We have the Go Ahead

We have been waiting for the local authorities to approve the building of our retirement home by the sea. We didn't want to have any issues with the approvals. So:- We researched, we planned. We read. We asked Questions. Plans were drawn. Colour selections made. After changing my mind a hundred times adding and deleting … Continue reading We have the Go Ahead

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Værnes Church, Norway c 1085

Nidaros Cathedral One attraction that everyone comes to see in Trondheim, Norway, is Nidaros Cathedral and yet it is the nearby Værnes church in Storjdal that, for me, holds more fascination, at least in a historical sense. Not only does the Værnes Church have a purpose-built 'Weapons House,' that dates back to Viking times, but  … Continue reading Værnes Church, Norway c 1085

Finding Heine and Treasures in Berlin

"We don't catch hold of an idea, rather the idea catches hold of us and enslaves us and whips us in to the arena so that we, forced to be gladiators fight for it." - Heinrich Heine 1797 - 1858 So says the inscription on the statue of German Poet, Journalist and literary critic, Heinrich … Continue reading Finding Heine and Treasures in Berlin

Te Papa, Beach and Wind Walk

Around this time 6 years ago I was walking in Wellington, New Zealand A light shower greeted me this morning so the day started with an indoor activity hunting down a friend’s family history at the library. To our surprise we found a connection with our own family… is everyone in New Zealand related in … Continue reading Te Papa, Beach and Wind Walk

Portentous Weather Predictions: They know, So How Come We Don’t?

If you are watching any edition of Aussie news at the moment, it would not have escaped your notice that Queensland and the "Territory" are experiencing the effects of a tropical cyclone of monster proportions. Most of us had to wait for the Weather bureau's radar to tell us a cyclone was bearing down on … Continue reading Portentous Weather Predictions: They know, So How Come We Don’t?

30 Day Book Challenge – Favourite Quote from a Book

DAY 28. - Jonathan Wunrow - Adventure Inward: A Risk-Taker's Book of Quotes Where else does one find a quote, but in a book of quotes. Jonathan is a rock climber and mountaineer, and has been stuck in places where he has been tired and exhausted, but nevertheless stuck. It is there he does his … Continue reading 30 Day Book Challenge – Favourite Quote from a Book