9 items tagged "Travel"

  • A Long Weekend in Adelaide

    In June, I visited to Adelaide for the first time ever! I went for a weekend of good food and wine to celebrate my birthday. Here is a long overdue recap of the highlights!

  • Around the World Cub Scout Camp

    Scouting Australia is an organisation which encourages the growth of young Australians through the spirit of adventure. I joined my youngest son into the local Cub Scout pack approximately a year ago. I am hoping that scouting will contribute to his development into a well mannered young person with good values and a sense of adventure. I was soon to discover how much commitment goes into a Cub Scout program each term particularly with the weekend camps.

    This past weekend I have been part of a cooking team on a Cub Scout “Around the World themed camp”. While I sit at home now with my hard worked feet elevated I have only a feeling of respect for the amount of work it takes to coordinate a weekend event for a bunch of energetic 8-11 year cubs. This weekend, as always, they were very well fed however this weekend it was a special camp so the catering was bought up to a higher level!

     

  • Atura Hotel, Blacktown

    Last month was Ethan’s birthday. It was also my first study break since starting my degree via correspondence over a year ago. To celebrate, I promised Ethan a surprise weekend away. However, when it came time to searching for somewhere nice to stay, my hopes were shattered when I found that the average price for hotels around this time of year is $400 a night - way over my budget! After more searching, I finally found a place that ticked all the boxes – affordable, looked nice, not too far away and with fun places to visit nearby. It was the Atura Hotel at Blacktown. Yep, Blacktown. Happy Birthday Ethan, we’re off 25 minutes down the road to Blacktown.

  • Camping Holiday, Northern NSW

    After christmas we set off for a 12 day road trip holiday, mostly in the high country of northern NSW. We spent our time camping in Armidale, Tamworth and the Upper Hunter. We were in awe of all the natural wonders of these places with gorges, wild rivers, museums and historical towns to explore during the day while we casually relaxed in the evenings with a barbie and a beer, well that would be wine for me. Camping is great when you don't want your holiday to break the bank, and you need not miss out on the luxuries of holiday life.

  • Country Drive Along the Hawkesbury Harvest Trail

    With weather so beautiful this weekend it was an easy decision to pack the family into the car and head off on a relaxing drive in the country. It was also an opportune thought to include the fresh food shopping and make a day of it along the Hawkesbury Harvest Trail. With an esky in the boot we set off not knowing what gems we would find!

     

  • Interview with HotelClub: Where to stay in Sydney

    We were recently interviewed by HotelClub for their blog post Where to stay in Sydney. Some other Sydneysiders (Laura of This Island Life, Sara of Belly Rumbles, Sarah of Love Swah, Silke of Happiness and Things and Lisa from Ella's List) were also interviewed for this blog post to discuss regions of Sydney they are experts in. We of course, talked about Western Sydney, in particular, Parramatta and Olympic Park.

  • Tamworth Country Music Festival / Teamo Teahouse

    Every January Tamworth hosts the biggest musical event in Australia, The Country Music Festival! Its ten huge days of non stop entertainment showcasing the talent of over 700 artists, from buskers to superstars. After years of turning down their invitations, I finally caved in and joined five friends on their annual weekend in Tamworth. I unexpectedly had loads of fun as we boot scooted our way around  the festival venues! It wasn’t all about the music, I was on the lookout for a unique eating spot.

     

  • The Mudgee Region

    Our Easter long weekend was spent enjoying the scenery and tasting the flavours found in the Mudgee Region of Central Western New South Wales. I hadn't visited Mudgee since friends Jo and Glyn got married there, 23 years ago. How time flies! Since my last visit it was easy to see that the local wine industry has boomed, while a complimentary gourmet food scene has developed along side it.

  • What We Loved in Melbourne

    Last weekend, we spent three amazing days in Melbourne.  While my husband and Mr 10 were keen to cheer on Real Madrid in the European soccer, I was excited to check out the Melbourne food scene. Even though we were only there for a short time, we discovered there's a lot to love about Melbourne!