1st Clifton Gardens Sea Scouts 70th Birthday

Great weather

After many, many days of heavy downpours and what seemed like non-stop rain, we woke on Sunday morning to clear blue skies.  It was such a pleasant surprise. And the blue skies were so welcome because Alfie’s sea scout group was celebrating its 70th birthday. The first meeting of the Group was in a private […]

Balmoral Mudgee Wine and Food Fair, 2014

The Rotunda is the focal point for the event

A favourite community event in my calendar is the Mudgee Wine and Food Fair.  Mudgee is one of the top wine producing regions in New South Wales and about a three and a half hour drive north west of Sydney.  The month-long festival has been running since the 1970′s and this year it opens on […]

The Frick Collection, New York

The courtyard that was once the driveway

New York has so many museums and galleries worth seeing but on my schedule, I could only choose one.  I made a decision to view the Frick Collection as it is housed in the neoclassical mansion the collector built as his home on 5th Avenue. Henry Clay Frick was born in 1849 in Pennsylvania and […]

QANTAS Economy

Hello New York

I have been reunited with Arabella and we’re having a fabulous and very special time together but first I have to tell you how about the journey from Sydney to New York traveling with QANTAS at the wrong end of the plane. After the long day of packing and organising and stocking the freezer with […]

Raw and Wild, Bowral

Gorgeous flowers

Thank you all for your kind wishes and positive comments regarding my imminent trip to New York to be with Miss Arabella who now knows, solo-travel is not for everyone.  It’s truly lovely that so many of you have offered to catch up with us, if only we were in your part of the US. […]

The Little Hand-Stirred Jam Shop, Berrima

Where is the Damson Jam?

Berrima is such a delightful and small country town where every building seems to have either colonial history or good produce or both.  It’s such a small town that it’s very easy to walk through and so Carl and I took a leisurely stroll and meandered through a lot of the stores that line the […]

Surveyor General Inn, Berrima

Surveyor General Inn

After touring the Berrima Court House, you can wander down the road to the Surveyor General Inn. The Surveyor General Inn was established in 1834 and is Australia’s oldest continually licensed Inn.  It was constructed with locally sourced sandstone and was built with convict labour.  A lot of convicts were sent to Berrima to build […]

Berrima Court House and Berrima Gaol

A judge and a barrister from the 1830's

When we were down in the Southern Highlands we visited the historic town of Berrima.  The town of Berrima was built in the 1830′s which wasn’t too long after European settlement in Australia.  By 1840 it had a court house and a gaol and it became the administrative centre for the local district.  Many people […]

The Beach Kiosk, Alexandra Surf Club

Alexandra Headland Surfclub

I think I’ve told you that when we had our mini-break on the Sunshine Coast, the sun didn’t shine.  But it did come out on the day we were leaving!  We woke to a glorious day of clear blue skies and warm sunshine and as we had just a few hours before heading to the […]

Montville, Queensland

Village Hall

When we were on our mini-break on the Sunshine Coast, the sun didn’t shine.  Nevertheless we behaved like proper tourists and went sightseeing. Now Alfie doesn’t like sightseeing and he was in luck because Carl’s brother lives in Montville, a small town in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast, with his wife and three children. […]