Australia, Book review, Environment, History & Traditions

Maralinga – Australian Author Judy Nunn

In the 1950s the British military detonated a total of 21 nuclear weapons in various sites in Australia. Maralinga is the most infamous of these sites. British soldiers were told it was a secret assignment and despite the displacement of the local Aboriginal people, many were still exposed to high levels of radiation and became sick or died.

Environment, History & Traditions, Motivational

Sunday Sayings – Planting Trees

“Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” ~Greek ProverbGoodreads.com The Chinese sages also appreciated their value: Let us not forget the importance of creating nature; fostering and nurturing Mother Earth. Trees provide so many benefits to our everyday lives. They filter clean air, provide fresh… Continue reading Sunday Sayings – Planting Trees

Australia, Environment, History & Traditions

April Fool Ghost

"So I woke up and my beautiful Schnauzer pup is laying on the back patio covered in dirt with a rabbit in his mouth. The rabbit's not bloody, just dirty. My neighbor's kids raise blue ribbon rabbits. I instantly knew it was one of theirs. 😢 I took the rabbit away from my dog, rushed… Continue reading April Fool Ghost

snowy mountains
History & Traditions, Travel

Mirror Mirror on the Mountain

Norwegians are obsessed with sunlight. They talk about it endlessly and watch and wait in the New Year, for the light to come a little earlier each day heralding the onset of an early spring. Obsessed? Quite possibly. Most of us are familiar with the winter blues, associated lack of sunlight and how it can… Continue reading Mirror Mirror on the Mountain

historic rosemaling art norway
History & Traditions

Wisdom from the Past in Traditional Art

Norwegian Decorative Art of Rosemaling In traditional art, it was a custom to have a saying or Proverb decorating the border of a bowl, utensil or piece of furniture. Especially this is seen in the old decorative art of Norway, called Rosemaling. Rosemaling by Bjorn Pettersen The following words of wisdom were indicative of a social… Continue reading Wisdom from the Past in Traditional Art

pavlova recipe
Australia, blogging, Cakes, Food, History & Traditions

The Challenge of Making the Perfect Pavlova

Christmas has been and gone and with it the traditionally festive dessert of choice in Australia, (with its warm weather), the humble 'Pavlova.' This ubiquitous dessert really needs no introduction and not wishing to trigger my New Zealand counterparts, I won't mention its origins, but will note the recipe has Australian variations! Photo by Sandra… Continue reading The Challenge of Making the Perfect Pavlova

morning at the beach in Australia
blogging, History & Traditions, Mental Health, Motivational

Sunday Sayings – Emotionally-Driven Thoughts

We spend a lot of time in our own headspace, either at work or at home relaxing. In lockdown, some of us might be alone with our emotional thoughts, much more than we have ever experienced before. This level of introspection, or mulling over problems, can get to a person, especially if they are a… Continue reading Sunday Sayings – Emotionally-Driven Thoughts

rosemaling fabric
History & Traditions, Photography

Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Red and Green

Origins of the Traditional Christmas Colours of Red and Green In many parts of Europe during the middle ages, Paradise plays were performed, often on Christmas Eve. They told Bible stories to people who couldn't read. The 'Paradise Tree' in the garden of eden in the play was normally a pine tree with red apples… Continue reading Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Red and Green

computer
blogging, History & Traditions

Google will Help You

In the almost forgotten days B.C. meaning, "Before Covid," we might search for holiday accommodation, or sightseeing spots using Google. Sometimes Google suggests places we didn't even know we wanted to go, based on our search history and we don't have to ask. Whilst away on vacations, we might need to know a good place… Continue reading Google will Help You

polish folk art mouse pad
craft, History & Traditions, Painting, Photography, Traditional Art

Kashubian Embroidery

Traditional Tuesday - [A look at traditional Art Forms] Poland is a country of deeply rooted culture and pursuits, not the least of which, is iconic Polish Folk Art forms, such as a specialist kind of stitching, called Kashuby embroidery. Initially used as a decoration for clothing, particularly folk costumes and women's caps, these distinctive… Continue reading Kashubian Embroidery

cake on platter
Food, History & Traditions

Friendly Friday Challenge Guest Post – Nostalgia

The Guest post for this week’s Friendly Friday theme of Nostalgia, comes from Lorelle, an Australian Mum of two, passionate traveller and foodie enthusiast, who blogs at A Mindful Traveller. I had the immense pleasure of meeting the lovely Lorelle a couple of years ago and she has been so kind to write a beautiful… Continue reading Friendly Friday Challenge Guest Post – Nostalgia

History & Traditions, Motivational, Philosophy

Weekly Quote and Proverb

Proverbs and Quotes provide us with wisdom from days past. These words, generally anonymous and uttered so succinctly, can teach us so much, in just a few words. Here are this week offerings: The greater love is a mother's; then comes a dog's; then a sweetheart's - Polish Proverb In these times of pandemic and… Continue reading Weekly Quote and Proverb

blogging, History & Traditions, Photography

Friendly Friday: The Colour Pink – Guest Post

Vero writes: When Amanda asked me to write a post with the prompt, "Pink," my mind went in many directions first. Then I paused: what’s really my relationship with this girly colour? Let’s be honest, no matter how modern you are on the gender stereotyping theme, it will still take yonks before pink is something… Continue reading Friendly Friday: The Colour Pink – Guest Post