Jan 16 2014

Jumping castles, inflatable mazes and art – more Sydney Festival

Geometric shapesAnother Sydney Festival has come and gone – at least for me, the Festival continues until 27 January. I saw a few shows, wandered around city, jumped on a jumping castle and wandered through an inflatable maze.

And, as always, I marvelled at the majesty of language used to describe what is happening. Or should that be sheer wankery?

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Jan 13 2014

Sydney Festival time

Festival lightsChristmas is over and we’re back from the farm. Next on the list of summer traditions is the Sydney Festival.

Every year a girlfriend comes up from Canberra to stay, and, along with a few other friends, we head out to festival shows and events.

It’s not just the Festival, the whole atmosphere of the city changes. It’s warm, even the people who live here are on holidays, and everybody just wants to have a good time.

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Jan 08 2014


Frangipani-spiralI got a new lens, so of course I’ve been out using it. What’s better than flowers to practice using a close up micro lens. It might not be spring any longer, but summer flowers are just as beautiful.

Here are some of the photos.

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Jan 06 2014

Our country dunny

Milk crate toiletFor somebody who hates ‘poo’ talk, Doc has an obsession with toilets.

At the farm we have two milk-crate toilets. For those not in the know, that’s a milk crate with a hole cut out of the top and a toilet seat attached, so that even though you have to dig a hole in the bush to go, you don’t have to squat. We have two so that when other people are here with us they can have their own private (or small group) toilet. I mean, you can’t share a toilet with those outside your family group, you might get germs.

And now, he’s building the Taj Mahal of country dunnies at the farm, complete with flush. And no – we’re still not connected to town water, the cistern will have its own two x 200 litre water tanks connected.

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Jan 03 2014

The Southern Highlands, and hedges

HedgesThe Southern Highlands – Bowral, Mittagong, Berrima, Moss Vale. Antiques, pubs, markets. Frost, fires, country walks.

As if that’s not enough, there’s more.

I was working in the Southern Highlands in December, so I got a chance to do quite a bit of exploring. Driving along the back roads I discovered that the defining feature of the Southern Highlands is hedges. Tall hedges, short hedges, long hedges, thick hedges, hedges that surround paddocks and houses. Hedges everywhere.

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Jan 02 2014

No new year resolutions, but some highlights of 2013

Wreath-No-2Happy New Year everybody. I hope your Christmas was as good as mine, with family, friends, decorations, lots of good food and wine, presents, and everything that you find in Christmas cards.

This year my mum & dad visited from Adelaide. I think this is the first time I’ve spent Christmas with them since before my children were born, and my oldest is now almost 25, so it was a great get together.

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Dec 14 2013

You’re never too old or too cool to get your photo taken with Santa

Mr-&-Mrs-ClausForgive me readers for I have been slack – or busy depending on whether you want an excuse or a mea culpa.

It has been over a week since my last blog …

It’s not that I haven’t got things to write about, but I have been very busy. Christmas can be like that.

‘Tis not only the season to be jolly, ‘tis also the season to spend lots of money, which means making lots of money first. Not something you do very often when you travel, take photos and write about it all for a living.

So to make some money I’ve been … working!

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Dec 06 2013

An Australian Christmas

Wreath-No-1I’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 outside and, as Tim Minchin sings in one of my favourite Christmas songs, drink “white wine in the sun”.

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Dec 04 2013

Australia’s deadliest animals

Sydney funnelwebAustralia has 20 of the top 25 most venomous snakes in the world, as well as 3 of the top 7 deadliest spiders (Sydney Funnelweb, Mouse Spider and Redback). Then there are Great White Sharks, crocodiles, box jelly fish, irakandji, blue ringed-octopus (or should that be octopi?)

But you knew that, didn’t you.

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Nov 29 2013

How to pack for a camping trip (with luxuries)

Sunset camp“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 considered taking camping. One person’s trash is another’s treasure as they say – if I didn’t know Doc would put his foot down, I’d get this camping ice cream maker.

The trick is to work out which single use items are essential to you.

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