Montrose Berry Farm

When I was growing up in New Zealand every time it was berry season my parents would drive us a short distance to where the berry farms were located.  We’d look for signs saying, ‘Pick Your Own’ and we’d turn into those driveways and spend a few hours filling buckets with raspberries, blackberries, loganberries and […]

Echoes, Katoomba, Blue Mountains

A few weeks ago it was our wedding anniversary and the plan was to go away for a couple of nights.  However, with having to squeeze the celebration in between a number of other events, we had to scale back our intentions and instead head away for a 24-hour escape. That meant we also didn’t […]

A New Year’s Eve Dinner

Our New Year’s Eve wasn’t full of party revellers, huge crowds and explosive fireworks.  It was celebrated in a very civilised yet casual way of a sit-down dinner party for 10, held at a recently renovated tiny cottage on the mid-NSW coast. We were in Stuart’s Point for New Year’s Eve and staying in the […]

Tour to Northern India

I’m excited to announce that in March, 2016, I’m hosting a tour to India.  A boutique tour for just 16, I’d love you to come with me. Steve McHardie is a partner of Rush Expeditions, a unique travel company catering to small-group private tours.  While Rush Expeditions takes expectant travellers to exotic, unique and off-the-beaten-track […]

The Fitzroy Inn, Mittagong

It was sad circumstances that saw us back in Mittagong for just one night.  An extremely precious friend from our school days passed away very suddenly after his leukaemia returned, almost three years since his bone marrow transplant. Around 30 of his school friends gathered in Mittagong the night before his funeral to share and […]

Things To Do In Sydney That Are Free

With the school holidays on the horizon and families needing to find funds for entertainment and activities, many mums and dads are trying to find ways to entertain kids without dipping into the piggy bank. Today I discovered a bush walk in Hornsby that is central to most parts of Sydney, is very scenic, is […]

Deco Stop, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

When we were staying at Barrier Beach House the manager recommended we visit Deco Stop Lodge.  He said, ‘You must at least get there for lunch because it has one of the best views in Santo’.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have time for a visit. But then we did. We checked into the airport for our […]

Castle Rock, Middle Harbour

Yesterday’s forced family fun was on the water.  While a lot of you are huddled indoors around your fireplaces, we here in Sydney are in the middle of a heatwave.  Sunday was going to be one of the hottest days with coastal temperatures around 39C (102F) and much higher out west. Apart from squashing myself […]

Spit to Manly Coastal Walk

In this house Sunday is a time for family and like it or not, we will be having a family day. I do get very annoyed when children’s activities are booked in for a Sunday as that interrupts forced family fun.  Alfie has been invited to a birthday party next Sunday and it’s on the […]

A Suburban Backyard

The first time I can recall visiting the home of my great uncle and aunt was in 1977.  Having just moved to Australia from New Zealand, Doug and Margaret were the only relatives we had in our new country. Doug was an author and a poet and Margaret, a painter.  After living in Circular Quay […]