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2017: bringing in the brunch

2017: bringing in the brunch

So I headed from Cairns to Melbourne, on what is usually 3.5 hour flight. It was a beautiful clear day and I spent most of the flight glued to the window staring out at alternating views of unending coastline, brown land, farmland and ocean. You really begin to understand the term ‘The Never Never’ when … Continue reading

Sounds like home: Cairns stereo

Sounds like home: Cairns stereo

The most poignant element of my trip to Cairns for Christmas was realising just how noisy it is in Australia. At 5am there is a chorus of birds, insects, geckos to keep you awake…and all day the wildlife and weather kept me buzzing in sensory overload. It’s remarkable how empty and silent a city as big as … Continue reading

Cairns-mas! Festive in FNQ

Cairns-mas! Festive in FNQ

My first Christmas in Cairns in five years! My first Australian summer in almost as long. It’s safe to say I was unpleasantly hot, sweaty and swollen but equally as excited, relaxed and melancholic to spend a week of holidays in my old hometown. I went through a range of feelings while in Cairns; nostalgia, confusion, … Continue reading

Melbourne – Something a bit different

Melbourne – Something a bit different

Even though I was freezing in Melbourne (yes even after three winters in Europe, I still get cold in Melbourne) I spent a good deal of time wandering the CBD trying to find, as always, a glimpse of the past. There may not be that long a past in Australian cities but Melbourne probably has … Continue reading

Around Victoria – the countryside

Around Victoria – the countryside

With three whole weeks in Melbourne to blog about, I was about to start a recount of all the “exhibitions, gourmet home cooking, exercise, crime shows, coffee dates, road trips and cat harassment” I got up to…but actually that is a direct quote from the blog I wrote about Melbourne almost exactly two years ago. … Continue reading

Brisbane Bush Music

Brisbane Bush Music

Of the many things I didn’t realise I would miss when moving away from Australia, I miss the noise we hear when there isn’t any noise. While home in Jindalee for a week, I took a morning jog down the Brisbane River.

A long awaited trip to the Great Barrier Reef

A long awaited trip to the Great Barrier Reef

It is a crying shame that I had never visited the Great Barrier Reef, especially considering I lived most of my life in Cairns, North Queensland! I guess it’s one of those things that many locals think they will do ‘one day’ or is perhaps just for tourists. For many like me, the call of far … Continue reading

Staycation in Melbourne

Staycation in Melbourne

It’s 26 degrees, the sun is blinding and I am on to my second cold beer watching the Ashes…that’s a line I never thought I would say whilst ‘sat’ in a pub here in London! Only a week ago I was stubbornly refusing to concede I was cold in Melbourne (after a European winter, who … Continue reading