Ode to My Sweet Tooth

As a serious sugar junkie I have a hard time accepting there are people who rate themselves a zero, two or three on the sugar scale of 0 to 10.  Me?  A definite 9.5. I believe inside every sugar naysayer is a sugar devotee wanting to bust out of unhealthy constraint.   Ode to My…

WPC: Variations

Sydney Harbour is amazing any time but it becomes magical on special occasions. Like Australia Day, which we celebrated yesterday. For a summer day it wasn’t the best. Clouds and humidity and excitement and noise couldn’t the spirits of those celebrating. This place dresses up and the crowds come out to marvel and share the…

WPC: Glow

  I love trains.  After attending our niece’s wedding in Christchurch we hopped on board the Coastal Pacific train that hugged the rugged east coast of the South Island of New Zealand.  The journey takes five hours and used to run daily.  Bush-clad mountains and vineyards on one side, the roaring sea on the other. …

Catch Us Camping at Mount Isa

You sit up and take notice when, after hundreds of kilometres, the countryside changes. When the relentless flat tussock plains give way to ruddy outcrops and the ground supports trees and some greenery you can feel your spirit lift. This is how it must be in the doldrums. Nothing for days and then a puff…

Bridge

From the Oxford English Dictionary: “An elevated structure, consisting of a series of arches or spans, by means of which a railway or road is carried over a valley, road, river, or marshy low-lying ground.” When we visited the Blue Mountains we went for a ride on the Zig Zag Railway; a narrow gauge railway…