The Island Trilogy

We are island folk down here. We live on an island state, of an island country that is also an island continent. Around our little island home are some other small islands dotted about the coast. While travelling further afield is still not on the cards, we’ve been exploring our own patch a little more... Continue Reading →

Defying the Turtle

January 8, 2021 The very delayed, but continuing story of our trip to Flinders Island... When it comes to being a cyclist, I think it’s safe to say I’ve done a bit of pedalling. Thousands of kilometres in those amazing far away places, up hill and down, on roads and through paddocks, up goat tracks... Continue Reading →

Thumbs Up To The Thumbs

“Are we going up there?” I asked, pointing to the towering, tree covered hill before us. “I thought we’d already climbed three,” came Steve’s reply. “I guess that’s the third,” I said, as we forged on. After a top day on the bikes cruising around Maria Island, we decided to do some rambling, which in... Continue Reading →

Underground, Overground, Wombatting Free

“Wombaaaaat!!” I announced, with a face-shattering grin. “One, two, three…seven…eight… wombats everywhere!” I could not have been more stoked and excited to see not just one of these elusive, furry, dumpy, waddling little animals, but dozens of them. Oh, happy day! When we walked around Cradle Mountain earlier in the year, I had been on... Continue Reading →

A Bit of French Green

When we were pedalling about in glorious and gorgeous Europeans locales, I often commented on the colours we were seeing.  “The green’s just a different green,” I would say, “we don’t have that sort of green at home.” True, I had not seen some of the colours we were seeing there, in our Tasmanian landscape.... Continue Reading →

A Freedom Ramble

“I think we’re going the wrong way.” Well, that took all of five minutes. Those navigational gremlins don’t just perch on our shoulder, those beasties just take up residence. When there’s a right turn and a wrong turn, for some reason, we’ll go wrong every time!  We, like most of the rest of the world,... Continue Reading →

Have You Seen A Wombat?

March 8, 2020 Day two of our Cradle Mountain adventure dawned rather chillier than day one. The cloud was out, the sun was shy, there was a nip in the mountain air, but we set off for another traipse around Cradle Mountain. Our starting point was Ronny Creek, where we were deposited by the shuttle.... Continue Reading →

Just A Pair Of Rookie Ramblers

March 7, 2020 “Are you sure!?” called Steve from behind me, with undisguised questioning of my navigational skills, seemingly convinced I was taking us on a merry dance through the Tasmanian wilderness. “Yes!” I replied with utmost certainty. I had the guide posts in my sight and despite the fact our path had become nothing... Continue Reading →

To Tassie, With Gratitude

“We really are lucky.” Those words have passed our lips on more occasions than I could count with a stadium’s worth of fingers and toes. On our travels we daily expressed how fortunate we were, to be in a position to see the amazing things we’d seen, to travel as we did, in the manner... Continue Reading →

Exploring The Backyard

“I love it! I just love it!” “Just beautiful!” “That’s special.” Those were the phrases I uttered with regularity on our recent European cycling adventure. The sights we saw, the places, scenery and landscapes we were lucky enough to feast our eyes on daily, sent me into paroxysms of delight. Travelling though, does make one... Continue Reading →

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