Close encounters of the spooky kind

My first memory of something unexplained occurred many years ago, when I was about ten years old. Life on a farm in the rich dairy country of south western Victoria meant natural encounters were part of daily experiences. Childhood games, wide open spaces to run, play, seek out, hide and explore. Days of heat shimmers […]


Pleasantville welcomes you

Moving House – Part 4 “ You mean we’re in Pleasantville?’ “ Sounds like the opening line of a movie scene…..only it’s real. Set in a simple place where residents exist in a traditional setting, never changing, just living day to day,doing the same things they’ve always done, like the glamorous women of The Stepford […]


The moving van or how not to hire a truck

Due to the aforementioned Mr. M ( fully licenced to drive an 18 ton furniture van and who had never had an accident) one more little worry was eliminated as the move progressed into the final stages.


Moving house – hiring a van. Rule number 2 – Don’t do it.

Moving house is very stressful. It’s high up there on the list of the most stressful things – after death or divorce! Both of these things can be a side effect of moving, especially divorce, which happens after the actual move – many times after the actual move. Even on the day of the actual […]


The rules of moving house part 2 – The Move.

The little white Mazda Familia hatchback, filled to capacity with the last of our breakable, precious items shuddered and swayed yet kept her stability on the slick, wet Westgate freeway. This car was fortunately built to handle such treacherous conditions, being full four wheel drive and turbocharged rally bred. Water ran down the windows creating […]


Hailstorms, a Mediterranean villa and a lost knocker

“ I come from Des Moines. Someone had to.” So said a famous author. Let me re-phrase that to more specifically reflect my own personal experience on making the life decision to re-locate to a small seaside town.   “ I come from Melbourne. I really liked it there and I didn’t have to move […]


View from my window

Blue. Blue.The clearest of blue water. Sparkling blue. The You Yangs form the familiar backdrop. A lone white yacht, elegance supreme, makes its gentle way across the bay. A stretch of white, choppy swells break briefly, to reveal two jetskies, churning the water as they zig-zag back and forth, to and fro, creating white roads […]


Memories of Paris in the heart of Geelong.

No it’s not Le Restaurant Jules Verne high in the Eiffel Tower and you don’t need a passport or a long flight to get here. You don’t even need a window seat. You can sit anywhere and still be transported straight to France. If you have never been to France, well this little bistrot gives […]


Travelling companion.

The Metro train journey from Melbourne’s west through to Flinders Street is usually a half hour trip. On this occasion, it took longer, delays due to Anzac Day crowds or other assorted breaks in schedule – like the pilfering of copper by crooks at signal stations, hence – no signals! In need of a spot […]


You can be the ripest, juciest peach in the world..and there is still going to be someone who hates peaches

Social media is a modern day tool which is used by millions, even trillions or gazillions of us. For reasons which only those with experience or an interest in psychology would possibly be able to fathom – and it is psychological – have no doubt about that. Behind all our posts or comments there are […]