Happiness is…..


the smell of frangipanis in our garden……


and a tray of Bowen mangoes (the best mangoes in the world)…. $12.90 for 20 gorgeous balls of deliciousness.  Summer doesn’t get better than that.

Long time no see


We are back in Australia in our own home again.  It has been quite the journey.  We had a few lovely days up at Caloundra (north of Brisbane) spending precious time with my sister from Canada and recovering from jetlag.  The weather was perfect – sunshine during the days and a couple of storms at night to cool the temperature down a little.  We didn’t take a lot of photos.  We didn’t do a lot of anything other than spending time at the beach inhaling the ocean,  watching the waves roll in, the seagulls fly past, and enjoying the peace that being near the sea brings.


We swam.  We walked.  We ate when we felt like it.  We squished our feet in the sand.  We jumped in the waves.  This is how I spent my summer holidays as a child and how I still love to spend them.  Summer holidays in Australia are all about relaxing……


Will said it best

With the cringeworthy antics of Australian politics in full flight at the moment, it was such a treat to see Will Ferrell took the time to make a clip on YouTube ahead of the election as his alter-ego, the legendary anchorman Ron Burgundy.  Will, this is why we love you…..


An Australian story


In the big old gum tree in our backyard in Australia there was an ongoing war between a koala we call ‘Cranky Lenny’ and a couple of crows we call ‘Rocky’ and ‘Bullwinkle’.  Many an afternoon was spent sitting on our deck watching a fight ensue between these locals.  The crows would attack Cranky Lenny at every given chance and were sometimes assisted by a team of myna birds.  They would swoop at him from above and below and he would swipe at them to leave him alone.

But just days before we left I witnessed Cranky Lenny and one of the crows sitting next to each other in the tree like a couple of old blokes who had finally decided to lay down their weapons and end the feud.  It’s not the best photo because the tree is quite some distance from our house but I absolutely love that I got to document them like this.

With all the storms and floods in Brisbane at the moment I wonder how our old gum tree is holding up and how our beloved wildlife is faring.

To everyone in Brisbane and Bundaberg we are thinking of you and hoping you are safe.  Look after each other x