I have been writing this blog now for around 3.5 years. When it began, my intention was to use it mainly as a way for friends and family to keep in touch and see what I’d been up to after moving to New Zealand from the UK.
I quickly realised – perhaps unsurprisingly – that not many people you know are actually that interested in what you are doing or saying (quite sad really as you might think that friends and family would be a main audience) but yet they are happy to share and read inane content on things like Facebook. Go figure. The flip side of this, however, is that I have been delighted to discover so many other blogs which are out there on WordPress and it has been fantastic to create new connections with people who have shared interests in many different parts of the world.
I thought I would therefore share just a few of these links with you in case you wish to explore them further yourself…
Nature Has No Boss – Mike Bizeau regularly posts some truly amazing landscape and wildlife photography from around the USA, often in wilderness areas like Yellowstone.
Uthamz – Utham captures some stunning images of big game animals in Africa, amazing to see.
Through Open Lens – Lucas Kondraciuk posts a good amount of excellent bird-based photography but with a twist – there is always a light-hearted joke to go with the facts in the post to brighten your day.
Nature’s Place – Mark posts truly incredible photos of insects. If macro photography and seeing the small residents of our planet is your thing, you will love this.
Travelling the World Solo – Ellen is from Australia and travels a lot, with a particular fondness for Greenland and Scandinavian countries. Some lovely photos and experiences are there to explore.
Stephen Liddell – Stephen has possibly the most fascinatingly researched blog that I follow, he regularly posts really interesting insights into the world and its history. He is an author with a varied portfolio too.
That will do for now – hope you enjoy exploring! I will share some more in future!
This photo is one I took some years ago while on holiday in Virginia, USA and shows adverts for a lot of different churches on a main road (amongst other things).
I find it interesting because surely not all Churches can be right…surely not all belief systems can be right…that is not to say that they are all wrong of course but if all of these believe in the same God then you really have to ask fundamental questions about the rationale behind them (and religion in general) and the people who ultimately decided on those systems.
It is a mad world we live in.
Just been to Madeira for Christmas…what a lovely island out in the Atlantic Ocean. For those who have never been, it is small but perfectly formed reaching altitudes of 6000ft in just 309 square miles. Quite spectacular and very fertile with crops growing wherever possible in the volcanic soils.
It is the first time we have been away for Christmas and it was quite nice spending time with strangers and getting the pleasantries out of the way before enjoying a little time by the pool and in the sunshine…next time we have a warm Christmas will hopefully be next year in New Zealand. A good training exercise therefore!!
We had several glasses of Madeira wine which was a very pleasant diversion, the local Madeiran Poncha which is made from honey, white rum and fresh fruit juice (like a cold cold remedy I thought)…and with the hotel being all-inclusive there were excellent cocktails!! Try the black scabbard fish with banana if you get the chance!
I’ve been lucky enough to go to a number of different countries and I was reflecting on what makes something beautiful. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and can be represented in experiences, sights, activities and more. I love New Zealand, Scotland, Canada and the USA…and the spectacle of Norway is quite something too. I love great scenery and a feeling of isolation which is something you don’t get in the UK very often so perhaps a perception of beauty is culturally influenced too! Here are 2 taster photos of Madeira…and then one of the incredible Yosemite (USA) and then one of Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) in Norway…which do you prefer and why? So much beauty in the world…and so much which has been damaged over the ages.
Madeira North Shore
Monte Palace, Madeira