Archive | November, 2011


Collecting plastic garbage from our waters

The children have been on a mission to collect and dispose the garbage that floats in the water around the marina. Seeing plastic trash litter the shores of pristine islands, thousands of miles from anywhere, left an impression. We might talk about the impact of consumption and pollution around the main cabin table now and […]


Aussieisms: the queue

The orderliness of queuing for public transportation in Sydney almost equally charming and puzzling. I cannot imagine this happening in… SO many places, I get a giggle out of it pretty much every time. Even the little bus stops with 3 people waiting in our residential corner of Sydney, people line up. It’s sweet, but […]


Camping! Cricket! Kangaroos!

A few weekends ago, we were included with a group of families who get together for camping fun a few times a year. What a treat! We knew from last our failed attempt at camping (we were rained out after one night) last January that the kids loved it, but hadn’t had the right impetus […]


The continuing saga of the marina geese

A few weeks ago I wrote about the heartbreaking state our resident marina gander, Peter. He was in deep mourning for his longtime mate Paul. The crew in the marina and shipyard decided something needed to be done, and new geese were acquired in a mission that included the children, who trekked to a farm well outside […]


Out for the weekend

This past year has been a relatively land-oriented one for us…it’s also been one that once again gave “weekday” and “weekend” definition in our lives. When started to get cold last winter (yes… Australia does have winter), we really went into hibernation. With Totem at the dock, her crew bundled up, our lives felt very […]


Things to love about Australia: Clivia

I was reminiscing to my friend Joan the other day about White Flower Farm. We used to get their catalog, back when we had a garden that benefited from a good chunk of of our weekend efforts. I’d drool over the entries in their glossy pages and dream about the showstopper of a garden I’d […]


One year in Australia!

Time flies- it’s such a cliché, but it’s true. One year ago today, we made landfall in Australia. What a year! Niall waves an Aussie flag from the deck of M/V Further on Australia Day- January 2010


Aussie snapshots: beach culture

A few weeks ago, we had use of a friend’s car (thank you Jennifer!) while they were on vacation in Hawaii. It was really fun to stretch our wings beyond our usual public-tranportation circumpherence and see a few new corners of Sydney. Here’s local phenomenon. It seems like every beach has it’s own Surf Life […]


Bert’s reign over the marina

When I mentioned recently that our neighbor cat, Bert, considers the marina his domain- I wasn’t kidding. We had a hysterical event recently that illustrates it perfectly. Witness Bert, hanging out in one of his favorite places: the middle of the dock. See that little orange fluff waaayyyyy down towards the other end of the […]


Halloween in Sydney

2008 – Malibu, California2009 – Santa Rosalia , Mexico2010 – Noumea, New Caledonia …and now, 2011: Sydney, Australia.It feels a little odd to be in warm and sunny weather for Halloween Four years, four different countries for our family on Halloween. Every place we’ve been does it a little differently. Here in Australia, the holiday is […]

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