Category Archives: food

Mood Indigo

As we were hanging out in Beechworth and its surroundings over Easter, we started to think about that area of northern Victoria as becoming our new Jasper. Jasper was our retreat area, a fairly quick trip from Edmonton into the … Continue reading

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and no one touches me

Anyone who has ever flown into Sydney on an international flight has experienced what is probably one of the oddest experiences a first-time visitor can imagine: being sprayed by the Australian quarantine service. Yes, they spray you down; you and … Continue reading

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Guest blog – Fly me to…Wagga Wagga!

[Lisa edit: Writing this blog is hard work (yakka!) – we have to come up with ideas, we have to be creative and witty, we have to have photos… So we hope that anyone who comes to visit will be … Continue reading

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Happy anniversary

One day last weekend, we realized that we have been here for 6 months. We actually missed the proper anniversary day – we might have celebrated it somehow (pizza and beer at Thirsty Crow?) if we had remembered.  But in … Continue reading

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and a new year begins

And so… to continue our tale of our New Year’s excursion. Our package at Casa Luna included breakfasts and dinners, as well as what was described as “a long and languorous candlelit degustation dinner of our Italian-influenced food, with every … Continue reading

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how deep in the valley

There was a newspaper article recently about impulsive online shopping while drinking and how the purchasers (what they called “boozy shoppers”) often regretted their choices. We recently had an experience doing this, but were thrilled with the results. A few weeks … Continue reading

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A yabbie dabbie doo Chrissie

So, what did we do on our first real southern hemisphere Christmas (we say real because last year we were in Ushuaia, Argentina but that was a novelty…a vacation, not how we live)? Well, on Christmas Eve we had dinner … Continue reading

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Everything is upside down

People here walk the streets eating pie with their hands, but we go to an Ethiopian restaurant and they give us cutlery. Weird country! Of course the server did point out that we are in Canberra, which is a pretty … Continue reading

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pickers and permanent people

When we went to Young a couple of weeks ago, we sort of jumped the gun.  A variety of other plans throughout the week got shifted, so we ended up with a free Saturday and we really wanted some cherries. … Continue reading

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sheep dip

Last post, we talked about the cropping component of the farm our friends own. Now, it is time to talk about the sheep. On the 2500 acres of paddocks, at any one time they devote about 30% of the space … Continue reading

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