Quardle Oodle Ardle Wardle Doodle

In part to celebrate our 30th Anniversary, we took the opportunity to escape from the city and head 2.5 hours north into the Hunter region and Port Stephens, a vast shallow harbour over two times the size of Sydney’s harbour. Early September always brings a blast of early summer warmth to the coast, and bang on…

On the Edge of the World

A mid winter’s morning at Sublime Point near Leura in the Blue Mountains. You feel as if you’re on the edge of the world, perched high up overlooking the Jamison and Megalong valleys beneath and to the horizon. It’s a heavenly place.

Release and Regrowth

After two months of Covid-19 lockdown, Australia is tentatively emerging from the devastating global pandemic and, thankfully, relatively unscathed it seems. It’s now time to leave the confines of our homes and gingerly push the boundaries of our newly bestowed freedom. We’re now allowed out and about and can even head out of town, so…

After The Fire – Rejuvenation

After almost 7 weeks of devastating firestorm conditions, the Grose Valley fire has finally been declared out, but only after destroying over 510,000 hectares of the Blue Mountains. It’s estimated that anywhere between 80 and 90% of the area has been damaged, with large pockets of rainforest completely lost. Initial damage assessments suggest that it…

Far From the Madding Crowd

Not a lot appears to happen in the impossibly beautiful hamlet of Wyck Rissington, located deep in the English countryside (the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire to be precise), a few miles from the bustling market town of Stow-on-the-Wold and straight out of a Thomas Hardy novel (if a little further north of Hardy country, but you…

The Alhambra Palace. Dream and Reality.

Imagine getting to one of your dream bucket-list destinations, the Alhambra Palace, and discovering that there weren’t any tickets available on that day, no rock-up-and-wander-around-at-will as I was hoping (and had been our experience at the Alcazaba in Malaga). Fortunately, months before we travelled, we discovered online that general entry tickets for the day we…

Granada. So very Moorish!

Granada has long been one of my top bucket list destinations – so a much dreamed of visit finally realised! Principally of course for the Alhambra Palace, but also for Granada’s Moorish architecture and the city’s commanding setting high up in the foothills of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada. It didn’t disappoint in glorious January sunshine….

Sabores de Málaga 2

Orange trees packed with winter fruit Purple bougainvillea spilling over old stone walls Bright green parrots Moorish stone arches and tinkling tiled fountains Jamón Ibérico Jerez – Fino, Manzanilla, Oloroso, Amontillado, Pala Cortado Paella Cerveza fría Queso tostado Warm winter sunshine… What’s not to like about Málaga?

Sabores de Málaga

I’d never entertained the idea of going to the Costa del Sol in the past, too many images of packaged Brits behaving badly for my liking, but having spent the best part of 12 months traveling in a Spanish speaking world, I was keen to get back. So, despite my preconceptions and encouraged by the…