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Jan 16 2017

Water, water everywhere – wet season in Darwin

Water, water everywhere. When it rains in Darwin in the wet season, it really rains. It buckets down. Within a few minutes the ground can be flooded. Water runs through the drains, creeks come up very quickly.

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Aug 03 2016

The view from the top

I’ve walked 36,000 steps over 24km, and climbed the equivalent of 98 floors up two mountains, over the last two days. Yes, my sister has a fitbit. I mocked her mercilessly for being a yuppie, then kept asking how many steps I’ve done and how many floors I’ve climbed.

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Dec 20 2015

How to make a real, traditional Christmas pudding

Christmas pudding has always been one of my favourite parts of Christmas. My grandmother used to make Christmas pudding and Christmas cake every year, and if I was lucky enough to be at her place when she made it I not only got to watch, but could help in the ritual. I can’t remember who …

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Oct 21 2015

Introducing my new Suzuki Vitara 4×4

I said I was going to do it, and now I have. Here it is – my new (second hand) Suzuki Vitara 4×4.

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Jul 09 2015

Just your average Sunday afternoon out in Australia – with death adders

After far too many weeks of working too many hours (with time out for my daughter’s engagement party), I finally had a weekend off and Doc and I made the most of it. Yes, we went on an adventure. Are all snakes in Australia deadly?

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Mar 23 2015

What’s the scariest thing about travel in Australia? Sharks? Crocodiles? Spiders? Not what you think

You might think the scariest thing about travel in Australia is the killer wildlife, and you’re right. Great white sharks, huge crocodiles in all the waterways, the world’s deadliest snakes, big spiders, blue ringed octopus at the most famous (and popular) beaches, irikandji – the list goes on. But they’re not the scariest. The scariest …

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Mar 10 2015

Cuckoo, cuckoo. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

Have you ever met a cuckoo? Cuckoos are brood parasites. They lay their eggs in other birds’ nests, and when the young hatch they get rid of the other babies. Sometimes they’ll kick the other eggs out before they have time to hatch, other times they’ll worm their way in, taking food from the other …

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Mar 06 2015

The beach disappeared while I wasn’t looking!

There’s nothing like a coastal road trip to make you think about climate change. Or is that just me? Doc and I camped at Sawtell a few years ago. I can’t remember where we were going to or coming from, but I do remember our night in Sawtell. The camping area is right by the …

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Jan 07 2015

New Years resolutions to stop and smell the roses

Aah, new year’s resolutions. I don’t make them. Well, except for now, and not just to give me something to write about (though that’s one of them). So many times I’ve said to Doc (or to my girlfriends, children or whoever), “we really should ….”. There are so many things “we really should” that I’d …

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Aug 11 2014

Stop and enjoy the daisies

The ‘busyness’ of life sometimes just takes over, and the importance of just relaxing can get lost. I’ve just realised that it’s been over a month since I wrote anything on this blog, because I’ve just been ‘too busy’. It’s not that I haven’t been travelling, but my travel has been up and back between …

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