Wild and Free

“All good things are wild and free.” Those are the words of one of my favourite writers, Henry David Thoreau, in his essay titled ‘Walking’, which he delivered many times during the mid 19th Century. My connection with Thoreau’s writing is underpinned by his struggle between the love of nature’s simplicity and it parallels with a sense…

A Glass Half Full

As a wine lover, Hemingway once wrote of wine exactly how I see it: “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly,…

Kiama Coastal Walk and the Case of the $7 Banana Bread

Earlier this year on Australia Day, I completed the Kiama Coastal Walk with a couple of my European friends, Susanne and Anna. While potentially a little ‘un-Australian’ to hike on this annual celebration (I have spent many previous Australia Day’s at pubs watching cockroach races, drinking XXXX Gold and counting down Triple JJJ’s Hottest 100),…

You don’t need dough, to knead dough

There is  some serious scaremongering going on when it comes to carbohydrate foods. With the popularity of restrictive diets that eliminate entire food groups, the public is becoming scared of eating nutritious foods such as wholegrain breads and cereals. The recent release of the 2014 Australian Grains & Legumes Consumption & Attitudinal Study by the Grains & Legumes…

Six Foot Under: Hiking in the rain.

Since moving to Sydney, I have been told by many people that it inevitably rains most Easter long weekends. This one was no exception.  I had been thinking about doing the Six Foot Track for some time. I was at the Walk21 conference in October last year and met a guy and a girl who…