Day Tripping: Great Ocean Road

School holidays just started for us here in Victoria but as the current pandemic confines us to our home country we decided we would explore our surrounds with day trips. Unfortunately, Melbourne’s recent outbreaks of the virus will soon confine us to our home again. Sigh. We managed to pack up and head out for…

Hermits – Exploring Nearby

Wow, my people are such homebodies. I always thought it was because we were so over scheduled that when the weekend or holidays rolled around everyone just wanted to stay put. Now that we’ve been home for months I am still finding it so difficult to talk anyone into leaving the house. I get a…

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…

We Built A Wall

As competitive rock climbers, my kids train a lot! We spend more time at the gym than we do at home. Once the virus hit and the gyms closed we were all forced to take a break. If I’m being honest, I am so grateful to not be in the gym during the cooler winter…

Knitting: Learning New Skills

We have all taken up knitting while we stay inside, away from society. Perfect timing heading into Australian winter. It’s our first year in Melbourne and it definitely feels cooler than Sydney. What are you upping your skills in?

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 6

Cyprus Today we made Louvi (black eyed beans) for lunch. A very traditional Greek and Cypriot dish that every family has their own recipe for. It so reminded me of the southern US cooking my dad made at home with black eyed beans, greens and a spicy vinegar. So good! Egypt We visited Sharm el-Sheik…