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Maybe next year...

At chateau Mum’s gone 2 Aus we have a little green-eyed monster, frequently muttering “wish we were going to the snow…”, and it isn’t one of the kids!

Since living in Sydney we’ve picked up on the rhythm of local school holidays and the tendency to visit “the snow” during the July break.

Financial and other travel commitments mean we haven’t made a trip to the Australian snow fields, at least not during the winter season. “Maybe next year…,” has … Read more

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We recently enjoyed another Aussie road trip; this time to The Snowy Mountains (more on the trip coming soon), and Mum was a little miffed to learn that we missed one of Australia’s “big things”. The Big Trout is at Adaminaby, north-west of Cooma in The Snowy Mountains. We talked about taking a detour on our way to / from Jindabyne, but ran out of time.

Which of Australia’s big things have you seen?

Over the years, visiting and now … Read more

Ready for action!

Today we’re ringing the changes and sharing a little poem about our recent Aussie road trip. What have you been up to during the school holidays? Have you been on a road trip? We’d love to hear your stories (and poems)!

Our Aussie road trip

When we rose at dawn, to beat the traffic,
The kookaburras were laughing.
We loaded the car with sighs and huffs,
And set the dogs off barking.

Back within minutes for forgotten items,
The mood … Read more

As the months and years pass, Mum and family are ticking off things to do and see in and around Sydney. Recently we spent a perfect family weekend in the Hunter Valley to celebrate a friend’s special birthday (21 again, obviously).

The Hunter Valley is 2 – 3 hours drive north of Sydney and is well known as a wine growing region.

Family friendly hotel Hunter Valley

We spent our weekend in the Hunter Valley with another family and stayed … Read more

When we told friends in Sydney that we were heading to Canberra for the weekend we got a mixed response. Some of our expat friends asked a cautious; ”Why?” and explained that they understood Canberra to be fairly boring and a clinical city. At the other end of the scale was the response from Aussie friends who know Canberra well, “Excellent, you’ll love it! There’s so much to do!”

We left Sydney at 2pm on a Friday in June. The … Read more

It’s been a while since we’ve posted a Photo Friday article but Mum likes the opportunity to share a fun or quirky moment from life in Australia so this week we’re reinstating Photo Friday and hope to post a weekly photo as we did before. You can view previous Photo Friday articles here.

Today we’re sharing something topical and typically Australian; it’s also something that Mum is a little dumbfounded by: Showbags.

Sydney Royal Easter Show

If you … Read more

The school Easter holidays are fast approaching and you may be looking for new activities to fill your days. You may be receiving overseas visitors and need to draw up an itinerary of things to keep them busy.

During the Australian summer holidays we had visitors from the UK and yet again, we discovered some fantastic family friendly activities in and around Sydney. Last year, following a visit from our boys’ Great-Grandmother we shared our Top ten things to do Read more