Monthly Archives: October 2016

How to choose a red wine

    In June last year, Maggie and I spent three days grazing our way around the Barossa Valley┬áin South Australia. Along the way, I reconnected with Rockford, my long-ago favourite winery in this iconic region. Later in the year, … Continue reading

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Some days, all your soul needs is a pair of pretty roses

    These two rose flowers came from the same bush, growing close to our front door. Most roses are high maintenance but this one has been particularly needy for all of its life – eight years so far. It … Continue reading

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Amsterdam: accessible, interesting, relaxed and enjoyable

Our recent travels in Europe began with three full days in Amsterdam. Our accommodation was located in one of the older districts of this famous city, giving us efficient access to the main sights by a combination of the frequent … Continue reading

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Cumquat infusions

From time to time I have mentioned ways that we use cumquat-infused brandy and vinegar in our home cooking. And I have previously provided the recipe we follow when we make the infused vinegar, including suggestions on how to put … Continue reading

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Monet’s marvellous garden

One of the highlights of our recent travels in Europe was a day-trip to ‘Monet’s Garden’, in the small village of Giverny, west of Paris. Claude Monet and his family rented the property from 1883-90, then purchased it and set … Continue reading

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Despite a very good gold buy …

… it’s a case of “goodbye Dubai”. Maggie and I spent 48 hours in Dubai en route to our recent travels in Europe. We wanted to supplement what we had experienced there in 2014. Even if you have not personally … Continue reading

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Jet lag? Pfft! Wait ’til palate lag gets you!

At 3pm on Friday 16 September, Maggie and I boarded a train in the French city of Rouen, to commence our return journey to Melbourne. 32 hours later, at 7am Melbourne-time on Sunday the 18th, we wrangled our luggage and … Continue reading

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