The Schools’ Patriotic Fund

Image by Bec T - pixabay A few days ago Australians commemorated Anzac Day. It is a time to remember those who have sacrificed their lives and their physical health and mental wellbeing in the pursuit of peace and freedom. There are numerous books, both fiction and non-fiction, that pay tribute to the soldiers and … Continue reading The Schools’ Patriotic Fund

The Betrayals and The Glass Bead Game

Never judge a book by its cover, so they say. But we do. For The Betrayals by Bridget Collins, it was the cover that captured my attention. It's hard to go past gold embossing on a dark cover. Especially an embossed gold antique clock surrounded by golden swirls and dark red flowers. It was just … Continue reading The Betrayals and The Glass Bead Game

Historic Toowoomba – the Influence of Ancestry in the Business Sector

A hint about some Toowoomba ancestry One of the pleasures of travelling to new places is the opportunity to dig into some local history and one of the best sources are the historic buildings that have been preserved and sometimes even repurposed. Historic buildings are not just preserved because they look grand and stately but … Continue reading Historic Toowoomba – the Influence of Ancestry in the Business Sector

Travelling the World Piece by Piece: Day 8 – England and Wrap Up

Cottage, England Today is our final location in our whirlwind tour of the world, travelling by puzzle, and these two sites are a little ambiguous. Labelled simply as “English Cottage,” I am not sure of their exact location, except that they are somewhere in England. Very helpful indeed. It is interesting to reflect on how … Continue reading Travelling the World Piece by Piece: Day 8 – England and Wrap Up

Travelling the World Piece by Piece: Day 5 – Italy

Rome Italy has a long and fascinating history. As the centre of the Renaissance, it has been enormously influential in art, music, and architecture. We only need to think of the contributions of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, the ancient Latin poets such as Ovid and Virgil, and don’t forget Dante Alighieri and Niccolò Machiavelli.  Then … Continue reading Travelling the World Piece by Piece: Day 5 – Italy

Travelling the World Piece by Piece: Day 4 – Cappadocia

Cappadocia, Turkey Here we are on day four of our world puzzle tour and we are leaving the lush tropical forest of India for a landscape that can only be described as eerie. The striking contrast between the colourful hot balloons and the arid rocky landscape of the Cappadocia Region in Turkey is quite eye … Continue reading Travelling the World Piece by Piece: Day 4 – Cappadocia

Travelling the World Piece by Piece: Day 2 – The Marble Temple

The Marble Temple It is day two of our world tour and our first overseas destination is the Marble Temple in Thailand. Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South East Asia, noted for its beautiful beaches and vibrant culture. It has a population of around 70 million but many still live … Continue reading Travelling the World Piece by Piece: Day 2 – The Marble Temple