Category Archives: Australia

Shoo fly, don’t bother me!

‘Flies are of course always irksome, but the Australian variety distinguishes itself with its very particular persistence. If an Australian fly wants to be up your nose or in your ear, there is no discouraging him. Flick at him as … Continue reading

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‘You’re the avocado to my toast!’

“Truthfully this is one ‘recipe’ … I make and eat most often! … It’s the holy trinity of Vegenaise, avocado and salt that makes this like a favorite pair of jeans — so reliable and easy and always just what … Continue reading

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Let Them Eat Pie!

‘Sing a song of sixpence, a pocket full of rye, Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie…‘ ~ traditional nursery rhyme Back in the fourteenth century, long before fridges and freezers came into existence, there was pie. Pie crusts … Continue reading

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Recapturing Charmian

In 1964, the Australian born writers Charmian Clift and George Johnson returned to Sydney with their three children after fifteen years abroad. Over the next five years, Clift would write more than 250 essays for The Sydney Morning Herald and … Continue reading

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Oh, What a Feeling!

The week before Christmas, the One & Only and I took the Toyota, Bruce, for a run to the Yorke Peninsula. A simple, short break was required before the Christmas mayhem kicked in. The road north out of Adelaide is … Continue reading

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Nine Lessons & Carols

‘The air was dry with summer heat, and smoke was on the yellow moon…’ ~John Wheeler The temperature gauge is swooping up to the century as we gallop into the third week of December. It’s a far cry from last … Continue reading

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Road Trip

I have just returned from a road trip to Melbourne, to reacquaint myself with the Australian landscape. In my shiny new, burnt orange Toyota Corolla that I have baptized Bruce, I have chewed up the miles with glee, driving through … Continue reading

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A Taste of Memory

Ten years ago, I was writing a thesis on rural Food and Wine Festivals. It gave me the excuse to spend a lot of time in several lovely wine regions, like Orange in New South Wales and the Clare and … Continue reading

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Food & Wine & Wild Animals

Whenever I have been in South Australia lately, my feet seem to drift, inevitably, south to the Fleurieu Peninsula. A recent trip found me pottering through the Adelaide Hills to Clarendon and McLaren Flat at twilight, with Son Number Two, … Continue reading

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twilight by the creek

a naked hillside burns to rusty red in the last rays of the autumn sun that is melting like apricot sorbet behind the hills in a blanket-soft, blue sky smudged with candyfloss cloud the raucous shrieks of stocky cockatoos tear … Continue reading

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