Travel

past posses of  cows eyeing us off suspiciously, to Old Bara - a sprawling working cattle farm and the guesthouse which will be our home for the next few days.

Moo Much Fun in Mudgee // Old Bara

Raffles and Sugarpuff love a road trip, and when that road trip comes with the promise of a farm stay at the other end, their excitment is off the scale. The only catch is that this particular driving holiday coincides with the youngest of said kids announcing that, “I’m never wearing nappies again”. Now let me tell […] Read more…

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8 secrets for family holiday savings

*sponsored post Raffles and Sugarpuff have been getting their nag on quite a bit lately because it’s been six whole weeks since they’ve been on a holiday. While I’m thrilled that my tiny travel bugs love visiting new destinations and time on the road, as I’ve mentioned before, they don’t quite understand the logistical nightmare […] Read more…

Executive Chef and Izumi chef with Raffles on Radiance of the Seas

A floating feast // Radiance of the Seas

Our little sailors have taken to cruising like seagulls to chips. Speaking of chips, the food on board Radiance of the Seas is fantastic. All 70 tonnes of it. Which incidentally is about what I’ll weigh after our cruise! There are so many dining options to choose from, it’s easy to find something to float […] Read more…

Raffles Ioves Radiance of the Seas this much

High seas hi-jinks // Radiance of the Seas

“Avast me hearties, let’s commandeer the ice-cream machine” squeals rapscallion Raffles, as soon as we board Radiance of the Seas. His swashbuckling sibling, Sugarpuff, hearing only the words “ice” and “cream,” draws her imaginary cutlass in readiness to storm the soft-serve station with her roguish brother. I suspect my small scourges of the seven seas […] Read more…

Carnival Spirit docked at Circular Quay

Cruising with kids on Carnival Spirit

Raffles, Sugarpuff and I are sitting by the Harbour waving our old friend and resident megaship, Carnival Spirit, out of Sydney. It’s been a wee while since our clan of clowns ran away to join her cruising circus but watching folk frolicking merrily on deck as she sails gracefully away has us reminiscing about our own […] Read more…

zongzi at Cabramatta Moon festival

Fly me to the Moon Festival

Things are bagging out down Illawarra way. And I mean that in the literal sense as we’ve arranged a special meet and greet with some cool creepy-crawlies as part of Illawara Fly’s Bugs @ the Fly school holiday event. Introductions begin with a hirsute Wolf Spider, a grotesque beast of a thing who I’m pleased […] Read more…

Huangpu River, Shanghai

The best of Shanghai with kids

Raffles has just started learning Chinese at school and all that scholarly Ni Hao-ing has brought with it a touch of Mandarin melancholy for a boy who has a bit of a crush on China. A family break in China last year was more by accident than design, the high flying capital of commerce being the […] Read more…

Peace, love & respect

Pride and prejudice // Aboriginal Tent Embassy

To those who ask me (and I am asked, with astounding frequency) what’is the point of travelling and exposing my children to different cultures and people at such a young age? Let me tell you a little story. The Eats Worlds and a giant plastic pineapple named Johnny (don’t ask) are visiting the National Capital, dodging […] Read more…

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Canberra with kids: Everybody’s truffling

Mr Eats World and I have a thing for subterranean fungi. So much so that back in the day, and struggling with infertility, we compensated for our lack of offspring with a lot of fine dining and many freshly shaved truffles. Indeed, it was over a truffle-laden degustation dinner at Claude’s that we made Raffles, […] Read more…

Nasi Goreng kids

Bali bellies

Sunsets are something that Bali does particularly well. And the beach at Jimbaran Bay is the place that those in the know gather to enjoy them. Which is why, at sundown, we find ourselves sipping a leisurely Bintang on the bustling beachfront as our kids stalk, with serious intent, a guy selling balloons. Only the […] Read more…

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