Travels in Australia

I’ve come from a land down under… 3

…Recently back from a flying visit to Australia to help long time friend and emigré to celebrate a big (let’s face it it was an epic) birthday. Had a fabulous time and it was great catching up with friends old and new, from this side of the pond and the other. Started of with a night in Brisbane, followed by a morning of retail outlet shopping near the airport. Then […]


Hippy town burns down 1

I’ve written here more than once of my sojourns to Nimbin, in Northern NSW. So I was somewhat distressed to learn this week that half the town, hippy capital of Australia (some would say the world), burned down in a suspicious fire.     The whole incident has proved pretty devastating for this alternative community, and home to one of my closest friends. However, luckily no one was hurt. A […]

Another scorcher

Last full day here in OZ got off to a very sweaty start with another early morning sesh at the gym. Afraid I ratted on my erstwhile hostess for being a bad girl last night and suggested her trainer showed her no mercy. Stupid me forgot that would mean no mercy for me either. After such punishing treatment on such a beautiful hot day, what more could we do but […]

Snake watch update 3

Ok I realise that I’m in danger of becoming slightly obsessed here but these serpents are starting to take over the world. The earlier snake seems to have phoned a friend…Perhaps it’s the music they like (now playing Back to Mine Krafty Kuts which is kinda funky and they did seem to be dancing with each other). This is the third time I’ve stayed here in over 10 years – […]

F**k me another serpentine visitor!

So we’re sitting around in the evening chillin’ and listening to Deidre Cartwright and co. Tune Up Turn On Stretch Out – Sarah P on vocals and all is fab with the world. There’s been just enough light drizzle in the afternoon to cool things down a bit (been a really hot day), and bring out the wonderful scent of Eucalyptus.  I glance up at the sky which is beautiful. […]

Sunrise and the wallaby

I like to get in at least one sunrise when in foreign climes. Still suffering slightly from jet lag meant I was up with the cicadas from about 4.30 am so thought I might as well get up and see what I could see. The view from here bathed in early morning sunlight is all the more stunning. In the words of the Aussie icon Rolf Harris… “Sun arise, she […]

Down on the mango farm 2

Another very relaxing morning up on the hill. A lovely splash around in the pool then out for a constitutional down on the mango farm. Unfortunately by the time I got this together it was a case of mad dogs (the mad dog being Sam the ginormous but very friendly Lab/Great Dane cross) and Englishmen out in the noonday sun… pretty damn hot. Didn’t mind so much though, given the […]

Tiger by the pool 2

So  after a very pleasant and relaxing day, we’ve had dinner, music is cranking out, we’re dancing and drumming like wild things… Suddenly I spot a movement by the pool. It’s a tiger! A Tiger Snake that is. Fascinated as I am by these creatures I lean over the deck to take a closer look and call dj over. Lucky I did…”That’s not a good snake, that’s not a good […]

Back on the road again… 5

Great to back on the road again! After arduous journey of 22 hours flying, followed by a 3 hour drive, it all seems worth it now to get to this wonderful location. Having a brief stop in Oz for a few days with me good ole mate dj before heading off camervanning in New Zealand again. Beaut sunny morning and the sound of the wildlife (pleasantly) deafening – rich coming […]

Round the world in 18 days

Shortly after Jersey another work trip took me to Brisbane and Sydney Australia followed by San Francisco, with a stopover in Bangkok en route staying at the Luxx hotel Silom. Gruelling trip and I came down with some ‘orrible lurgy so wasn’t able to make the most of it. Also disappointing not to be able to catch up with my mate who lives in Oz as she was still in […]