Friday, 18 January 2013

Everything about me

I am writing this post for a special reason.
I am taking part in a Meet and Greet in which the members are finding other blogs that seem interesting. The hostess is Vicki from 2 Bags Full.

Darwin is a modern city on the coast.
My name is Louise and I live in Darwin, a small tropical city of about 85000 people in Australia. I live 11 degrees south of the equator and this is considered a wet-dry tropical environment, not rainforest.

Darwin has an excellent university, a very multicultural population, and facilities that go along with the mining industry. More than one hundred different languages are spoken here. The air and water are clean and there is no significant pollution.

Our university, Charles Darwin University, attracts hundreds of students from Asia and caters also for many mature age students. It is a dual sector university, meaning that it has courses for academic as well as vocational studies. What? Dual sector? This means I could study there to become a plumber or a doctor. Yes, I have studied at CDU but not to be a doctor or a plumber.

That's me last year.
I am an optimistic person generally. My glass is never half empty; it is full right to the top. Now, some of that may be air, but it is still full. Air is useful stuff. That’s OK.

I have a husband who is semi-retired. Still in use since 1976. Our two adult children do not live at home. I have a cat who is treated as a participating family member.

I am not religious but I have strong political views, probably originating from Christianity and centred on social justice. I do not discourage the religious practices of other people and I know where to find local temples and churches, although I have no idea where there is a synagogue. I do not support euthanasia or the death penalty. I disapprove of cruelty to animals and torture of any living being. I oppose hunting for pleasure. My politics lean towards socialism rather than capitalism, but I acknowledge that private enterprise provides employment and other benefits for a community or even further.

One of my bromeliads
I enjoy reading about people in other places; sometimes their lives are not like mine. I like to sew, knit, read and cook. I belong to a choir, the Darwin Chorale, and we sing at community events as well as give concerts. I fuss over the potplants on my verandah. I do casual work as a kitchen hand and also as a tutor. My life is satisfying and quiet.

If you are new to this site then feel welcome to scroll back to other posts or look through some of the labels. I do not make any money from my blog – it is simply about the colour and flavour of my life. I believe that reading and writing with people in many countries can build a better world filled with knowledge and harmony. 

Please leave a comment. If this blog suits you then become a follower or add me to your Google+.


  1. Hi Louise,
    I also just posted my entry, and learned a bit more about you. :) wow, you sing in a choir - I always admire people who can sing or play an instrument - I am definitly not, but make a very appreciative audience! I like your kindness quote.

  2. I agree with you 99% of the time. Visiting your country is on my bucket list which amazes my family since I hate flying! It was nice to meet you via your blog.

  3. Thanks for sharing a bit about who you are!


  4. That's all very interesting. I hope you will also visit my blog. I am in Texas.

    1. Dear Deborah, I could not find your blog so I have added you to my google+ circles.

  5. I enjoyed reading you Blog Party introduction and plan to follow you! you have a nice bit of spunk in your commentary and I love knowing people from around the globe. Like you, I think it builds a better world.

  6. You must be in the middle of your Summer, over there! Currently, here in the UK, we are grappling with a heavier-than-usual snowy spell and it's FREEZING!!!!

    Thank you for sharing all about your locale and your very varied interests! I hope you enjoy the blog-hop :-)

    SueH The Knitting Assassin!
    Twitter – @Librarymaid

  7. I too believe we can learn from each other and become a better world through that effort. Blessed to have visited Australia several years ago and let me share that I felt my Dad's spirit with me several times throughout the trip. When he was in business he brought Mom and I opals from Australia. Please come visit me and I will be a happy follower from the USA. Jan

  8. Blogging is so great, it connects you to people that under traditional methods, you would never meet. I will be following you now.

  9. You have a lovely blog. I'm new follower and 'Grow Your Blog' participant. Have fun in at the party!
    Evalina, This and that...

  10. You've got some really funny stuff on your blog...funny! Visiting via Vicki's GYB Party and having a giveaway on my GYB post. If you get a chance, come for a visit.

  11. Just thought about the temperatures in your place right now-must be summer, right? When I look out of my window it's snowing :-) This world is just amazing :-) Thanx for all the funny stuff and the "invitation"- I do accept and started following :-)
    Warmest regards from cold Germany...
    Ines / E. Blumenstengel

  12. Hi Louise, I have enjoyed reading your blog and getting to know you. I wouldn't mind some warmer weather right now. We have had some fog and a misty rain all day. The mist was just enough that you needed the wind shield wipers. Blog land is my way of traveling and meeting new people. I enjoyed your funny stuff. It makes for a good laugh. Have a wonderful day. A New Missouri Friend.


Comments are welcome. Every comment on every blog contributes to linking people from many different countries and cultures. Eventually we create a more peaceful and understanding world.