Snippets along the way

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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How Suzannah became an “It Girl”

How Suzannah became an “It Girl”

Aug 3, 2018

Little did we know, when we arrived in Brisbane in the pre-dawn light, that the story would end with Suzannah becoming an “It Girl”. It didn’t start well. The airline had ripped the handle off her suitcase and we duly reported it to the enquiries desk. After some discussion, the offer of a new suitcase

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Around The Next Corner Excitement

Around The Next Corner Excitement

Aug 1, 2018

Have you ever watched those ads promoting supplements?  They are always very happy to tell you about all sorts of amazing benefits they”may” have. They probably don’t……. but they “may”. This morning I have decided that I “may” have a Syndrome. I am calling it “ATNCES” What does it stand for? “Around The Next Corner

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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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Be Aware of Cultural Sensitivities

Be Aware of Cultural Sensitivities

Jul 29, 2018

Cultural sensitivities are something that we try to be aware of as we visit other countries. Now that we are back in Australia, I thought it was time to warn everyone about a couple of very sensitive issues for Australians. When I first arrived in Oz 17 years ago, I was taken aside within the

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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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The Beast

The Beast

Jul 27, 2018

We would like to introduce you to the newest member of our family. His name is The Beast and he has joined the family for the duration of our next housesit. The housesit is for a great friend while she goes skiing with her family. Like the family in Penang, she very generously said that

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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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Choosing a restaurant for our final dinner in Georgetown

Choosing a restaurant for our final dinner in Georgetown

Jul 21, 2018

Choosing a restaurant for dinner has become a bit of a ritual over the last few months. Suzannah tends to search through Tripadvisor. I tend to walk around and look for inspiration. We both have the right of Vito. So it can be a fairly exhausting process. You would have thought that, with all 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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Getting the price right at the cinema

Getting the price right at the cinema

Jul 19, 2018

It all started when Suzannah said she really, really wanted to see the new Mama Mia film. We went online to find out when, where and how much. Normally, here in Penang most things are really cheap when you compare them to Australian prices. We have, however been caught out a couple of times, for

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Where ever we hang our hats………that’s our home.

Where ever we hang our hats………that’s our home.

Jul 18, 2018

As we come to the end of our Penang housesit, it occurred to us that this has been our longest time in one place since we left Gympie last September. We have been asking ourselves questions like ” What does “our home” actually mean?” and “Where would we like “our home” to be?”. We love

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