When I made the decision to trek to Everest Base Camp to celebrate my 60th birthday in 2013 I don’t really think that I thought it through, it was one of those ‘it seemed like a good idea at the time’ moments. As it turned out it was one of the most exhilarating and rewarding things I’ve ever done and it challenged me in ways that I certainly hadn’t anticipated, but initially I didn’t realise what I would be in for. Then I did some research and, talking to myself as much as anyone else, it was a case of, remind me again why I’m doing this. I think I made my first mistake in planning the trip when I delved into the Wikipedia site on the airport at Lukla. Not a good idea as it turns out. Sometimes I just don’t know when to stop, because then I made my second mistake, I watched U Tube footage of a plane taking off from Lukla airport. Google maps showing the terrain really didn’t help either. Lukla is the starting point of several treks in the region and to get there requires a short flight from Kathmandu in a Twin Otter aircraft. World expeditions, in their blurb, describe it as ‘a memorable flight with amazing views’. I didn’t doubt it for one minute. Notice the mountains in the picture? Well the pilot, of a tiny aircraft, needs to navigate his way around those mountains, banking and descending through several layers of cloud and mist, apparently without the help of landing aids, using just his own keen sense of sight... read more
As the walrus is renowned for saying, The Time has Come, however unlike the walrus I’ve moved on from speaking of many things, I’ve settled on those that are important and taken some action. What am I rabbiting on about? As I mentioned in a blog post at the beginning of the year, I had plans to do a big trip in 2018 and was working towards achieving that goal. The plan has changed slightly because, well, that’s what plans are for but the good news is that the trip is on, the itinerary 80% fixed, flights booked and paid for and much of the accommodation organised. Woohoo! I’m so excited and I really have to share, so here’s what I’ll be doing. The adventure begins when myself and a friend fly out of Perth on 7th May heading for Edinburgh. I’ve never flown into Edinburgh before, it’s always been Heathrow when I’ve visited the UK so that’ll be something different to start with. After three nights meandering around Edinburgh it’s on to my weekend retreat in a wonderful Scottish country house near Kinloch Rannoch which I’ve already told you about while Kim amuses herself in the nearby village. As she put it she’s not into downward dogging on the top of a Scottish hill. From there it’s a train ride to Newcastle upon Tyne where we’ll begin the walk along Hadrian’s Wall, all 135kms of it, after which we’ll be hiring a car in Glasgow for a drive up the west coast. We’ll be stopping near Fort William for a couple of nights and the plan, if the... read more
On a coastline renowned for the spectacular and the stunning, for it’s wild clifftops and long stretches of accessible beaches, Bunker Bay is arguably one of the most stunning sections of white, pristine beach that you could hope to find anywhere along the more than 20,000 km of the Western Australian coastline. I’ve walked the Cape to Cape track and spent countless holidays in this south western corner of Australia but Bunker Bay is my favourite spot to go for a relaxing few days. No hiking, no trawling round wineries and no visits to the gourmet delights of this section of the state. Okay, so maybe a winery for lunch on the way home, but my time at Bunker Bay is spent solely in relaxation. I just spent a long weekend there with a friend for her birthday so I thought I’d share with you what’s so amazing about this place. We stayed at the Pullman Bunker Bay Resort and really, if you want to feel special, this is the place to be. Relax That’s what you’re here for, to leave the work week behind, ditch your electronic devices and social media updates and relax the way you know is best for you. Fitness If you’re staying here at the resort there’s often complimentary yoga on weekend mornings and there’s nowhere more beautiful to practice yoga than looking out over the ocean. If you’re new to yoga or not that confident (as I am) it doesn’t matter, this is for all levels and it’s a really great start to the day. Check with reception for availability in the classes.... read more
A question for you. How many times have you visited some great spot on your travels and told yourself that you really have to go back there someday? How many times have you seen photos of that place on T.V/social media/magazines and thought to yourself, ‘yes, I really must plan a trip back there’? And how many times have you been speaking to people who’ve been there too and said to them ‘I loved that place, I really need to go back there’? I can see you all nodding and I must admit I am so, so guilty of this. There are so many places in the world that I’ve visited over the last forty years that I would absolutely love to return to but the world’s a big place and there’s always somewhere to find and explore. I’ve mentioned this quandary of mine before – do I go back to somewhere I know and love or do I find somewhere new? I could write a list a mile long of countries, cities, attractions and beautiful spots that I want to revisit but next year I finally get to go back to a place that I last visited aeons ago, I’m thinking around 1987. I’m going back to Pitlochry and the beautiful Scottish countryside around there. What brought this about was my need/want for a bit of self-care. For the last eighteen months I’ve been following the social media of a young woman from the UK who runs Wellbeing Weekend Retreats in Scotland. This was another of those cases of, I’d love to take part in one these weekends... read more
Just a short post for you today, about a short walk. My current house sitting gig has taken me to a beautiful spot on the outskirts of York in Western Australia. For those who aren’t from around here and not familiar with the area, York is an inland town in the Wheatbelt in Western Australia about 90 minutes from Perth with some beautifully restored heritage buildings. It’s such a quiet and peaceful area, particularly where I’m staying, and has some wonderful walks to soak up the countryside calm and leave behind all the city stress. I’ve been coming to York for a few years now to visit a good friend and every time I’ve driven through the town I’ve seen the sign to the Avon walk trail, and every time I’ve said to myself ‘I really need to go do that walk.’ Needless to say, I never have. Until last week, when I finally headed down to the Avon river, found the trail (which is extremely easy to find, literally 2 minutes from the main street) and spent a wonderful hour walking along the riverbank. From Avon Terrace just take one of the side roads down to the river, there’s a lovely picnic area with a children’s playground and you’re allowed to park your caravan or campervan overnight if you want to spend some time here. To the left of the grassed area you’ll find the suspension bridge – worthy of a walk across in itself – if you don’t mind a little bit of swaying you’ll get a wonderful view of the river from the middle of the... read more
Question. When you’re planning a holiday are you more inclined to go back to places you’ve already been, your favourite travel destinations, or visit somewhere completely new? I’m always really torn between the two. There are places that I’ve absolutely loved holidaying in and things I’ve done that have been brilliant and part of me always wants to go back and do these things again. (I wrote about my Top 5, must go back to places, here) The three weeks staying in a villa in Crete, ten years ago now, was so special. Three weeks was long enough to settle down, spend some time doing nothing and also get out and about and see most of what we wanted to see. Paris is always a favourite as is Rome and Florence. I’ve been to these cities several times and again, I love them, I love the vibe, the cafes, the lifestyle. I love Melbourne, Tasmania and Cairns and anywhere in the UK and I could feel very comfortable revisiting all of these familiar places. But … By continually going back to places I know and love is it limiting my options, limiting the experiences and the adventures that I could have? A few years ago, when I was looking to travel somewhere to celebrate my sixtieth birthday this question was right up there at the forefront of my mind. There were so many places I would have loved to go back to for the celebration of this milestone birthday, dinner on the Champs Elysees or champagne up the Eiffel Tower, a sunset stroll along the Ponte Vecchio or sunrise... read more
The eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed that I’ve been a little bit absent lately, from here on the blog and from my Facebook pages – both personal and business. Or maybe you haven’t even noticed I’ve been gone. I hope that’s not the case, I hope you’ve missed me To explain. I had ‘stuff’ to attend to. I’d come up against a bit of a wall, it was blocking my way and preventing me moving on with life, I needed to get around it, or over it, or through it. I needed to break it down, brick by brick if necessary. It was time to make some life decisions and implement them, and I needed the space and time to do this. Those decisions weren’t easy, there was some serious soul searching going on, some big questions asked and answered with an honesty that we generally struggle to produce in our lives and ultimately a complete change of lifestyle and direction was called for. The good news – that wall has gone, I did break it down and I am back on track – a totally different track and heading into a totally new and exciting future. Some details, in case you’re interested: – I sold the home that I’ve lived in for the last 12 years. – I sold or gave away many of the unnecessary ‘things’ I’d accumulated over this time. – I put my good bits and pieces – some furniture, photo albums and things that I didn’t want to part with into storage. – I packed a suitcase of clothes, a plastic tub... read more
Well, hello there. Long time, no see. I know, I’ve been missing off here for a while. Life and all that. No excuse. Sorry. But hey – here I am, back with you full of plans, BIG plans. It’s the start of a new year (I know, stating the obvious) and here I am still harbouring that travel bug and still with lots of ideas for travel in the future, and I mean LOTS of ideas. I’m intending to live to at least 100 (in perfect health) to get to all those places on my list. It’s that time of year again when we’re all prone to reflection, reflecting on the year just gone, our achievements, what we’ve done, what we haven’t and where the last year has taken us. And we also look ahead to the next 12 months, to our dreams, our plans and to where we want to be this time next year. But so many of us stop right here, we stop at the dreams and the desires and the airy fairy ideas of what we want out of this year. We go no further – and then we complain. Well, that year didn’t go according to plan, I didn’t get what I wanted out of it, I didn’t move forward to where I wanted to be. I wonder why? Possibly because you just said you wanted it to happen but you didn’t do anything about it, you didn’t set a goal, you didn’t take positive action to make that goal a reality. I’ve been talking a lot lately about planning and goal setting and making shit happen... read more
Where it all began My life, with apparently very little conscious thought on my part, has taken some very interesting twists and followed some very unexpected paths – particularly since I turned forty. Things all started off pretty normally, well, what I considered normal anyway. I was married at nineteen, as you did in those days, I had my two daughters in my early twenties and we all spent the next twenty years enjoying life. We travelled, we took the girls on a 3 month campervan tour of England and Europe when they were both under five, the eldest still remembers her fifth birthday in Switzerland and the birthday cake she couldn’t eat because it had liqueur in it, and we even moved to the UK for five years and experienced living in another country (love the place, by the way). We camped in Brittany, we threw snowballs near the Jungfrau and we ate ham sandwiches in Venice. We moved house several times, building new homes in new areas and we always had a project on the go. Life was good. But ….. Somewhere in the middle of that well-ordered life there was a glitch, I began to feel restless, I figured there was more out there but I wasn’t sure what. You’ve probably heard all this before from me so, to cut a long story relatively short: I went back to university in my 40th year. After 15 years of part time study I ended up with a PhD – go figure. At 50 I disbanded my marriage of over 30 years. In my 50s I stayed in an... read more
Have you ever had one of those ‘wow’ moments in life, a light bulb moment, one of those moments when you go ah ha, yes, that’s it! I’m sure that you have, they don’t happen very often but when they do they can be life changing. I had one of those moments years ago that led me down the path of study, achievement and a dramatic shift in my life. Ultimately, it led me to questioning myself, to challenging myself and to realising what I was capable of. I guess it also led to a few dramas in my life including getting caught up in the Nepal earthquake last year. Well, a couple of months ago, I had another one of those ‘moments,’ one of those moments in time that you just know, if you go with it, things are going to change, move forward and open up a whole new set of experiences. Stop the waffle you say, what the hell am I talking about? I was in the same spot that I’d been in all those years ago, things were okay, things were good but ….. there was something that just wasn’t there and I couldn’t even have told you what. Then, one morning I was listening to a podcast, I’m not really sure even which one it was, but one of the women on there said ‘I’m a Life Coach’ and something clicked within me during that talk, I think I actually said ‘ah ha’ to myself. This was something I’ve done informally for ages now, why not build a business around it. So, I did the whole Google thing, researched the hell... read more
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