Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Wordless Wednesday - ANZAC Day

{picture taken of one of the many war graves at Lone Pine, Gallipoli, Turkey on ANZAC Day 2009.  To this day, one of the most solemn yet memorable 24 hours of this life I'm lucky to lead.  This life that T H Bright and countless others fought for.  Thanks Diggers}.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Wadi Rum Panoramas

I’m home from Jordan and Egypt and I had a fantastic time!  There were a few instagrams from the trip when we had wifi but all in all it was fabulous.  I completely fell in love with Jordan and would go back and do it all again.

As always, there are plenty of photos but it will take me a bit to weed through them all.  In the meantime, here are some panoramas I took in Wadi Rum.

Wadi Rum is desert in the south of Jordan.  Wadi (valley) rum (moon) gets it’s name from it lunar like landscape and is one of the key reasons I wanted to go to Jordan.  No pictures will capture it, the silence interspersed with the sound of the wind, the warmth of the sand underfoot or the cold of the night.  It is stunning.  One of the most peaceful places I’ve been.

Monday, 9 April 2012


Today, this happened. Petra has exceeded all my expectations. As did the Dead Sea. Can't wait for the rest of the trip.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Pieces of Me–April Edition

So I missed March but didn’t it just whiz past?  April?  Already?  Ok then.

I like: Daylight saving.  It’s here.  It’s great.  I can work to and from work in the daylight now.  I’m happier than I was a month ago.  A lot happier. 

I don't like: Colds.  They crop up as soon everything's awesome and slay you for a day or two.  They leave me miserable even though I know it’s just a cold and will pass.  They’re just a proper nuisance aren’t they?

I want you to know: I’m thinking a lot of the day I head home to Australia.  It’s kind of the elephant on my blog.  Nothing is set, nothing is known but I think it’s going to be in the next year or so that I leave London and head south.  With that, comes a lot of planning and budgeting as I’m planning on taking 3 to 6 months to get there.  Not enough to see the world but some time to see a bit of it.  Amazing job opportunities, romantic interludes and who knows what else might change things but that’s my current line of thinking. The homesick winter blues have lifted but I still think of Melbourne.  A lot.

I’ve planned: To go and float in the Dead Sea.  Easter this week means holidays so I’m heading to Jordan and Egypt for 11 days of sea (Dead and Red), history (Petra and Pyramids), amazing terrain (Wadi Rum and Mt Sinai) and a little of the unknown.  They’re the highlights but as with any trip to a new/foreign place, it’s often the little things that stand out.  I’m pretty excited about it all.

I want to say to someone special: Your health issues suck and I wish that I could kick them to the curb.  Instead, I’ll just keep you in my thoughts and my fingers crossed. 

It's almost pretty from afar (it's sterile up close). #canarywharfSuper hazy in London today #nofilterAnd then jack sparrow sailed past #canarywharf as I was walking homeLondon still still on the walk home from workCrystal clear still morning as I walked to workThis flat white also pleases meGoodbye blue sky, hello rain cloudPretty sunset tonightLobster time at Burger & LobsterRide little boy ride {Trafalgar Square, 4th plinth}Oh I do love to be beside the seasideCrossing the causeway back to mainland EnglandThese messily painted nails make me smile (nails once haymarket)Reading about the walk that didn't happen at a newly discovered local cafe.The latest in my large collection of souvenir bouncy balls, from Northern Ireland 2 weeks agoPretty ombré pink tea bags
Some of March’s instagrams (@SimonsSista)