The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Imagine if someone knocked on your door tonight and said that invasion by the enemy was imminent.   “Pack a small bag for your children and have them at the harbour early tomorrow morning so they can be evacuated to a safer place.”     That’s exactly what happened on Guernsey in the Channel Islands in June 1940.    The British government of the day decided that troops couldn’t be spared to defend the island.   Four fifths of the children and almost half Guernsey’s population managed to leave for England prior to the attack. Parents farewelled their children at the dock on 19 June. Sadly, due to the limited number of boats and lack of time, not all those who wished to be evacuated left the island prior to the attack.   The island was occupied by the Germans for the following five long and difficult years.

Asian style chicken soup (& how to make chicken stock).

I could eat soup all year round, not just when icy winds are blowing outside.  Well, especially then but I even like soup in summer.   It can be one of the easiest and most nutritious meals you can make.   I prefer to make my own stock, be it vegetable or chicken, as I…

A slight bump in the road & a new lifestyle direction.

‘Oh the places we’ve been’ and loved over the past 5 weeks, winding our way up the east coast of Australia to the Daintree rainforest in far north Queensland.  We live in a truly beautiful part of the world.  We’re always in a hurry to fly off to other amazing lands (guilty) but when you…

Whalesong – an adventure with some beautiful giants of the ocean

It’s the start of the humpback whale season here in Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia.   From July to November you have the opportunity to experience these amazing mammals up close as they frolic, breed and calve in the warm Pacific waters off northern Australia. In spring they return south with their young.    These beautiful…

Queensland’s Sunshine Coast

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry Sunshine on the water looks so lovely Sunshine almost always makes me high – John Denver It’s the middle of winter on the Sunshine Coast (Queensland, Australia) and I’m wearing a t-shirt and thongs, enjoying a balmy  27 degrees C….

Winter in Byron Bay

Here we are in beautiful Byron Bay; a mecca for surfers, backpackers, artists, writers, musicians, holiday makers, retirees … the list goes on … Byron offers something for all of us.  It definitely has a magical reputation and I have to admit, the 3 holidays we’ve spent here have been pretty special.   Eight year’s…

Nimbin – Australia’s alternative lifestyle capital.

Location:  766 km north of Sydney via the Pacific Highway – 70km from Byron Bay Prior to 1973, Nimbin was a sleepy little town in the Byron hinterland, servicing the families of the dairy farmers and timber workers of the region.    This all changed in ’73 when Nimbin hosted the Aquarius festival and thousands…