Monthly Archives: April 2014

New Mexico: It’s not New, and It’s not Mexico

Established in 1912, New Mexico is one of the youngest US states, — the 47th state — but it is hardly “new” – it is glib but it is true: It’s not new, and it’s not Mexico. This state will be important to us. That’s because this is where we will make the first of our homes together. That’s sobering, but honestly it makes this move easier to stomach. New Mexico & I: We will be new together. “Red or Green?” the pleasant middle aged Continue reading →

Ultimate Guide: Newcastle and Hunter Valley Markets

One of my favourite discoveries in living in Newcastle has been finding such a great array of markets! At any of the Hunter Valley Markets you will find an array of craft, food, boutique designers, handmade and artisan products, local goods, and opportunities for charity. You name it and somewhere in the Hunter Valley and Newcastle region you will find a market to make you happy! It’s a big claim, but here’s my ultimate guide to Newcastle and Hunter Valley Markets: Newcastle Markets Hunt and Continue reading →

A jaunt northward: through the Hunter Valley

Heading north to the Peel Valley through the Hunter Valley, I feel the landscape change. As I head north by north west, we enter the hunter valley, and glide by the vineyards and row upon row of horse fences. Further north, the landscape changes again as we cross the great divide. And it’s not just the newly reformed roads heading north! Although, the new hunter expressway makes this trip about 30 minutes quicker, cutting the 295km journey that was previously just over 4 hours to Continue reading →

Exploring Newcastle

I’m all about Exploring Newcastle! Newcastle is a coastal city, home to 140, 000 people. It is a major regional centre, as well as being the largest metropolitan area outside of Sydney in the state of New South Wales. Newcastle is about two hours north of Sydney on the F3 freeway and trains run almost once an hour from Sydney. At under $20, it’s a pretty cheap ticket! It’s a sprawling city that is slowly bringing some of the old towns around into the metropolis: Continue reading →

Riddling and Diversions

“One [is] a riddle not only to others but also to oneself. I examine myself; when I am tired of that, I smoke a cigar for diversion and think: God knows what our Lord actually intended with me or what he wants to make of me.” A in Either/Or I (Kierkegaard) The next few months will involve a lot of traveling: connecting with friends I haven’t seen in a while, new experiences, revisiting old, and in eating some of my favourite things in some favourite Continue reading →

The Murphy’s Law of International Removals

Some days don’t turn out anything like you imagine or hope. I had imagined ending the day with a feeling of relief washing over me, and a nice glass of chilled Sauvignon blanc in my hand. But it didn’t end up like that. Oh, no, in the land of international removals, it seems like it is par for the course. This is what my patio looked like earlier today. I had hoped it wouldn’t look like that this evening. But, that was not to be! Continue reading →

Transitions

tran·si·tion noun \tran(t)-ˈsi-shən, tran-ˈzi-, chiefly British tran(t)-ˈsi-zhən\ : a change from one state or condition to another : passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another : a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage, or style to another : a musical modulation : a musical passage leading from one section of a piece to another : an abrupt change in energy state or level (as of an atomic nucleus or a molecule) usually accompanied by loss or gain of a single Continue reading →