February 2012

Blessed are the Encouragers

by Anna Blanch on February 29, 2012

Everyone has their own battles. Sometimes I feel like the daily struggles I’m dealing with need to be put in perspective. Every challenge I face at the moment is as a result of a decision I’ve made or an opportunity I’ve taken up. My burdens are much lighter than many, even when they feel like […]


Guilt and the writing of PhDs

by Anna Blanch on February 28, 2012

For almost two weeks the wretched feeling in the pit of my stomach was gone. For the first time in months the release from guilt was palpable. I was able to spend a couple of days relaxing with a welcome visitor, working but taking time to have some fun. I even managed to get out […]


ABCs of Travel

by Anna Blanch on February 25, 2012

Sometimes you have to crash a party; especially, if it’s a good one. Today, I’m crashing a travel bloggers meme. I read the entry from  Nancy from Family on Bikes who in turn was responding to Steve from You’re not from around here are you? and decided that it would be a good one to […]



by Anna Blanch on February 14, 2012

This is my offering for Valentine Day. A Nesbit poem from her 1888 collection, “Eastertide.” Lovers E. Nesbit With Springs first breath of scented air Come vague sweet thrills of memory — Remembrance of the days that were, And that again shall never be.   Dear ghosts of days for ever dead, When we were […]


Evolution of an Itinerary

by Anna Blanch on February 11, 2012

I started with something like this: Then I modified the Eastern European leg of the trip, in a post titled Krakow for the win… But the latest changes are the most significant and some of them deserve posts of their own. Before I get to that I’ve put together a snazzy animated map, and have […]

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Ghosts of Steel: Creativity from the Ruins

by Anna Blanch on February 10, 2012

Though I am familiar with the Hunter region as a consequence of spending some time there and Newcastle being a metropolitan city bigger than Tamworth (the region I’m from), I still have alot to learn. I don’t have rose-coloured glasses about the struggles that a post-industrial city faces. What is inspiring is the creativity that […]


Yarning with an artist: Andy Mort @atlumschema

by Anna Blanch on February 9, 2012

This week I’m yarning with Andy Mort. Andy Mort is a UK based musician and writer, also going by the moniker, Atlum Schema. I first met Andy at Greenbelt in 2011 when we were thrown onto the same panel talking about faith and creativity. He is funny and talented, and quite humble and I’m extremely […]


I’m wondering…

by Anna Blanch on February 6, 2012

It’s 6 weeks until I give up the cottage-by-the-sea and head out to Australia. I’ve been keeping a little list of things I’m wondering about in advance of my next big adventure. Don’t expect anything earth-shattering. This is mainly miscellanea: Will I burst into tears when I see my sister? Will I start to drink […]


Pondering Nepal

February 4, 2012

I’ve been thinking alot about changing or adding destinations to the overland to oz itinerary – it is still very much a work in progress. In light of discussions with a development organization the idea of adding Nepal came up. I hadn’t really thought about how that would look on a map – so the […]

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Yarning with an artist: Richard Stott

February 3, 2012

In the first of a new regular series on Goannatree, which I’m titling Yarning with an Artist and which will feature emerging artists, I bring you an interview with Ric Stott. Revd Ric Stott is a Methodist Minister, Artist and Art Psychotherapist. He has a studio in Sheffield UK where he works for the Methodist […]

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