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Face of QP  (Linda Stewart)

 How it started

How we blog has changed since I sashayed into the wide open space known as the blogosphere, eight years this year. From journal-keeping, blogging was a natural progression.  It provides a creative place that keeps me accountable for my content as well as the quality of writing.  It was a brave step: as an introvert my preference is to observe rather than be heard, as for speaking, stop it you!

I trust my audience and with that comes a willingness to be vulnerable and transparent. This monumental shift in how I engage with others is driven by a core belief that to live with sincerity we need to be authentic.  I cannot be authentic without being open and honest.

Why I write

If it is true that the more you write the better you become then I want to write, write and write some more.  I have gleaned volumes since those early days.    I have learned, laughed and struggled here more than other arenas of my life, and all from the safety of my laptop.  Blogging is the perfect creative outlet for an introvert.   I hope you find something that resonates.


My work takes me into the world of parents affected by drug and alcohol use and is cognitively and emotionally taxing and worthwhile beyond measure.  Sometimes I write about the challenges of work with a sense of indignation about the way the vulnerable in our community are perceived, and treated.  Mostly I write about whatever piques my interest.  There is no niche audience I am hoping to hook in but choose instead to follow my muse.

Another one ticked off the bucket list

During July, August and September 2017 we took our three months’ long service leave and did a road trip to the Red Centre of Australia. These destinations are too hot, for mos of us, so the timing was perfect.  We bought a new-to-us Holden Sportswagon to tow the self-contained Jurgens Sungazer caravan. The reason to be self-contained was and continues to be our efforts to reduce camping fees and enjoy bush camping whenever possible. My hard copy journal as well as its digital companion were never far away and many of those entries made it onto this blog. It was an amazing trip with yet more to write about. These posts live under the Catch Us Camping tab on the header menu bar.

Where to from here?

As we move into the final year of our fifteen year stint in Australia we anticipate many changes. The plan is to retire this year, sell our home, pack the caravan and head into blue yonder. When we have had enough of that we will return to our beloved homeland of New Zealand and settle down for what remains of our earthly adventure. Maybe you think that sounds a bit grim, but we are nothing if not realists. We are getting on and sometimes we wish for a faerie godmother to assist us through this year and have us settled in New Zealand. However, that is not going to happen so we will work through it and process challenges and adventures as they happen.

Things that make me happy

  • My children and grandchild
  • The MOTH (Man of the House and life partner of 38 years)
  • A Kindle full of unread books
  • Audiobooks for long work trips
  • Learning and studying
  • Journaling
  • Photography
  • Blogging
  • Girlfriends to do life and coffee with
  • Travel in our caravan
  • Good food
  • Chocolate
  • A good TV series (Breaking Bad, West Wing, Gilmore Girls, …j
  • To be continued …

Updated 26th January 2018


10 thoughts on “About

  1. Thank you for visiting and following my blog. Before I retired, I was a journalist and copywriter. So, I relate to your writing side. I began my blog as a way of sharing my journey through the jungle through learning photography. About 2 years in, I thought I should start writing the blog better! Keep at it, and you’ll achieve your writing goals. Keep up the photography too!

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  2. Hi! I’d like to use the wonderful photo of the 185 Chairs on your site in a scholarly article (no payment / profit involved…alas!) and wondered first whether you had any objection, and second, how I should credit the photographer? Is it your picture?


    • Hi Celia, sorry to be tardy in replying to your request to use my photo – yes it is mine. If you still wish to use it I would like it copyright-tagged with my name: Linda Stewart. Thank you for the visit and request.


  3. Hi Linda
    I found your blog, thankyou for paying me a visit. I really like the way you paragraph, then title all the snippets of your current activities. It makes for an enjoyable as well as an easy read. I see you live in Australia, I live on the Gold Coast, we recently relocated from Darwin. I shall be a regular visitor to your site Linda.
    Kind Regards from
    Annie in Australia 🌞 🌴 🌊

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