Happy New Year

I’m not one for short posts or just posting a photo, BUT, here is a photo I took in my front garden recently.   I hope this new year of 2021 springs forth as bold, fresh and beautiful as this yellow cactus flower. Let’s leave all the pricks of 2020 behind us… Happy New Year…

Rubbing Shoulders with Royalty

After a year of working my way through shows on Netflix, many of which I would never bother to sit through if we hadn’t been in strict lock down conditions during the pandemic, I have surrendered to popular pressure and finally started watching the series, The Crown. I’m no monarchist but I’m actually enjoying all…

The best years of my life

It goes without saying, I know,  but 2020 has not been fabulous so far;  it is not one of the best years of my life! I have been struggling to write a post about some previous travel I’d taken because, really, lockdown isn’t as creatively inspiring as one might imagine. It is impossible not to…

Before they closed Tasmania…

Back in February 2020, before they closed Tasmania (because of the Covid-19 restrictions),  my husband and I flew down there for a weekend getaway and we found it even more charming than our last visit with a few delightful surprises. We picked up our hire car at Hobart airport and drove straight down to the…

Visit Iceland: Get ready, get set… get wet! (Part 2)

Iceland is a land of fire and ice. Fire melts ice. Ice is frozen water. So, when you visit Iceland… … you will get wet!   I visited Iceland on board Cunard’s Queen Victoria. This voyage included 3 stops in Iceland; the first port was Akureyri (part 1), followed by Ísafjörður and finally Reykjavik. Ísafjörður…

Visit Iceland: Get ready, get set… get wet! (Part 1)

Iceland is a land of fire and ice. Fire melts ice. Ice is frozen water. So, when you visit Iceland… … you will get wet! The Icelandic people are welcoming and want their visitors to immerse themselves in Icelandic culture and activities, But… … immersion somehow always involves visitors getting wet! My visit to Iceland…

Memories of the first moon landing – where were you 50 years ago?

  50 years ago today, a whole bunch of people in America (and NASA) organised this, the first men on the moon – Here in Australia, we watched their journey, their discovery and their first moonwalks in glorious black and white, because colour TV didn’t arrive in Australia until 1975. We crowded around television sets…

What tourists did before selfies

Before selfies became the norm (and before the Kardashians almost owned the term)  tourists had to rely upon the kindness of strangers for those important holiday snaps and memories of a youth spent travelling. When visiting Rome, in 2010, my husband was keen to visit some of the locations from Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita….

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to my mum, Nanette. Born a country girl, in a border town, with thick and curly hair, she earned herself a scholarship and found her dramatic flair. Her job in advertising took her interstate where she met a certain guy… …they decided to exchange their vows beneath a sweltering Brisbane sky. They…