Back in Italy: postcard from Salerno

We arrived in Rome on Sunday and immediately headed south by train to Salerno, a working port city at the bottom of the Amalfi Coast. We had visited over night, in 2010 on our way south to Sicily, to break the trip down the length of the peninsula. This visit gave us another chance to…

Creativity: it’s all around us

“Why is it important to be creative?” This is the question posed by my local writing group as a blog post topic. I’ve thought about creativity for most of my life. I am the third of six children and early on I realised that my siblings could do thing I couldn’t, like draw,  dance, make…

Inspired by Adelaide

I’ve recently joined an Adelaide-based writing group whose moderator has suggested we write about the city we live in as a source of inspiration for our creative work. So here goes. Adelaide is my adopted home. I grew up in a small town outside of Philadelphia in a multicultural environment with Italian, English, Irish and…

A simple meal (in memory of my mother)

Last night’s dinner was a quick one before I had to go out. It was what we like to call the ‘Louise memorial’ meal. Louise Pergolini Tucker was my mother and she passed away 11 years ago. A few days before her birthday my husband Andrew and I went out to the Booths Corner Farmers…

On the road again…

Roo and I are off again tomorrow.  This time to southern Italy, Berlin and Latvia (with a side trip to Tallinn, Estonia). Ten weeks in all.  A highlight will be visiting Roo’s family in Latvia for the first time. None of the Bekeris (Beķers) family have returned since his father left during WWII. Thanks to…

Lord Howe Island getaway

Warning. This is no cheap-and-cheerful, boozy, disco nights, cheap massage, trinket-buying beach destination. For a holiday to Lord Howe Island, you save up then savour the serenity. My husband saw a photo of Lord Howe Island back in the mid 1980s, not long before we met. We both love to travel and over the years…

Weekly Photo Challenge (WPC): Frames

I’ve noticed fellow bloggers respond to WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge (WPC). Back in August 2016, the topic was Frames. After taking these photos I knew that they fit the bill, with the shaded veranda framing the incredible views of Ned’s beach on Australia’s Lord Howe Island.  So here’s my entry, albeit five months late. Watch…