January's pallette

January's art

Surprisingly mid-summer is a time of flourish in Australian forests and woodlands. Many of the gum trees are flowering, providing nectar and food for a myriad of parrots. The little Musk Lorikeets in our street dart about the place in family groups like MIG...

3 January 2014
Rainbowbird - There were some 30-40 rainbowbirds on this fenceline, all waiting for dragonflies to make the crossing over the flodplain.

Hold a dragonfly in your hands

A small squadron takes off on another sortie, flashing jewels of copper, bronze and corrode. Moments later, mission accomplished, and they return to the bath queue, the successful pilot proudly parading the spoils to the radiant throng. Paper wings flitter...

22 November 2013
Unconditional Love Hotel

Vacancy at the Unconditional Love Hotel

The road is apalling, trucks, cars, buses and motorcycles all vie for the little scraps of road that are not otherwise ruts, dips, humps or potholes, whichever side of the road they are on. We pull off for some welcome respite at the “Uncondition(al) Love...

2 November 2013
The arrangement - This is part of a large, unusual rock full of holes for which I spent about 2 hours finding stones just the right size and shape to fill....

Harvey's Return

Harvey’s Return is a tiny tiny beach lodged between steep cliffs on the north west coast of Kangaroo Island, South Australia. The name of the minuscule landing spot is thought to have been bestowed in 1894 when a sealer named Harvey beached his dinghy there...

20 September 2013

Patience and the moon

A friend asked me the other day about my photography, whether I just took photos of anything that came along, or whether I planned photos ahead. The answer is that they are generally planned well ahead, sometimes years, may years. I have ideas in my head for...

25 August 2013


After three months on the road you might think I would want to go home, but I was happy to keep going, enjoying the European countryside and riding the motorcycle. However, work beckoned. Still it is good to get home to see family, and to reconnect with my...

24 July 2013
IMGP7950 - Tas_2012

Tidying up after Machismo

As you may have gleaned Testosteroni can be a bit economical with accuracy and before I was able to verify any of the above, Machismo disappeared, shouting something about a date with a fast women in an Audi.Anyway thanks to Machismo for his interesting report...

14 July 2013

Guest blogger - Machismo Testosteroni

While taking a break for a few days I lent the bike to my good Italian friend Machismo Testosteroni and asked him for an independent appraisal of our mount for this European trip. He has finally sent in his report…but be warned, he is not one for political...

12 July 2013

The bloggers notebook, SCT & ENG

scotland views nice when bluehighland lochs, deer, bluebellsmore often thick grey stewheather, stags, fog, flyfishingclimbing up above the dellsloch ness monstercastles, myths and legendslakeside pub for a quiet fewmalthouse, grist and mashpeat, wooden barrelsMiltonduff,...

25 June 2013

Buried treasure, and back on the left

Site of our penultimate continental coffee somewhere in France.Since my last post we have been to Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France and Belgium. Today we returned to the UK from Calais via the excellent Euro-Tunnel train, in a whole carriage full of bikes....

10 June 2013