Dec 28 2014

We’re going on an adventure

We're going on an adventure“Let’s go on an adventure” Doc said.

Those words can mean so much – a harbinger of doom or exciting times. Rarely something in between, and never boring.

“There’s a track I want to explore” he said.

Given that Doc’s been coming to this farm for around 12 years and has done a lot of exploring on both the bike and the Hilux, an unexplored track can only mean one thing. It’s difficult – and definitely an adventure.

So of course I agreed

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Nov 12 2014

Cruise Sydney Harbour like a local – in luxury

My luxury cruise boatWhat could be more “Sydney” than cruising Sydney Harbour on a sunny Sunday afternoon?

That’s what the people at Sea Sydney Cruises think when they say they “cruise like a local”. But mixing in the circles I do (not the rich people), cruising Sydney Harbour can mean a ferry ride to Manly.

If you read this blog regularly you’ll know that luxury isn’t my normal mode of travel, so when I received the invitation for a “luxury Sydney Harbour lunch cruise” I jumped at the chance. All I had to do in return was write about the experience. Aah, the life of a travel blogger is a tough one!

And that’s how I found myself sitting on a cruise boat one recent Sunday afternoon. An exclusive luxury cruise boat with only 4 other passengers.

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Nov 06 2014

The 40th anniversary of the Finke Desert Race is coming up. Be there

Finke desert rade track - red dust and wide open spacesNext year is the 40th anniversary of the Finke Desert Race.

As road trips go, this one is pretty spectacular. Almost in the dead centre of Australia, where the dust is the reddest I’ve seen it, the spaces are very wide and very open, the sunrises and sunsets are among the best you’ll see anywhere and the nightskies are ablaze with millions of stars. It’s the epitome of what you imagine when you think “Australian outback”.

And then there’s one of the world’s toughest endurance races for entertainment while you’re camped. And it is entertaining.

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Nov 01 2014

Miniature roses

Miniature roseI promise this blog won’t turn into one just about my garden, but lately it seems that’s where my energy has been focussed. That and taking photos of babies, but I know you don’t want to see that here. In a couple of days I’ll tell you all about my luxury cruise on Sydney Harbour.

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Sep 22 2014

Getting over the winter blues

DSC_0126aFor the first time in years I didn’t go away anywhere this winter. Which made it seem like winter just went on forever.

I don’t care who says Sydney winters are mild – I’m not good in winter at all. Winter for me is like one long episode of PMS, and the longer it goes on the worse I get. Doc very deliberately doesn’t sharpen the kitchen knives between April and September.

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Sep 08 2014

Drought, flood and changes in the dam

2012-12-Christmas Every time we go to the farm I’m struck anew with the changes that happen in a short time. The most striking of these is the big dam.

Sadly, this time we only saw the Murrumbidgee at night, but in the moonlight I could tell it was full. And of course, that means the dam is full as well – a big change from when we were there only a few  months ago.

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Aug 11 2014

Stop and enjoy the daisies

DSC_0044The ‘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 Sydney and Wollongong to work. I haven’t even taken any photos just for pleasure!

So the other day, on one of my rare days just to kick back and do nothing, I was sitting on my front veranda, in the warm afternoon sun of winter, just relaxing and enjoying looking at my garden. The sun was setting over the escarpment in the distance casting a golden glow over everything and my African daisy was closing up for the night. Like a toddler, it appeared to be fighting that moment when it would be fully asleep, staying open just enough to get the late afternoon rays.

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Jul 03 2014

Sunrise over Sydney Airport

Sunrise-Sydney-airport-3I used to love flying. It meant that I was going away somewhere and I love to travel. I also love that feeling of being up above the earth, above the clouds, just …. well, flying.

But I hate the reality of sitting in a small, enclosed space, barely able to move for hours on end.

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Jun 16 2014

Men make the worst patients!

In his hospital gown and red capI think I’ve mentioned Doc recently had shoulder surgery.

And that means recuperating time.  At home. Where I am. 24 hrs a day.

Men make terrible patients!

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Jun 12 2014

It’s not a photo session without macro photography

Spider-web---The-Farm-June-2012It wouldn’t be a photo session without some macro photography.

One of the things I love about photos at the farm is the fences. Not only are they great in long shots, but there are always opportunities for amazing close ups. Spiders particularly love the barbed wire on the top fence wire, and use it to build their webs.

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