Dumb American

My daughter has just recently started high school here in Melbourne, she is just 11 (high school starts in year 7 in Australia.) Since day one, she has been bullied and laughed at because of her place of birth, even though she has never lived there. Whether out at recess or in the classroom, there…

Fiji 2022

Traveling to Fiji, a first time for us and our first holiday abroad since Covid began. We booked our trip as soon as the Australian border was announced opened and once we had a travel bubble with Fiji. We kept our planning simple and secured an all-inclusive deal with flights, never feeling confident that we…

Bendigo

We needed a day out of town after having cancelled our winter holiday. A friend mentioned to me that she was just in Bendigo for the Mary Quant exhibit. “No way!”, I said – I had literally just watched a show called Secrets of the Museum about the V&A preparing for this exhibit just a…

Arthur’s Seat, Mornington Peninsula

Me and Miss C spent the day at Arthur’s Seat in the Mornington Peninsula this week. A friend of ours had a painting on display in an art gallery near to Mornington and she asked me to collect it for her which is what inspired our outing. After retrieving said art work, we drove to…

Random News

Bench – it’s in your kitchen and your bathroom – it’s the counter! Why do they call the kitchen counter a bench? It comes from both “benchtop”or “workbench”. G’day – The very Aussie way to say hello is way more common here in Melbourne as compared to Sydney. If I heard it twice in Sydney…

Spontaneity In Bristol

**I wrote this after visiting Bristol in September 2016. I’ve just come across it now and thought I’d share our experience – we had such a fun day out! We took the train from Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads, around a 90-minute journey, on a rainy Saturday morning. We had no agenda and decided that the day was…

Birthdays On The Road

What better way to celebrate another year on this planet than a holiday away? That’s what we thought anyway, so we packed up the car, the cake and the dog and we set out to Alpine National Park, to the village of Dinner Plain. This is our second time ordering a cake from Mille &…

Snow In Oz

What a treat we had this past weekend in Dinner Plain. Not only gorgeous mountains, sunshine and trail walking but also, snowfall. We’ve seen a dusting of snow twice since moving to Australia, once in the Snowy Mountains village of Thredbo and then once again in the Blue Mountains. Each time was exciting but what…

Razorback Walking Track

The Razorback trail runs between Mount Hotham and Mount Feathertop and is 11km (one way) along the ridge line. It’s a very popular trail to hike while in Alpine National Park. Sadly, the weather was not on our side this morning as the sun disappeared right as we set out. In rolled the thick fog…

Dead Timber Hill Trail – Sunset Walk

A short and easy walk (4.5km return) out to an overlook with Mount Hotham and Mount Feathertop views. We were told it was best to do at either sunset or sunrise and so we set out for a later afternoon family walk. Friends also visiting Dinner Plain from Melbourne this weekend, joined us today. Travel…