Celebrations that Bless both People and Planet.

It’s December and we have officially began the season of Christmas celebrations and for the few remaining weeks leading up to 25th December I am going to write about planning and executing a Christmas that will bless both people and planet. Unfortunately what began as an idea to symbolically celebrate the birth of Christ; God’s …

I Love a Sunburnt Country.

# Z is for Zilzie To say the best is kept to last when we come to talk about Zilzie is an understatement! There is no other place like Zilzie and to write about Zilzie, I need to tell a story. The war in The Pacific (7th Dec 1941-Sept 2nd 1945) brought the real threat …

I Love a Sunburnt Country.

#Y is for Yackandandah Yackandandah! Don’t you just love the name? Another of our Aussie towns with a name coming out of Aboriginal language. The origin of the name is unclear but one idea is that it is the Aboriginal words for ‘rock’ and ‘water-hole’ put together. Yackandandah is in the North West of Victoria; …

I Love a Sunburnt Country.

# X is for Extinction. There are a few places in Australia beginning with X but to be truthful I cannot write from experience of Xantippe in WA, Mt Xeromero in Qld, Xavier Reserve in SA, Xmas Well in WA, XXXX Bore in NT or Xanthorrhoea Sanctuary in SA. So for X I am going to …

I Love a Sunburnt Country.

# W is for Woorabinda The Aboriginal Shire of Woorabinda is situated about a 2 hour drive south west from Rockhampton in Central Queensland and currently has a population just shy of 1000 residents in the township. It makes the cut for this blog because of my happy mid 1970 memories of travelling to Woorabinda …

I Love a Sunburnt Country.

# V is for Victor Harbor I first heard about Victor Harbor, on the south coast of the Fleurieu Peninsula and located about an hour’s drive south of Adelaide in South Australia, as a little girl when my mother would relate the tales of her 3 month stay there in 1936. She had travelled first of …

I Love a Sunburnt Country.

# U is for Uluru. Uluru is a globally recognised landmark of Australia. It sits pretty much smack bang in the middle of the continent and seems to arise out of nowhere. For the aboriginal people of the area it is a sacred site of spiritual significance which is woven into their Dreamtime story. Both …

I Love a Sunburnt Country.

# T is for Toowoomba. Situated on the Warrego Highway about a 90 minute drive directly West of Brisbane in the South- East corner of Queensland, Toowoomba is a gem on the fertile Darling Downs. The climate is classified as warm and temperate with long, warm summers and short, cool to very cold winters with …

I Love a Sunburnt Country.

# S is for Seventeen-Seventy. To visit Seventeen Seventy, one has to leave the beaten track of the A1 Bruce Highway, which is the main coastal route from Brisbane to Cairns, at the little town of Miriam Vale. There is only one road in and out of Seventeen Seventy and for this reason for many …

I Love a Sunburnt Country.

# 3 Rs and I more for Resilience. In my last blog I wrote of our recent trip to the 3 Rs; Roma, Rolleston and Rockhampton and I noted that there would be another blog written about the people we visited before I moved onto the S of I Love a Sunburnt Country. So this …