Beaches and wine (and The Rock) – these are a few of my favourite things

Given my love of all things beachy, wine-y, and more recently 4WD-y (and the Rock-y) – it is pretty fitting that we ended up with some of McLaren Vale’s finest, driving along the sand, on a beach called….Moana. (Sorry Dwayne, not the best shot of you dude).   South Australia – not such a hole after […]

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A week in small town Victoria – and then we ended up in gaol

It has been a week of creature comforts, visiting family, a lawyer mum flashback, and looking forward to some roughing it ahead. We have been to Lancefield (near Hanging Rock – cue haunting pan pipes), Ballarat, Daylesford, the Grampians, Warrnambool – and ended up in gaol in South Australia (as a birthday treat for the […]

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Project Simplify – so far so good

Project Simplify* has been progressing well, down in the wild weather at Wilsons Promontory (with many sunset pics on instagram). We are just a twelve hour drive from Sydney but already are worlds away from our previous existence. Wilsons Promontory is the southern most point of mainland Australia, and very much on the tourist track […]

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And now back to all of the wine

  We hit the road the day after Australia Day (and our farewell Australia Day bbq). A little dusty but on a mission. The very first leg of our year long trip was Marrickville to Orange wineries (via a fancy road side eatery in Lithgow because our inner west ratbags hadn’t quite weaned themselves off […]

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Amateur hour – when an over-confident lawyer* goes bush

(*is there  any other kind?) A vein in my temple was throbbing. The kids were screaming and thrashing around in the back seat. The Pixies were blaring from the car stereo which the hubby had turned up to drown out the kids – and the kids were screaming even louder to drown out the Pixies. […]

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Bare necessities…ditching the stuff

In some ways I think this whole adventure started with an odd sock…that I kept with all the other odd socks I had accumulated, in the vain hope they would one day be re-united with their other halves. The odd sock bag grew bigger and bigger until I stumbled across the de-clutterer’s bible, Marie Kondo’s, […]

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Wine Island…need I say more?

A taxi. A plane. A shuttle. A boat. A bus….10 hours after leaving Sydney, I (with hubby and three kids in tow) arrived at a place I had thought must surely be a myth. A place of dreams…of wineries – so many wineries – and beaches. Oh yes, it exists. Waiheke (also known around these traps […]

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