In the last week COVID-19 restrictions have eased in my part of Australia, allowing for the first time in months, travel within state. After so many weeks of sticking close to home and not really venturing further than the city centre for supplies, it felt strangely surreal to have this new found freedom.
In a twist of fate, a friend who lives in Melbourne was visiting family in the region on the first day regional travel was allowed, so Adam, Paul and myself jumped in the car and went on a little outing…
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After months of fires, smoky conditions and heatwaves, I’m rather glad this summer is over. Although it’s been a special time for catching up with friends and family, and watching my little boy grow and develop, I’m craving cooler nights, cosy days and hopefully a bit of rain.
I watched the sun set on this unforgettable season in a local park, on a picnic blanket, watching the world go by…
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The bushfires which affected Australia this summer made headlines around the world. While the immediate danger is over, hundreds of communities are now facing a lengthy recovery. Some people have lost homes, others have had their farms razed and in the fire nearest to where Adam, Paul and I live, entire pine plantations have been burnt, which will make things tough for the local timber industry.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when so many areas are hurting, but one of the easiest ways to help is to go and visit these communities. So, earlier this month that’s exactly what we did…
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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to travel to an 86,000 hectare wetland in western New South Wales, on assignment with a colleague at work. The Nimmie-Caira is a vast area of floodplain that was formerly farmed, at the very end of the Murrumbidgee River system. Its restoration back to a natural wetland is a divisive project under Australia’s controversial Murray Darling Basin Plan.
Personal politics aside (there are both supporters and detractors of the project), it was was an amazing day I wanted to share with you a little part of the country that often gets forgotten… Continue reading “The Nimmie-Caira”
Last weekend, while on the road with work, I found myself driving past a local lookout I’d never visited before. I had plenty of time to get back to the office, so I decided to take advantage of the beautiful day and go and check it out…
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I normally relish my mornings over the weekend. For a large portion of this year my alarm has gone off at 4:45am Monday through to Friday; so that ability to wake up when your body is ready, linger in bed with a coffee and to quietly plan the day ahead is something I utterly enjoy.
On Sunday though, Adam and I decided to forgo our slow morning, in favour of something a little more active. We rose in the dark, threw on sneakers and waterproof jackets and jumped in the car with our friend Clint and drove about 20 minutes south of Wagga Wagga, where we embarked on a little dawn bush walk…
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It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen it, I still find snow utterly magical. There’s something just so wonderful about watching giant flakes quietly descending from the sky and settling on the land below, turning it into a wintry wonderland.
When I spotted on the weather forecast last week the possibility of snow this weekend past, I got a little excited. So on Sunday, Adam and I decided to head for the hills to see if we could spot any…
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The other week I found myself in Temora– a little town about an hour north of my home in Wagga Wagga. Adam had a meeting to attend, so I took advantage of a day off work to keep him company on the drive up.
After taking a leisurely wander down the main street and discovering some lovely things in this gem of a shop I ventured further afield, and took a stroll down a few of Temora’s laneways…
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A few weeks ago Adam mentioned his desire to visit Oura Beach – a shallow, sweeping bend on the Murrumbidgee River about 20 minutes drive from our home in Wagga Wagga.
So the other Saturday, on a spectacularly sunny winter’s day, we got in the car and went for drive…
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Adam and I lucky enough to live relatively close to colony of koalas. The koalas were brought into a reserve on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River near Narrandera in the 1970s, after local native populations died out. They’ve remained there ever since, happily munching on the leaves of the giant gum trees that reside in the area.
Before we flew up to Queensland with Adam’s mum and step-dad, we decided to all head over the reserve one afternoon, to see if we could spot a koala or two…
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