Aussie Life

Good Morning Mr Magpie

One of the first cyclist I encountered in Adelaide had zip-ties attached to their helmet, making them look like……, I don’t know – silly I guess. Over the course of time, I noticed several cyclist with the same spikey adornments. I was going to have to investigate!  It turns out that they are a protection […]

Aussie Life Photography Weekly Photo Challenge

WPC: Place in the World

For this week’s photo challenge, explore what it means to find your place in the world. Where’s your safe space? Where do you go when you need to feel inspired or cheered up? Do you prefer to feel cozy and comforted in a smaller town or do you thrive on the buzz of a big […]

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Too hot or too cold – that is the question?

With our friends and family in the UK and Europe experiencing sub-zero temperatures and widespread snow, ice and blizzards, and us the subtropical heat of Brisbane, it stirred the question – would you rather be too hot or too cold? This question first came up when we were living in Adelaide. It was during the […]

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Our Growing Family

And it’s not even a baby on the way or a new pet! Chief and I headed to Adelaide last weekend to catch up with our children. We all used to live there but Chief and I fled the nest (way too early) to take up new opportunities in Brisbane – anyway, I digress. We […]

Aussie Life Weekly Photo Challenge

WPC: Sweet

This week’s challenge is to post a photograph of what sweet looks like to you and I’m putting a different take on this. I have learned that Queenslanders (or Australians in general or even people in general) use the expression ‘sweet’ when something is good or great.  This could well be an expression picked up from […]

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Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

This may or may not be the right forum to delve into such matters as personal relationships but it’s time I duly ‘fessed up’. You see, besides my maturing marriage I have become deeply entrenched in another long-standing relationship. We’ve known each other a long time now but it’s only in recent years that ‘things’ […]

Aussie Life My Travels Weekly Photo Challenge


Wanderlust “a strong desire to travel.” This week I can absolutely relate to David W’ and the surreal sensation of standing on the opposite side of the world to your usual abode. I experienced this 12 years ago when we arrived in Sydney en-route to our new home in Adelaide. After seeing the photos of the […]

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In Mourning This Morning 

The weekend is well and truly over and so too the queue of scheduled posts; the pressure is on!  Thought I’d share with you just how I’m feeling this week. For just under ten years I was employed by the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of SA (RA&HS).  Sounds mighty grand doesn’t it? I was […]

Aussie Life Books Family


One of the bravest choices to make when immigrating to the other side of the world is to leave family and friends.  It’s not like it’s near enough to ‘pop’ over for afternoon tea with Auntie or catch up with the whole family over a long Sunday lunch.  It’s a good twenty-four hours and a few […]

Everyday Inspiration

Everyday Inspiration, Day 2 – Write a List

I don’t do lists – I’ll write a shopping list or a list of invitees to the next get-together or a list for Christmas gifts but that’s about it.  However, lists make good reading and one list in particular that still resonates with me was SuzieSpeaks list of 23 things you should have done by […]