Local Heart, Global Soul

March 13, 2012

The First Milestone in The Journey…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Today I’m interrupting my virtual tour of our New Zealand adventures to talk about the idea of getting around to doing something that you always wanted to do but maybe never quite got around to.

Me, I have a list, (a very long list) and all of the “to do’s” on it were in grave danger of gathering up a thick layer of dust and deep  regrets at the end of my life.

It’s not that work and family life aren’t fulfilling, necessary, fun or that I “need” more to do,  it’s about finding a slot in the busy rush of daily “needs” for a a small but nagging “want”… or two …or three if you can manage it.

I’d like to manage more, but one “want” is what fits into my life right now.

It arose because I am a very creative person but slowly but surely that part of me got squeezed out when two children got added to the mix of marriage, home and a full time job.

I had photo albums in limited volume in the days of film camera’s but once digital arrived on the scene I suddenly found that I had enough photos on my computer to give my hard-drive a siezure and that once we had flicked through them, gave them a folder and a file name they pretty much never saw the light of day ever again.

Finding back “that photo I just know I have somewhere” was a nightmare, because photos from entire trips were bundled together in no particular order and took ages to sort.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Moreover our children started to be of an age where they “kind of remembered” some parts of their travels but got a bit hazy on the rest: I wanted to give them something to jog their memories, put a time-line into their travel adventures and a narrative that would fill in the gaps years or decades after the events.

I have chemical lung damage and asthma and have reached an age where I’ve been shocked to see some of my contemporaries lives cut tragically short though accident or sickness, have felt keenly that Life is short and that I should always remember to sieze the day.

On occasion when my health is more negative than positive I am reminded of my own mortality and wish I’d written more things down for my kids, should ever unexpectly, the worst should happen.

I realised that starting a Blog could be a way to combine many of these ideas and feelings, with the added bonus that I could share our travels, adventures and recipes with family, friends and anyone who wanted to join in the fun.

Local Heart, Global Soul was born: I started to write, with no plan as to how much I would write or how long for and basically I’ve just bumbled along ever since.

I’m not someone who Blog’s for stats, I’d continue to write as I do even if I knew that my kids would be my only readers, but that said, it has been encouraging to see my statistics grow and it’s been even more amazing to get so much positive feedback.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

We tend to live in a society that never misses a chance to “remind” us when we are doing something wrong but appears to often forget to let us know when you are doing something people like, so each and every comment is very very much appreciated.

I am lucky to have a small but dedicated following… to each and every one of you who visits, Thank You!

Since today is the very special milestone of my 1000th Blog post I’d like to pass on the encouragement.

I try to read lots of Blogs… I don’t have a lot of time to comment much so I’m guilty of mostly being a “lurker” but I do try when time allows.

Sadly it’s not possible to list them all, so please please don’t be disheartened if your blog isn’t on this list.

Like seasons there are some blogs that “speak” to me at any given time more than others.

With things like Versitile Blogger Awards I understand that I’m “supposed” to tell you some things about myself, but I’m going stick to my usual unconventional ways and rather just mention in passing that if you want to get to know me, then you already have a handy reference of 1000 blog posts that will tell you a lot about the way I consider myself to be a Local Heart and Global Soul.

Be as nosey as you like.. LOL, read them all!

So in no particular order here are a few fellow bloggers who I hope you might like to drop in on… I hope you enjoy their posts as much as I do.

Mikey  http://invisiblemikey.wordpress.com/ always manages to single out deep truths and presents them shapened up with wit and amazing insight. He often expresses thoughts that I wish I had said myself but I’m more than delighted that he beats me to it because he does it so much better than I could ever hope to do.

Pie’s  http://pienbiscuits.wordpress.com/   posts are exactly as pastry should be: Morsels of deliciousness, with the buttery crispness what comes from being baked in dry wit, and the flaky crunchy softness that tickles your taste-buds and leaves you wanting more than just one bite.

Tracy at  http://milkayphoto.wordpress.com/ is the photographer I wish I was… but I’m realist enough to know that she’s light years ahead of me. I’m a detail fanatic and clearly Tracy is too. Her photographs will bring a smile to your face any day of the week.

Tilly Bud is the Laughing Housewife… http://thelaughinghousewife.wordpress.com/ I like her style when it comes to looking at the world with a smile… the difference between us is that she is able write humorously on purpose, whereas I tend to do it by accident.

Raymund http://angsarap.net/ dishes up recipes and photos to die for… but actually many of them are very healthy and will do me a world of good. I have a “want to make this” list of recipes from his blog that’s getting ever longer by the month and he inspires me to try new taste ingredients and combinations. YUM!

Sara at  http://sarsm.wordpress.com/ delivers truth, frustrations and mirth about daily life in all it’s raw positive and negative glory with wit, insight and a profound sense of deep love and family values. Like many of the bloggers on this list she’s one of my growing family of kindred spirits.

Kathy http://upwoods.wordpress.com/ lives on the wild side deep in the woods… great photos and a magnificant sense of humour too. A world away from my urban existance she lives like I would love to (but the jury is still out on if I could handle all that snow… probably not if I’m really honest, she’s a far braver soul than I am)

Matti lives in Finland  http://sartenada.wordpress.com/  and has even more snow to handle in winter than Kathy does… photos galore that let me travel to places that are real as yet only in my dreams… he lets me see how people live a very different lifestyle than I do in a beautiful but often extreme climate, Matti takes the sort of scenery photos that would make great postcards.

…another Matt lives half a world away http://bythedarkofthemoon.wordpress.com/ and is a special person is a very special family.  He’s into History and architecture too but it all takes a back seat to his first love: family life. Never more am I reminded of the truth that true family are the people that are special in your heart  and not necessarily those who you share a  genetic connection to.

Alison is a A Flamingo in Utrecht http://oranjeflamingo.wordpress.com/ I share her appreciation for European architecture, Dutch light, observations on the ever changing Dutch weather and quirky things to photograph. She’s another one who does photos better than I can… I try and take notes.

Lulu Lulu’s Musings http://lulumusing.wordpress.com/ come from a fellow Creative who can literally weave her blog posts together. Talented with a loom, and with many topics both at home and away, it’s fun to relax and browse.

Imported Kiwi   http://importedkiwi.wordpress.com/  moved to my home city of Christchurch, New Zealand, built herself a clay oven and makes me drool with her recipes.  After exhausting hope that I could squeeze a clay oven onto a narrow apartment balcony, I now enjoy the next best thing: a virtual  clay oven experience that I aim to use as a practical reference guide when I either retire to a place with a garden or win the lottery, whichever comes first.

Since this post is about a milestone reached and the journey I’m on,  you will have no doubt worked out by now that it’s no co-incidence  that all of today’s photos are of roads.Here’s to all  Bloggers…  be your Blogs well travelled highways or tracks off the beaten path, here’s to writing, communicating, laughing, learning and making the world a smaller and more personal a place.

… and here’s to the next 1000 posts.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


  1. Congratulations on your 1000th post!

    And thanks for the mention 🙂

    Comment by Tilly Bud — March 13, 2012 @ 9:08 am | Reply

  2. Congrats on a 1000 posts. that’s an amazing achievement

    Comment by Piglet in Portugal — March 13, 2012 @ 11:18 pm | Reply

  3. C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S !!! THAT is certainly a milestone!

    Aw, thanks so very, very much for the shout out and kind words. You made my day today! Those other sites sound intriging….I will certainly give them a look-see.

    I raise a glass to you, my dear…’here’s to another 1000!’ 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — March 15, 2012 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

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