Category Archives: rural life

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

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Recycling, Lockhart style

A few weeks ago, at the Muddi Markets in Wagga, we talked to a woman (Trish) at a booth advertising the Spirit of the Land Festival in Lockhart. One of her best friends lives in Canada, so we had a … Continue reading

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things that make you go “Huh?”

Overall, Australia isn’t that much different from Canada. We share a British heritage, we speak the same language (sort of), and so the general everyday life is easy to understand. But every now and then, we come across things that … Continue reading

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long weekend wagga

It is Labour Day weekend here in Wagga. A month later than in North America, it is out of sync with many other things we associate with Labour Day: in Canada, Labour Day was a time when kids returned to … Continue reading

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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

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

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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

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