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Travel to Croatia

A highlight of 2016 was travel with my husband to the cooler climes of Croatia and Bosnia Herzogovina for a week in their autumn (October), followed by another week in the freezing weaher (for us) of Budapest and Copenhagen.

My husband was in Croatia to lead the 3rd International Symposium on Stuttering, held at the gorgeous award winning Hotel Croatia. where we stayed, overlooking the Adriatic Sea. From the sea, it resembles  a dazzling white cruise ship, perched on the cliff of  “the Mediterranean Sea unspoilt like it used to be” at the southern most tip of Croatia.

I have recently spent some time uploading videos that I took during these unforgettable holiday destinations (posted on Vimeo and YouTube).

The video below shows the breathtakingly beautiful harbour of Cavtat,

Now, while posting this video of a perfect summer’s day in Coogee, I am forced to scratch beneath the surface of the beauty and the pleasure of the sand, sea and sky, to suggest a problem we need to look at…

Environmental Degradation?

I realise that many countries in the Northern Hemisphere, including beautiful Croatia, are  experiencing freezing conditions at the present time.  Extreme polarities between highs and lows in different seasons and locations are part of global warming (or climate change), which is one of the biggest challenges that we on earth will face in the coming years.  We must all join together, at least in acknowledging this reality: of our precious earth’s atmosphere being degraded. We cannot afford to put our heads in the sand like the inimitable ostrich, or like Donald whatshisname, and rest in denial. Actions are needed on all fronts, from Paris to technological research and beyond. Which countries and individuals will take up the challenge and receive awards for fighting and solving ecological degradation?

The Goldman Environmental Prize
is known as the “Green Nobel” and is awarded annually to countries and individuals who are heroes in the fight for the earth and its resources.

The Craft of Writing

That said, I am pleased to upload this, my first post for 2017, focusing on climate records broken on a global scale, and a small blogging award for me.

I am proud to announce this Blogging Award for my website, “The Craft of Writing”, which has been placed among the 20 best writing blogs online according to As well as being a wonderful incentive for me to start the new blogging year, this award lists other exceptional creative writing sites, some of which I have been following.

Visit the Feedspot Award page by clicking here or by clicking on the badge in the margin of this site.

Topics for 2017

Apart from creative writing and environmental issues, I would also like to continue to write about the other previously stated topics of interest to me, which include psychology, especially destigmatising mental illness; spirituality in its broadest sense; travel; mythology and supporting minority groups, especially refugees and immigrants.

Please continue to  follow and comment on my posts. I love and thrive on feedback.

 Now, with the hottest January on record here in Sydney, and no relief during the nights, I am creating this post on a very humid day with a high of 35 degrees celsius. And I am pleased to announce a blogging award.

Thank you for including me,



    Hi Anne,

    Congratulations on the award. What a great achievement and I must say the sight of the gold medal for your blog looks mighty impressive on your page, well done. You must (should/have to) be celebrating the joy of achievement and revelling in the thrill of your creative effort. The problem now being that you have set the bar high and henceforth must continue to achieve what you previously never thought possible.

    Bill Bryson’s words from ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’ come to mind; “If you can remove your self-doubt and believe in yourself, to attain any kind of life in this universe of ours appears to be quite an achievement. As humans we are doubly lucky, of course: We enjoy not only the privilege of existence but also the singular ability to appreciate it and even, in a multitude of ways, to make it better. It is a talent we have only barely begun to grasp.”

    This should be a day when you are supremely satisfied. The coming days are blank canvasses just waiting for your brush strokes to being them to life. Remove any self-doubt and believe in yourself because you have proved what you can achieve with the talent you have … “only barely begun to grasp.”

    Cheers, Ian.

    • Anne Skyvington

      Hi Ian, Your positive words of encouragement are just as valuable——even more so——as awards from strangers to me. You’re right, I really need to dig deep now and make a difference in my own small way, if possible. I believe strongly that positivity has an unseen but powerful effect on the world much greater than all the negative events put together. So keep it up.

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