A Walk Along Portobello Promenade

Portobello lies just 20 minutes from the centre of Edinburgh, and boasts a splendid two mile long beach, a thriving community and LOTS of wonderful restaurants and cafes. As a lover of good food, Nature and the mighty outdoors, Portobello ticked all my boxes, as the ideal location for a week long Scottish vacation. The weather was glorious throughout my […]

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Downhill on a Bike in Bali

Shaking out the Rice The highlight of my first trip to the Indonesian island of Bali was way out of my comfort zone. Eco Bike Tour Indeed, I questioned my sanity at setting out on a Downhill Eco Bike Tour, on the singular recommendation of a seventy year old tourist, for I had not been astride a bicycle for more than […]

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In Dublin’s Rainy City

I arrived in Dublin on a cloudy day in mid May, thankful that it was not too hot. However, showers were forecast… After my visit to Alan Hanna’s bookshop in Rathmines, ( see my post HERE) I returned to the city centre. However, the weather Gods were angry, and it began to pour from the Heavens! I had to seek shelter […]

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I Had A Dream

Skopelos Town Harbour Robert Fear writes at Fred’s Blog , where he runs an annual travel writing competition. “I Had A Dream” is my entry for March. Entries remain open for May, June and July. Skiathos My taxi deposited me at the old port of Skiathos, as the sun rose on a very COOL early October morning. I soon discovered that the […]

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A Balinese Royal Cremation Ceremony

The Royal Cremation Procession In my memoir, I share my experiences of a trip to Bali which had been on my wish list for many years. the following is an excerpt: “On October 14 2013, a member of the Balinese royal family passed away, giving rise to a special Palebon Agung cremation ceremony. On November 1, I was once again […]

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Petulu’s Sacred Herons

One of Petulu’s Sacred Heron The following is an excerpt from my memoir: “A period of mass murder blighted the islands of Indonesia in 1965, when more than 5% of the population of Bali were massacred. The small village of Petulu, located a few miles north of Ubud is home to mass graves from this terrible period in the island’s […]

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The Balinese Priest’s Bell

My Balinese Priest’s Bell accompanied by a photograph of its creator The Indonesian island of Bali first crossed my travel radar when I read Karen Kingston’s inspirational book “Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui,” around 1996. Karen’s book quickly propelled me to London, and two of her weekend workshops on Spaceclearing – the art of cleansing and purifying the CHI or energy in buildings […]

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The Kippen Girls

Today I am sharing a little taster from my book “Watching the Daisies – Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow” Today’ taster travels to Scotland, where I spent most of my childhood, apart from annual holidays to my parents’ homeland in  Donegal, Ireland, which I am happy to now call my permanent home. Callander “On March 1954, my parents married and moved […]

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