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Cooloola Berries for the best strawberries!

Cooloola Berries for the best strawberries!

Aug 4, 2018

I love a success story. A story of a family business made good, that is still run by those who started it. We came to Cooloola Berries when they first opened and picked their delicious strawberries and enjoyed their cream teas. And today we came back, and though the cafe is bigger and better, the

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This little beauty stole my heart!

This little beauty stole my heart!

Jul 31, 2018

One of the unexpected bonuses of housesitting is testing driving other people’s home appliances. In less than a year we have become au fait with a variety of ovens, microwaves, vacuum cleaners, washing machines and the bane of James life coffee machines. And let us not forget the entire minefield of all things television; Foxtel, Netflicks

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Travel Insurance – my forte

Travel Insurance – my forte

Jul 28, 2018

Travel Insurance or rather all insurances are my forte, according to James! Probably, very largely due to the fact that his eyes glaze over at the fine print. He can manage chats on the phone but when it comes to pages of conditions, he is not the man for the job! I had initially thought,

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A tastier story

A tastier story

Jul 26, 2018

It seems that our posts, at the moment are all about food. The last one was all about a mushroom. Today is an altogether tastier story. Yesterday we had a day trip back to Gympie. I had not been back for six months and it is always a mix of the familiar, the new, the

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The last day

The last day

Jul 20, 2018

Well here we are on the last day of our four week housesit. It is always a bittersweet time for us. Sweet, because we are off again on our adventures and a Business Class flight back to Oz. Bitter because we have to say goodbye to our little 4-pawed charges Milo and Nutmeg. I have

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A posh lunch in Penang

A posh lunch in Penang

Jul 17, 2018

It is our last week in Penang and we still have a few boxes to tick. One box I am trying to organise is a fab dinner in Georgetown for our last night. I was diligently ploughing through TripAdvisor’s best thoughts on the matter without success . My first choice was booked for a wedding

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The last anti-malaria tablet!

The last anti-malaria tablet!

Jul 15, 2018

One of the first things we do when we book one of our overseas adventures is visit our travel doctor. Invariably we need some vaccination or other or some anti- something-or-other pills. He knows us now, he comes out with a big smile on his face to greet us. “Where are the Arkle’s going now?”

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The friends you make along the way!

The friends you make along the way!

Jul 12, 2018

One of the things we love most about the way we travel are the people we meet along the way. And this trip has been no exception! The first friends we made were way back in Thailand when we arrived at the Mud House. A fellow Australian travel blogger called Julie and her photographer partner

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Going Western in Penang

Going Western in Penang

Jul 6, 2018

6th July 2018 Every so often I get a craving for western food. And every time we have driven past the Hard Rock Cafe in Batu Ferringhi, I have said to James I want to go there. And James, being a clever chap, knows that when I mention something more than three times I am

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Seven reasons we love housesitting

Seven reasons we love housesitting

Jul 5, 2018

1.We love animals Ever since I was a little girl I have had a dog, or a cat or often both. And this for me is the hardest part of travelling, not having a pet. So discovering housesitting was like manna from heaven for me. This way I get to love and look after all

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A little taste of home!

A little taste of home!

Jul 2, 2018

2nd July 2018 There is much about Penang that reminds us of home. English is widely spoken, they drive on the left and English Tesco is the supermarket of choice on the island! There is also a small Marks and Spencer and a Harvey Norman! And yes, just to show how sad we are, we

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Batu Ferringhi – Beach Boys!

Batu Ferringhi – Beach Boys!

Jun 30, 2018

30 June 2018 I love a dog friendly beach and they don’t come much better than Batu Ferringhi. This gorgeous Penang beach suburb is a mere 11km from downtown Georgetown. And this particular strip of it is Milo and Nutmeg’s favourite haunt. They are both keen crabbers, but when Nutmeg (the Retriever) actually unearthed a

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