The Elephant in the Room

This photo is next in the series Hidden Places!

Taken in Thailand, any idea where we are?

I will mention these Elephants are very well looked after and are working animals. In my time here, all the animals we saw were treated with respected and care.

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and the Crowd goes wild

It was an amazing place to visit and will happily go back, next time might even volunteer or go on a trek.

Leave me a comment let me know where you think we are…

 

The Search for a Sense of Place

feudalThe world we live in today I see as an unnatural state for humanity. It is true we are tribal beings, a combination of pack and herd animals. The general split is in two groups leaders and their follower, the haves and have nots, Masters and their Serfs.

There is those who are neither, who are the thinkers, the creators, the dreamers and the inventors, the fringe dwellers.  The majority of people are happy in the space they find themselves, but there is an increasing number of people who aren’t.

The Convenience of the city is alluring, the pace, the bright lights, the excitement, the availability of everything good, bad and indifferent. Huge numbers of people find their Sense of Place here among the like-minded, but many of us are finding it a shallow, unfriendly, uncaring, superficial space to inhabit. Others find  issues in the Country the remoteness, inconvenience, lack of services, the  nature of a small country town, all can be unexpected and leave the newcomer feeling excluded.

grey nomads

Motto of the 21st Century

Given the impracticability of climbing under a rock and waiting it out, the lack of a Sense of Place is leading to the rise of ‘The Grey Nomads’ retiree’s who sell up and buy a mobile home or caravan,  the travellers who sell up grab their passport and go everywhere and the modern gypsy’s who just pack up and go. These are all examples of this growing discontent ‘Humanity is on the Move’.

Many of us feel lost, you can be lonely in room full of friends. So many people say they feel alienated, separate, an outsider, perhaps it is a ‘Sense of Place’, which is at the heart of the matter.

A sense of place means different things to each individual, but when you break it down to its core you find it is a need to belong, to feel a part of something, or just to be excepted. Continue reading

Hidden Places.

It doesn’t matter were on this planet you are there is always hidden places.

Places most locals know about and kept hidden from the new-comer or the visitor. One of the challenge we like to give ourselves is to find these spots. By doing so you are granted the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture and history of an area.

Some of these places have spectacular scenery and all you need to do is step around the next bend or be brave enough to push the branch out of the way. Others are not beautiful, some you have venture down the dark stairs, or follow the dank dark corridor to find but if you do they will offer a social commentary you would have missed and others yet still proved you with a view of the world beneath you feet or above your head.

if you just looked up this it is amazing what you can see

if you just looked up this it is amazing what you can see

From time to time I am hoping to include images of just such hidden places.

I hope you enjoy the beauty, the mystery, the fun and sometimes the frightening images and adventures to follow.

The changing face of Life!

SONY DSCLife certainly does move fast ‘ you think?

Just when you think you have everything sorted, your plan is firmly in place,  ‘There is no stopping you!’

Life throws you a Hand Grenade, tells you to catch and just as you do you realise Life has pulled the pin.

This is how life has been for quite sometime for this little chook…

Quick outline deaths in family, very quickly followed by major Health issues, then more deaths in family.

This lead to Blogs being hacked, complete brain meld, more health recovery and now finally perhaps we are heading in the right direction.

All this adventure has taught me many things but perhaps the most poignant being ‘Life is too short.’

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