History & Traditions, Philosophy

Living History 100 years ago

Margaret uses a Box iron - that is heated on the fire to iron her clothes. She cooks all her meals and bakes her own bread in a pot oven, over the open fire. She lives in a house without electricity and modern conveniences. This is not a reality show where we are taken back… Continue reading Living History 100 years ago

Anzac Day memorial to veterans
Australia, Cakes, Food, History & Traditions

ANZAC Biscuit Traditions

Home made bikkies When is a Cookie a biscuit? When you live in Australia, of course. On April 25 each year, Anzac Day, the nation stops to commemorate the supreme sacrifice of a group of soldiers that have contributed to the development of our national psyche. We don't have many traditions of our own so… Continue reading ANZAC Biscuit Traditions

History & Traditions, Traditional Art

First Trip to Nepal

Fellow blogger Pooja from Stories from Europe grew up in Nepal, so we've joined forces to write about a city located close to Kathmandu, called Bhaktapur. The individual accounts are about the same city, Bhaktapur, but written from a perspective of 34 years apart. What things had changed? What comparisons can we draw? Let's find… Continue reading First Trip to Nepal

New Zealand
Australia, History & Traditions, Travel

Australia Speaks – Yeh Nah!

Australians are renowned for a laconic, self-deprecating sense of humour that is, to a large extent, the sort of mockery that is not meant to offend. Australia - New Zealand Relations We love to tease the New Zealanders about their accent and habits, like their habit of calling all and sundry, 'bro.' The Kiwis, in… Continue reading Australia Speaks – Yeh Nah!

Early morning sunrise photography
Food, History & Traditions

Cook Eat Repeat Challenge – Healthy Breakfast Eggnog

I have been following Moons' blog, Bits and Pieces for some time now and read her post on a traditional form of Chai style tea that originated from Calcutta, as well as the beautiful traditions that surround this drink and its preparation. She's challenged the blogging community to write about a drink that is a… Continue reading Cook Eat Repeat Challenge – Healthy Breakfast Eggnog

Australia, Community, History & Traditions

Christmas Traditions Around the World

It may not be a Sunday for a Sunday still, but nevertheless, it is Holiday decorations! Whilst touring New Zealand, I was invited to Diane's house in Wellington, which, I have to say, was like walking into a Department's store, albeit without price tags. She LOVES Christmas decorating and had no less than 15 trees in her house. It was beautifully done, and tasteful, but bordered just a tad on the obsessive! But what a nice obsession! Dianne collects a gold coin donation from those who visit and the money raised is solely for charity. So it's all for a good cause.

Norwegian_Rosemaling_art
History & Traditions

Lens Artists – Creativity

We are all creatives here at the blogging world. As Manja recently commented, posts can be stories, and stories are creative. But today I would like to post some creativity of my own. I never considered myself a creative sort, that is until I discovered a very old decorative art form from Norway, called Rosemaling… Continue reading Lens Artists – Creativity

Community, History & Traditions

Proverbial Thursday –

I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs,… Continue reading Proverbial Thursday –