This blog’s all C’s fault. Well, there’s a little more to the story, but I must give my friend “C” the starring role of Catalyst because, as usual, she backed up a bright idea with something practical: the name “WordPress”. For years I’ve been jotting and dithering, making slim personal iBooks (and their predecessors), immersed, but safe behind the anonymity of their hobby-status.
Having reached an(other) age of change, I’ve been demanding something of myself, but shying away from anything that licked of commitment – I’m free of all commitments now, there must surely be something in that? I enjoy writing and, after years of eschewing cameras in favour of my memory, I love taking photographs (when I remember to fetch the camera). The notion of a picture book with some reflective pieces about the island and people of Sri Lanka – where I’ve been visiting and living for almost twenty years now – has me veering from enthusiasm to more than politically induced fear. Perhaps it would be a good idea to get some practice, and discipline, before embarking on such a project? And there, I’ve “outed” myself. It seems I should be aiming to join the Postaday club (if only I could figure out how to pop the logo on my sidebar!) and begin the exciting journey to discover my voice.
Along the way maybe there’ll be stories of the adventurous and pioneering women whose genes I’ve inherited; of travel adventures when the world was safer than it is today; of moments of epiphany, and utter despair; of beautiful things created by human hands, of awesome nature, and living things like elephants, and trees, and flowers; of farms and farmers, fishermen and maybe the lady-in-waiting who “lost” her Queen. A hodgepodge, in other words, of my passions, and some of the ideas that interest and inspire me.
It is my hope that, in time, I’ll become a little less earnest, and that some of these things might be written in a way that will interest and inspire others – if not, it matters little (except perhaps to my craving ego) for wandering through my life is a personal pursuit, and after all, practice, and discipline, are the goals of the project.
Inspired. Looking forward to hearing about your journey.
Dear Wanderlust Gene, glad to know my painting has a good home ; ) may it bring much positive energy to your home.
Thanks so much for following my blog. In just reading your intro to TWLG I’m hooked. Glad to meet you.
The feeling’s mutual:) See y’around …
Hi, just wanted to hop over and say thank you for taking the time to view my picture and comment. Your site looks interesting. I really like your header photo, and the photo of the “animate” flower on this page is stunning. Good work.
Thank you. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of each other:)
good idea and beautiful photo!
I hope it’ll turn out to be a good idea, not just another way for me to play at something:)
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Dear Wunderlust Gene
Although you are a new discovery, you get one of my votes for the WordPress Versatile Bloggers Award. Beautiful writing. Well done. http://wp.me/p1Kawi-80
Oh, how lovely. Thank you.
It’s a pleasure. forgot to put up the link http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/
Oh, thank goodness!!!! I’ve been in a total funk because of my tech inadequacies … and also because of how your nomination made me feel:)
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yours has lovely photos…so glad we found each other!
Thank you. Look forward to seeing more of yours too:)
What a lovely blog! Thanks for stopping by and helping me find yours……:-)
Its nice to be able to just drop in and have a bit of a look around, then wander out, leaving a card behind:) I’m looking forward to seeing more of you.
I love your blog! I find it exquisite. Thank you for sharing your journey. It’s lovely.
Ah, Amy that’s really nice of you:) I’ve always liked to be surrounded by beautiful things – no matter how simple, no matter how small. So TWLG has to be ‘decorated’:)
Usually I can tell within the first couple of clicks whether or not I am going to enjoy following along with a blog — I didn’t need that long. 🙂
Your writing style is quite captivating, and I suspect I’ll find your photography equally so.
Oh, and I think perhaps we owe “C” a big “Thank you!”
Nice to meet you!
Now I’m smiling a little with embarrassment but I’ll be sure to tell “C”, and she’s sure to tell me not to be silly, and to give me a bit of a pep talk about my blog and what I’m doing here – because after all, despite disavowals to the contrary, none of us would allow our blogs to go public if we didn’t want to be seen. So, Cara, your comments are greatly appreciated. Bless you, too. See you around:)
Love the photo!
Zen, I’ve just found your note on my blog! I’m so sorry, I didn’t see any unanswered comments, but I have to admit I’m still not on top of how to double-check things:) The photograph is of a little ferry puttering down the Mekong near the Khone falls – golden sunset incidental (not!). I call it my “Slow Boat to China” shot and given the shape of the header picture I could use, seemed to say it all. Thanks for following me on my blogging journey:)
Thanks for your interest in my blog. As a new blogger, unsolicited followers are so welcome.
I will also be keeping track of you. I struggle with photography as I still have a meager camera as well as “operator issues”. Hopefully, a new camera will address one of these issues. For the latter, I will look to blogs like yours for a bit of education 🙂
Love your theme. I don’t think it would work for mine with my logo, but it is so nice an clean with the breaks between the posts.
ahh – it seems a you beaut camera is no longer the issue. threw are a couple of bloggers who’ve been using their iPhones to great effect. I think the lesson is just take pictures and play …! Glaqd you like the theme – i was in agonies choosing, i think this was the fourth and frankly I’d change, if I found one which ticked more boxes for me. when did you start, I’m sorry I didn’t notice. Yes, “growing” our readership is difficult at this stage when we don’t have much to present. I found that joining things like the weekly photo competitions (so called) was a nice way to say hello world so we can begin to make friends through friends.
Thank you so much for your like on my blog today. By title alone I think you must surely “get it” and I look very forward to your posts!
BTW I love the layout of the blog 🙂
That’s a good start! Tent or grander, I always like my environment to be beautiful, somehow – a bit of interior design, I suppose. Also, it was a way of learning how to manipulate the software, I’m a bit t echo logically challenged. Thanks for dropping ny..
My pleasure. I am pretty much the living embodiment of wanderlust and I agree 100% I want the aesthetic to go with the travel 🙂 I hope we will find some common threads here in the blog world!
That’d be great. I know you like to interact, and yes, indeed, it’s quite extraordinary how paths, interests, seem to coalesce into community in this parallel world of blog.
I love the boat shot on your site. Where was that taken?
My ‘slow boat to China’? Glad you like it. It’s one of a series I caught on the Mekong, near Kong Island waiting for the punt. The water became more and more metallic and the river traffic all grainy shadows and silhouettes. There was one craft – a motorised dugout/longboat with a sort of raft across its mid-section. The boatman’s down in the stern of his craft, tiller in hand, and on the raft section are two men lolling on their motorcycles, and two guys (one in a wide-brimmned hat) squatting on three-legged stools – the shapes are fantastic.
What a stunning blog you have! Time for me to come and lurk around here and see your stunning photo’s as well. Thanks for the visit to my blog too. 🙂
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Thank you for subscribing to my site and i will do likewise for you, you have a lovely blog.
Congratulations on your lovely blog! I’m proud to say that I, too, have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger’s Award. Keep up your excellent work!
Thank you – and congratulations on your book. Hope it goes well, better than well …
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Can’t wait to hear more of your wonderful adventures. Here’s to home, wherever it happens to be!
Ahha! That’s it, isn’t it? Thank you, thank you … Look forward to seeing more of you then.
Your time has come, Wanderlust! And I, for one, am looking forward to having a peak into your extrememly well told adventures.
A Photo Journal – seems like such a natural and right thing to do, once you take the first step!
And working through the uninspired days:)
Hello TWLG! I nominated you for the ABC (Awesome Blog Content) Award. I was moved to do so because I am delighted whenever I see an email from you in my in-box. You can read about the award here:
Oh wow, Robin! My eyes are stinging – so before I go to see what it’s all about – thank you. I am flattered, and speechless. From you, one of the giants of our blogosphere, whose blog is one of my favs …
You flatter me. Giant? I think not. But I will take it as a lovely compliment and it was a pleasure to nominate you. Bravo.
In my book giants are awesome – and your work fits the bill. Leader, if that makes you feel more comfortable? By the way, I didn’t get a chance to look at my mail yesterday to see the news about your book. I’m sorry it didn’t make it past the cut, but your submitting it was the truly enormous step. Bravo and congratulations.
Ah well. Let’s see what the book group has to say.
I’m having “Leader” printed up on my business cards and resume as we speak (write).
Just so – Leader.
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Hi Meredith, thank you for liking one of the posts on my blog (http://threedailydelights.wordpress.com/) – I really appreciate it! 🙂
You’re welcome. Seems you’re having fun with your three daily delights. It’s a good idea to be on the lookout for the god things we see:)
A wonderful intro into your blogging world, well done, I’m hooked so I will follow your journey :)…Thanks for stopping by my blogs http://reflectionsofchina.wordpress.com and http://moreimagesfromme.wordpress.com and for leaving so many likes and the follows, they are all so appreciated, so thank you :)..Take care, keep blogging. Regards Mark
The computer says you commented on What’s The Wanderlust Gene, but though I’ve un-spammed you (a technical phrase, I assure you), I can’t find you, so I hope this reply finds you Mark, somewhere:)
Your two blogs were the great discoveries of yesterday, so I’m delighted you’re following me too!
Got you, thanks Mark
Rescued again from the Sin Bin = oops, the Spam Can. Glad you understood. Enjoyed your Golden River history lesson yesterday – and whatever you did to your photograph to take it way back to the turn of last century. 🙂
Don’t you just love technology 🙂
I did however join Robin Coyle’s dissident group, and wrote an informative letter to a person at “Support”. One can’t let technology ride over one without registering a little bleat!
Beautiful Picture. Would love to hear your story.
Oh, bits and pieces come out all the time Scott. My middle name is Scott, as was my Aunt’s, and my Grandfather’s … Thanks for the follow – will see you around then:)
Hi, WG! Let me welcome you to the Diabetic Redemption reader family. I’m very happy you’ve joined us. If you’d like, please find my Friends page, and tell me and my readers a little about yourself and your blog, (including URL, please, so my readers can come find you. Once again, Welcome!
WOnderful blog! Liked the way you go about jotting the subtleties of life.
I do appreciate that, Srinivasan – though sometimes rather than subtleties, life’s a bit like a sledgehammer to the back of the head – to which I’ll squark like a goose (I’m afraid)! Welcome. Hope to see you around from time to time:)
Hi, thanks for liking my blog post. I am now following you! Warm wishes from Jamaica!
I’m going to enjoy learning more about Jamaica, and you too:) Thanks for the follow.
PS Your comment landed in my Spam can – so it seems our WP glitches aren’t over yet. Maybe that’s what happened to the Weekly Photo Challenge this weekend – flew off into the wrong Blogosphere:)
I with you on the pluses of being commitment free (for the time being). Sometimes it is beneficial to drop the shackles and set yourself free to explore ALL avenues. I love your photograph, by the way. Very unique take on capturing the flower! 🙂
Thanks for visiting, Orples. I’m glad you enjoyed my ‘take’ on the sex organs of the lotus. I have this thing about plants being just as much living things as we and other animals are. I’m not sure whether my commitment free period will ever end – it matters not really. I’m a childless only child, so I’m pretty used to it really. It does make you a bit of a self-serving monster if you don’t keep an eye on yourself!
You write beautifully. Thank you for inspiring me to keep on writing! Great blog, as well. Looking forward to reading more 🙂
I don’t know how I can have inspired you Jo, but if I did, that’s really terrific. I’ve just popped over to your blog – seems I’ve got my work cut out catching up:)
Great post! I have TWLG, too:) so I can relate. Thanks for checking out my blog and turning me on to yours!
Ahha – I’ve got it, Cindy. Yes, keep at it (writing and wandering!) See you around, eh?
Magnificent! Life is not a dress rehearsal – to realize this is a gift! So glad that you do, and looking forward to reading more about your journey!
Sure isn’t! Welcome to my blog A; hope you enjoy and we get to see lots of eachother’s work along the way.
thought I’d pop in and say hi, and I need to come back for a proper potter around your blog and take a leisurely stroll through it. And I see you have spent many years in Sri Lanka, a country I want to return to and take a longer time to explore and appreciate. It captivated me on an all too brief visit in 1999/2000, of which I have many happy memories.
We’ll have lots to talk about then. Look forward to seeing you when you have some time. 🙂
We’re delighted you chose to follow us! In reading this page I’ve discovered you are A.) a wonderful writer – so rare these days! B.) a beautiful spirit. I’m excited to follow you on your artful journey!
Wow! Thank you very much – I’m touched:) Welcome to my site – hope you enjoy the journey:)
I’m so glad I took some time to wander about your space and get to know you a bit more. I want to know those whom I follow and sometimes in the flood of response and posting, I don’t get to do that as much as I would like. How wonderful that you are in the beautiful island of Sri Lanka! My husband spent a year there during his university years and it has remained a very special place in his heart. We went there to Colombo as a family some years back at the first available opportunity that he might show me the place he also considers home. I was most touched by the gentleness and sweet innocence of the people. Thank you for your words and thoughts and photos. Loving greetings from Finland, Sharon
I’m glad you had time to have a wander and see what I’m about! There’s no point following, is there, if you know nothing about the person! So interesting your husband came to Colombo during his university days. What was he studying?
hi! i nominated you for Versatile Blogger award – http://greatgreths.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/blog-awards-it-feels-great-to-be-grateful/
Thank you! I really appreciate that. I’ll get on to it, ASAP:)
Just stopping by…I too have the wanderlust, it’s my gypsy blood. Baby we were born to run! Beautiful pictures. Check out my site!
Love and Liberation
Jan @ TheRewildWest
Thanks for dropping by. I will visit you definitely … 🙂
Wow 20 yrs in Sri Lanka. How fascinating. As are your posts. They’re full of confidence and brim with your experience of place.
It’s been my special place for twenty years, though not 20 years full time – about ten, I guess, in varying lengths from a couple of weeks to four years and stuff in between. It’s been some adventure, I can tell you:)
First, I just wanted to say thank you for dropping by my blog and subscribing. I hope you’ll continue to find it interesting 🙂
Second, wow Sri Lanka! I’ve never been and your photos offer a great glimpse.
I hope you enjoy them – oh, and Venice.and a few other places too:)
Thank you for dropping by my blog, and taking the time to leave a comment……appreciated :-)……..glad to know that my blog is helping keep those memories of south africa preserved……..feel free to drop by anytime and browse..:-) oh! and congratulations on becoming the 50th follower of my blog :-):-)
That’s great Mo. Congratulations to YOU!
You’ve been nominated. 😉 Hold off on the imprecations, please!
You? Cara? And there I was, trying to avoid putting you on the spot … But I’ll have one of those pretty hearts, please, so that’s ok, just this once, but don’t expect me to leap into the fray immediately, I still haven’t notified my recipients … Thanks dear:)
By the way, did you see my answer to what happened when I went to the letter box next? A little surprise for you:)
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I’ve just stopped in to thank you for liking my posts and following my blog, No Holds Barred. And now I have followed yours, as well. I have only read this page, but I have to say I think there is no question that you have indeed ALREADY found your voice. You go! 🙂
Riba, how kind of you:) I’m enjoing yours and am so glad you’ll follow me too!
Thank you so much for stopping by and liking my post about Istanbul’s underground temple. You have a wonderful voice and I look forward to many more of your posts. Following.
That’s great – I’m glad you popped over. I had intended to write a comment about my visit there in the summer of 1975, but got waylaid – first looking at the one surviving photograph I have of it, and then … I don’t remember how, but I lost the link!
Voila! There you are, and I am now following:)
Thanks for re-finding me 🙂 and following. I’d love to hear about that visit. I think you’d be surprised by how the country has changed since your one surviving photo was taken in ’75. So much construction everywhere. It’s still an intriguing place, though. And you’re so right, we tend to take our home turf for granted until we get out there with a camera, which enables us to “see.” Sri Lanka is on my list of intriguing places to visit and not just see, but try to understand.
Oh, I’m sure it’s changed a great deal – seems the whole world has. We’ll talk some more, I’m sure. 🙂
Really interesting blog and very inspiring! Thanks for sharing all your pictures!
Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to have a squizz! Hope we’ll be seeing more of you?
Of course you’ll be seeing more of us 🙂
That’ll be grand, girls:)
Haha, love it! 🙂
I’m flattered you find my blog inspiring – I’m not sure why, but I hope that means I’ve got the mix of things just right? Thanks so much for the comment, and your support. I hope I’ll be seeing more of you.
Hi there! This is just to let you know that because I regularly enjoy your posts, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I hope you’ll consider this good news – but even if you aren’t interested in accepting, I hope you may see some increased traffic as a result! The acceptance rules are at: http://theretiringsort.com/2012/06/14/in-accordance-with-award-rules-the-nominees-are/
All the best!
It’s so sweet of you TRS – of course I’ll try to play, it’s important to grow those circles, after all. I just need to make some new ‘friends’ so I can introduce some new blogs – otherwise it becomes a little onerous for the more established bloggers. People like Madhu, for instance must get half a dozen a week!
I really appreciate your nomination, and must congratulate you agin, on your two awards – well deserved:)
I agree – I expect that the real reason behind these awards is to build readers and followers – and it’s a fun way to introduce one group of “friends” to another! Thanks, as always, for you kind comments. Have a great day! 🙂
You too – almost over, here:)
Thank you for stopping my blog and checking out some of my posts. I have been enjoying exploring some of your posts as well. Your writing and your images are quite powerful. I look forward to reading more.
I don’t post this here to pressure you to perform. (Whew. These were my first, and it took a good bit of doing to honor them!)
But I have just nominated you for both the Beautiful Blogger Award and the Sunshine Award. (Details are in my recent posts.)
Happy awards. Happy blogging. 🙂
Wooo – Riba – wow.
That was unexpected – stumped for words there for a moment. Thank you. I appreciate your support – it’s fantastic. I’ll hop over and have a look, of course!
I absolutely love your prose…you are an inspiration….
Kristen! i’m so flattered … thank you! Smiling too broadly to continue … 🙂
I stumbled in here from your ‘like’ button at Kirsten’s latest post. I was awe struck at your whale sighting post. Compelled from there into following.
I mostly wanted to mention that I hit the same obstacle of popping the ‘postaday’ logo into the sidebar. But I went ahead and followed the other requirements. It seems to work just fine without the logo. So I’d say jump on in. It’s fun, though this week’s was a stretch for me. Just in case you need the instructions (though omitting the logo): http://dailypost.wordpress.com/category/photo-challenges/ Sign up to follow and you’ll receive the weekly theme in an email each Friday (though there was that one time it came in late and some folks jumped in and provided their own.) 😉
Thanks dear for the ‘how to’ – I do appreciate it. Sometimes I’m amazed at my competence, and sometimes I just can’t understand why I can’t understand … 🙂
So glad you liked visiting with the whales, and will follow some of my other trips. Welcome.
beautiful blog, I read quite a few of your posts and enjoyed my visit. also thanks for coming to see mine and also for following, its appreciated.. : )
I was happy to see you and to have you visit for a while, and am so appreciative of your comments and encouragement. 🙂
Thanks for the “like”, it led me to your blog! From a gal who has a heavy dose of “wanderlust” herself, I’m happy to quit typing and go push the “follow” button. Looking forward to reading your posts.
I’ll enjoy having you along, Lisa:)
I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. If you accept please click below. Congrats!!
Nora, I’m dismayed! Many thanks – I’ll go straight over and have a look at the other nominees’ blogs, that’s the first step. Might take a little longer to get to the Acceptance Speech stage: bear with me:)
Hey there! I love your blog! 🙂 and I’m so glad I found it! I’m gonna follow you and look forward to reading more of your stuff!
That’s tremendous, Shalvika, thank you. It’ll be good to have you around. Enjoy, and participate, please:)
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Hi TWLG 🙂
I thought you might want to participate in the Hostel Bookers 7 Super Shots. Here is your nomination, only if you want to play along. http://theurgetowander.com/2012/06/29/7-super-shots/
Oh, wow, that’d be something! Thank you Madhu, I’m very chuffed you chose me as one of your nominees. Trawling through old photos is a nice way to revisit happy memories. It’s on my ‘to do’ list:)
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Hi, many thanks for visiting World Adventurers and for your likes. I’ve noticed and stopped by to check out yours too. It’s great! Keep up the good work — kudos for the Versatile Blogger Award — and please keep in touch! Mike (M.G.)
Thanks, Mike. See ya’ around:)
Hi. Thank you for commenting on my About page so encouragingly. I am doubly glad as it took me to your blog. I was hooked when I read that your first adventure was travelling in a VW van in 1976, something my husband and I have planned for those ever approaching years post work and child raising.
What a wonderful thing to look forward to Rachael:)
Thanks for stopping by mu blog! I love your style of writing..Looking forward to more reads!
That’ll be great! Deepa? Does that mean ‘island’?
‘Deepa’ means light .as in opposite of dark
Um – like the Pali! It’s interesting – sometimes Sinhala is very like Hindi, and other times it’s not. Difficult to know when it’s going to be, and when it’s going to be not:)
Thank you for following 20 Lines. What a wonderful life you’ve chosen. Looking forward to seeing and reading more!
It’s nice to meet you too, Melissa.
Thanks for liking my post. You write beautifully!! Look forward to reading some more of your posts.
Me to. See you around!
Thanks for liking my “solid” post.
I have nominated you for the Beautiful blogger award. You can just bask in the glory and not pass it on if you like, I totally understand! Just sending you my appreciation.
Oh, my dear, thank you very much for your encouragement. Congratulations to you for your fun blog, and your entertaining acceptance speech.
I shall go immediately to look at the other nominees to keep the networks expanding – but give me a while to work on the official part – I’ll get to it, but … 🙂
I’m glad you liked my acceptance speech, sadly it is all true, the camera, the sunglasses, I DO have a problem…. 😉
I have no expectations on the official side of this award, I just wanted to pass on a bit of the blog-love to some of the blogs I enjoy reading. 😀
Oh dear, I expressed myself badly – I meant the writing of the ‘speech’ and the nominating new bloggers for the award. It can be such a burden for those bloggers who are nominated all the time – and anyway, I feel the awards are designed for us newbies, to help us grow our networks:)
I completely understand. Sometimes the awards do have something of a chain letter quality, or make you feel dreadfully guilty for not attending to them immediately! 🙂
You are right, the awards are very good for networking, and it is really nice to find new blogs on the recommendation of another. I like to either put a small blog I love out there for other people in the hopes they enjoy them as much as I do, or to let a popular blogger I read (like you!) know how much I like them. 🙂
The hard part is finding blogs I haven’t awarded before, and not making the ones I love reading think I am blogstalking them! 😉
Exactly! Though I wouldn’t put myself in the ‘popular blogger’ category. I think of people like Madhu and Robin Coyle, who receive multiple nominations every week – how they manage to find new blogs to pass it on to is beyond me:)
Well… more popular than me then! 😀
If only I could justify to the family my spending enough time on the interweb to find that many blogs every day too 😉
It’s a big time trap, isn’t it?
Thanks for liking my “Inside” post!
Thanks for all the likes!
you’re welcome! I always like to explore a bit, and when I come across a post I like from a blog I don’t know – that’s an ideal opportunity to explore!
Hi Wanderlust.Thanks so much for your many comments on my blog. Likewise its nice to come across other Sri Lankan bloggers. I think its a nice community where we find space to to express ourselves freely.I particularly like your Dhamma archive.
Oh dear, now I’m feeling lazy and guilty because I haven’t updated it for ages!
I’m looking forward to seeing more of you, Chandani.
Thanks for visiting my blog. 🙂
I’m Impressed by your blog. The idea of inheriting wanderlust genes is so interesting…i actually stopped reading and thought about that for a few minutes
Thank you – that’s a great response – to inspire someone think about their own lives!
I hope you never become “a little less earnest” as I thoroughly enjoyed this post. 😉
How sweet of you, Eliz – most people find me a bit over the top and intense – I need to take the heat out, and cool it, I’m told!
I nominated you for the “7 Super Shots”. http://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/7-best-shots/
Just popping back around to encourage you to write a book….I read other blogs far more frequently than I bother writing in my own, mainly because I’m a “reader” not a writer. So many bloggers speak of writing books and I laugh…75% can’t get a tense right or spell a word longer than cat! You on the other hand are that effortless writer who not only has something to say, but never says it “wrong.”
I don’t even LIKE traveling, but when you write about the places you’ve seen, I’m drawn in and want to know more. That says alot about your gift….don’t waste it!!!
Be still my beating heart – praise indeed SHBG. I really appreciate your feedback – and the wonderful, wonderful praise – and hope that I do have enough things to say to make the book a reality. Hopefully next year – when I’m settled back in Australia, and have some perspective about the place. 🙂
Because I love your photos and stories, I have nominated you for a blog award. Congratulations!
See my recent blog post for more details ….
i’m so flattered – thank you! I’ll rush straight over and meet the other nominees, but bear with me for the rest – these power cuts are cutting into my internet time … 🙂
I only just found your blog and already I love it! Thanks for writing. 🙂
Anthony, so glad you’ve come along for the ride!
Keep in touch while I wade through the minutia of winding up my life here on my enchanted isle – when I get to the other side I’ll look forward to making your acquaintance 🙂
Hiya I’ve just nominated you for a thought provoking blog award 🙂 Check out my latest post if you choose to accept it. xx
Wow, Pinkbananashoes, that’s terrific! Thank you very much. I’m way, way behind at the moment, but I’ll dash off to look at your other nominees, and bear with me till i get it together to do an acceptance speech. 🙂
You’re welcome. I really enjoy your posts. x
I´ve added you as one of my two “Featured Blogs” on this month´s CBBH Photo Challenge. I always enjoy visiting your blog and hope that you gain some well-deserved extra followers as a result of this month´s Challenge.
You can read all about it here http://eastofmalaga.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/cbbh-photo-challenge-repetition/
Thank you for brightening my day each time I read one of your posts 🙂
Marianne, how kind of you to do that – I’m flattered and totally chuffed!
I’ve been enjoying your blog too – when I get a chance to read. I’m afraid I won’t be able to delve back into your past till i’m settled back in Australia next year – but isn’t that a delightful thing to look forward to (though I must admit I’m sometime a little weirded out by the changes in your beautiful Costa – and other places – since I was last there in the 70s!) 🙂
Great blog, you’ve found a new follower. I found you via Marianne at East of Malaga. I look forward to learning more about you and your travels.
Hi there Jennifer – so glad you came over in time for the last few months in Sri Lanka. 🙂
I’m always late to the party! 😉
Hey thanks for the follow, you have a great blog.
Thank you, I’m enjoying creating it – it’s a surprising and rewarding outlet.
With your three Muses, I mean “Misses”, Kotte, writing and other inspiration is bound to follow! Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Thank you 🙂
I’ve tagged you to create a virtual dinner party… Details at http://elladeewords.wordpress.com/2012/09/22/come-over-for-a-barbie-mate/. I know you’ve got heaps on at the moment but if you feel like a diversion, I found this a fun exercise, and I’m sure your guest list would be fascinating. Of course, it’s fine if you want to pass 🙂 EllaDee
Ella, I love planning dinner parties! I’ll put it in the ‘to do’ basket while I think about the guest list – and the menu, and where to hold our party … It’ll give me something different to think about while i’m sorting books! But first I’ll go across and peep in on your party … 🙂
All in good time. I enjoyed the planning process!
Yes, it’s always an interesting task – well, in the real world it is, so I assume a virtual party will be even more fun to plan. Thanks again, Ella.
Wanderlust — I have nominated you for the ‘Reader Appreciation’ Award. Congratulations! Do not feel obligated to pass it on, but know that you are appreciated! If you want to pay it forward to some of the blogs you appreciate, however, the “rules” of the award are contained in my post: http://travelgardeneat.com/2012/09/25/being-appreciated-the-reader-appreciation-award/ . . . regards, until your next post! ~ Kat
Well, that’s a fine way to get to know you! Thank you, really – I’be never had one of those! I’ll be over – and will pay it forward, just as soon as I get caught up!
G’morning – you’ve been nominated- thanks! http://managuagunntoday.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/wonderful-team-member-readership-award-congratulations-%E0%A4%AC%E0%A4%A7%E0%A4%BE%E0%A4%88-%E0%A4%B9%E0%A5%8B-felicidades-%E7%A5%9D%E8%B4%BA%E6%82%A8-%D8%AA%D9%87-part-ii/
Ahhh! Thanks mate, I do appreciate the nod – but I think you’ve just set the cat among the pigeons … 🙂
Excellent! …stirring creativity…
Naaa – not inspiration, a dummy spit 🙂
You have been tagged by me in this week’s Tag Blogathon.
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Allan, you’re the best … but, I’m sorry to say i’ve had to sidestep it a bit, you’d better read my Rave post! Thanks again, mate 🙂
I understand. Thanks for the reply.
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Bless you dear! I’ve side-stepped it, I’m sorry, though I did answer the question … Congratulations to you – A “Booker” is a very appropriate gong for your blog 🙂
… you had said: ” a way that will interest and inspire others ” – and you seem to have succeed brilliantly. Lovely blog indeed. V. E.
That’s very kind of you Vera – the test will be when I’ve moved back to Australia, and am posting about more mundane sights and adventures 🙂
Don’t worry, because your experiences remain within you and you can draw on them forever… mundane is the eye of the beholder! I speak about my own life, quite restricted now, what with age-related stuff, but my mind still roams, and memories are ever so important. You have been lucky to live in magic places; they will remain yours always.
I just don’t want to be nostalgic, Vera – I want to be able to view the next move as another adventure producing more memories to add to my fantastic store … 🙂
Sorry, I came back only today… but, assuredly yr. next move is exactly “another adventure” because life is like that – I do not consider memories as “nostalgia” but as the living lymph of our todays … 😉
That’s a lovely way of thinking of them Vera – I like that!
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Welcome – I’m inviting you to the Līgo Circle of Appreciation: http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/ligo-circle-of-appreciation/
“… for wandering through my life is a personal pursuit.” — thought that was a gem. I’ll be sure to follow.
Wanderlust, you must! I want to know more about why you’re a wanderlust misfit – interesting. I always told my mother I was a weirdo misfit and she’d roll her eyes, but the older I get the more convinced I am I was right 🙂
I just wanted to write a quick note of thanks for signing up to follow my blog! I hope that you will enjoy wandering through my posts and that you enjoy the photos, recipes, and other things that you will find on my site! Love your photography, and the caption on that photo of the flower is just perfect! My best – b
You’ve passed! That caption is a bit of a test … most people don’t pick up on it, or don’t know what to say 🙂
Hi there. Congratulations on your award: http://expatalien.com/2012/11/20/blog-of-the-year-thanksgiving/
Oh my goodness, how thrilling! Thank you, thank you … I’ll pop right over!
But, why are you leaving paradise in Jan2013? It doesn’t make sense..,.,
Ahhha! No, on the surface of it, it makes no sense at all, does it?
It’s just I have to do it while I still can, while I’ve got the energy and ability to resettle and create a new life for myself. If I leave it till I have to go home, because of age or infirmity, or because insurance companies will no longer sell me health insurance and thus void my visa requirements, I’ll be letting myself down.
The freedom to do whatever you want because you’ve no attachments, has it’s opposite – since there’s only me to look out for my best interests, at some point I have to do what I don’t want to, but know is best for me. 🙂
This is confusing! I thought you were originally FROM Sri Lanka and are now back there. I’d stay, if I were you, and just find out what you can about Aussie government support, especially obtaining a pension and other benefits. No point in suffering….. :O)
I’m sorry about the confusion … you’re right – unless you’e been following the blog, I could be from anywhere originally! Recognisig that I’m not a Sri Lankan, as much as I love the country and have felt ‘at home’ here forever, it seems, has been a very interesting process. No, I’m Australian, and proud of it.
You’re right – I’m probably an old age pensioner by now 🙂
Well…I promise I tried hard..But it has been impossible! I HAD to nominate you for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”…
I know you have been nominated many times…But, to me, you blog REALLY REALLY makes of the blogesphere a beautiful place, a bright place, a place full of hope, love and faith…
So, with all my respect…
A big hug from Spain!
Now you make me cry 🙂 Thank you Ilargia, I’m flattered and very grateful for your support. I’ll be right over to have a look.
Meredith – Not that you need more hardware to validate your blog’s success, but I just awarded you a Blog of The Year 2012 star. Details here at: http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/. Ciao for now. The Palladian Traveler
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Thank you for visiting my little book on the web. Yours is awesome and has one of the best “abouts” I have encountered in my short time as a blogger. A pleasure to have met you 🙂
Warm regards from the Philippines,
I’m so glad to meet you too Mary. 🙂
I think we have a gene in common 😉 it’s a great gene and challenging too… I wish you all the best of walkabouts from now on and on-wards. And thank you for taking your time to wander past my Photo & Poetry blog. I truly appreciate it.
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Meredith — I’d like to honor your blogging (and photography) efforts with a big HUG — Hope Unites Globally award. Details are here at: http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/
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Thanks for visiting me …. I simply have to follow you.
Hi TWLG–thanks for introducing yourself by following our site. I love the concept of yours–that’s certainly the gene that we would hope to inherit too! If you’re a facebook user please visit the RAXA Collective page–hopefully you’ll find reasons to visit India on it. See you there!
Better late than never, only 10 days to go. What happens after that, I hope you will continue TWLG in your new location?
What a wonderful piece! I could feel the passion and love of what you’re doing just from reading them. 🙂
Practice and discipline are indeed the only way to reach a goal. Really like your description of yourself. 🙂 The wanderlust gene… I think I have it too! will be following you.
Like it a lot 🙂
Lovely photo of the plant. Just awesome.
Glad you liked the lotus – nature is so curious, isn’t it? Look forward to seeing you around 🙂
Great blog you have here.. It’s hard to find high-quality writing like yours these days. I really appreciate individuals like you! Take care!!
Thanks for your marvelous posting! I genuinely enjoyed reading
it, you may be a great author. I will be sure to bookmark your
blog and will eventually come back later on.
I want to encourage that you continue your great work, have a
nice holiday weekend!
I look forward to your journey! Thank you to WordPress for the many-wonderful people we have met here!
This looks interesting, but I find it very hard to read white on black – it does make a good background for photos, but I can’t see them because of the afterimage from the text! It’s all stripes! (I went to an art exhibition last week where the picture descriptions were in white on a maroon background – same problem!)
Just happened to run into your blog. Its a real interesting blog that you have here. Loved some of your write-ups. Its very subtle . I guess I will be hanging around here a lot. 🙂
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Thank you for following my blog! Happy that you like it:) what an amazing blog you have ! for sure will be back here 🙂
It took me so long to thank you for the continuous likes you’ve given to my posts, but, better late than never right? So, thank you for the likes (which is often 🙂 )and your blog is an inspiration for me to keep going with mine :)…I’ll see you around 🙂
I’m sorry it’s only been likes! Somehow I’m chasing my tail these days so likes have had to stand in for comments and conversations. 😦 So, thank you for getting in touch.
Thanks Meredith for liking my posts on ‘The Good the Bad and the Italian’. Much appreciated. And good luck with the rest of your travels/homecoming to Australia.
Love your blog name and looking forward to your posts!
hey your blog looks great! Look forward to reading more! 🙂
Thank you Wanderlust Gene for “Liking” the post “Love Of The Canvas”. Artists Of Our World on my photography blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com.
On behalf of the Through Harold’s Lens Creative Team, my trusty sidekick Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and myself, we truly appreciate your enjoyment. We hope you continue to join us on our journeys.
Its my pleasure Harold – I always enjoy your journeys. 🙂
Hi The Wanderlust Gene,
I want to thank you again for “Liking” the post “Alone. Not Lonely”. Streets Of Our World. on my photography blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com.
On behalf of the Through Harold’s Lens Creative Team, my trusty sidekick Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and myself, we truly appreciate your enjoyment.
We hope you continue to join us on our journeys.
Thanks for the follow. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve seen of your blog so far. Will be back to read more!
Thanks! See you around 🙂
Thank you for the likes and follow. Your blog is a treasure trove and I can’t wait to start exploring it. 🙂
So;s yours – I’m having a lovely time 🙂
Hi , nice blog , I have recently started one travel blog. Please look at it and give some honest feedback. I would appreciate this.
Thanks for the follow! I’m glad to find your blog. Will surely read your articles.
Your writing is beautiful – and your story of how you got into it really struck a cord with me. Looking forward to reading more!
Welcome Nina 🙂
Thank you for visiting and following my blog.
Thank you so much for stopping by at my blog. Means a lot ❤ I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I do yours.
I hope you will return back to my blog.
Thank you for your comments. I was pretty nervous but reading your blog truly inspired me to continue my journey. Thank you so much!!
I’m sp glad I came across your blog!! So looking forward to reading more! 🙂
Hello there, Glad I stumbled across your blog. I look forward to read more of your adventures. Keep them coming 🙂
Pretty sure I’ve got that wanderlust gene. Can’t wait to spread my wings and fly…
An instant follower here. The name itself is enough 🙂
Thanks delighted to have discovered your interest packed blog. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (give it a soin).
Wonderful blog. Looking forward to exploring more!
Thank you for following our blog! I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer.
Hey Meredith, just popping by to say hi, you haven’t written a post in a while so was just wondering if all is well. xxx Ailsa
So good to see you through the ether Meredith and a ‘follow’ at Nature – thank you. Dipped back into read TWLG and get reaquainted with Hanuman, the elephant and the magnificent stories you wove on magical Serendib. Hope you’re well and thriving after relocation?
Hope life has been treating you well, Meredith – miss your posts! Cheers to a wonderful 2017!