Many of the stories I have written (none finished or published yet) have been inspired by island dreams and ideas, or set on an island. It's one of my 'heart words'.
Some of my favourite holidays have been on Islands ...
* Stradbroke Island (Queensland), the stunning scene of many family holidays in my Aunty and Uncle's beach shack (the shack grew up with us, and is now their lovely home).
* Tasmania, visited with Dad and my brothers when I was 17. I loved the tall trees which lined scenic drives, bush walks and magical views from mountain tops.
* Skiathos (Greece) where I had a free holiday for a week after chaperoning a student to his family home. What a treat!
* Vanuatu, where we met lots of friendly locals, travelled with local church friends and I went snorkelling for the first time.
* Papua New Guinea, one big island, where we went outreaching in Mt Hagen in the highlands. People were so generous, friendly and eager to meet us. I saw people carrying machetes everywhere, including children. The potholes in back roads were as big as our minibus.
Playing the word association game for ISLAND - isolation, escape, peace, nature, pristine, perfect, palm trees, coconuts, shipwreck, castaway, holiday, beach, treehouse ...