It's called Rambling in Britain, Bush Walking in Australia, Tramping in NZ and Hiking in America.

Whatever it's called, welcome to my blog which is simply about journeys and life..... It shares stories, tales and thoughts, in prose, verse, photo and video. WALK ON RAMBLER


Sunday, November 29, 2009


I bought this book at Charles De Gaulle Airport Paris before a long flight back to Australia.
I couldn't put it down and didn't get much sleep.

Then I found it was part of a trilogy and have since greedily read them all. There is a fascinating background to the novels and the now deceased author.

The u tube video give a glimpse into the fulm release but you may wish to read the books first as many have said the books are better than the film/s. Don't watch if you think it may spoil your reading.


Saint Jean Pied de Port - Arles - Montgenèvre (GR 653); chemin de Saint Jacques et de Rome

Monday, November 23, 2009

keeping alive

Don't ever save anything for a special occasion. Being alive is the special occasion.


OK I pinched this from the solitary walker blog. Pretty hard to appreciate what you have at times....being alive is special really

What makes someone really come alive? Well that is the secret to living I think..

The love of a special person for me, my wife ....my stepdaughter.... my lovely and lively grandchildren,...my family

I also come to life when fronted with a challenge..... It is the essence of working towards a solution that enlivens me.
I see those who venture, who adventure, as being truly engaged and alive. They move into the unknown on their quest. It doesn't have to be a Jessica Watson striving to sail the globe ..It can be just the " everyperson" making a difference, trying something different, making something better, helping better lives....that is life giving.

This is not a search for the exciting, the new but a challenge to stretch personal boundaries...people have done this throughout history

Some did this in a manner that is recorded for hisevryday waystory..many more did it in a multitude of ways that permeated their lives and those around them in .

There may be many things that give you life .Whatever gives you life...grab hold of it
Being alive is certainly special

Sunday, November 22, 2009


The road goes ever on and on,
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the road has gone,
and I must follow if I can.
Pursuing it with eager feet,
until it joins some larger way
where many paths and errands meet.
And wither then? I cannot say.”
–J. R. R. Tolkien in “The Hobbit

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Jessica Watson is nearing the equator on her epic solo sail around the world. Agree or disagree with her young risky venture her courage against many difficulties is really inspiring.
Then there is the paralympian who has dragged himself over the 96km Kokoda Track in New Guinea. A path which is often described as like climbing the Swiss Alps covered in Rainforest jungle.
Inspirational Courage


Since the last steps into Santiago de Compostela and the daily blogging for a month across the 800km way, I have been reluctant to add another word.
The http://www.stjames2stjames.blogspot.com/ diary finished and I toyed with the enevitable postscript/reflection whatever.
There was a great summary by a pilgrim on the pilgrim forum Camino de santiago de Compostela entitled " Did it"..He summed up many highlights/lowlights...Tempted to do something similar, but I thought I have had a lot of time for reflection and it was time to let it go.
Doesn't mean that Iwon't follow the camino blogs etc but there are now other paths to journey.
We have looked at some really great walks in England and the South West Coast Path around Devon and Cornwall is looking very promising.