Ace Props and Events, Petersham

Archie trying out an original WWI gas mask

The problem with the venue we’ve chosen for Archie’s 21st is that it’s an enormous space.  And I don’t want the party to be held in a room that echoes and feels like everyone’s in a chasm.  In order to try and fill the space, I’ve been out and about trying to source props. That’s […]

Thirroul Olympic Pool


Just one hour from Sydney’s CBD lies the picturesque town of Thirroul.  Like a step-back in time, Thirroul has a true nostalgia feel to it, taking you back to an era where time moved more slowly, people lived in cute little cottages with picket fences and manicured lawns, and if you took a short stroll […]

Wollemi Glow Worm Tunnel

The beginning

Carl doesn’t like to rise early on a Sunday morning so he wasn’t very pleased when I told him we had to be up at six to take a three-hour drive to go and see some glowworms. ‘What for?’ he asked. ‘Scouts.  It’s a scout activity we were supposed to do a year ago but […]

Sandyfoot Cafe and Bar, Shoal Bay, NSW

Such a stunning beach

A short drive from Nelson Bay is Shoal Bay, the eastern-most suburb of Port Stephens. When we were staying at Nelson Bay we drove to Shoal Bay looking for somewhere to enjoy breakfast and directly across the road from the stunning beach we found the Sandyfoot Cafe and Bar.  The cafe has indoor and outdoor […]

Malai Thawng Thai, Nelson Bay, NSW

When we arrived at Nelson Bay during a cyclone that caused the entire area to lose power resulting in every restaurant shutting its doors, I did wonder if we would have any luck finding somewhere to eat for the night. By a stroke of good fortune the power was returned to our part of the […]

Nelson Bay, NSW and a Mini-Cyclone

A pelican checking out the view

Last weekend we thought we would take a mini-break and find a lovely place to stay for a night not too far from Sydney. I’d never been to Nelson Bay, a coastal town with a population of just 5,000 that’s part of Port Stephens and just two and a half hours from home.  With the […]

North Sydney Olympic Pool

The Olympic pool, the baby pool and Luna Park in the distance

As a teenager I spent many hours training in North Sydney Olympic Pool.  Perfectly positioned between the harbour bridge and Luna Park while nestled on the foreshore of Sydney harbour, and with all its retained charm of its 1930′s era, it is absolutely my most favourite pool to swim in. But this week it was […]

The Oaks, Neutral Bay

The Oaks, oak tree

The Oaks is an iconic pub in Sydney’s Neutral Bay.  It opened its doors in 1885 and throughout its 120 year history, it has never failed to be a place that Sydney-siders will frequent time and time again. By a stroke of good fortune, Lorraine had an appointment at The Oaks and asked if, along […]

The Beaches Market, Warriewood

My purchases

Over the past few months I’ve had a number of friends mention to me how good The Beaches Market is at Warriewood.  I thought it was time I discovered it for myself. The market is open every Friday from 8am until 1pm and is held in the grounds of Pittwater Rugby Park, sometimes known as […]

MS Oosterdam – The Dining Experience

The table setting in the Vista Restaurant

Okay. So here we go. And try to keep up with how many times I mention the word, ‘sweet’. The Lido: Let’s start with The Lido.  It’s the buffet.  Does anyone out there like buffets?  I don’t.  I don’t like queuing for food and then wandering around with my tray trying to find a table […]