Category Archives: Riverina

like a great big train…

When we first visited Wagga in early December 2010, it was a bit of a disaster zone. The 10 year drought had just ended, not with a whimper but with the skies around New South Wales opening up and wreaking … Continue reading

Posted in Canberra, floods, lake albert, Lockhart, rain, Riverina, travel, visitors, weather | 2 Comments

Like a drunk in a midnight choir…

In Edmonton, our backyard had some sparrows (what we referred to as “basic brown birds”) and the occasional robin.  There were ducks and geese flying over, seagulls, pigeons and magpies. Pretty boring. Here, we are inundated with new and exciting … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, birds, cockatoo, lake albert, magpie, Riverina, rural life, wagga, wagga wagga | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

the steep and winding road…

When we got home from the Spirit of the Land festival last weekend, Lisa saw an ad in the local paper (the Daily Advertiser) for the Batlow Apple Blossom Festival this weekend. Since we are trying to experience as much … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, apples, Australia, Batlow, bogans, driving, fall fairs, farmers market, festivals, food, horses, koalas, lizard, market, mountains, pie, Riverina, road signs, rural life, shows, skink, small town culture, Snowy Mountains, traffic signs, wildlife | Tagged | 2 Comments

Sign of the times…

As we drive, or walk, around Wagga and the surrounding area, there are a lot of things we see that are fun and interesting. Here’s a few… This is, obviously, an echidna crossing sign. It is on the CSU campus … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, Cowra, danger, driving, horse poo, kangaroo, koalas, Melbourne, Riverina, road signs, traffic signs, wagga, wagga wagga | 6 Comments

You look like an idiot…

One of the reasons we moved to Australia was for the climate.  With apologies to everyone in Canada, and even more so to those in Edmonton, our home country isn’t a liveable place for several months each year. We came … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, bicycle, bicycles, bike shops, birds, cannondale, cycling, Riverina, rural life, sports, wagga, weather | 5 Comments

Goon squad

This week in the Wagga Daily Advertiser newspaper, there was an article about a local winemaker complaining that a proposed new tax structure might put him and other, similar boutique winemakers out of business. The purpose of the law is … Continue reading

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Creature comforts : Part 2 – Settling in

It is kind of weird, but with all the things we had to do to get the house organized, one of the first things we did was put up art. Anyone who knew our Edmonton house would remember that the … Continue reading

Posted in art, Australia, cats, family, Moving, Riverina, rural life, small town culture, wagga | 2 Comments