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My WeekendNotes - 328
With its sunny Mediterranean climate, relaxed way of life and unique natural environment, Perth is a terrific place to l... [more]
Since the earliest days of colonial settlement, Nobby's Head has been a geographical feature that is difficult to ignore... [more]
Whether we choose to tap into its potential or not, each of us has the capacity to create something beautiful out of vir... [more]
A gentle and unassuming genius, Sir William Dobell is widely regarded as one of Australia's most iconic artists. Born in... [more]
The Australian outback is a place of great dramatic beauty, and Gwalia, a tiny hamlet that came into being during the gr... [more]
Located in Cambodia's north-west, just a short tuk-tuk ride from the ancient temple complex of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap has... [more]
Children are natural learners and when placed in the right environment can learn so much about the world in which we liv... [more]
Close by the bank of the gently-flowing Canning River and surrounded by lush tranquil gardens, lies a picturesque portal... [more]
When I first embraced a vegetarian diet way back in the 1980s, meat-free eating was still considered a little suss in Au... [more]
A verdant agrarian paradise surrounded by rugged mountains, Kangaroo Valley is sometimes described as Australia's most b... [more]
Not so long ago local handcrafts were difficult to find here in Newcastle. Traditional crafts such as knitting, crochet ... [more]
There's no doubt about it as the old saying goes, 'What goes around comes around.' The appetite for vintage wares is h... [more]
Human beings are curious creatures, and this is no more apparent than here in Western Australia. Although our state is f... [more]
27/08/2015 - 04/10/2015
Every city has its special secrets. Even large modern metropolises such as Perth that seem too busy and bustling to hide... [more]
Situated in the foothills of the Darling Ranges, approximately an hour north of Perth, the Chittering Valley is one of o... [more]
We all love a good bargain, don't we? Furthermore, if you're reading this article there's a strong possibility that, lik... [more]
The sun is setting as we park our car on busy Maitland Road, and the delicious aroma of delicately-spiced food wafts acr... [more]
Shiny globes of purple passionfruit shyly peek from a lush vine meandering along a trellis, while plump green pea pods t... [more]
Once upon a time a very wise person declared - "Failing to prepare means preparing to fail." Although I think the saying... [more]
Better known for its vineyards than ashrams, the Hunter Valley is one of the premier tourist destinations in New South W... [more]
Leisurely meandering its way from the Darling Ranges, through Perth, and on to the Indian Ocean, the Swan River is one o... [more]
To describe Perth summers as scorching-hot is an understatement and therefore it's hardly surprising that when the mercu... [more]
Open to the public for just two hours at a day, three times a week, Perth's Government House Gardens would have to be on... [more]
Isolated from the rest of the continent by vast and harsh desert country, the flora and fauna of Western Australia has e... [more]
Ever since I was very young I've been a romantic at heart so when I finally made my first trip to England late last year... [more]
For many Australians summer-time is synonymous with long enjoyable days at the beach, and out of all the fun activities ... [more]
As is the case with haunted houses and seances, the mere mention of a ghost town is often enough to pique the interest o... [more]
Far away from the maddening crowds of Bali's tourist beaches, Ubud enjoys a well-deserved reputation of being the islan... [more]
What goes around, comes around. By and large, the majority of popular fashions, accessories and home decor designs are n... [more]
Most parents are enthusiastic to enrol their little ones in courses that will ignite their imagination and creativity, a... [more]
Separating the low-lying Swan Valley from the vast Wheatbelt region further inland, the Darling Ranges are a low-lying e... [more]
Nestled within the idyllic Blackwood Valley and surrounded by green, rolling hills, Balingup is one of Western Australia... [more]
Since time began, islands have exerted an almost mystical attraction for human beings. Despite the old saying that 'no m... [more]
Although most of us confidently assure ourselves and others that we do not believe in the paranormal, in reality a lot... [more]
Now only a few blocks away from the busy Albany Highway in Kenwick, it's difficult to envision that in the late nineteen... [more]
Recently, as I was ambling along William Street in Northbridge, I stumbled across one of the cutest, quirkiest little sh... [more]
Blessed with some of Australia's most spectacular scenery and breathtaking beaches, Queensland is a mecca for pleasure... [more]
One of the world's great spiritual traditions, Buddhism is practised by a staggering 350 million people around the globe... [more]
Situated on the shores of spectacular Sydney Harbour, just a short walk from the Opera House and Circular Quay, Sydney's... [more]
If you're a mother or father you'll understand very well the anxiety experienced by parents everywhere as school holiday... [more]
When it comes to purchasing presents, blokes are notoriously difficult creatures. Unlike us girls who are usually quite ... [more]
Far beyond the crowds of Perth, on the eastern side of the Darling Ranges lies the Western Australian Wheatbelt. The reg... [more]
Located just one hour south of Perth yet a world away in ambiance, Mandurah is the perfect spot to slow down and connect... [more]
'One man's trash is another man's treasure.' It's one of those wise old saying that we've all heard hundreds of times be... [more]
Do you ever feel tempted to run away from the world? To escape the numerous mundane duties which consume so much of our ... [more]
When my daughter was a little girl she was always dancing. Regardless what kind of music was playing she would respond i... [more]
As someone who has been following a vegetarian diet for many years I have been long aware of the challenges faced by tho... [more]
Just a few hours' drive from Perth yet a world away, Western Australia's Wheatbelt region is one of the state's best... [more]
Although meat-free cooking is extremely simple once you've mastered it, many new vegetarians struggle to create nutritio... [more]
Far away from civilisation, on the wild and remote southern coastline of Western Australia, Windy Harbour is a tiny haml... [more]
Located in the heart of lovely leafy Kalamunda, Stirk Park is one of the most picturesque public spaces in the Perth met... [more]
A wise old saying declares that 'One man's trash is another man's treasure' and this is definitely true in the wonderful... [more]
Vegetarianism, the practice of eschewing edibles made of meat, fish or eggs in favour of a purely plant-based diet, has ... [more]
Along with princesses and fairies, most little girls and some little boys, at some point develop a fixation on ballerina... [more]
With its origins in ancient Greece, the art of puppetry has been practised for thousands of years, and is still immensel... [more]
School holidays can pose an immense challenge for parents, especially as children reach the notoriously difficult teenag... [more]
The Hare Krishna people are well-known as being some of the best vegetarian cooks in Australia. Therefore, it's no wonde... [more]
Have you always harboured the secret desire to be a writer? If so, then join the club. Whether we're yearning to create ... [more]
Once upon a time, the gentle art of crochet was a skill at which most Australian women, young and old, would have been a... [more]
Have you ever curiously glanced at the lush, tropical parklands opposite the Mount Hospital as you've zoomed along Mount... [more]
Small in size but rugged in terrain, the Darling Ranges are situated to the east of Perth, dividing the Swan coastal pla... [more]
Over the last few decades, the Perth metropolitan area has expanded at an unprecedented rate in every direction. To the ... [more]
Best known in Australia for their colourful traditional attire and devotional chanting in public places, the Hare Krishn... [more]
Do you fancy a holiday on the Gold Coast, but would like to avoid the theme parks, crowded beaches and high-rise hotels ... [more]
There's nothing like gathering together with family and friends to share a special meal in the great outdoors. Due to th... [more]
Western Australia's vast and spectacular coastline traverses some of the most remote and rugged landscapes on the contin... [more]
With city life becoming increasingly busy and complex, growing one's own food has largely become a thing of the past in ... [more]
The custom of exchanging presents exists in most cultures throughout the world, and has been an element of interpersonal... [more]
As our world gets busier and more complex, it's often the simple pleasures in life such as a peaceful walk amongst natur... [more]
City life is chaotic, and therefore it's crucial to regularly take time out to relax and rejuvenate, ideally close to na... [more]
It's an undisputed fact that most children love photography. Inevitably, they're intrigued with the way that images of t... [more]
Many parents look forward to school holidays with a mixture of excitement and dread: excitement because they're naturall... [more]
Generally when West Australians consider escaping to an island resort, the first place which comes to mind is Bali. Loca... [more]
Isolated from the rest of the world by desert and ocean, Western Australia is a place where unique flora and fauna flour... [more]
When I was a little girl, colouring was one of the great joys of my life. My coloured pencils and crayons always had pri... [more]
The largest creatures on the planet, whales have intrigued humans for thousands of years. Here in Western Australia we'r... [more]
The living heart of our city, the beautiful Swan River gracefully meanders its way through Perth until it finally re... [more]
As many vegetarians have discovered, it's often a challenge finding somewhere to eat when travelling internationally. Wh... [more]
Like all vices, bullying has been part of human society since mankind first walked the planet. However, it's a behaviour... [more]
23/08/2012 - 30/09/2012
With its relatively flat terrain and abundance of natural beauty spots, Perth is a cyclist's paradise. Boasting a ra... [more]
Situated deep in the jungles of north-western Cambodia, the ancient and incredible temples of the Angkor Archaeological ... [more]
With modern life becoming increasingly busy and complex, it's not surprising that more and more people are developing an... [more]
What are our greenest shopping destinations? In our increasingly chaotic and polluted world, many of us are seriously... [more]
With the cost of living becoming more and more expensive, sacrifices have to be made, often at the cost of our quali... [more]
With every year that passes, life seems to be getting more and more expensive. The price of petrol, children's school f... [more]
After trying a similar recipe at the home of a vegetarian friend, I've been making this delicious quiche for almost ... [more]
Looking for the perfect family outing this autumn? One that offers a fabulous selection of engaging, educational things ... [more]
Located amidst the lush rainforest and mountains of the Gold Coast Hinterland, Mount Tambourine has been a popular famil... [more]
Meandering through Perth and its surrounds like a glistening silver thread, the Swan River is an integral part of our lo... [more]
Western Australia's wonderful wildflower season is gradually coming to a close, after two months of spectacular multicol... [more]
29/10/2021 - 31/10/2021
One of the great world religions, Buddhism is particularly well-known today due to its emphasis on non-violence, compass... [more]
17/04/2021 - 18/04/2021
Boasting a swathe of verdant coastal rainforest, breathtaking ocean views, and secluded, sandy coves, Sea Acres National... [more]
With so many places of outstanding natural beauty, it's never too difficult for Newcastle residents to find a great spot... [more]
Once considered to be the realm of hardcore hippies and activists, the environment movement has irrevocably infiltrated ... [more]
The Northern Rivers region of New South Wales is one of the most spectacular and ecologically significant in the whole o... [more]
Are you a nostalgia-lover seeking a glimpse into a time and place when life was slower and more conducive to meaningful ... [more]
KIrtan, the art of musical meditation, has been an integral part of traditional yogic culture since ancient times. Howev... [more]
A lush natural wonderland where many unique species of flora and fauna can be found, Western Australia's south-west corn... [more]
The increasingly warm weather of early summer generally brings an end to Victoria's annual spring fair, fete and festiva... [more]
A visit to Miss Porter's House, Newcastle's only National Trust property, is a little bit like entering a portal to a by... [more]
The end of winter is a magical time when the weather gradually begins to warm and native wildflowers burst into bloom in... [more]
Possessing strength, speed and a certain kind of graceful beauty, horses have played an integral role in human civilisat... [more]
28/07/2018 - 29/07/2018
Let's face it. We all love a bargain and the best spots to unearth some pre-loved treasure are almost always our local c... [more]
Located in the beautiful Upper Hunter region, just 327 kilometres north-west of Sydney, Merriwa is a classic Australian ... [more]
08/06/2018 - 10/06/2018
Spring in Perth is a time of fairs, fetes and festive fun, with every weekend presenting a fresh smorgasbord of family-f... [more]
One of Perth's most hip suburbs, Subiaco has long been renowned for its trendy boutiques and quirky eateries. However, w... [more]
With Western Australia's next school holidays approaching in approximately one week's time, parents throughout Perth are... [more]
Nestled along the willow-tree lined banks of the Paterson River, the picturesque hamlet of Paterson was once one of the ... [more]
A sojourn in India is often compared to an assault on the senses. The country's exotic sounds, vivid colours, tantalisin... [more]
When friends from interstate visit and enquire from me about Western Australia's best local secrets, I often respond by ... [more]
10/03/2017 - 11/03/2017
Summer in Sydney is a time of the year that's synonymous with sun, fun and family holidays. However, as the long swelter... [more]
Springtime in Perth is synonymous with fairs, fetes and festivals, and every year hundreds of these events are held thro... [more]
May Gibb's loveable bush babies, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, have enchanted generations of Australian children since their... [more]
Spring is a time of growth, regeneration and magic, and for thousands of years, human beings throughout the world have j... [more]
Springtime is a season of great natural beauty in the Adelaide Hills. After the long cold months of winter, its warm day... [more]
The land we now call India is an ancient place, rich in deep spiritual wisdom. Even in this day and age when wealth, pow... [more]
Spring-time is show time here in Victoria, and with the Royal Melbourne Show behind us, we can now look forward to a ple... [more]
A land of dramatic contrasts, fascinating cultures and vibrant colour, over the centuries India has captivated and inspi... [more]
Situated in Western Australia's rugged north-west, the Pilbara region is home to one of the world's oldest cultures and ... [more]
05/09/2016 - 16/09/2016
Here in Western Australia, whenever I think of spring-time one of the first images that comes up in my mind is the beaut... [more]
25/08/2016 - 28/08/2016
India is a place that is easy to fall in love with. An ancient exotic land encompassing a myriad of intriguing cultures,... [more]
Hare Krishna people are known for many things their delicious vegetarian food, beautiful rural ashrams and colourful s... [more]
Vegan food has come a long way over the past decade, when meat-free dining options generally manifested as an uninspirin... [more]
Are you a nostalgia-lover with a penchant for all things cute, quirky and pertaining to days long gone by? Or perhaps y... [more]
Situated just a short stroll from the tranquil Canning River, Woodloes Homestead is perhaps one of Perth's best-kept sec... [more]
When my daughter was very young she often reminded me of an inquisitive scientist or intrepid explorer as she endeavoure... [more]
It's always thrilling to catch a glimpse of a vintage vehicle when we're out and about, road-tripping throughout the cou... [more]
With its mild sunny days and fragrant floral blooms, spring has always been Australia's favourite time of the year for f... [more]
Spring in Adelaide is always beautiful, and an ideal way to experience its magic is to pay a visit to one of the many fa... [more]
As most elderly people will readily inform you, the world has changed greatly from the 'good old days' when they were yo... [more]
Located in a quiet back-street of Kenwick, just a short distance from the Canning River, Liddelow Homestead is one the e... [more]
28/11/2015 - 29/11/2015
For an inquisitive creative child, the whole world is a playground. Wherever children go and whoever they're with, life ... [more]
From mighty war-horses to camels, mules, and tracker dogs, throughout history animals have always played a role in warfa... [more]
New Year celebrations, like those of Christmas, are something that many of us look forward to with eagerness and anticip... [more]
Bollywood cinema possesses many similarities to the classic musicals produced during the Golden Years of Hollywood, way ... [more]
Everyone loves a market. It's the natural and traditional way to shop, unlike our rushed anxiety-invoking dashes down to... [more]
With pastures of soft green grass cloaking the countryside and exquisite multicoloured wildflowers everywhere, spring is... [more]
Despite the numerous retail options that are available to us here in Perth, the allure of shopping in a traditional comm... [more]
Children have always loved Halloween. The combination of monsters, magic and the traditional practice of trick or treati... [more]
Are you familiar with yarn bombing? While we've all heard of water-bombing and photo-bombing, yarn bombing the adornme... [more]
01/11/2015 - 30/11/2015
Now that October has arrived, the warm weather has really started to kick in, accompanied by many wonderful fetes, fairs... [more]
With its gentle sunshine and mild temperatures, spring is the perfect time of year to bundle up the family and head off ... [more]
10/10/2015 - 11/10/2015
Once upon a time, many years ago, tall sailing ships from Europe traversed the globe, trading in a treasure more pricele... [more]
10/10/2015 - 11/10/2015
Western Australia is an amazing place, with a rich and very ancient natural heritage. Separated from the rest of the con... [more]
Spring time is a festive time here in Perth with innumerable cool community events happening all around the city. To cel... [more]
When was the last time you escaped to the country? The sights, smells and sounds of the countryside are music to the sou... [more]
21/11/2015 - 22/11/2015
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