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The Australian Open: A Practical Guide for a Great Day Out.

Anyone for tennis? One of the things I love about being in Melbourne is the accessibility to great events such as theatre shows, concerts, the Formula 1, and the Australian Open.  And if you also love the footy and the cricket, there are plentiful opportunities to see some great games and world-class players, right on our doorstep.  I’m probably not a true Melburnian as I’m not a big sports fan, but I do love a bit of tennis.  I have to be reminded how the scoring system works every year and I don’t know my deuce from my juice, but...

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3 Things you may not know about Bedtime in Australia

I love my bed.  It is my sanctuary from the world and indeed, during Melbourne lockdowns, it can be my sanctuary from the rest of the family.  But did you know that all is not what it seems when it comes to buying beds and bedding?  Here are 3 things you may not know about bedtime in Australia. It’s a Doooooona Daaaaahling If you go looking for a duvet in a shop, nobody under the age of about 50 knows what you’re talking about.  Now, back in the day in the UK, it used to be called the continental quilt. ...

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So, what’s the Melbourne Weather Really Like? Rug up and I’ll tell you.

Its our Favourite Topic As Australia approaches its last month of winter, it would be very remiss, un-British, and un-Melburnian of me not to talk about the weather.  Yes, we Melburnians like to talk about the weather too, probably because we get so much of it.  Often within the same hour.  So, what’s the Melbourne weather really like? Melbourne is notorious for having four seasons in one day – remember the Crowded House song? That iconic band was formed in Melbourne so these guys should know … Upside Down First things first, coming from the Northern hemisphere, it takes a...

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Melbourne’s Coffee Culture: The Story Behind Your Daily Fix

It’s a well-known fact that Melburnians love their coffee.  According to Tourism Australia, Melbourne has “more than 2,000 cafes as well as some of the world’s best baristas”. As we pause to take a sip of our daily latte, let’s take a moment to think about the story behind Melbourne’s coffee culture. Popular thinking is that Melbourne’s loving relationship with coffee began after the Second World War with the arrival of Greek and Italian immigrants, but the story starts much earlier than that.  Coffee in modern-day Melbourne has become an urban art form but the love affair began in the...

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Book Corner

The Dry by Jane Harper Reading has always been a huge part of my life and is a constant great support during challenging times.  I thought I’d regularly share my latest reads with you here.  Happy to be showcasing an Australian author this week with my little review of The Dry by Jane Harper. First of all, I have to hold my hands up, I haven’t yet seen the film, starring Eric Bana.  Does anyone else prefer to read the book first, or is that just me?  Feel free to leave your comments below.  For me, I love to build...

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Can’t find familiar food items in Australia? All is not lost.

If, like me, you have been craving familiar food items from back in the UK but can’t find them in Australia, all is not lost, read on.   Pork Pie I have to own up.  I’ve been craving a proper pork pie since Christmas 2017.  We had decided that our first Christmas in Australia was certainly going to be different.  There was no way we even wanted to replicate the turkey roast dinner followed by Christmas pudding in 30+ degrees of heat.  So we settled with the idea of having a ‘true Aussie Christmas’ by going to the beach, followed...

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My Top 5 Instagram Accounts: Melbourne & Victoria

There are so many great things to do in Melbourne and ultimately you’ll also want to be venturing further out into the beautiful state of Victoria, but it’s sometimes difficult to know where to start.  Here is a handy, quick-start guide to my Top 5 Instagram accounts to inspire you to get out and about in Melbourne and Victoria. There’s nothing like some great visuals to flick through while you drink your coffee and start thinking about some wonderful days out. walking_perspective Absolutely stunning pictures taken by photographer Jim Zapsalis, on walks in and around Melbourne, portraying all seasons and...

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My Top 10 Favourite Podcasts

Moving to a new country and settling in is a long and complicated process.  I’ve found that listening to podcasts can be really inspirational and have helped me through many tough days, especially during the long lockdown in Melbourne during 2020.  Whatever your interests, there are so many podcasts to choose from.  I’ve built up my library over the last 4 years but to give you a head-start, here are my Top 10 favourite podcasts: Mamamia Out Loud When I couldn’t get to the coffee shop during lockdown to meet and chat with friends, this was the next best thing. ...