Housesitting Can Be A Boon For Gardeners

Growing our own vegetables while house sitting in Australia was an unexpected treat. House sitters can still do lots of activities they did at home, sometimes with unexpected results!

Albany Rock Oysters

Yummy, Petite Albany Rock Oysters

On the southern coast of Western Australia you can find the sweet and oh so delicious Albany Rock Oyster. These fresh, delectable bivalves are small in size and very affordable there.

Plenty of lemons means lots of lemonade

Lemons grow year round in Western Australia. During our time visiting Australia we had lots of lemons and lots of lemonade.

Australian Beer Coopers Extra Stout

Australian Beer. I Want To Try Them All.

Aussies like their beer. Although most things are more expensive in Australia than in the U.S., beer is particularly pricey. Local beers cost AUS$18 per six pack! So, we began our exploration slowly.

Abe-do Warung in Ubud Bali

Nyoman Sukarsa is a restaurateur and artist in Ubud, Bali who promotes organic food. At his warung abe-do in Ubud Bali, he serves delicious, healthy food that his wife cooks.

Coconuts along the road side, Ubud, Bali

Roadside Coconuts for Recycling in Ubud, Bali

In Bali, fresh coconut water is a popular beverage. At first we thought that these coconuts were awaiting customers. We later learned that someone will eventually come by and recycle them.

Taman Sari Guest House terrace

How’s the Weather in Bali?

The weather in Bali in January is hot and humid during the day. There are frequent rain showers. At night however it cools off and once the breeze picks up, is quite comfortable for sleeping.

Tilling the rice fields in Ubud, Bali

Tilling the Rice Fields in Bali

In Bali, farmers use gas driven plows, looking like giant lawnmowers, to till a muddy rice field. White egrets follow them around, eating the small creatures that are unearthed.

canola fields in Western Australia

Canola fields in Western Australia

Laurie and I had never seen Canola growing before. Canola oil is evidently a popular product in Western Australia, at least judging by the yellow fields that border the roads.

Topeng Tua Classic Balinese Dancer

In the classical Balinese dance called Topeng Tua the dancer performs slow dramatic gestures, including some, meant to be humorous. Performances are filled with stunning costumes and unique music.

Welcome to the Joyful Journeying Photo Journal

We have been traveling almost continuously since April 2013. We have traveled across the United States and Canada, in Southeast Asia, Oceana and Central America.

Our travels lead us to discover so many wonderful places and we have so many great adventures. Along the way, we have learned how to travel extensively on our meager budget. We write about our adventures and assist others in realizing their travel dreams on our blog

The Joyful Journeying Photo Journal is our place to inspire you to have your own travel adventures. We share photographs and stories of the many sights that have made our lives richer and lots more fun.

We hope these images encourage you to see more of what this amazing planet has to offer!


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Seaweed Strewn Beach, Maine Coast

The central coast of Maine is known for it’s many picturesque beaches. Many of these beaches border the long necks that jut out into the ocean and are very rocky.

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