Backpacking Cougar

             If I haven't been there's on my list!

55 and feeling the fear and doing it anyway...

Feel the fear and do it anyway
travel light
take risks

August 8, 2020

Those who know me well are aware that I am always either up to my eyeballs in a shit fight solving the problems of the world ,  or off on some personal growth tangent – part of that elusive search to find my true sense of purpose before I depart in the grey car at the...

July 25, 2020

Life on the Estanscia known as my piece of paradise is amping up as the days are getting slightly longer and spring is getting closer. This time last year I was living on 600sqm of manicured lawn in a two-bedroom bungalow in town with a reasonable level of sanity.  Apa...

August 31, 2019

I’ve never been afraid of change. Sometimes in the dark of night lying awake,  I have feared it, but when the daylight comes 98% of the time I leap into gear and embrace it . A life of constant change and growth has seen me embrace most change with a half full glass at...

August 20, 2019

I hate apathy. It is alive and well in our society everywhere, and at a time when the country is kicking into gear for another round of local body elections, I am urging you to give apathy a kick in the guts if you are a sufferer.

Disinterest, lack of enthusiasm and con...

August 10, 2019

Its been a crazy old week and the good thing about life is that regardless of highs or lows, its always about maintaining a healthy balance and finding a silver lining in everything.

I have a 23-year-old son who knows about balance – he is always literally teetering on...

June 29, 2019

One of things I enjoy so much about travelling about is opportunity to meet a stranger and share a moment in time that you know will never be repeated and yet it will impact your life going forward in some way – on how you think, or act. It’s weird, but chance meetings...

June 16, 2019

I’ve never been that good at following directions. I don’t even open the manuals that come with new appliances or gadgets , I don’t follow recipes well, and I have been know spend a large amount of time wandering around lost both in NZ and all over the world often choo...

May 10, 2019

When I made the decision to buy a puppy at the beginning of the year, I did it knowing that Cairn terriers can have a life expectancy of between 12-15 years. I reasoned that the Canine investement would see me out of this world. In 15 years ,  I rationalised my decisio...

May 4, 2019

I had the most confronting experience yesterday , and because I believe there are no coincidences in life I have been processing it all inside of my head for the last 12 hours with all those other people that live in there and need to get rid of that shit! Writing alwa...

April 27, 2019


It was all happening down at the Tinwald hall yesterday morning and at 10 am parking spaces were already at a premium  in the sleepy suburb. The spiritual fair was on, and it appeared that there were others in the town who had shared my idea of getting along ear...

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I love to travel and get out and about - time and finances permitting.  Most of my adventures these days are solo, with a backpack and on a budget - a far cry from the trips of years ago when I  used to  tell myself "money I have got, time I haven't!", as I swanned into some swanky four star plus establishment and ordered myself a tall G&T.

About Me

50 something, dreaming about living the dream......every day above the ground is a good one because you are a long time looking at the lid!

(C) Needagilrd