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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Nov 28 2013

Singing in the car makes you happier

My convertibleI 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 car with me they are constantly saying “Don’t sing mum. Please don’t sing.”

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Nov 21 2013

We’re going on an adventure

Driving in the middle of nowhere“I love our adventures” I say to Doc when we’re travelling.

Usually this means “We’re lost”, but that’s how we have our best adventures.

We have a philosophy when we travel – be prepared, but don’t over plan. That means being flexible enough to take a detour on a whim, but prepared enough in case it doesn’t work out. We always have lots of water, food, shelter and emergency equipment. And a map, blindfold and pin for an adventure into the unknown.

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Nov 19 2013

Where to see wildlife in Australia

KangaroosOne of the main reasons people visit Australia is the wildlife. Well, the cute and cuddly variety anyway, mainly kangaroos and koalas.

Yet most people never get beyond Taronga Park Zoo to see them. While it is a beautiful zoo, with one of the best views around, a zoo isn’t the same as seeing animals in their natural settings. After all, you can see them equally as well in London Zoo or Beijing Zoo as you can at Sydney zoo.

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Nov 17 2013

Just a little fire in the bathroom …

Sunrise at the farmI slept through sunrise again.

This time I blame Doc for setting fire to the house last night.

And for that story we have to go waaay back …

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