March 6, 2019

When I left my guardian angel Trish in Braidwood on Tuesday afternoon, I was in a hurry. I'd intended to buy a takeaway dinner in Braidwood, and a bottle of wine, but I was out of time. 

The trip to the Mount Fairy Airbnb cottage would take an hour - about when Tim the...

March 4, 2019

Promising to speak soon, Trisha and I hugged goodbye on Tuesday morning after breakfast, and I left Bobundara for Braidwood on my next adventure. 

Before he arrived on Monaro, our hero was for some time at a property on the Shoalhaven River near Braidwood. I was aware t...

March 3, 2019


Bobundra breakfasts include freshly juiced grapefruit, orange, carrot, ginger, beetroot and turmeric. One glass of this delicious purple concoction on Sunday morning and I was ready to rope a bullock.

Fortunately I didn’t have to - we walked along the creek instead, to...

March 2, 2019

What a great few days!

How fabulous to have the chance to visit Monaro to see for the first time the vastness of that amazing treeless landscape, gently-coloured layers folded one upon another, ribbon roads winding over and through them. By the way, it's Monaro, not th...

February 21, 2019


 In the last post about Tassie, I said I'd have a surprise in a couple of weeks. Nous voici!

I didn't ever dream that I'd start writing a novel at my rather advanced age. 

Birds eye view of Hydra's jewel harbour on my last day there

But what an adventure it's been....

February 9, 2019

And so to the final leg of our journey - from Strahan on the west coast, through Queenstown to Pumphouse Point, then on to Hobart to fly home.

It was a wrench to leave Lettes Bay.

There's something very magical about that timeless little inlet that will stay with me for...

January 29, 2019

After spending a lifetime of summers in sticky muggy Queensland, it's hard to imagine a better destination at this time of year than Strahan.

While the rest of Australia has sweltered, we've been here for two weeks delighting in the bracing air and chilly breezes of th...

January 28, 2019

The very name Cradle Mountain has its own magic cachet. Because of excellent marketing? As significant as we'd been led to believe? We planned to find out.

Like everywhere else in Tassie, it's quite close to civilisation. A bit over an hour from Burnie, 2 hours from Lau...

January 27, 2019

We drove to Stanley along the pretty undulating coastal hills which at first drop precipitously to the sea. 

In flatter country, we happened upon this horrendous looking Dickensian building right on the beach at Port Latta, looking for all the world as if it would black...

January 26, 2019

Since we left you last at Launceston, we've covered the north-west of Tassie - easy to do in a short time because the distances are so small. We stayed for two nights at the most delightful AirBNB in Burnie, two at a boutique hotel in Stanley and two at Cradle Mountain...

January 19, 2019

Booking an AirBNB somewhere in an unfamiliar city is always a bit of a gamble isn't it? Will the park next door be a drug dealers' paradise? Will the back garden be mozzie heaven?

We won the lottery in Launceston. River Edge Cottage at 5 Park Street is practic...

January 7, 2019

After a very happy week at Falmouth we were excited to be on our way. I have three rules for a happy road trip: make sure there's a cricket test match on the radio, don't comment on John's driving style, and take a valium.

Our route from Falmouth to Launceston last Thur...

January 1, 2019

We anticipated a long day at Wineglass Bay, so we set the alarm for 5am.

We drove there, climbed to the Lookout and back, called in on Freycinet Lodge, visited Cape Tournelle lighthouse, nodded at Sleepy Beach, had an ice cream at Coles Bay, did our grocery shopping at...

December 30, 2018

Here we are in Falmouth, population 102 according to the 2016 census. It could just be the most liveable town in Australia!

If there were a main street here, and I don't think there is, you could shoot a cannon and not hit a soul. Especially not a shopkeeper, becau...

December 29, 2018

When I first booked Saltcotes for Christmas, I gave no thought to its position relative to the Derwent River, or to the date of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. 

Frances the owner did mention though that in 2017 there had been a race to the finish line between two boats...

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                                - OSCAR WILDE

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