All posts by Mallee Stanley

I grew up in Australia, but like many Ausies, I wanted to explore the world. After two years travelling around my birth country, I bought a one-way ticket in India and since those early travel days, have never lost the bug. I'm the author of several unpublished manuscripts set in various places I've lived. Two are set in East Africa going through the editing process; another I've set aside as it's far from ready to submit; and a fourth set in New Zealand and Australia which I'm currently sharing with my writing group. I now call Canada home. This blog is about my travel experiences. If you visit my ReadandWrite blog, you'll find book reviews on my top choices and what I've learned about writing.

A galah spotting hike

The Whites Hill to Carindale Bikeway started opposite Brisbane’s Carindale Shopping Centre, but I avoided that starting point because of the noise of the traffic along Creek Road. Continue reading A galah spotting hike

Amongst the flowers

Because it hadn’t visited Vancouver’s most well known park in close to two decades, I decided to catch the skytrain and return, even though I knew Queen Elizabeth Park was on the tourist radar with as many as six million annual visitors. Continue reading Amongst the flowers

A fascination with moats

I may pretend that moats were something boys were interested in, but in truth, they fascinated me as well. The Nijo-jo Castle Imperial Villa had two: the outer moat surrounded the entire complex and within the walled off area an additional moat, the inner moat housed Honmaru-goten Palace and its garden. Continue reading A fascination with moats

By river bends

I was headed towards the Brisbane River, but on the way spotted The Brolgas by Lindsay Daen, stationed in the middle of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. It stood before a bamboo grove. The inspiration for the work came from a shipwrecked sailor who once lived with Aborigines for seventeen years. Continue reading By river bends