Canoeing on the Bellinger River. Amid killer cows.

20150308_120547[1]Have you ever seen 5 ‘women of a certain age’ canoeing? Two of them in a double canoe?

It looks pretty much as you’re imagining it does.

After 3 days spent hanging around in Sawtell, dividing our time between the beach and home, with perhaps a walk or some fishing in between, we decided we all wanted to do something a bit more active. The golf that three of our members played doesn’t count as active.

So in between glasses of wine and hands of 500, we poured over the guidebooks and came up with … drum roll please …. hiring canoes on the Bellinger River.

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Cuckoo, cuckoo. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

Eurasian-Cuckoo-Mital-Patel-525x700Have you ever met a cuckoo?

Cuckoos are brood parasites. They lay their eggs in other birds’ nests, and when the young hatch they get rid of the other babies. Sometimes they’ll kick the other eggs out before they have time to hatch, other times they’ll worm their way in, taking food from the other chicks and/or pushing them out of the nest.

Some people behave just like baby cuckoos.

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Beaches, hibiscus and fish & chips

The beachWe came for three days, and five days later we’re still here.

Wouldn’t you if you could?

Five days of perfect weather in a beach side location. Who wouldn’t extend their holiday.

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The beach disappeared while I wasn’t looking!

20150305_083726There’s nothing like a coastal road trip to make you think about climate change. Or is that just me?

Doc and I camped at Sawtell a few years ago. I can’t remember where we were going to or coming from, but I do remember our night in Sawtell. The camping area is right by the creek & the beach, with a boardwalk along the rocks. The main street is wide, with gorgeous fig trees and gardens along the middle, and the cafes make great coffee. And there’s a long beach with soft white sand.

So when a friend asked me if I wanted to come away to Sawtell for a few days I jumped at the chance. I didn’t even need the inducement of free luxury accommodation, though it certainly helped. As did its location on the north coast of NSW so the weather is a bit warmer than in Sydney.

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A few of my favourite things

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As somebody who travels a lot in Australia, I often get asked “where’s the best place to for …”, so here are a few of my favourite things.

One of my favourite places to see all of these things is the farm in rural NSW that we go to to get away from the world. But that’s not accessible to everybody, so I’ve picked places where anyone can go.

If you have the right equipment that is. Some places, like Chili Beach, you do need a 4WD and complete self-contained camping set up, but others, like Darwin, are easy to get to. Some, like Bendeela are even close to the city. Continue reading

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Orange Food Week

DSC_0044 (2)Orange Food week is coming up from 10-19 April. Yes, I know that’s more than a week, but I didn’t name it. And it just means a few extra days to eat and drink. What’s wrong with that?

If you don’t know, Orange is a town in NSW. It’s out past Bathurst on the way to Dubbo, and was the first stop in the Two Sheilas in a Ute trip to Broken Hill.

They have great food, and not too shabby semillon blancs! I’m not going to give you the low-down on the events because I haven’t been to one of their festivals (I’m open to invitations), but if you like autumn colours, and light sauvignon blancs (I do) then you’ll enjoy Orange in April.

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