Category: life

An Australian Christmas

I’m a Christmas tragic. I love it – as you might be able to tell from the new site background. I love the decorations and sparkle, I love buying, wrapping and giving Christmas presents, I love all the cooking and the entertaining. And mostly I love the fact that it’s hot and you can sit …

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How to pack for a camping trip (with luxuries)

“Everything has to have more than one use” is Doc’s mantra when we go camping. He also says that they have to be tough and unbreakable. I disagree (no surprises there), I have some single use items (and some breakable ones) that are absolutely essential, but which until we started travelling together Doc wouldn’t have …

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Singing in the car makes you happier

I was caught singing in the car again. “So what?” you might well ask “Everybody sings in the car.” Well, yes, lots of people do. But I have a convertible and I had the roof down. And I can’t hold a tune – I can’t even get near it. When my kids are in the …

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How to eat a mango and other tropical fruit stories

I’ve just had my first mango of the season. Summer is here!!! I love the summer, apart from the weather the fruit is one of the things I love the most. Especially the tropical fruit. Mangoes, mangosteen, papaya, durian, rambutan. Even the names are exotic and exciting. Surely it’s only in the tropics that somebody …

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The colours of Australia

Australia is a country that gets under your skin. The red dirt of the outback is justifiably famous. The red centre contains some of the most instantly recognisable and visited icons in Australia – Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Watarrka. Three places rich in the dreaming that is at the heart of the oldest culture on …

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Botany Bay

One of the great things about La Perouse is the beaches. Regardless of which way the wind is blowing, you can find a sheltered beach. And they’re perfect for families, with white sand and no surf. And there’s a barbecue and picnic area at Frenchman’s with a children’s playground. Even on a Thursday there were …

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