Holidays & Festivals

zongzi at Cabramatta Moon festival

Illawarra Fly me to the Moon Festival

There’s nothing quite like a highland fling, especially when said flinging is flung amongst the treetops. We’re in the Southern Highlands at Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk – a suspended, cantilevered one way ticket to vertigoland. And it’s raining. A lot. But worry not because we’ve got a couple of oversized garbage bags to protect us […] Read more…

kid at El Topo

Bugging out with my niños locos // El Topo

“Mama, did you know that in some countries people eat real bugs!?” I did indeed know that, my darling! “Coooool. Can we eat some this weekend?” Um, Be careful what you wish for, Raffles… mama loves a dare. Eating insects may be the done thing in Central and South America, South Africa and South East Asia where, incidentally, I […] Read more…

Dublin COddle

To be sure // St Patrick’s Day

After a quick vox pop of friends and family it would appear that to most, Saint Patrick’s Day conjures only visions of festive street parades, herds of dead-armed dancers bobbing up and down and the consumption of enough green-hued Guinness that imbibers start seeing leprechauns While I’m sure that Saint Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland, […] Read more…

latkes with salmon recipe

Living la vida latke

“Mama, what is a dreidel?” asks Raffles, a little belatedly given that he’s been singing The Dreidel Song on loop for the last several days. Good question, little man, and great timing too as it’s the most dreidelest time of the year. But first a little background. Just like Christmas, Hanukkah – The Jewish Festival […] Read more…

Avast Australia Fair

In my quest to introduce my children to a world of culture, I have to admit I occasionally forget our own. So when Raffles came home from pre-school yesterday singing the Australian National Anthem, “Avast Our ‘Stralia Fair”, which he is learning as part of the school Christmas concert (no, I don’t get the connection […] Read more…

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