Collage - Journal 1932...

Collage - Journal 1932...

Friday, June 17, 2011

Hunting and Gatherings for your next Safari

I was recently asked - Why do I travel with Roorkhee Chair(s) ? - Light Travel - Light Chairs...

Leather wrapped vintage binoculars with leather case

Beretta Safari Jacket

We keep on moving as travellers - Keep it to a minimum of books, safari chairs, steamertrunks, leather and canvas bags...

F.M. Allen - Long Sleeve Safari Shirt - repels water on the  outside and wicks moisture away from the body on the inside which, keeps you cool and dry.

Holland & Holland - Leather Shooting Gloves


Double-prong belt from J L Powell

of course we add on a few leather bound journals each year and...hmmm minimum will try to keep that in mind when I move to the next continent...

 Hermès- leather bound event planner for those tropical evenings...

Toiletry Kit - Col. Littleton from Orvis

Leather Passport holders by Valextra- Valextra and Orphan Aid collaborated and a portion of the money goes to support orphans and vulnerable children in Ghana.

Valextra passport holder is available at Barneys New York.

More books for your collection...

 or bring a book as a present to your friend...

A good cigar ...

A simple and elegant bench - You will leave this bench behind at your "Travelers Nest"

For your travels - Here is one of my favorites -
a Mulholland Brothers Safari Bag

Always have an oyster knife and a glove packed - you never know when you need it.

An old issue of The Beretta Magazine

- Bon Voyage -

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Do you belong to your possessions?

Rather than your possessions belong to you.

Now is time to reflect...

"Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Friday, June 10, 2011

Greetings from Jordan - Dunes and Red stone...Under the Sun...

(Photos by Tavarua)

"True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing."
- Baltasar Gracian

 Wadi Rum - here you can experience the typical desert climate of hot days and cool nights...

 Recommended reading - "Seven Pillars of Wisdom" by T.E. Lawrence - Here he recounted his adventures...the book was named after the massive rock formation found here in Wadi Rum

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.”
– Paul Theroux

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

My father was a true Eccentric... (Part II)

(Photo - family archives)

Well, you asked and it is true.
 My parents were different - they came from two "worlds" of eccentric behavior.  Their understanding of society their own.

To be their only son I had the inheritance and privileges to observe at close these characters of an older era and the originality of their characters. I do think born to these conditions and to have the good fortune to understand what I saw made my life more interesting.

It is not my intention to portray my father whom I have inherited certain ranges of interest and veins of thought. Only a section of his character.

The behavior of our ancestors reincarnated once more in my dear father. The family shows a string of several successful literary members and artists - Could this be the answer? Very likely not. My father never wrote any books or any great poems of note although he was a gifted writer and could write at large. He did always find something to do and did this meticulously whatever it would be at the time. His eccentricity was clearly a family trait and he definitely displayed many unusual behaviors and habits in his daily life.

In his health and food habits - in his obsessive collections as well as in his artistic creations and inventions.

He had a vivid visual imagination and could explain in detail the most interesting stories. His rules - nobody else's.

Was it a limited choice that life presented for him?

He found a refuge in himself - Perhaps work, simplicity, collecting, and the sporting life narrowed down to his own perceptions. His unusual eating habits when convinced that he would live on a certain fish sort for years (which he did) or his focus on the onion family Alliaceae...(well then..garlic)for its culinary and medicinal purpose (but raw?)and was it just European garlic from specific regions in Italy and France - I never asked.

His habit of filling rooms to the "ceilings" with collections of whatever amused and interested him at that time for some years to come...He did not posses a great understanding...for life outside his own - his opinions could never be bent or molded...

His standards were high and he had many rules. We had numerous discussions and he spoke to me about family, honor, tradition and responsibility.  I thank him, indeed because he taught me and I got to understand at an early age that life is far more interesting than we can ever imagined. 

Our winds of thoughts are our blossoms to free ourselves and open our minds to make use of our desires, dreams, aspirations, and ideals.

My father did... so do I - Just slightly different...