Category Archives: Luxembourg

Happiness is Eating Together

Mere moments after we landed in the Philippines, I was invited to join the Antipodean team for the International Food Fair held annually at the boys school. For several years we churned out pies and pasties, Vegemite sandwiches and lamingtons … Continue reading

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Echternach Spring Parade

After an exceptionally long winter that dragged on into April, May burst forth with enough vigour to drench the countryside with a top coat of pollen that looked like a layer of golden muslin. Now, the countryside is lush and … Continue reading

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Under the Arches

At any time of year, my favourite slice of Luxembourg City is along the Alzette River: in autumn, as the trees drip leaves, the sky drips puddles and the river swells; in winter, when the water stampedes over the weir … Continue reading

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Surreal

At the flick of a boarding pass I find myself touching down in midwinter, after months of summer sunshine on the flipside of the world… No more rainbow lorikeets squabbling fiercely, garrulously, in the dense and fertile treetops. Instead a … Continue reading

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Beaufort and Beyond

It was my last weekend in Luxembourg before flying south for the winter. I was leaving my One & Only to face alone all that bleak midwinter, at least until he joined me in Australia at Christmas, so we decided … Continue reading

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Autumnal Ramblings

Trees of bronze and amber drip rusty leaves onto the forest floor. Mistletoe, like giant Christmas baubles, adorns naked branches. A rift in the forest is a window onto verdant farmland fanning out to a hazy horizon. Walking paths, like worm casts, … Continue reading

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Bibliomania

“It borrows, it steals, it assimilates what words it pleases from all points of the compass…” ~ Charles MacKay on the English language. Bibliomaniac. Isn’t it a wonderful word? I found it in a book called ‘Forgotten English’ by Jeffrey … Continue reading

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Compare & Contrast

Nine months ago, we packed our bags and too many boxes, and headed out to Ninoy Aquino International Airport for the last time. It was six years and a matter of days since I had first arrived in the Philippines. … Continue reading

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Wine Song

          Land of fairy tale beauty, land of the noble Riesling. Rotund, juicy fruits of a hand-picked harvest stemming from a soil rich in time and tradition The chant of an enduring, intoxicating desire that spirals … Continue reading

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A Fairy Tale Chateau

After two days of summer heat and glorious sunshine, Luxembourg has returned to winter drizzle and scuppered any thoughts of an expedition into the countryside. I had forgotten the unpredictability of European weather after years in the Philippines. Were the … Continue reading

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