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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney July 17th 2014

King Street, Newtown Newtown is the hands-down boho capital of Sydney. If Newtown isn’t alternative enough for you, not musical or artsy enough, then take the first bus or plane out of the Harbour City – because this is as good as it gets. There are many cool places to eat, listen to music, drink coffee and a range of other things in Newtown. But I won’t name them all here, because first up it deserves to stand on this list alone. Just stopping by King Street and walking past the cafes, shops and bars is cool enough to start. See a bookstore that looks interesting? Step in. Smell some nice food? Grab a bite. Hear some chill music? Sit down and have a listen. If I’m bored or whatnot, King Street has often been my ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Kangaroo Island July 17th 2014

Desert Ship Territory Log Day 14.  The day commenced with yet more rain and I waited for a break in the showers to head back down to the koala walk they have here to see if I could spot my own koala in the wild. I was duly rewarded. They can be difficult to spot as they go really high.  I had a set of binoculars with me and this one was fast asleep and its fur was all wet. I don't know how they get much shelter in this weather.  I also saw some Tamar Wallabies that let me get quite close as they are normally quite skittish and once again I was rewarded with a mother and its joey in her pouch.  Today we drove to Kingscote where we are staying for our final ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland July 17th 2014

We were up in time to take out the wet washing from the dryer, turn up the heating and place the washing strategically round the room on every spare chair space. Then down to breakfast. If you think this is exciting - it gets better. After breakfast we packed our suitcases and took enough clothes with us in our roll ons for the weekend ahead. We were having a break with Caroline and Gwenlli at Paihia for four nights. Then the exciting bit - the shopping! Not just any shopping but the food shopping. So it was off to Grey's Ave (kosher) Deli to pick up challah and wine and other goodies. Whilst we were there we met the rabbi; we are having dinner with him and his family next Shabbat. We found out that he ... read more
Allegra House, Paihia NZ

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Childers July 17th 2014

I woke at 7.30am to Kookaburras calling across the woods and went outside to see what was around. Right opposite me, standing in our paddock next to the gate into the wood was a wallaby watching me. I turned to close the van door quietly as Barry was still sleeping, but when I turned back she was gone. I walked into the wood to see if I could find her, but she’d disappeared and I didn’t hear a thing. I decided to go a bit further and explore, although the path was very overgrown and full of the grass with the prickly head that sticks to your clothes. It was beautiful with the sun shining through the trees creating patterns everywhere. There were literally hundreds of birds singing their morning chorus all around me but I ... read more
The Beautiful Woodland at Brierley Winery
The Entrance to Brierley Winery
A Beautiful, still unidentified, Bird at Brierley

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Kangaroo Island July 16th 2014

Desert Ship Territory Log Day 13. Day 13 started like any other day but its mere number should've been a foreboding ominous sign. I peeked outside our cabin from behind the curtains which did a great job of preventing the heat from the reverse cycle from escaping. The windows were all fogged up and I cleared a viewing area with my sleeve on the window to check on the weather. It was completely overcast and rain did not look far away. A quick check on the BOM radar showed no rain at all which seemed to back up the Flinders Chase National Park's Vistor Centre's yesterday's forecast for today of a few showers. Flinders Chase is the pinnacle of KI attractions and I passed up going yesterday because we'd got there at lunchtime and the kids ... read more


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Waiheke Island July 16th 2014

Well another morning we overslept - til 10 am this time. We had breakfast and decided that we would go to the island of Waiheke. Waiheke is the largest of the islands off Auckland. So down to the ferry we went. Except that we waved goodbye to the 12 pm ferry as we went in to buy our tickets. We told the guy behind the desk that we wanted senior tickets. He looked at us amazed - over 65 he challenged. No but yesterday we were told that we had to be over 60 when we bought them from this same counter. Well he said, in a very broad Stockport accent, if you want to blag it, you can have senior tickets. We are not proud and so armed with our senior tickets - including our ... read more
Look no hands!
Stoneyridge Vineyard + play 'spot the sheep'

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Hervey Bay July 16th 2014

We woke early, 6.30am, to make sure we had enough time to have breakfast and pack everything up as we’d told the Council lady we would. We don’t want to risk getting a fine! The drive to Hervey Bay was quite quick, despite being during peak period and we got to the Marina half an hour early. We were asked to wait while they set the boat up and Andrew, one of the staff, gave some kids the left over bread from yesterday to feed the fish at the back of the boat. They had a lovely time and lots of small fish appeared from nowhere and quickly snapped up all the pieces. This kept us all entertained until we were given permission to board. The vessel was a catamaran named “Whalesong” which could hold about ... read more
The "Whalesong" Catamaran
A Tail Flick
An Offshore Bottle-nosed Dolphin

Oceania » Australia July 16th 2014

"Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life." John 4 : 13 Friday 11th July was another cold morning. We headed off to St Clements and met Revd. Ken at the Vicarage before heading across the road to the Church hall. St Clements are looking to start a Christian Resource centre 'Jacobs Well'. It is planned to open the centre after Church on Sundays and after the Monday morning 10.00am service. The centre will sell books, a variety of greeting cards and also act as a drop in centre with tea and coffee. It will fill a need in the Yass area. So we would ask you to include St Clements in your prayers. It's is one of those God-incidences that ... read more
Pew Sheet St Clements Yass
St Clements Yass NSW
St Clements Yass NSW

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney July 16th 2014

Welcome to the first instalment of my multi-part series, Kris's Alternative (Bohemian) Guide to Sydney! I've lived in Sydney all my life. While the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach are all beautiful, there are people like me we want a bit more. We want something alternative. Something artsy. A place where records hang from the ceilings, or paintings adorn the walls. We want something "boho". When I visited Berlin, I did the Alternative Berlin Tour ( and thoroughly enjoyed soaking up what the art-driven city had to offer in its underground. Whilst I don't think Sydney can quite live up to Berlin in its creativity, there is certainly more than meets the eye if you're willing to peer inside under the the surface, and explore beyond the more obvious spots found in ... read more
White Rabbit

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island July 16th 2014

50000 schapen 10000 koeien 5000 paarden 251 llama's 14 havikken 9 regenbogen en et Bredene van Nieuw Zeeland (ma zelfs gin naaktstrand), meer was er vandaag niet te zien. We werden vanochtend wakker door het gekletter van regen op onze cabana, gelukkig was het niet te erg.... dachten we. We kwamen iets voor 10 aan bij de whalewatching om te zien dat alle boottochten gecancelled waren door slecht weer. Golven van 2m hoog enzo.... Geen whalewatching dus vandaag, bummer ! In kaikoura is anders ook niet veel te doen, zeker niet in dit weer. We besloten dus om vandaag te rijden tot Christchurch. De bewolking was zo erg dat we zelfs geen berg konden zien. Een lange bijna rechte weg van circa 250km lang aan een gemiddelde snelheid van 90km/u.... het uizicht was onbestaand. Christchurch zelf ... read more

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