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 […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
Urban Australia offers plenty of surface level similarities to urban America… sailing between the heads into Sydney Harbour, you didn’t even need to fuzz your eyes to feel a little like going into San Francisco: hills, mission tile roofs, subtropical and temperate foliage blended. The differences immediately start to smack you back to the reality […]
off for a walk in Coffs Harbour Our quiet family Thanksgiving dinner last night, we went around the table talking around things we’re thankful for. To a one, the kids all agreed: they are grateful to be out sailing, to be living this life.
Same same but different At first blush, Australia is so superficially similar to North America- the differences sometime catch you by surprise. It’s like there’s a little unexpected twist to everyday things. The coastline at our landfall, Coffs Harbour, for example- looked so much like the Oregon coast. Evergreen trees, rolling surf crashing onshore, little […]