Yogic Yarn

Micro poem with video Family ties and yogic knots,Brotherly love and headstands,One with the wildflowers, Offering support without hands. Freshly home in the UK, catching up on some yoga and yarns with my (not so) little brother. © Darius the Mate What is life without community? I would love to connect with other nicecissists out there. Reach out, letContinue reading “Yogic Yarn”

Home

Tanka Bittersweet goodbyes…Pages turn with the seasonsWinter kisses SummerTechnicolour brushed dreamscape- We fly into the sunset. Not far from home now. You can read a bit more about my thoughts and feelings on going home, here. I’ve arrived in Changi, Singapore, from Hobart, Tasmania, via Sydney, Australia, ready and braced to catch my final flightContinue reading “Home”

The Final Days

Thinking & Feeling So, after more than two years, the time has finally come – I’m going home. Home being, to no home… well, not entirely true; to my parents home, actually – gratefully – but not really my home, not anymore, and it hasn’t been for some time. That said, “home” will always beContinue reading “The Final Days”

Backpacker Barbecue Guide

For traveling Australia What do backpackers eat? I know, I know, it’s the question which keeps you up at night. Oh, it’s not? I wish you told me that earlier. Anyway… To those who have never experienced the van life, they may imagine a scraggly type, in boho genie pants, ornate with Thai motif, sharingContinue reading “Backpacker Barbecue Guide”

The Fall

A poem in free verse I cannot stretch my mind to find the cure,In as far,As I cannot stretch enough my muscles,I can’t even carry my own weight,Lest attempt the burden and trouble,That I drag on my heels,These sinews are strained,Uncooperative, stubborn, fickle,Beaten up and corrupted from years of abuse,For excess, or success,Battling hurdles inContinue reading “The Fall”

The Gorge

Haiku Scorched in hellfire – The sly emerald serpent, Gorged on crocodiles. Original poem by © Darius the Mate What is life without community? I would love to connect with other nicecissists out there. Reach out, let me know what you think in the comments, and of course, give me a follow for more – nice! https://nicecissist.blog Playing with Words

Popcorn

Haiku Buttery popcorn – Melts into the crisp vistas Azureous bowl. Original poem by © Darius the Mate What is life without community? I would love to connect with other nicecissists out there. Reach out, let me know what you think in the comments, and of course, give me a follow for more – nice! https://nicecissist.blog Exploring mental and physical

Tessellated

Haiku Tessellating waves – Primordial masonry,Set by natures hands. Original poem by © Darius the Mate What is life without community? I would love to connect with other nicecissists out there. Reach out, let me know what you think in the comments, and of course, give me a follow for more – nice! https://nicecissist.blog Exploring mental and physical

Snapshot: Rottnest Island

Short look + read photograph collections from places I’ve loved enough to capture. Rottnest Island, WA, Australia Rottnest Island is a popular tourist destination located 18km from the Australia mainland via a short ferry ride from Fremantle, Perth. The island has over 22km of cycling tracks, which link spectacular pristine beaches – kick back andContinue reading “Snapshot: Rottnest Island”

Wildlife

Wild and Free Versed The wildlife, don’t run in front of my wild-life, My wild wife, will give YOU trouble and strife,A cockney jingle, opposite words mingle,Leave this line single, Just because I can, Thoughtless cognition – a juxtaposition, My wild-life,Don’t run in front of my bees and honey, Keep that disposition sunny!For things willContinue reading “Wildlife”

Edge of the world

Haiku Edge of the day…The edge of the bay,Mountain view, so far away -Reminds me of you.Edge of the world,Tasmania. Original poem by © Darius the Mate What is life without community? I would love to connect with other nicecissists out there. Reach out, let me know what you think in the comments, and of course, give me a follow forContinue reading “Edge of the world”

Gumtrees

Haibun Van rolling to a gentle stop, not in a hurry, handbrake on, door opens – met by zesty breeze. A new place – small town Tasmania – refreshing. Quaint – with its colonial architecture, painted and preserved with double edged pride – it could be rural England, except, we don’t have mountains like these,Continue reading “Gumtrees”

Teacher

My mother, you taught me to tie laces,Now I walk on trails from my wildest dreams, My father, you showed me how to use tools,I’ve built adventures in nature’s extremes, My brother, you would once look up to me,I learn much from principles in your code, ~Teachers of life, unique style and mode~ To myContinue reading “Teacher”

Snapshot: Tunxi Old Town

Short look + read photograph collections from places I’ve loved enough to capture. Tunxi Old Town, Anhui Province, China Tunxi Old Street is one of China’s the best persevered, with its traditional buildings, of the Song Dynasty (960-1279 CE), Ming (1368-1644 CE) and Qing (1644-1912 CE) dynasties, showcasing Hui style architecture, well adorned with ornamentation.Continue reading “Snapshot: Tunxi Old Town”

Times of Travel: Mt Kosciuszko

The cold was bitter and spiteful, the type you only know when you’re stood on the side of a mountain in winter. The wind whistled around objects, penetrated every warren, and licked up unwelcomingly around my exposed fingers, as I struggled with zips and mismanaged setting up my splitboard. I was standing just off theContinue reading “Times of Travel: Mt Kosciuszko”

Snapshot: Vancouver

Short look + read photograph collections from places I’ve loved enough to capture. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada On Canada’s west coast, Vancouver is a sprawling metropolis, bustling with a diverse, multi cultural demographic and Canada’s largest Chinatown, with the highest population density of anywhere in Canada. Its easily navigated via the elevated tracks of theContinue reading “Snapshot: Vancouver”

Snapshot: Melbourne

Short look + read photograph collections from places I’ve loved enough to capture. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Melbourne, on Australia’s southern coast, with a population on 5 million, is the largest city in Victoria and second most populous in Australia. It’s been an active settlement of the Aboriginal people for over 40,000 years, before being colonisedContinue reading “Snapshot: Melbourne”

Snapshot: Hongcun Village

Short look + read photograph collections from places I’ve loved enough to capture. Hongcun Village, Anhui Province, China Together, with the nearby town of Xidi, Hongcun Village is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its well preserved medieval Chinese architecture. Photographs by © Darius the Mate What is life without community? I would loveContinue reading “Snapshot: Hongcun Village”

Snapshot: Xidi Village

Short look + read photograph collections from places I’ve loved enough to capture. Xidi Village, Anhui Province, China Together, with the nearby town of Hongcun, Xidi Village is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its well preserved medieval Chinese architecture. Photographs by © Darius the Mate What is life without community? I would loveContinue reading “Snapshot: Xidi Village”

Feathered

Wind captures wings, Lifts up to see the things, That most people only see, In photographs and on tv, Metal birds up in the sky, When dreaming high… Means more than just sleeping on planes… Counting clouds beyond the windowpane. Wind captures wings, Fly the nest to see the things, Above cerulean reflections of theContinue reading “Feathered”

Times of Travel: Liffey Falls

Type: Hike, out and backDistance: 8km (6km + optional 2km)Time: 2 – 3 hours Difficulty: EasyLocation: Liffey Falls State Reserve, Tasmania Liffey Falls track is a short, easy walk, following an old 1900s logging tramway, in Liffey Falls State Reserve, Tasmania. It’s a 45 minute drive (50km) from the centre of Launceston, the closest cityContinue reading “Times of Travel: Liffey Falls”

Times of Travel: Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake

Distance: 10km+Elevation gain: 1,072 metresTop elevation: 2,672 metresTime: 5 – 7 hours Difficulty: moderateSummer conditions: December – MayWinter conditions: June – November Location: Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park, North Island, New Zealand This overview encompasses the Crater Lake hike, from the Whakapapa side, focussing on my experience during the winter of 2017. The summers hike,Continue reading “Times of Travel: Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake”

Times of Travel: Mt Ruapehu De-icing

My knees vibrated like fragile branches under the weight of a squirrel. I ascended the ladder cautiously on our first training run. I was panicking like the fattest pig on slaughter day. Out of my comfort zone from the word “go”. Deep breaths, deep breaths. Squeal. Since when do pigs fly? I perched, frozen inContinue reading “Times of Travel: Mt Ruapehu De-icing”

Times of Travel: Mt Ruapehu

Hike, ski, live and be free! How often do you get to ski down the side of an active volcano? No, this isn’t the new James Bond film. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or avid photographer, keen to get some postcard ready snaps, this majestic mountain, as seen above in front of the picturesque ChateauContinue reading “Times of Travel: Mt Ruapehu”

North face of my mind

If I don’t make it back alive, at least I laced my boots and I got out. I may have not quite paved the way, but I’ve walked the road and mapped the route. My name may not be recognised, my story, not regaled, but, I hope those who remember me, can recount a honestContinue reading “North face of my mind”

Times of Travel: Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Type: hike Distance: 19.4km Time: 5 – 8 hours Difficulty: moderate (summer) Peak season: November – May Location: Tongariro National Park, North Island, New Zealand Covering 19.4km of the Tongariro National Park – New Zealand’s oldest national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site -, is the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which used to be knowContinue reading “Times of Travel: Tongariro Alpine Crossing”

Times of Travel: Preface

For the last five years, I’ve been travelling, living and working abroad, with my longtime partner in crime – the Bonnie to my Clyde, NeversayNOmad. Together, we’ve toured and explored a modest amount of countries in the continents of Europe, Australasia, North America and Asia, with an endless list of amazing places still left untappedContinue reading “Times of Travel: Preface”