Life has a curious way of taking you to interesting places around the world. Like the time that Peter and I visited Blanchland, Northumberland in the north Pennines - an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' in England.
I was in Adelaide, South Australia, attending the Words to Go conference for food bloggers, held as part of Tasting Australia recently. The event program was excellent and offered a range of interesting and delicious things to do. I must admit, however, that I let out a tiny squeal of delight when I knew that we were going to spend time at Adelaide Central Market. That place is heaven on earth for foodies, as far as I am concerned.
Moss Vale in the New South Wales Southern Highlands was once a market town and is said to have been named after a herdsman, and former convict, named Jemmy (Jeremy) Moss, who lived in a bark hut near the present railway station. His employer, Dr Charles Throsby, pioneered the district in the early 1800s. Settlers in the region established farms, raising sheep and cattle, growing fruit, potatoes and cabbages, among other things. The rural ethic continues to this day, with more than 150 artisan food and wine producers stretching across nine distinct communities in the Highlands.
There's a part of this city girl that longs to escape to the country every now and then. One of my favourite destinations is the picturesque New South Wales Southern Highlands, which is within easy reach of Canberra, Sydney and the Illawarra.
'Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.'
During a short break last week at Kiama in New South Wales, Peter and I were fortunate enough to meet this charming pelican who, like us, had called into the local fish and chip shop for a feast.
With its windswept cliffs and verdant hills speckled with white washed cottages and stone bungalows, Port Isaac in Cornwall was once predominantly a fishing village, but is now a popular holiday resort which attracts tourists from around the world.
Rain came tumbling down as we made our way up Broad Street towards The Paragon in Bath. As we turned the corner, the cobalt facade of a bookstore caught my eye and I pulled Peter by the arm towards the entrance.
Once upon a long, long, long time ago, Canberra, my home town, became a meeting place. I'm a vintage Canberran, but that event was well before my time. And I suspect it was way before yours too. Think back 20,000 years, maybe more, to when the first Australians, the Aboriginal people, gathered here for corroborees. Special meetings at which they mingled, danced and feasted on bogong moths.
Among the most memorable moments of our recent overseas trip was a visit to the Vasa Museet in Stockholm. It would be my second visit to both, and I was so excited to be taking my man to see this magnificent museum, I could barely contain myself.
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