Timaru from the other side

Once we've sorted the morning caffeine fix at our favourite cafe we go exploring and there's no better way to get to know a place than on foot. We get to see a lot more when we're walking and slow travel allows us to do that. For us, house sitting…

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Our year of winter

Can you believe just a little while ago we ticked over a year of traveling full-time, away from home? Yes, that's right, a bit over 12 months ago we were reveling in the mellow winter days of Noosa, with average daily temps of 24c. There were discussions about what clothes…

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Rochefort-en-Terre, hold the cheese

On a late-Winter morning we were headed South on a day trip to Vannes on Brittany's south coast. Along the motorway a little crossroad sign pointing to the East said "Rochefort-en-Terre, 20km". Dave said, ah we'll stop in there, I'd love to get some cheese. Sure. What I love about random travel is…

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Home and away, staying connected

We're flying home to Brisbane in less than 4 weeks. I know, I can't believe it either! There's so much we're looking forward to, most especially the opportunity to have proper human conversations, with hugs. Staying connected with family and friends back home in Australia has been both a comfort and a challenge for us while we've traveled…

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Holy flying church bells!

If you think little fluffy bunnies delivering Easter eggs is a bit far-fetched, then how do you feel about flying bells dropping chocolate treats to the kids in France? And why not, children love fantasy and this one's a pretty good tale. My journey of discovery started when I read that church bells…

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In Mohon, trying to live like a local
We'd be lost without our trusty maps

In Mohon, trying to live like a local

What does that expression really mean, "live like a local'? I know I've used it, maybe even overused it, and I've read lots of stories about the benefit to travelers to slow down and "live like a local". Our current house sit is for 2 months in a 350 year old barn, converted…

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Isle of Wight (not pile of shite)

[STOP PRESS: Just found out that Isle of Wight was the place where the America's Cup yacht race originated. The America's Cup is one of the oldest and best-known trophies in international sailing yacht competition. It was  first offered as the "Hundred Guinea Cup" in 1851 by the Royal Yacht…

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A hairy life

This morning I noticed the back of Dave's t-shirt thick with white cat hair from where Doris was sitting on the back of Dave's chair last night, nuzzling against his neck. I know that makes it sound like we re-wear our clothes, we're traveling light. Dave and I are living the life we've talked about for a long…

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Canals now and then.

Dave and I have had a fascination for canals and canal boats for many years. Back in 2006 we traveled to Wales and hired a canal boat on the Llangollen Canal, crossing over the majestic 126 foot high Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. It was just a magical week and after all these years it…

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Bradford on Avon, not upon.

A while back I was reading about Bradford on Avon, some kind of forum I think, where a writer called the town Bradford-upon-Avon. Well you wouldn't believe the indignation of some of the commenters! Apparently it is a great insult to the town to call it Bradford-upon-Avon, although it is…

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