Drifting This Way and That


When I saw the Weekly Photo Challenge theme for the week, I immediately thought of San Francisco. It is such an upbeat, friendly and vibrant city, as these photos show.

One of my chief memories of my trip a few years ago is of how colourful and lively it all was. I didn’t get to explore as much of it as I would have liked, so I long for a return to this amazing city.

These pictures bring a smile to my face and spark many happy memories of the beginning of my first trip abroad. This was my four-day stopover on my way to London, the beginning of a much-awaited and much-needed adventure.

F train in The Castro

Continue reading “Vibrant”


Alan Rickman

It is a cruel twist of fate for the world to lose two great luminaries in one lamentable week. I’d just barely begun to come to terms with David Bowie’s death when I heard the dreadful news that the wonderful Alan Rickman was gone as well. Continue reading “Alan Rickman”

Turn and Face the Strange

David Bowie was so legendary, so influential and so… otherworldly that I think I assumed he would always be here. It just didn’t seem possible that a man who seemed both timeless and not of this earth, could actually go. A week later, I’m still shocked by his death. Continue reading “Turn and Face the Strange”



The day I visited Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco a few years ago, the gathering of sea lions lazing on the docks was a bit smaller than I was expecting, but they were still a delight to see. Continue reading “Gathering”

The Joy of Christmas Films

Christmas films are my favourite part of the festive season (apart from all the food, of course). I love them whether they’re dark, heartbreaking, heartwarming, funny, cheesy or ridiculous. Once December arrives, it’s Christmas films all the way until the day itself. Over the years some have become essential viewing and sometimes I discover new favourites that demand to be added to my Christmas viewing schedule. Continue reading “The Joy of Christmas Films”



This was taken a few years ago at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in Australia, during a bird flight show. I think I was mostly drawn to the show in the hopes of seeing some owls (and was not disappointed), but all of the featured birds were beautiful. Continue reading “Oops!”

It’s Beginning to Look a Little Like Christmas


It’s been strange adjusting to a summertime festive season after two years of winter Christmases. I find myself missing the Christmas markets, the dazzling Christmas lights and the huge, sumptuously decorated Christmas trees in every public space. Continue reading “It’s Beginning to Look a Little Like Christmas”



Dusk is my favourite time of day. There’s a certain calm and stillness about that time of day that I really enjoy. I love the gentle transition from day into night and the stunning colours that stretch across the sky just before darkness falls. Continue reading “Transition”

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