Fun Aussie Slang

Slippery Dip – If this makes you think of a frozen dessert from an ice cream truck, a slip and slide, an old fashioned carnival ride or something a bit more perverse – you would be wrong. A slippery dipper (or slippery dip) is found in almost every playground around the world because it is a slide!…

Australia is Easing Restrictions

Tomorrow marks the first day for our family of a return to routine, of a little of the life we had before COVID 19. We only just moved to Melbourne at the end of December 2019. The kids began their school year in February and by mid-March I was pulling them out of clubs and…

Lockdown Culture Trip: Week 10

  Sweden Our last visit together was in 2013 sans children. We were in Malmo, Sweden’s third largest city. Coffee, pastries, excellent recycling, “free to roam” laws, a strong passport, 480 paid parental days, gay relationships have been legal since 1944, and gingerbread – A small list of wonderful things in Sweden. Tonight we are enjoying…

Lockdown Culture Trip – Week 9

  Seychelles Ah, paradise. That amazing water and uncluttered white sand beaches. Would so love to be there right now, instead we are there in spirit. Today we made banana fritters to celebrate this tiny island nation in the Indian Ocean. Scotland Tonight we made Cranachan ice cream. The cream was sweetened with brown sugar…

Lockdown Culture Trip – Week 8

Andorra We loved the mountains and fresh air while camping in Andorra la Vella in 2013. It was such a refreshing change from the heat and humidity we had left behind in Barcelona. Today for lunch we made a cream of mint and pea soup served with homemade potato chips, yum! Lithuania Today we made…

Lockdown Culture Trip – Week 7

Morocco We visited in 2015 with our dear friends. A little city, sea and a bit of the mountains, it was wonderful! Tonight we made a turnip and prune tagine to celebrate this special place. It sounds strange, but was delicious! A beautiful broth laden with spices (cinnamon, ginger, cumin and saffron) and honey. Venezuela…

Lockdown Culture Trip – Week 5

Israel Oh Israel, I cannot wait to travel again and visit your beautiful country and dine on your fabulous food. A last minute meal thrown together tonight was perfect for and autumn night. We were impressed with all of the Israeli trivia we dug up. Many bright minds doing amazing work. Latvia Tonight we made…

Lockdown Culture Trip – Week 4

It’s week 4 of staying put during the time of COVID-19 and we are still thinking of travel – places we have enjoyed and places we dream to explore. So we continue to study fun facts about each new country and learn to prepare a traditional meal. What a gift this time at home is!…

Culture Trip whilst in Lockdown – Week 1

We have been at our home in Melbourne now for a month during the Covid-19 lockdown. I’m happy we are all together, that we have a roof over our head, we are healthy, and financially stable – we are lucky. My daughter had a wonderful idea one night, to stage a Hawaiian themed dinner, and…