Monday, 30 July 2007


It's been a strange couple of weeks filled with many highs and a few lows. On the upside D and I finally travelled south to Melbourne after talking about it since we first arrived back from London three-and-a-half-years ago. Well, it was worth the wait, even with the incredibly cold weather we had down there. I am writing a travel article about Melbourne so we made an extra special effort to try out lots of eateries and travel all over town. Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, remains my favourite spot to visit. We also had a great experience doing the Walk to Art tour, and managed to buy a glasswork direct from an artist. On the downside, I returned to Sydney to get a bout of gastro. I couldn't even keep water down. I thought it might have been food poisoning but in retrospective I've since learnt that a bug has been going around. Just as I'd recovered from that I learnt I had to go to hospital for unexpected surgergy. Not a pleasant procedure, either, let me assure you. Then to top the week off, I chipped a tooth on Saturday morning. Oh well, life goes on.

Sunday, 15 July 2007

sydney travel diary

Say hello to the first car D and I have bought together. It's a 1965 Austin Healey Sprite, a gorgeous if not completely impractical choice. We had been looking at buying a twin cab ute (for D's work needs) or a Subaru Forrester (a happy compromise between work and home) and decided on a vintage sports car (one that needs some work). Buying the Healey topped off a brilliant weekend that effectively started on Friday with a photo shoot for Real Living. I am writing a Sydney travel diary for the mag and D and I were rushing around the city with photographer Nick Bowers and his assistant Gunther. It was a great day but hectic and incredibly filling - we ate so much food: breakfast at the Yellow Bistro, Potts Point, morning tea at The Bourke Street Bakery, lunch at North Bondi Italian and dinner at Longrain, Surry Hills. It was not only our stomachs that were given the five-star treatment. We also slept for two nights at The Establishment Hotel in the penthouse. This morning Amanda, Jason and baby Alistair joined us for a slap-up breakfast delivered via room service into our room. Monday morning is going to be such an anti-climax.

Monday, 9 July 2007

stranger than fiction

A woman at the DVD store nodded at the cover and said, "That's a great film." I've never had anyone do that before. Just randomly recommend something. Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman were in it. That was enough. I didn't read the back jacket - I rarely do (same often goes for books) - the cover artwork is usually enough. Maybe a quote from some reputable source. I don't like to spoil the surprise of what lies ahead.

It was a brilliant film. The best film I've seen since The Squid And The Whale. And such a relief. I was starting to wonder where all the good films had vanished to.

Thursday, 5 July 2007


The latest issue of Real Living went on sale Monday and it featured a travel article I wrote on the small, pretty town of Berry.

I have been trying to upload photos from the feature but the blog is publishing weird colours - no, my face is not normally green - so have uploaded an out-take - one of the pics that didn't get published.

photos courtesy of Real Living and Amanda Prior
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