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….

Melbourne Zoo

What do you do when it’s freezing cold and raining in Melbourne?   Go to the zoo of course!   To be honest, we had 4 seasons in one day…it wasn’t ALL rain.    Armed with puffer jackets and brollies we braved Melbourne’s winter and spent a fun 3 hours dashing between exhibits.   Many…

Tiny tomato tarts

I love my garden, even as it crisps off a bit in the scorching summer heat.     There’s always something interesting that’s edible or pretty to pick.   At the moment it’s tomatoes and basil. A few years ago I planted a cherry tomato.   Little did I know that one small plant would…

Summer passion

  I love our Australian summers.   Three of my four kids live in the northern hemisphere: New York, Berlin and London.   Whilst they appreciate the beauty of winters in their adopted countries, they also love seeing photos of life back home in Australia. As they’re layering coats, gloves and scarves we’re wearing as…