckland”

Waitakere Rainforest Express

Too often we overlook our local Roadside Attractions – leaving them to the tourists, school groups and… in this case our local Photographic Society to organise an expedition. For years I’ve been meaning to ride the Watercare Rainforest Express through the Waitakeres. It departs virtually on my doorstep, from Scenic Drive in Titirangi but yearContinue reading “Waitakere Rainforest Express”

All My Trains (Chinese train part 3)

Previously on Trains of Our Lives, our fair heroine (me) survived a death-defying descent from the upper berth of her miniscule train compartment. She has just made it through a trip to the filthiest loo on five continents. Today’s episode is once again brought to you by haemorrhoid cream, incontinence pads and of course, ointmentContinue reading “All My Trains (Chinese train part 3)”

Ran into Camus and bumped my head

Accidentally bumped into Camus the other day, a dangerous thing to do on a balmy summer night. But he was sitting there with nothing else to do but open up to me. Egad.  Camus.  Nope, can’t say the conversation went well.  He began by telling me that all life springs from the absurd – aContinue reading “Ran into Camus and bumped my head”

Oslo, Norway Photos

I’ve finally processed the photos from Oslo. You can see them here. Everything about Oslo was wonderful, including the billowing clouds that loomed and rolled and threatened, but never opened up on us. After the one day, I am planning a trip of several weeks at least. I long to explore the fjords and pokeContinue reading “Oslo, Norway Photos”