Australia, blogging

Wisdom and New Year Beginnings -2022

As tempting as it is to recount the highlights of 2021 and the relative freedom we enjoyed in most of Australia; to do that now in the midst of the opening of the Covid floodgates that are occurring, this minute in our country, seems unfeeling and irrelevant. Australia was lucky - we had our bubble… Continue reading Wisdom and New Year Beginnings -2022

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Pull up a Seat Challenge

Retirement brings many joys and one of those is the precious time to sit and contemplate. My life is busy, but I still find time to sit, sip a cup of tea and cogitate on what I can be grateful for, as well as troubleshooting problems and issues that arise in every family and one's… Continue reading Pull up a Seat Challenge

Norwegian hytte cabin in the snow at Christmas
Community

Blogger Party Holiday Treats in Australia and Scandinavia – Friendly Friday Challenge

Dancing around the Christmas tree in (in Sweden) Advent After four weeks of Advent preparation, church bells chime signifying the start of Julaften, the Christmas period throughout Scandinavia. With traditional origins stretching back to pagan times, the Scandinavian countries celebrate the evening of December 24 with a Christmas feast and gift-giving. Songs are sung whilst… Continue reading Blogger Party Holiday Treats in Australia and Scandinavia – Friendly Friday Challenge

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Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Back to the Future II

In the Friendly Friday Blog Challenge I recalled Australia in the 60's and asked: Looking back to the FutureRoad trips What was your memory of your childhood?Was there a significant milestone growing up and if you lived through the sixties and seventies, what stood out for you?Was there something that was instrumental in your path… Continue reading Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Back to the Future II

Australia, blogging

Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Look Back to the Future

Over half a century ago this happened: It's Friday 13th, one October, in the early seventies and it's raining hard, in torrents, as it does in summer in a tropical country, like Australia. Construction had started on the Sydney Opera House, (it took 14, instead of the predicted 4 years to complete) and Apollo 16… Continue reading Friendly Friday Blog Challenge – Look Back to the Future

Food

Christmas in July

What happens when you want to eat Christmas food, you live in a tropical country, and it is 35 degrees (nearly 100 F), in the shade. What do you do? Christmas Decorations You organize a Christmas feast, in July, when it is actually wintertime. I know all the citizens of the northern hemisphere might have… Continue reading Christmas in July

Great Ocean Road, Australia
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Visiting Melbourne

Not just home to Victoria Bitter, or Tennis Australia’s epicentre, but every jar of Vegemite ever made and the largest Greek population outside of Athens, Melbourne is the world’s largest southernmost city. As the city navigates its way out of Covid, it's a good time to begin planning a trip there. Combine it with a… Continue reading Visiting Melbourne

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Environment, Motivational

How to Talk About Climate Change

Thanks largely to social media, much of the world already knows the basic facts - the planet is warming, carbon emissions are increasing, biodiversity is decreasing and all this and more threatens mankind's existence on planet earth. Martin Fredricks of IVWords was a recent guest at StPA, writing about how we talk about the climate… Continue reading How to Talk About Climate Change

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blogging, Community, Motivational, Travel

Morning World Blogger Video

When Vero from LesFrenchChronicles started a Vlogging collaboration, Bloggers with a View, it was a fun idea that connected bloggers around the world. Taking a look into the snippets of another's life, another's world. People that we only knew through words on a screen. That is one reason why we yearn to travel isn't it?… Continue reading Morning World Blogger Video

Australia, Food

As Aussie as Meat Pie

It is 1996 and I'm a young mum with two small sons. They're two demanding boys, with big ideas and fertile minds. They want to play, but it's time to prepare dinner for the family. The oldest boy turns back to set up electrical circuits with batteries and LED light bulbs, whilst the smaller son,… Continue reading As Aussie as Meat Pie

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Australia, Gardening

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

If you have stopped here for information on the Carnival, you may be disappointed. I missed the Carnival of Flowers itself, so there are no pictures of the annual parade, but what I did see is stunning floral displays that are the dominant feature of this event in Toowoomba, a large country town, about an… Continue reading Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

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Lavender

Farming and rural communities are doing it tough in these times. Most of us recognize that. You will be be delighted and surprised at the hidden gems found in many country towns and rural areas that were formerly overlooked by the overseas obsessed traveling public. Amandine Lavender is one such gem near the central Queensland… Continue reading Lavender

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Australia, blogging

Ending a Friendship

Recently at the Home by the Sea, I met a new friend. So that he can remain anonymous, I'll call him, 'Old Mate,' (as we sometimes do in Australia). Most people who met Old Mate, thought him brash and cocky, but I was utterly charmed by his youthful exuberance. He'd entered my world uninvited and… Continue reading Ending a Friendship