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Cake! This blog post contains (lots of) calories

Mum and I recently returned from a cruise onboard Sea Princess from Fremantle to Indonesia.  One of the highlights was each evening in the buffet with these gorgeous, colourful desserts and cakes. There was something for everyone and very few repeats on our 15 night cruise – chocolate, coffee, almond, fruit tarts, pavlova, multiple flavours … Continue reading

Miegunyah House Museum – Historic House

So after the zombie mannequins at Beenleigh Historic Village, I was pretty sure that a visit to Wolston House was going to be your standard, run of the mill historic house. For the most part, I was right, however visiting Wolston House will remain memorable for a couple of reasons, but I’ll come to those shortly. First […]

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Wolston House – But oh, the gift shop!

So after the zombie mannequins at Beenleigh Historic Village, I was pretty sure that a visit to Wolston House was going to be your standard, run of the mill historic house. For the most part, I was right, however visiting Wolston House will remain memorable for a couple of reasons, but I’ll come to those shortly. First … Continue reading

Sand Safari 2017 – Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise is always a bustling tourist hotspot at any time of year but during February the Safari Arts Festival always gives it a touch extra fun and whimsy. Most days I take a walk at lunchtime, and stroll from the office a couple of blocks towards the Cavill Street Mall where during the Arts … Continue reading

Then and Now – The Lion’s Head

First photo taken around 1952, with Lion’s head attached to the my father grew up in – Riccarton, Christchurch, New Zealand.  The little boy in the photo is my father aged around 5 years old. Second photo taken yesterday, Gold Coast, Australia.  Lion Head firmly attached to our home here, overlooking the pool. Not sure on … Continue reading

I hated the Tate Modern… visiting QAGOMA

Visiting the Tate Modern in London was the most boring 15 minutes of my life.  Ok, so maybe I was there a little longer than that, but I found nothing there that appealed to me in any sense whatsoever.  But I confess, I have never been a fan of art galleries anyway. Museums I love.  I … Continue reading

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

A couple of weeks ago we snagged a “locals deal” on discount website Groupon for Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.  The park is located on the southern part of the Gold Coast, about 1h 15m hours drive from central Brisbane and around 30 minutes from Surfers Paradise. We arrived early since the forecast was for 31C and … Continue reading

Really? You don’t say!

In case you can’t read the sign (as I realise the text is a little wibbly) – it says “STAIRS UNDER REPAIR, PLEASE USE RAMP”. Now why didn’t I think of that? (Photo taken at Beenleigh Historic Village a couple of weeks ago).

Oh the disappointment…

Since moving to Australia we have been enjoying the array of fresh fruits and vegetables at our local produce shops.  In New Zealand, the produce at our local Green Grocers did tend to be more seasonal. Occasionally we stumble upon some little gem that we haven’t seen or tried before and I’m always tempted.  Today … Continue reading

10 things I love about living on the Gold Coast

As I get to know my new home here on the Gold Coast, Australia, lets start with a few things I love about it. Winter – OMG, if this is winter, I’ll take it.  While we haven’t lived through a summer yet, which I understand is vile, these warm, sunny, 20C winter days are amazing! Bike … Continue reading

A whole lot of happenings since my last post

I’m not sure anyone has missed the fact I haven’t done a blog post since the middle of February.  I have a good excuse … my dog ate it.  Ok that is a lie, but I do have a good excuse, which I will relate to you, dear readers (or reader – Hi Mum!). About this … Continue reading

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