Category Archives: Riverina

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

Show me the pie…

Wagga is often referred to as a ‘country town’, but it is a city, despite the fact that we can hear sheep from our house, drive past goats on the way to the uni, and see kangaroos on campus. If … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, Australia, fall fairs, kelpies, pie, Riverina, rural life, sheep, sheep dogs, sheep shearing, shows, small town culture, Uncategorized, wagga | 2 Comments

How to cook Australian

Many cultures have a strong connection to cooking with fire. Americans think that what they do – slow roasting on a fire – is real barbecue. Canadians think that quick hot cooking on a grill is barbecue. Argentines cook huge … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, bogans, cooking, cultural differences, food, language, Riverina, sausage, small town culture, wagga | 7 Comments

Global homelessness

OK, so we’re not trying to make light of a serious issue, but we are, technically, homeless. A couple of days ago, our lawyer did the lawyer stuff, the real estate agents did the real estate stuff, and the new … Continue reading

Posted in Canada, Moving, real estate, Riverina, small town culture, wagga, weather, wine | 1 Comment

What’s in Wagga?

Small towns don’t always have all the amenities of big cities. But then again, not all big cities are created equal either. So while Wagga might not be Edmonton, in terms of what there is to do, Edmonton isn’t Vancouver, … Continue reading

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The Alberta Advantage, Part 1: the food edition

Last Saturday, we ate a lot of cheese. While this might not be any different than most days, it is notable because we also learned how to make cheese, how to make pasta, and how to make sausage. It was … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, food, Riverina, wine | 2 Comments