blogging

Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Back to the Future II

In the Friendly Friday Blog Challenge I recalled Australia in the 60's and asked: Looking back to the FutureRoad trips What was your memory of your childhood?Was there a significant milestone growing up and if you lived through the sixties and seventies, what stood out for you?Was there something that was instrumental in your path… Continue reading Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Back to the Future II

Australia, blogging

Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Look Back to the Future

Over half a century ago this happened: It's Friday 13th, one October, in the early seventies and it's raining hard, in torrents, as it does in summer in a tropical country, like Australia. Construction had started on the Sydney Opera House, (it took 14, instead of the predicted 4 years to complete) and Apollo 16… Continue reading Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Look Back to the Future

blogging, Painting, Traditional Art

Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Time Capsule

Tãby Church, Stockholm Almost a decade ago, I was wandering around the backblocks of Stockholm's upmarket outer suburbs and discovered a place of significance in Viking times. A living Time Capsule. Rune Stone Causeway in Stockholm At around 100 metres long, the so-called Jarlabanke's bridge, in Täby, Sweden, is a causeway or bridge, lined with… Continue reading Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Time Capsule

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

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blogging, Environment

Reliance on Power and Technology

When the circuit breaker blew on our home's power connection, my explanation to the then-teenager as to why nothing was working in the house, included telling her wide-scale electricity generation was not available in our area until the 1930- 40’s. Furthermore, I explained, her own Grandmother remembered the introduction of what was referred to as,… Continue reading Reliance on Power and Technology

Architecture, blogging, Photography

Autumn Falling Leaves

Nine years ago, I was sipping a cup of deliciously decadent, silky-smooth, hot chocolate for a minimal price at the Rathaus Cafe in Offenbach, Germany. I remember glancing at the temperature gauge, noting it was zero degrees celsius outside, before watching a squirrel, as he scurried around the branches of the weeping tree nearby. It… Continue reading Autumn Falling Leaves

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Traditional Art, Travel

Swedish Skansen Museum

Overlooking Stockholm, Skansen Open Air Museum is a walk back in history that every visitor should make when visiting Sweden. Skansen is the first open-air museum and zoo in Sweden and is located on the island Djurgården in Stockholm, Sweden. It was opened on 11 October 1891 by Artur Hazelius to show the way of… Continue reading Swedish Skansen Museum

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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

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Australia, blogging

Children of Victorian England

In the 1800's in Victorian England, scores of children under the age of 20, roamed the streets in a Dickensian world, eeking out an existence made famous in the 1968 movie, Oliver. In the day, Britain feared a French revolution might erupt within the lower classes and so wished to contain this potential political menace… Continue reading Children of Victorian England

Australia

The Big Scrub Pioneers, New South Wales

'The Big Scrub', Northern New South Wales, Australia The Big Scrub is located in Northern New South Wales, Australia. This vast area of subtropical rainforest was cleared by European settlers from the 1840s, firstly for its valuable cabinet timber species, in particular red cedar, and later for agricultural selection, primarily dairying and agriculture. This region… Continue reading The Big Scrub Pioneers, New South Wales

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

Australia, Community

ANZAC Poem

https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/awm-media/collection/A01005/screen/4162834.JPG The Ode They went with songs to the battle, they were young.Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,They fell with their faces to the foe. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:Age shall not weary them, nor the years… Continue reading ANZAC Poem

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