I lived in the Philippines for 6 months, taking language classes and generally spending my savings, and I had some time to kill so I thought I’d take up diving. The Philippines supposedly has some of the world’s best dive sites and everything there is relatively cheap. I’m not a great swimmer or daredevil, but I’m generally up for anything once and it turned out to be good fun.
In January 2002 I headed to China as part of a world tour that I was doing by myself. It had been a lifelong dream to see and walk the Great Wall of China. With all the photographs I had seen in my life I had to get there. When I arrived at the foot of the Great Wall it was just the most amazing sight.
I became a bird-watcher completely by accident. Several years ago, I planted a pair of serviceberry trees, thinking of sweet jams and muffins. And like the robin at left, birds flocked to my berries, eating them faster than I could pick them. So instead of mourning lost jams, I turned the berry plants into the cornerstones of my bird garden. Here are a few easy dos and don’ts that will make your garden a bird haven, too:
Many people begin learning the Tarot using a deck such as the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith deck with pictorial images on both the Major and Minor arcana. These images can help spark an intuitive approach to the cards, which can then be supplemented with reference to the many excellent introductory Tarot books now on the market. However, the Court Cards (Page, Knight, Queen & King of Cups, Pentacles, Swords & Wands) seem to be a difficult area for beginners. Some people find that the images simply do not speak to them as the others do. A useful way to get around this is to follow these three steps: