There is just something so special about coffee

There is just something so special about coffee. How can this rather beautiful hot drink made from the roasted ground bean-like seed of a tropical shrub invoke feelings of the giving of affection, calm solitude and reflection and the coming together of loved ones in a social setting? Everyone knows a roasted coffee bean, but…

The Fearless Cannondale Cyclist

I decided late last year that I was going to become a cyclist. You know, one of those ‘snazzy looking’ riders donned in lycra and professional cycling shoes? I would say that this personal quest was ‘a little’ (well a lot) out of my comfort zone. It has been quite an emotional and physical experience.…

The Power of Voice through “Lord of the Mountain Tops”

I recently joined a singing choir. I have always loved singing and as a child I would look forward to singing the hymns at our Parish church. As an adult my singing has typically been confined to the shower or driving in the car solo! After doing some research I joined the Soul Song Choir…

Stunning Port Phillip Estate at Red Hill

On Saturday I visited Port Phillip Estate at Red Hill to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary with my family. Port Phillip Estate is a beautiful winery in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula 80kms south of Melbourne. Since the early 1970’s wineries were starting to establish in the area and this is a fine example…

The beautiful pearl ring that paved the way forward for future generations

I attended my niece Evelyn’s christening a few weeks ago. I remember sitting in the church feeling excited and full of hope for her in years to come. Evelyn is a delight and her incredibly big eyes make us all want to hold her when she is with us for family occasions. We literally fight…

The Kokoda Trek and Climbing the 1000 Steps

I just love to walk. It is my time for introspection, physical exercise, enjoying nature and fresh air. It makes me feel rejuvenated and peaceful. One of my sabbatical goals this year is to do a trek. I always had this aspiration to tackle the Kokoda Trail through the Owen Stanley Ranges in Papua New…