Went to the Gourmet Escape in Margaret River today. Hundreds of stalls and outlets, thousands of people and sadly millions of bush flies.


What with a tightly packed Continue reading


A Walk in the Park


Kings Park Kookaburra, August 2014

Sometimes it’s easy to forget how blessed we are living in places that have beautiful spaces, parks and nature reserves, (let alone democracy, freedom, civil rights and caramel crunch ice cream). I know there are things wrong with every nation and yes there are many, many issues in Australia that make you weep (not least our last few Prime Ministers, of every political persuasion), but sometimes it is worth reflecting on the good. Today we went for a walk in Kings Park, Perth and nope I didn’t miss the apostrophe, it was officially dropped from the name in the early 20th Century. Apart from the grammatical ambiguity, it is a remarkable place with a remarkable history.

Prior to the Europeans turning up the area was used by the local Nyoongar people who had campsites and hunting grounds on it stretching back some 40,000 years. Continue reading