Phillip Island is one of my happy places -- although I don't seem to get down there nearly often enough these days. On one of my first solitary writing weekends on the island, I took a walk along the beautiful southern coast to discover the wreck of the SS Speke in the picturesque Kitty Miller … Continue reading Relic


Dusk falls between day and night -- This photo of Hookney TorĀ on Dartmoor in Devon, UK, is for this week's weekly photo challenge. On this particular occasion we were some way off the road in the middle of nowhere, and as dusk started to fall the mist came rolling in... One hears many stories of … Continue reading Between

On the move

Today I am on the move... Via train, tram, bus and of course foot! Destination wedding -- hence the fancy coat. Following the wedding at the very pretty Abbotsford Convent, I might even walk the 3.7km to the reception. These boots are made for walking, baby! I also figured a post from my phone app … Continue reading On the move

On top (of Bodmin Moor)

I really like standing on top of things... It's a compulsion. I don't know where I get it from, but if there's something to clamber on top of -- wall, post, clifftop (cliff edge), tree stump, fallen log... I can't help myself. OK, so I obviously didn't take this photo, but it was the first … Continue reading On top (of Bodmin Moor)

REFLECTION three ways

This week's photo challenge theme is REFLECTION. Sometimes I need to get away from the world in order to give myself the time and space to REFLECT and focus on writing. It may be because I've reached a tricky bit and I need to think, or it may be I've lost touch with the story … Continue reading REFLECTION three ways

INSIDE an ancient bronze-age village

One of the things I love about travelling is visiting sites that provide a glimpse into how people used to live. I think the oldest site I've ever visited is Skara Brae, a neolithic settlement (3180-2500 BC) on Scotland's Orkney Isles. But more recently I visited Grimspound, a late bronze-age village (~1300 BC) on Dartmoor … Continue reading INSIDE an ancient bronze-age village

Three-picture story of Roman aqueduct

I'm rather fond of telling stories... but telling a story in three photos is a different challenge -- and also happens to be this week's theme for the WordPress weekly photo challenge. So today I'm going to tell you a story about the magnificant Roman aqueduct in Segovia, Spain -- one of the highlights of … Continue reading Three-picture story of Roman aqueduct

Selfie (with bronze-age village and purple hair)

It was only a few weeks ago I was reading about the origins of the word SELFIE, which has recently made it into the lexicons (or nearly) as an official word -- meaning, of course, to take a picture of one's self with one's camera... And now here we are with SELFIE as the theme … Continue reading Selfie (with bronze-age village and purple hair)


Last October I took this photo in Exeter UK during our 'wall walk' -- a self-guided journey along the ancient Roman/medieval wall that once ringed the town, but which now meaders through the central city area. I love the composition of this image, which is almost exactly in thirds. It's a juxtaposition of crisp, living, … Continue reading Juxtaposition

Four windows

Today I'm playing with the WordPress weekly photo challenge, where the theme is WINDOW. Now I daresay most participants will probably be focusing on what's on the other side of the window. Not me. For me it's all about the architecture. On my recent trip to the UK I found myself taking multiple photos of … Continue reading Four windows