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Cute kid at Jungle Buddies, Five Dock

Welcome to the Jungle

There aren’t too many folk in Australia who weren’t aware of this morning’s Federal Government challenger-free leadership spill that wasn’t.  But, little did they know, at the exact same time another spill was going down in suburban Sydney. Only in this instance there was a challenger. And the challenger, all three-foot nothing of her, was ready to step up and […] Read more…

The boys with their hand made Aborignal spears at Blak Markets

Blak Markets at Bare Island Sydney

Raffles is pretty excited when we tell him we’re going to explore a real fort. When we add the bit about him making his very own weapon while he’s there, he’s just about ready to sign up for a job with Border Protection. I’m not sure he’d last long in the job though as he’s […] Read more…

Chicken Momo

A taste of Nepal // The Muglan

“Mama, let’s go to Batman Do!”  is the typically odd demand I receive from Raffles. My head is immediately full of disturbing mental images of a town populated by an army of Adam West era Batman’s. Just think of all that spandex clad paunch. Quel horreur. It would be like being forced to sit through an episode of Jersey Shore.  “If you can […] Read more…

All hands on chocolate making deck

Sydney school of choc

It’s hardly news to fans of the brown stuff that chocolate was an invention of the Olmecs, Mayans and The Aztecs. Nor that the beans from the cacao tree were fermented, roasted, and ground into an oily and bitter paste and combined with spices, water, chilli and cornmeal to make a beverage offered to royalty, […] Read more…

Boy eats world

An around the world party

My baby boy has just turned five and I’m still trying to work out how that’s even possible, given he was only born about ten seconds ago! Seriously, it seems like only moments ago that he burst into our lives will all the flamboyance and energy of a chorus dancer in a glitzy Broadway show but […] Read more…

kids in cabramatta

Cabra crawl

“Has anyone ever written an article about an Asian city without using the words ‘bustling’ or ‘teeming’?” asked a friend on Facebook just as I was writing this post about Cabramatta which, while technically an Australian city, is one that definitely owes a fundamental part of its character to Asia. In fact Cabramatta is probably […] Read more…

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree

Hearing suspicious whispering and giggling coming from the tiny travellers bedroom this morning I approached with some trepidation, half expecting to find my beloved babies recreating Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles on the floor or building a scale model of Hiroshima. Needless to say I was somewhat surprised, and mightily relieved, at the surreal sight of […] Read more…

Pre-school viking hordes

The icing on the viking cake // A kids viking party

My baby boy has just celebrated his fourth birthday in ferocious style at a much pleaded for Viking party. Dreading the thought of making a Viking party happen (given how  few actual Vikings I’m acquainted with to go to for tips and advice) I tried frequent subtle, and not so subtle, hinting to gently nudge him […] Read more…

The Eats World in Paris

To be Franc

Eager to earn my son a first stamp in his gastronomic passport, tomorrow we begin our culinary tour of the globe – without heading further than the grocer. I offered my pint-sized partner in crime the choice of any destination in the world from which to start our adventure in cultural consumption and without even a […] Read more…

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