Bringing my worlds together through food

I cooked a feast of “normal” home cooking style food. This is comfort food for me – the flavours of local Beijing. There was something so special about sharing the taste of home with the people who are my new home. I felt homesick and at home all at once. It’s been a good day.

A lit up wreath at my friends' church.

Christmas on two continents

My month in the US ended with an evening flight on Christmas Day. My family were all catching up after Christmas anyway, so I got to celebrate Christmas TWICE – on two different continents.

Looking from North Head across South Head abd Sydney Harbour toward the city centre.

Sydney Heads: between the city and the ocean

The views were spectacular! The rocky cliffs, with their windswept sandstone. The deep blue of open ocean. The view across the heads and Sydney Harbour toward the city centre itself. Standing there soaking up the views, sun on my face and wind in my hair – it was hard not to love this city I’m in!

Oodles of tulips! Including the red-and-yellows I really liked at the very front. This garden bed was a design representing the eternal flame.

Floriade – a festival of flowers

Floriade is an annual festival in Canberra where over a million flowers are brought together in big, bright displays. Tulips, daffodils, bluebells, hyacinth, pansies, poppies and more are carefully arranged into designs based around a theme.


The oldest building in Ashfield

When I started attending my church I didn’t realised I’d stumbled upon the oldest building in Ashfield. The foundation stone of St John’s was laid in 1840, and last week the church had a 175th anniversary celebration.


Learning to love Canberra

My family moved from Sydney to Canberra in early 1991, when I was eight years old. I never quite got over my Sydney snobbery, and made jokes at Canberra’s expense. That said, I have learned to appreciate Canberra – especially its beautiful parks and weather.


Beautiful birds of Australia

I have really noticed the presence, and variety, of birds living in Sydney. About half the birds in Australia are found nowhere else on Earth. Lyrebirds are fascinating creatures; the males put on a song and dance, mimicking different bird calls and even some non-natural sounds.