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…

Haven on Earth

North Haven, New South Wales, Australia Location: 21 km (13 miles) south of Port Macquarie; 361 km (224 miles) north of Sydney I have vivid childhood memories of holidaying in this little seaside town on the picturesque New South Wales north coast.   My paternal grandparents retired and settled here from Sydney in the early 1960s….