Category: life

Jan 24 2013

Sunrise on the beach, with just the birds and the fishermen

I love mornings. When I can get out of bed that is. Even at the beach in summer you can have time and space to yourself. Even the sun puts on a great show for you.

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Jan 24 2013

How to ruin a holiday – get stuck in the airport

I have two children overseas at the moment. My son is in Cambodia somewhere (I think), and the Outdoorsy one is in Hong Kong. I know that’s definitely where she is because she can’t get home!

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Jan 16 2013

A lick of paint and it’s as good as new

I may have mentioned that I painted the bathroom last time we were at the farm. Next time I’m going to paint the kitchen. For some bizarre reason I’ve had a thing about painting lately. Actually the reason isn’t bizarre –it’s because every wall in our house is (or was) blue. The same blue. The …

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Jan 15 2013

Yet more problems with Jetstar – why can’t airlines just fly planes?

I’m at my kids place again, sitting on their balcony with my morning coffee, waiting for everybody to get up. It’s lovely and peaceful, and it’s going to be a beautiful day. At least weatherwise. I was supposed to be back home again by now, but, as so often happens, plans changed.

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Jan 09 2013

Fish & chips for dinner … and feeding the birds

Remember all those summer holidays when you were a kid?  It doesn’t matter where you went for your holidays, it was always fish & chips for dinner. And now it’s the same with the kids and grandkids – fish & chips for dinner by the water in summer. Of course, feeding the birds is all …

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Jan 08 2013

Help me make our part-time farm life more sustainable

Now that we’re home, and getting over the “post holiday blues”, how did we go in terms of sustainability on the farm. First of all we used lots of water, about 600 litres, or 60 litres per day. This is way above what we would normally use, but Doc was concreting and I cleaned the …

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Jan 04 2013

Country or the coast? Ten reasons to head inland for your summer holidays

As I sit here, surrounded by rolling hills, on an isolated place beside the Murrumbidgee River where the sound of boats is but a distant lull, I can’t help but think how lucky I am to be here. For a few years when I was a kid we spent our summer holidays on the north …

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Jan 03 2013

Relaxing with a good book … while somebody else does all the work

Thank you for all the emails, it was great to get such a response. Yes, I do know how lucky I am to have Doc. Though his exes might disagree. We “deserve each other” is the phrase I heard on a number of occasions – and I don’t think they meant because we are both …

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Jan 02 2013

Life on the farm

Life’s pretty simple out here on the farm, away from all the ‘mod cons’ of the city. With all the wide open spaces, clear star-filled skies and boundless plains to share, what more could we want? Well, some of life’s basic necessities I suppose – like water.

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Jan 01 2013

A new years wish for a kinder, gentler facebook

It’s the new year and time to make – and break – resolutions. I’ve decided not to make any resolutions this year. But then, I never make any new year’s resolutions so why start now. But I do have some hopes for the year ahead.

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